Vacaville, CA – August 31st and September 1st will see the return of the Pacific Sporthorse Selection to the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville, CA. This will be the second year that the innovative sport horse auction, fundraiser, and educational event is held. Four nationally respected judges, Lilo Fore, Melissa Creswick, Rudy Leone, and Christiane Noelting have chosen the collection of elite dressage horses, hunter/jumpers, and foals who will be presented this year. The group includes recently started young horses as well as proven FEI competitors. In addition, the managers are excited to report that two offspring of the world famous stallion, Totilas will be part of the foal selection for this year's auction.
“Our vision is to provide a much needed venue for buyers looking for excellent horses to see an entire collection of suitable candidates” says Christian Hartung, president of Sporthorse-Online, LLC, organizer of the Pacific Sporthorse Selection (PSS) Auction. All of the horses have a vet-check and x-rays available for prospective buyers and their veterinarians to review.
The PSS is modeled after the European Auction tradition. Recently, Anne Gribbons, FEI "O" judge, had this to say about the PSS auction, "...The organizers of the"Pacific Sportshorse Selection" are working according to tried and true methods in Europe, where auctions are trusted to offer the best of the crops of horses and where there is a very competitive atmosphere amongst the buyers to be able to bring home one of the top horses presented. The breeders in Europe offer their very best youngsters for selection for the auctions, and they also compete to get their horses selected for the sale. This all works to promote both breeders and trainers, and gives the prospective buyers a lot of opportunity to compare high quality horses before bidding on their choice."
“Buyers no longer have to travel around the West Coast or to Europe to find their future partner. We are bringing the horses to one place for buyers to try.” says Christian. The pre-vetting further simplifies the process for buyers who are often faced with disappointment when a prospect they have chosen does not pass the vet check. "
"We need great sports horse auctions at home, and this is a fabulous start!" concludes Gribbons.
The event incorporates a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research and young equestrians as well. “We have worked hard to make the PSS an event that gives back to the community” says Ellie Johnson, one of the organizers of the PSS. “In addition to the fundraiser, we have an exciting Gala Evening planned with wine tasting and entertainment and we have several educational talks planned for the following day.” While the gala on the 31st is a ticketed event, Sunday September 1st is free all day and the organizers have planned a full day of activities including lunch for guests.
Horses are available to watch and try beginning on August 17th until the auction. Descriptions, photos and video clips of all the horses are also being posted online at www.sporthorse-selection.com/auction/2013-auction-selection
Excitement is building as the team prepares for what they hope will be an even more successful event than last year!
More information and tickets to the Gala may be found online at http://www.sporthorse-selection.com/gala-evening/gala