Thursday 23rd of March 2023

Bolesworth Leads the way with Elite Young Sport Horse Auction


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It is rare for a British equestrian event to parade such exciting talent, but Bolesworth International owner and show president Nina Barbour is committed to showcasing what will be the sport’s next generation.




And with Bolesworth’s title sponsor Ashford Farm firmly established in northern Belgium among Europe’s most successful trading stables, Friday June 19 will be a red-letter day.

Taking place next to Bolesworth’s international arena, viewing will be by appointment or via video on Bolesworth International’s official website when 12 yearlings – eight colts and four fillies offered by such established names as Ashford Farm, Stal Hendrix, the Billy Stud and Harthill Stud – can be seen in loose action and jumping. The official auction catalogue can be downloaded  from the  Bolesworth home page.

You can pre-registered to telephone bid if you will be absent on the day, and the auction will be live streamed from the homepage on the Friday evening. To bid on the day you will require an  admission ticket.

The official preview parade will be at 1pm on June 19, with the auction itself starting at 9.15pm under the Bolesworth floodlights. There will be a VIP area, with the auctioneer confirmed as Andrew Nolan, of Goffs, in association with Wright Marshall.

All yearlings are by commercial stallions, such as, Diamant de Semilly, Ramiro B, Cheers Cassini, and are all related to the successful International horses on the dam side.

Paul Hendrix, Manager, Dutch Sports Horse Auctions,‘We select on confirmation, pedigree and ability, they asked me to bring some quality and I can guarantee this’.

The event is being sponsored by IFX, who will provide competitive rates for currency exchange, with potential buyers expected from throughout England and continental Europe.

The elite sports horse auction has been warmly welcomed by Ashford Farm managing director Enda Carroll, who believes it is a major new addition to the British equestrian calendar that should be warmly embraced.

“These young horses are the future stars and future champions,” he said. “People can expect to see some of the most exciting and hand-picked talent around.

“People will be looking for correct models and blood-lines, good physique and good legs – everything we would all look for in a showjumper. There is going to be a following from all over England, I am sure, and some European customers coming also.

(c) Trevor Meeks

(c) Trevor Meeks

Confirmed showjumping entries include Britain’s current world number one Scott Brash, along with the likes of John Whitaker, Laura Renwick, William Whitaker, Billy Twomey, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough and Spencer Roe.

As a prelude to the auction Bolesworth’s the evening entertainment begins with a puissance, new for 2015, equestrian sport’s renowned high-jump competition where the height of the iconic puissance wall increases round by round. It is always a thrilling exhibition of skill and bravery from horse and rider, and an event that will undoubtedly prove a hit with Bolesworth spectators on the evening of Friday, June 19.

Bolesworth will offer four fantastic days of entertainment, with large crowds expected, while camping facilities are available on-site, and live streaming on Bolesworth’s website will include all the top show’s action, sports and lifestyle interviews, plus the elite sports horse auction.


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