The winning stallion of the 49th Trakehner Stallion Market was also the most expensive horse of the auction in Neumünster’s Holstenhalle: Häwelmann, by Hofrat-Artistic Rock, cost his new owner a six figure sum as the hammer from auctioneer Uwe Heckamann first fell at 140,000 Euros. Häwelmann will now be moving to Luxembourg.
Jens Thorsen, who runs the competition orientated Pallerhaff Stud, purchased the dark bay winning stallion. Thorson’s decision to buy the winning stallion was quite spontaneous. “I didn’t have the plan when I woke up this morning…”, commented the proud new owner. Jens Thorsen mentioned that Häwelmann will be keeping his name and, even though he will be at stud, the focus will be on his competitive career.
The best jumping stallion of the lot and second reserve stallion, Dürrenmatt, by Hirtentanz-Exorbitant, will be finding his new home at the same stables of the reserve winning stallion Herakles – at the Hohenschmark Stud in Grebin. Dürrenmatt changed ownership for 120,000 Euros.
A total of nine from the 17 approved stallions were entered in the auction as well. Included in those were two of the five premium stallions. That was noticeably less than last year. It is a factor that explains the total result of 434,000 Euros and the average price of 48,222 Euros for the approved stallions. In 2010 there were 12 stallions with an average price of 98,833 Euros. This was no surprise for the Association Chairwoman Petra Wilm and her committee colleagues: “We knew that things could develop in this direction”. The unapproved stallions – a total of 31 horses – produced an average price of 10,116 Euros and a total of 303,500 Euros. A total of six stallions were sold to European countries – to Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine and Austria. The most expensive unapproved stallion was Kiejev, by Gribaldi-Buddenbrock for 25,000 Euros.