Trakehner stallion fetches €300,000 at auction

Sir Sansibar, Champion Stallion and highest priced lot at the Trakehner Stallion Market. He fetched 300,000.
Sir Sansibar, Champion Stallion and highest priced lot at the Trakehner Stallion Market. He fetched €300,000. © Stefan Lafrentz

The champion of the 52nd Trakehner Stallion Market in Neumuenster has fetched €300,000 at auction. Sir Sansibar (Millennium x Susaya, by Cadeau), was bought by Eva-Maria Aufrecht, head of the “Unter den Birken” Stud in Feldkirchen in Austria.

Sir Sansibar, who was crowned champion stallion earlier in the market, was bred by Norbert Timm of Hohenschmark Stud, and was the highest priced stallion at the auction, held in front of more than 12,500 spectators.

The second highest priced horse was the Premium stallion Octavian, also by Millennium, who was sold to Bavaria for €100,000.

US bred stallion Davidas fetched €93,000.
US bred stallion Davidas fetched €93,000. ©

Davidas, the first American-bred trakehner invited to the approvals, was sold by Dr Margret MacGregor to a German based group consisting of the Bruch Family, Welvert Stud and the Moritzburg based Sachsen Stud Management, for €93,000. The Welvert Stud already has two other Trakehner stallions, Phlox and Parforce, with the latter now aged 32.

Earlier, Davidas was named Best Jumping Stallion of the Approvals and achieved Premium recognition.

The auction of the Approved and Premium stallions brought in a total of €830,000 for 13 stallions, with an average price of €63,846. All but Sir Sansibar were sold to Germany, including the half-blood stallion Orlow, by Favoritas xx, who was bought by Marbach, the oldest German State Stud.

The Trakehner broodmare auction ended with an aggregate of €353,500, an average of €23,566 for the 15 mares sold. The highest priced was the Premium mare Pigalle (Gribaldi / Cadeau), bred by Dr Helmut Eisner of Ahorn in Germany. The four-year-old chestnut mare sold to buyers from Baden-Wurttemberg for €80,000.

Trakehner Association breeding manager Lars Gehrmann and chairwoman Petra Wilm said the result of the market was positive, and that changes to the structure of the event had also been well received.

The association included the Holsten Hall 2 for the preparation of the horses which eased the situation at the in-gate which normally led to Hall 3. The non-approved stallions were integrated into Saturday’s auction for the first time, which meant a shorter programme on Sunday’s auction day.

“I also think that the non-approved stallions have a better place in Saturday’s auction because they have a better chance of being considered as future sport candidates,” Wilm said.

The interest in the inaugural Under Saddle Approval for three and four year old stallions was obvious, and will become a regular feature. An Under Saddle Approval for four year old Trakehner stallions will also be held at the Spring Approvals in Muenster-Handorf.

The Gala Evening of the Trakehner Stallion Market was opened by Wilm on horseback, as owner and rider of 2014 Trakehner Stallion of the Year King Arthur.  She led the captivated spectators into a breathtaking programme with top Trakehner sport talents, the Mare of the Year, the impressive show of Frenchman Jean-Francois Pinon, and the “Flying Dogs” of Wolfgang Lauenburger. The Holsten Hall was filled to the very last corner – fortunately the mini Gala Evening on Friday offered an alternative for many spectators. Friday highlights included the Elite stallion and top sire Easy Game (Gribaldi / Schadroneur), Hirtentanz (Axis / Kostolany), and Le Rouge (Pret a Porter / Tycoon).

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