Auction year 2018, with five auctions, was closed by Flanders Foal Auction with a new record. On Thursday night 13 September 32 showjumping foals and one embryo were auctioned at Sentower Park for an average price of as much as 17,242 euro and a turnover of 569,000 euro. The foals from reputable sport lineages were sold in not time to buyers from all over the word. Auction topper Lady Cardenta (by Cornet Obolensky) fetched 34,000 euro and went to the same German stables as the embryo of For Pleasure out of the full sister Cornet Obolensky sold for 35,000 euro.
Although the average turnover of other auctions is slightly dropping, there was no trace of this tendency to be found at the Flanders Foal Auction. Luk Van Puymbroeck and Gerald Lenaerds had high expectations of the collection in Opglabbeek.
“Although we have a good reputation for selling foals from fine sport families, we now selected first of all on the type of the foal. They had to be exceptionally handsome foals, with correct confirmation. The kind of foals you would like to buy ourself. Only after that would we take a look at their papers, which should be up to standard, too. That is how you get the ultimate combination. Selling foals just on the basis of their ancestry does not work. Their type has to be decent enough, too, as was demonstrated yet again”, say the auction organisers.
The professional public, which likes to combine the World Championships Jumping for Young Horses at Zangersheide with the Flanders Foal Auction, and the people making online bids, have rewarded out strong selection. Only five foals were not sold. The bids for two foals got stuck at 8,000 and 9,000, staying below the 10,000 euro minimum. Ten were sold for more than 20,000 euro, such as the Polish-bred Lady Cardenta (Cornet Obolensky x Levisto Z) from the line of Cardento VDL which went for 34,000 euro. Her new owner is Manfred von Allwörden from Gestüt Grönwohldhof, which also paid 35,000 euro for the embryo by For Pleasure out of the full sister of Cornet Obolensky.
One of the regular clients from Switzerland made the winning bid of 30,000 euro for Indigo de Kreisker (Emerald x For Pleasure), a striking chestnut with ample markings from the family of Mylord Carthago and Bamako de Muze. Greg Broderick from Ireland had made the penultimate bid and decided immediately after to buy the also remarkable chestnut Ziezoo Z (Zambesi x Burggraaf) from the line of Zambesi for 14.000 euro.
Two foals by Malito de Reve went for 26,000 euro: Socrates of Love (dam’s sire Kannan) out of the line of Narcotique de Muze and Machiato Z (dam’s sire Bamako de Muze) out of the line of Vigo d’Arsouilles. Knocked down by auctioneer Dirk Zagers for 24,000 euro was Calypso de Hus Z (Cicero Z van Paemel x Con Air) out of the full sister to Conrad de Hus, and, going to Colombia, Cruachan Z (Cornet Obolensky x Quidam de Revel) from the line of Chellano Z and, sold online to the USA, Tabou Air Z (Taloubet Z x Argentinus) out of the sister of Arko III.
Van Puymbroeck and Lenaerts are looking back on the proceeding with satisfaction. “We have sold to new and to regular clients. Professional clients, and that is great. We expect to hear a lot more about these foals in the future, because their quality is very good and they went to good stables.”