The next European Sport Horse Auction will be held on Wednesday the 12th of June. This time, in the accommodation of Stal ter Leydonck in Lochristi, near Gent. "In the four years that we have been doing the auctions, we have never had such a good collection of horses, in terms of own performance and pedigree, especially the performance from the dam's side. Plus there are several approved stallions," Dennis Swennen said on behalf of the organization.
The ESHA auction takes place in Lochristi a week before Knokke Hippique and on a Wednesday, so that riders also have plenty of opportunity to come. In the afternoon the 50 horses will be presented in the ring, in the evening the auction will take place under the guidance of Koen Olaerts.
"We went to Lochristi, the west side of Belgium, because there are also a lot of horse people and sellers there. Together with Stijn Stevens, the owner of Stal ter Leydonck, we came up with the idea in January. The auctions in Bocholt and Schijndel will of course continue to exist. And if organisers have ideas for accommodating an ESHA auction as well, please let them contact us. A sort of ESHA On Tour," Dennis said.
Dennis and Jurgen Swennen, Kees van den Oetelaar and Marc Mertens are the driving forces behind the organisation: "We find it important that the concept remains the same as all the other times: enjoyable, a good interior, but no extra ornamental lines. For us, it's all about the horses. It's of no use to anyone if people just say afterwards: what a beautiful chair we've been sitting on."
When the idea was born, the horses had to come: "And that worked out incredibly well. We contacted a number of people of whom we knew they had good horses and had good experiences with our auctions. Most of the horses were born at the owner's place or were bought as a young horse. It is nice that a prominent French breeder has signed up to sell his horses through our auction. We have had three selection days in Peer, Lochristi and Schijndel. A number of horses dropped out because they did not show sufficient quality or because the vet check was not good enough. Some of them also signed off when they saw the other horses, the eyes opened. Instead of us saying: you're not allowed to participate, people actually decide for themselves."
"We have about 50 remaining horses, 2, 3 and 4 years old, all jumping bred. They will be shown in the auction on 12th of June at the hand and at loose jumping. It has become an abnormally good selection of horses, with several AES and Zangersheide approved stallions in the selection. Vagabond, Le Tot de Semilly, Colman, Diamant de Semilly, Kashmir van Schuttershof, Quickly de Kreisker, Casall, they're all there!"