Mandy Johnstone & Lissabon
eventually being knocked down to Mike Sharkey of Highlands Stud for R23,000.00. Generous donations towards this worthy cause were also made by a number of other guests, who chose to remain anonymous. This year’s auction lots for the first time included nine competitionready offspring by the sensational stallion Lissabon, as well as five youngsters sired by Callaho’s young German-based dressage prodigy, Benicio. These youngsters were by far the most in demand, but the consistent, dependable sire For Joy (represented by ten auction riding lots) was also well supported by buyers. Interestingly, offspring of Callaho’s own stallions proved far more popular than the imported lots, despite the fact that the latter were from some of the world’s top bloodlines. Of the Lissabon offspring, auction lot No. 1, Ludo Calypso, was snapped up by Pierre Pretorius of Stellenbosch for the bargain price of R100,000.00. He was by far the lowest priced of the Lissabon offspring on auction, and Pierre was delighted to have benefitted from being focused while other buyers were still digesting their lunch! The second son of Lissabon to be sold was Leganté, who proved popular with buyers; Belinda Haytread of Cape Town was the elated winning bidder (for the sum of R320,000.00). He was followed by the showy Luigi Vella, bought for R200,000.00 by Lisa Newman. Lissabon filly Lisola and full brother Lindor were also highly sought after and were coincidentally each finally knocked down for R380,000.00. Imposing dressage prospect Lumos, out of Satine, full sister to Olympic Gold Medallist Salinero, sold for a very fair R360,000.00. The highlight of the entire auction was
Simone Thijssen & Victory For Ever
undoubtedly the anticipation and sale of lot No. 20, the aptly named Le Cadeau (Lissabon x Heartbreaker), whose transparent quality took everyone’s breath away. The atmosphere during the bidding was electric, with Le Cadeau finally being secured by an ecstatic Desirée Pienaar for the remarkable sum of R750,000.00. Other hotly contested Lissabon geldings were the talented and impeccably bred Let’s Go, who fetched R460,000.00, and last auction lot, immaculate jumper Le Padre, who was finally knocked down to Ronelle Gilbert of Johannesburg for R410,000.00 Like Lissabon’s progeny, all of the Benicio geldings on offer were highly rated for both dressage and jumping. Bidding on Lot No 3, Bentley, was hotly contested and rapidly passed the R500,000.00 mark. This versatile son of Benicio was finally knocked down for R550,000.00 to Karin McNally of Cape Town.The next Benicio up for grabs was Billy Calypso, who was sold to eventer Chantelle Swanepoel of Springs for the very fair price of R220,000. Underbidder on Bentley, Sisca Ploughman was delighted to acquire Bentley’s eye-catching half-brother Billabong for R265,000.00. However, the top price paid for Benicio’s progeny was for lot No 24, Bugatti, sold for R700,000.00 to Mari-Jean Hennig of Langebaan after a fierce bidding duel. Mari-Jean also snapped up Bugatti’s little half-sister Bellavida for R75,000.00. Con Coriano’s crop on auction included the rubberball Contiki out of the 1.5m jumper Carina; after fierce competition between bidders he was finally secured by Johannesburg-based Emma Bryant for R350,000.00. Con Coriano’s other offering, the supremely rideable and multi-talented Con Calypso, fetched R260,000.00.
Issue 19 SPORTING HORSE
Published on Jul 15, 2014