Dec 21, 2020
Boxing Day is set to be the exciting culmination of this equestrian year: on 26 December, Auction Mechelen starts auctioning off 19 top-tier 2- and 3-year-old jumping horses. For the first time, the auction will take place online. The horses on offer span a great variety, from impressive talents to solid amateur horses. Every buyer is certain to be purchasing a top-class horse, since the organising team personally visited all the candidate breeders repeatedly to come to their final selection.
The selected horses managed to convince a six-strong jury of expert trainers, traders and breeders. One of them is renowned rider Niels Bruynseels. The horse trade was part and parcel of his upbringing and is still his bread and butter today.
How did you come to your selection this year?
“In this strange year, we wanted to do something special for our Belgian breeders and horse keepers – especially when Jumping Mechelen had to be cancelled. An online auction is a great corona-proof option. Unfortunately, organising qualifier competitions like in 2019 wasn’t an option, so we had to hit the road. That was quite the logistical challenge, since we had over 100 candidates to vet. In several regions, we organised vetting days without audience. This brought us to a selection of 40 handsome horses. We visited each of those in person a second time, to come to our final pick of 19.”
What is the hallmark of these selected horses?
“They are of top quality, we can absolutely guarantee that. We are only presenting 19 horses, a small selection – which demonstrates how high we raised our selection bar. Whether they are promising jumping talents or reliable amateurs, our selected horses have all the necessary qualities to become a success story for their new owners.”
What will make Auction Mechelen a success for you?
“If all the horses on auction find a good home. The online experience is new to us, but I trust it will go smoothly. People constantly bring up Auction Mechelen to me: the equestrian world is clearly looking forward to the event. And I have heard that there’s a lot of strong interest for the horses we are presenting, including from abroad. Unsurprising, given how well regarded our horses and breeders are internationally.”
Bidding opens on 26 December at 8am sharp and closes on 29 December. Any time a last-minute bid comes in, the auction is extended with five minutes to give all parties a chance to submit their final bids.