Extraordinary horses, a festively decorated hall, guests in evening dress and a worthy recipient of the P.S.I. Award — The P.S.I., the original, knew how to inspire again in its 42nd year.
Already in the days leading up to the auction, it was apparent that there was great interest in the 49 auction candidates. At the most important private horse auction of the year, a show jumper fetched the top price: The Oldenburg mare Londina PS (Carembar de Muze (London) – Chacco-Blue) has already been successful in international youngster tours at 1.45 m level and is directly related to the international crack Toulago. The buyers from Switzerland were jubilant when the seven-year-old mare was knocked down to 1,950,000 Euros.
The Fürstenball – Sir Donnerhall I son Fürst Bayram left the P.S.I. Auction Centre as the most sought-after dressage horse. Equipped with impressive paces, the imposing five-year-old Oldenburg State Champion marched out of the auction ring towards Bavaria for 1,700,000 Euros.
Total proceeds reached 19,538,00 Euros. On average, 426,680 Euros had to be invested for one of the jumping talents and 369,625 Euros for a horse from the dressage collection. Bids could be placed in the hall in person or by phone; the international clientele came from Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Korea, Morocco, Mexico or the USA, among others. Around 1,000 spectators followed the action via livestream.
Paul Schockemöhle spoke with breeder pride: “This was the most successful auction so far, also a result of the great breeding I have devoted myself to over the past 20 years. For me especially as a breeder this is a huge success because of the quality of the horses. Of the dressage horses, 18 also came from Lewitz.”
“We have developed a completely new format this year, the clientele was very happy, the atmosphere very personal and familiar. I am delighted about this successful end of the year, the P.S.I. Auction has once again proven its reputation beyond national borders,” Ulli Kasselmann concluded after the 42nd Auction.
A P.S.I. Award for a Lifetime Achievement
The P.S.I. Awards are a coveted honour for important personalities in equestrian sport. This year’s winner in the Lifetime Achievement category has rendered outstanding services as a rider and also as a trainer. During his active career of 25 years, Jürgen Koschel presented more than one hundred horses in competition and collected more than 900 victories and placings — from tests for young riding horses to Grand Prix. Since 1997, Koschel has also been passing on his knowledge as a trainer: The Olympic Games in Tokyo were already the eighth time that he stood on the sidelines as a trainer. Among others, he worked for the dressage teams of the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, Spain and South Korea. His former student, Olympic rider Kristina Bröring-Sprehe presented the P.S.I. Award with a wonderful laudation.
The hosts, the Schockemöhle and Kasselmann families, as well as the P.S.I. team would like to thank all customers, guests and employees and wish them a peaceful and happy Christmas.