On the eve of his victory in Scottsdale the stallion DA Valentino was sold for the enormous amount of 5 million dollars – informed the www.azcentral.com website. The 5 year old stallion, son of the just deceased sire Versace and Padrons Psyche daughter DA Love, was until last Saturday the property of Daniel and Maureen Grossman of Illinois, parents of Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman. On Sunday, already owned by Michele Pfeifer and David Halsch of Colorado, he was chosen Senior Champion Stallion and – for the first time in the 53 year history of the Scottsdale event, unanimously by all six judges – Supreme Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Champion. The latter title was awarded to him consecutively for the second time. DA Valentino is also (among others) the reigning US and Canadian National Champion. His daughter, Valentinos Dream CBA, was named in Scottsdale Junior Reserve Champion Filly.
The breeding to Versace has also reached a record price: 50,000 USD!
Through his grandsire Padrons Psyche DA Valentino has a pint of Polish blood, as well as through Bask, which (as we all know) appears frequently in the pedigrees of American Arabian horses. And so in DA Valentino’s pedigree we find such horses as Mammona by Ofir, Arax by Amurath Sahib and Piołun by Koheilan I.
The stallion’s new owner, Michele Pfeifer, admitted that she has reasons to be satisfied. She said she felt she got her money’s worth for her purchase. “He blows the doors off any E ticket I’ve ever had…”, Pfeifer said, referring to the ticket needed to get into Walt Disney world.
DA Valentino is trained and shown by David Boggs of Midwest Training Centre.