Blenheim horse trials to continue eventing horse auction

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A horse is put through his paces for buyers at the Brightwells Blenheim Elite Event Horse Auction last year
A horse is put through his paces for buyers at the Brightwells Blenheim Elite Event Horse Auction last year. © Dominic Sancto

Auction house Brightwells has signed a three-year contract to conduct the Blenheim Elite Event Horse Auction at the Oxfordshire three-day-event.

Last year's top-priced horse, Kiltair OBOS, sold for £26,000.
Last year’s top-priced horse, Kiltair OBOS, sold for £26,000.
A four-year-old mare by Azteca fetched £24,000. A four-year-old mare by Azteca fetched £24,000 last year.

This year’s auction, which will take place at 4pm on Friday, September 18 after the conclusion of the dressage at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, will be restricted to four and five-year-olds. These horses will selected throughout Europe, namely the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Richard Botterill of Brightwells said the inaugural auction last year was a great learning curve for all involved.

“We have been able to implement changes that will benefit all, enabling the sale to be even better. We are delighted to be working closely once again with (event director) Mandy Hervieu and her team at Blenheim to make the 2015 auction a special occasion and the opportunity to purchase high-class future eventing prospects,”

Last year, the average price was £13,900 (€19,321), and quality four years old were in great demand, with three selling for more than £20,000 and Irish, English and German selected horses took the top three prices.

Ireland’s DJ O’Sullivan sold the top priced horse, Kiltair OBOS, a 4 year old son of OBOS Quality, for £26,000. The second highest price of £24,000 was for an impressive four-year-old mare by the VDL stallion Azteca, a son of Indoctro, which was produced by Padraig McCarthy and Lucy Weigersma. The third highest price came from Germany, offered by the Berger Stables, who are regular vendors at the Addington Elite Auctions and their four-year old son of Corrado I, out of a Heraldik xx mare sold for £20,000.

A four-year-old gelding by Corrado I was the third highest-priced lot, fetching £20,000.
A four-year-old gelding by Corrado I was last year’s third highest-priced lot, fetching £20,000.

This year’s sale will take place near the start of the cross-country course, in a new designated presentation area with exclusive Brightwells parking facilities nearby for potential buyers.

The UK selection day for the Brightwells event horse sale will be on July 13 at Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls. An Irish selection day will take place on July 28 at Wexford Equestrian Centre, Co Wexford.

The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials take place this year from September 17 to 20.

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