This year’s Pride of Poland Sale in Janów Podlaski closed off with an aggregate of 3,186,000 euro. A million and one hundred twenty five thousand euro was paid by a stud from the Middle East – Ajman Stud – for World Champion Kwestura. The first to be auctioned off was Wróżka, for whom a buyer from Belgium paid 52 thousand euro. Next entered Kwestura and immediately the temperature of the sale increased significantly. The bidding amount instantly sky-rocketed to a couple thousand euro. When it reached 950 thousand George Z, who was commenting the sale, said: “This is a historic moment for the Janów Sale. We reached 950 thousand euro and we bid on!”. A moment later the offered amount surpassed one million and stopped at 1,125,000.
It is the highest sold Polish Arabian. As a reminder, the record-holder up to now – Penicylina – was auctioned off at the Polish Ovation Sale (1985) in the US for 1,5 million dollars. After converting to dollars, Kwestura’s price today would be about 1,750,000 dollars.
The audience bid farewell to the phenomenal chestnut from Michałów with loud applause. Now she will be the centerpiece of a Middle Eastern herd, still bringing fame to Polish breeding.
After a record price, achieved by Michałów’s Kwestura, the next highest-sold mare turned out to be Janów’s Eukaliptus daughter Amra, for whom the last bid amounted to 340 thousand euro. The mare will head to Great Britain, just like the next Eldon daughter – Andromeda (270 thousand euro). Ellissara from Michałów found a new home in Saudi Arabia – the buyers splashed out 240 thousand euro for her. High prices, over 50 thousand euro, were also achieved by: Wróżka (52), Egea (160), Ekina (100), Peczora (90), the private-bred (by Stanisław Redestowicz) and owned (by Tomasz Tarczyński) Emegna (60), the bought by Małgorzata and Józef Pietrzak Dormeza (65), a second mare bred by Stanisław Redestowicz – Bellissima (80) and Ewina (55). There was a lack of spectacular offers from the United States – whether due to the crisis, or the low rate of the dollar, the American buyers did not bid high. The highest-sold horse across the pond turned out to be Erotika (40 thousand euro). Many mares went back to their stables unsold. There were no buyers during the auction for Białka’s Pereira, Arvena and Estrelia, nor Michałów’s Wesoła Nowina, Dombra and Diastema, nor Janów’s Salamina, Eukomia and Epoka, though some of them found new owners right after the sale.
Compared to last year’s sale, when nearly all the horses were sold, the demand much decreased. It is even more surprising, as the interest in the sale surpassed all expectations – already two weeks before the auction there were no VIP cards available. It was indeed rather crowded during the sale and championships, though evidently it did not result in just as large number of buyers. Nevertheless the auction surely has to be considered a success – the spectacular sale of Kwestura is without a doubt a huge promotion of Polish breeding.
This year the Silent Sale took on a new form and a new name – the Selection Sale. The bidding was made public and took place on the arena, however without the presence of the horses. Only horses with declarations of purchase interest submitted were bid on – and some of them achieved much higher prices than the cheapest mares from the main sale. And so Pilbara was sold to the Czech Republic for 22 thousand euro, Prusja to Kuwait for 21 thousand, while Piana to France for 15 thousand. The other prices did not exceed 10 thousand: Bola (8 thousand, Sweden), El Seribe (7 thousand, Poland), Eriboja (10), Oriwia (6 – USA), Penalba (9), Petronia (5 – Brazil), Sokołda (5 – France), Sonora (7 – Austria), Stigma (7 – France), Wenus (7 – Great Britain). In addition two stallions sold for rather high prices: Pentamer to France for 31 thousand, Gorec to the US for 21 thousand.
Kwestura – 1.125.000, United Arab Emirates
Wróżka – 52 thousand, Belgium
Cefeida – 25 thousand, USA
Calineczka – not sold
Egea – 160 thousand, Saudi Arabia
Elwinga – 42 thousand, Belgium,
Ekina – 100 thousand, Belgium
Peczora – 90 thousand, Great Britain
Andromeda – 270 thousand, Great Britain
Cirsza – sold after the sale to France
Wesoła Nowina – not sold
Amra – 340 thousand, Great Britain
Pereira – sold after the sale to Great Britain
Erotika – 40 thousand, USA
Garuna – 47 thousand, Great Britain
Salamina – not sold
Alberina – 12 thousand, USA
Dombra – not sold
Sawantka – 37 thousand, Belgium
Emegna – 60 thousand, Saudi Arabia
Arvena – not sold
Dormeza – 65 thousand, Poland
Eugenia – 35 thousand, France
Ellissara – 240 thousand, Saudi Arabia
Husara – 27 thousand, Saudi Arabia
Eukomia – not sold
Diastema – sold after the sale
Agora – 12 thousand, USA
Bellissima – 80 thousand, Saudi Arabia
Ellanda – 21 thousand, USA
Bałaguła –13 thousand, USA
Emeeria – 21 thousand, Saudi Arabia
Ewina – 55 thousand, Brazil
Epoka – not sold
Estrelia – not sold
Parola –15 thousand, Italy
Fukara – 10 thousand, USA
Sunday’s auction emotions were preceded by the Parade of Champions, the choosing of Best in Show and the awarding of Special Prizes. It came as no surprise that the Best in Show title went to Pianissima, who yet again made an appearance before the delighted public. Our “National Pride” also received the award for the highest scored mare.
Drabant and Pinga – both horses by Gazal Al Shaqab – were awarded for Best Movement, the Best Racehorse of the show went to Eliat, while Ekstern went home with the WAHO Trophy for an outstanding Arabian representative of Polish breeding. Ekstern made an overwhelming impression with his beauty. This horse remains unbeaten on the show arena! In this year’s championships 17 of his progeny were entered (including the Reserve Champion Filly Eksterna) and three granddaughters. Ekstern’s input into Polish breeding and its promotion in the world is not to be underestimated.
Not only equines were awarded: Mariusz Liśkiewicz was chosen as Best Trainer and Greg Gallun – who presented this year’s both champions – Pianissima and Palabra, as Best Handler. The latter was sponsored by polskiearaby.pl website.
“She is very special to me and my career”, told us Greg Gallun. “I’ve seen thousands of horses in my life, many of them wonderful – after all, it’s what I’m dealing with! I’ll never forget the day when I first saw Pianissima. It was here, in Janów. We were walking through the
stables with Director Trela and George Z and I was looking at the pedigrees. I first saw the name Pianissima. Then she turned and looked at me – I froze. I knew something extraordinary is taking place. I thought: Oh my God, could this be true? I looked at her again and then at George Z. I saw the same awe in his eyes. And Director Trela was just smiling, he already knew what treasure he had. We spoke no words, only exchanged glances. Words were unnecessary.”
„Later I witnessed her debut here in Janów”, continued Greg Gallun. “I saw her in Paris. To me she’s unique, the one and only. During the National Championships in the US in Kentucky I observed the reaction of the public. A lot of horses are shown there and Pianissima was not that well known then. And it happened! She received a standing ovation. It couldn’t have been otherwise”.
„Poland is a second home to me”, sumed up Greg Gallun. “Here I found wonderful friends. We, in America, have the mentality of a microwave – we want everything now and fast! It is different here in Poland. You understand that everything requires time and patience, you appreciate the power of tradition. I definitely prefer it this way!”
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