The auction organisation ESHA (European Sport Horse Auction) has come up with an alternative to the auctions normally scheduled. In the coming months at least 10 horses will be auctioned every 10 days. Starting from 20th until 24th of May with a one-time opportunity: exclusive ridden sport horses and approved stallions.
"Because of the whole situation we gathered a few weeks ago because we don't think a normal auction is possible until September," says organizer Dennis Swennen. European Sport Horse Auction has so far reached 16 live auctions at various locations in the Netherlands and Belgium in which some 800 horses have been sold.
"We had already selected about 150 horses for April: dressage, free jumping and jumping under the saddle. A part of that we are going to sell again, but online. First we had the website updated and now we are ready to get started. We've thought about doing it before, even when we auctioned live, that thought has now gained speed. And also because we want action and we know a lot of horses..."
The first auction horses will be online from May 10th. The auction will opened on May 20th and will end on Sunday evening 24th of May at 20.00 hrs. Dennis Swennen: "We will start with a very exclusive group of sport horses and approved stallions. Like the approved stallion Farmgraaf: a junior, young rider or amateur who wants to jump 1m40 will have a lot of fun for a number of years to come. Or Spiros, also approved, these are horses you step on and ride away. And in a few weeks, you can go to a competition! Outlander is also an eye-catcher. Bred super exclusively, he has everything as a 4-year-old to become a good sport horse. As people are used to, everything about these horses is known, everything can be viewed on the website, including the veterinary reports, if we think the horse can have a comment or needs a certain type of rider etc.
The second group will probably be a group of young horses that can be seen in free-jumping. We also assume that we will be able to auction a nice number of foals this summer.
Auctioning 10 horses each time has a lot of advantages. The first group comes together in Schijndel where people can come and try them out. If they respect the rules. With only 10 horses you can also take the time to guide the people well and the people also have time to watch. We think that we also trigger a lot of riders and traders because I know that some of them are pretty bored right now".
Owners who want to bring in horses, can contact Dennis Swennen on +32 496 651389. He will inspect the horse in a safe way. As an auction, we want to be sure that what is offered is correct in every possible way. We get enough requests, also from Germany and France, to bring in horses. Occasionally they can be tried out there as well. When is the auction a success? If we can follow our mentality: it is what it is, no big stories, but reality!"
Watch the collections at https://esha.horse/en/collections.