Last year’s Christmas edition of Suus Kuyten Auctions was already a hit, but the same event last Tuesday-night 19 December 2023 attracted even more people. More than 650 guests enjoyed the ambiance and saw that all the horses and embryos were concretely sold. A Chinese rider on the spot placed the winning bid of 87,500 euro for the 6,5-yr-old BWP-licensed stallion Ruby DC (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Clinton) and so gained something really special for the future.
This was the third auction organized by Suus Kuyten and her partner Harrie Wiering and they are already looking ahead to next year. “Especially the 3,5-yr-olds sold extremely well. Some of the competition horses might have deserved higher bids, but we are very pleased. Sometimes I see horses with less quality go for more money in other auctions, but I have also learnt that they are not always sold. But here they were. Every lot is sold. We hope that the new owners will be very happy with the horses and will return and that everyone has had a good time”, says Suus Kuyten.
Frosty for Pink Ribbon
The latter was a fact, anyway. The atmosphere was great right from the start. The auction opened with the sale of the miniature horse Frosty, who was bought by Equestrian Centre Lichtenvoorde-owners Eric and Nory Morssinkhof for 8,000 euro in charity for Pink Ribbon. Gert Wezenberg of the Wezenberg transport company spontaneously added 7,000 euro, so 15,000 euro can be devoted to research into the prevention and better treatment of breast cancer. The exclusive jewelry brand Luis & Freya put up a smashing ring for raffle between the lady visitors and TV-presenter Quinty Trustfull, herself a rider for many years, stayed to the end of the auction to present the horses.
Romeo to Poland
Three horses were sold online and the rest of them changed hands on the spot. With 55,000 euro the 6,5-yr-old Romeo (Kaiser van het Lambroeck) was the one but most expensive horse and via an online bid he will go to Poland. The 3,5-yr-old Prestige vd Watermolen (United Touch S) will pursue a career in the USA for 24,000 euro.
Most expensive young stallions
The most expensive 3-year-olds were the licensed and excellently jumping stallions Chocolatier van de Heffinck (Chacco Blue x Jos van d’Abdijhoeve ) for 45,000 euro and Ochuelo de Muze (Carthago x Heartbreaker) for 42,500 euro. “Both bought by Karel Cox and that makes me happy. A top-class address, where they will get their chances in sport and breeding”, says Suus Kuyten. “Also great is that Jan Vermeiren bought the Darco son Tonto van het Lindehof.”
The 4,5-year-old mare Orange Lady van de Hagenhorst (Diamant de Semilly) went for 45,000 euro to be ridden by Bobbi Hulsenbeck. The 5,5-year-old En Voque Z went for 38,000 euro. Tonto van het Lindehof (Darco) and Santorini van de Spelonck (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve) were sold for 36,000 euro. The average price for the four embryos was 9,000 euro.
“Next year we will be back with our Christmas auction and in the meantime, we hope to get good news about the horses we sold. We are glad that both earlier and new clients found their way to us and that we have grown up some more with our auction”, Suus Kuyten concludes.