Bolesworth’s inaugural Online Elite Yearling Auction came to an exciting close on the night of the 30th May 2020 and confirmed that the market for Elite Youngstock is strong. Great Britain was the most represented of those registered to bid, however global interest in the auction was overwhelming with registrations from twenty-two countries including Belgium, France, Egypt, and the USA.
The final bidding frenzy came late in the day as the pressure to secure a future Grand Prix or medal winning horse mounted. It was lot number 12, Flamenco’s Serenade which came out on top reaching an impressive £32,000. The chestnut colt is by Je T’aime Flamenco out of Tinka’s Serenade (Tinkas Boy). Both parents had multiple Grand Prix wins around the globe with Tinka’s Serenade competing at Olympic and World Championship level.
Said Janette Chinn & Sue Davies of Pewit Stud, vendor of Tinka’s Serenade, “I’d like to thank Nina and the team at Bolesworth for allowing British breeders to showcase their quality youngstock to such an elite audience. We are pleased to have secured top lot again with our homebred colt and hope he can go on to emulate his parent’s success. We will watch his career with interest!”
Head-to-head bidding was seen on several lots including Loughview Quantum Leap (Quabri de l’isle x Loughview Lou Lou (Limmerick)) which landed on £28,000 as the hammer fell and Otareusa JDV (Ultimo van ter Moude x Etareusa (Indoctro)) which earned £20,000.
“The average hammer price of the collection as a whole was £12,500 and we are delighted that several will be heading to new homes overseas including Olympus (Cape Coral RBF Z x Cognac (Verdi)) who was sold to the USA.
“This truly was one of our most spectacular Collections to date. Our targeted global campaign to the prevalent showjumping nations has proven hugely successful in attracting a real global audience for this year’s auction. Several of the lots been sold to overseas buyers which is testament that we are selecting the right calibre of horses with the best breeding” said Nina Barbour, Bolesworth Managing Director, adding “We’ve held a number of live elite auctions in the past so the move to online due to the ongoing pandemic didn’t come without concern. I am however delighted with the outcome and what has been achieved. Online facilities will certainly feature in our future auctions”.
Bolesworth will continue to champion Sport Horse Breeding in the UK working with British breeders and vendors to select and prepare horses for future sales. With an ethos of only selecting youngstock with World Class “black type” dams (either elite performers in their own right to 1.45m level and above or with close relations that have performed to a similar or higher elite level) in the pedigree as well as incorporating the highest performing sires.
of the Sussex Equine Hospital shares his advice from what to look out for during the final month of pregnancy to the birth of the foal. Read more
Last year the foal, Tinka’s Star, by Nick Skelton’s Rio individual Gold medal winning ride Big Star, out of multiple Grand Prix winner Tinka’s Serenade fetched a massive £92,000 under the hammer. Read more
Nominations Open for the Prestigious SEIB Meritoire Award
The annual SEIB Meritoire award is presented to the person who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performance sport horse and pony breeding industry.
Previous winners have been the Louella Stud for their contribution to sport horse breeding; Johanna Vardon, founder of the National Foaling Bank, for her contribution to the health and wellbeing of orphaned foals; Archie Smith Maxwell, breeder of Jumbo, one of the highest ranking event sires of all time; Professor Graham Suggett in recognition for a lifetime’s contribution to breeding through encouraging British studbooks to work together and his Chairmanship of the former National Equine Database. In 2015 the Award was made posthumously to Richard Meade OBE, for his considerable competition success, his chairmanship of the British Horse Foundation for over 20 years and his unflinching support of British breeding. Read more
World Breeds classes to be held at Cheshire County Show
Horse and pony enthusiasts are being given a unique opportunity to take part in World Breeds In-Hand and Ridden classes at this year’s Cheshire County Show.
The classes, sponsored by Brightwells Equine Horse and Pony Auctioneers in Leominster, will take place on the first day of the Show, Tuesday 23rd June, and will only be open to World Breeds – Pure Raza Espanola, Appaloosa, Haflinger, Friesian, Fjord, Icelandic, Morgan, Lusitano and Lipizzaner.