Until Sunday 1 November there is a separate collection online in the European Sport Horse Auction again. Horses of the years 2017 and 2018, all with the full story from birth. Dennis Swennen organises the auction and is very proud of it.
"First and foremost, we are very proud with the possibility that we can do this, but also with the collection that we have been offered to auction now. They are horses from a total of ten breeders, with Kees van den Oetelaar as the main leader. They are horses that he knew as a foal from the breeder, we know exactly what we can get out of them. What Kees can tell us about all horses: that is a Horsetelex on its own.
"We now auction 35 horses, all stallions or mares. These horses can be seen by everyone at the same stable in Schijndel. I think it is unique that you can buy so many good horses first-hand. Horses with a top pedigree, often from mares that have competed at a high level. They will all be sold for the price offered by real buyers".
Respect for the risk
That has to be said: 'You can all shout loud and clear about your elite auction, but this is real. Especially selected by the best horse connoisseur I have ever met in my life. Kees van den Oetelaar and a small number of breeders bring in the horses directly. They either bought them as foals or bred them themselves. Veterinarian Maarten Aarts has graded them all, both on the legs and on the back. We as an auction have a lot of respect for them, because these people take the risk of breeding and other things".
Do not buy for pocket change
"They are not horses that were bought from a breeder at the age of 2 or 3 in order to be able to sell them at a later auction. Because that's what you often hear: traders who buy a horse from a person who is having a hard time for small money and then hope for the big money in the auction. That does not happen at all during our auction. The horses are brought in by people who want to keep the breeding and trade going. That is something we have to support. "The only thing that is really annoying at the moment is that since the collection is online, I have received a lot of phone calls, from home and abroad, whether they can buy the horses in advance. But we don't do that, that's what we've decided. I get quite annoying answers to that: yes but, then they mention a few auctions, they are doing this. It is proof that it is often a show. That creates the wrong image in the eyes of other people. Oh, did you see those prices at that auction? Yes, I guess so, but for the most part it is all set up, they destroy more than is good for the breeders. We want to create trade for the people, not put on a show."
Check out the full collection here: https://esha.horse/en/collection/44