At the 14th edition of the Dutch Sport Horse Sales on Thursday, September 27, 2017, Goliath, the son of the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Bustique (Indoctro x Grannus), was sold for a record breaking €400,000 to Belgium’s Ashford Farm.
The event took place at the Equestrian Centre De Peelbergen in Kronenberg, Netherlands, with the Hendrix Family and Yves Houtackers putting together a collection of 26 horses, which included several national champions.
“I am particularly proud of what we have all achieved tonight,” said Paul Hendrix, organizer of the event. “It’s very nice that the two most expensive horses come from our own program, which endorses our system. We have been working hard to get the best horses in this auction, and we already had proved it in the national championships in Ermelo, Netherlands. But besides [auctioning off] very good horses, you also need the right people to invest in them to make an auction successful. Luckily there was a lot of trust in the horses and our concept.”
Twelve horses were auctioned for a price over €100,000, with the average price being €137,000. The five-year-old Hello Blue, son of Dutch Warmblood stallion Put Blue (Mr Blue x Pilot), was purchased by a Swiss investor for €345,000. Germany’s André Thieme made a €240,000 investment in the Country Boy, the son of Holsteiner stallion Clearway (Capitol I x Lord). Gloed, son of Indoctro and champion of the Blom Cup for six-year-olds, was sold for €220,000. Galaway Girl, daughter of Dutch Warmblood stallion VDL Cardento (Capitol I x Lord), was sold for €200,000 to USA’s Alisa Oken.
As with every year, a percentage of the sale from the auction’s top horse was donated to charity. This year’s, Uryadi’s Village, an organization supporting orphans in developing countries, received €44,000.