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the warm-up to swap with horses that had already been presented. We were all dressed in our show attire and all the

horses were braided. It was very exciting and very well- organized so things ran smoothly giving the potential buyers a first glance at these talented young horses.

TRIALS

Once the horses had been presented to the public, clients began to arrive to try the sale horses under saddle. The following Tuesday and Wednesday there was an open training session where the public could watch our rides with our coach, Jörg Schröder. Then on the following Sunday there was another formal presentation to the public with live streaming on the internet so that even my family and friends in the United States could watch the presentation from the comfort of their living rooms. As the auction date drew closer, more and more clients showed up to try the horses. The more popular horses were tried more often than the less popular horses. I noticed that they began to show signs of fatigue after two weeks of consistent work. On Thursday night before the Friday night Gala, we

rode all the horses in the main auction arena so they could see the new additions, which included a grandstand, VIP tables, new lighting, plants, decorations, and a much smaller area to ride. Anticipation was rising as Friday

arrived. There was an excitement in the air as a huge group of potential buyers gathered in the middle of the training arena trying multiple horses, many for a second or third time, before the Gala festivities started.

EVENING FESTIVITIES

The Gala night started in the main auction indoor under a light show. It had a party atmosphere, and there was an entire night of presentations and exhibitions that had been organized for the audiences viewing pleasure. My job was to ride the horses that I would be presenting the following day in the auction. There was an announcer; there was music; there was a crowd; there was clapping; there was energy in the air, and the horses could feel it! It was so much fun to be a part of a night like this. Two of the black auction horses wore white bandages

and performed a pas-de-deux under a black light. A few of the jumpers were brought out to jump a laser light. One of the most entertaining moments of the night came when a group of Icelandic horses raced around the small arena being steered by Jörg Schröder and the breeders who were honored for their achievements in 2009, all while trying not to spill their beer! After all, it is Germany, and riding at full tilt with a stein filled to the brim is almost a tradition. The grandstand was packed, and the VIP tables were overflowing with guests and champagne. And this was just the beginning. After the festivities in the indoor arena, the horses

were put away and the party moved over to the giant tent next to the outdoor stadium. Under the tent, there were food vendors, bars, tables, a band and a dance floor. We celebrated the birthday of Susanne Lauda, the Württemberg contact that lives in the U.S., and we danced the night away! Just when I was ready for bed, I was informed that after

the ‘after-party,’ the riders have a tradition of returning to the house, in walking distance, to continue celebrating. Needless to say, Saturday morning came too early!

AUCTION SUCCESS

By 7:00 a.m., we were to be the barn because there was one last presentation of horses to the public at 11:00 a.m. with the auction finally starting at 2:00 p.m. After two and a half weeks of 12–14 hours a day in the stable, we were all a bit exhausted. The horses were tired too, but the excitement was still in the air. The price highlight of the auction went to Belini, a

Cell phone picture taken while Kim was hacking on horseback between the training barn and the auction arena.

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three year old chestnut gelding by Brentano II x Walsrode. He sold for 106,000 Euros to a family from England. As a comparison, the year before, the most expensive horse sold for almost twice as much. Ludger Beerbaum had purchased that jumper stallion which was the 2008 licensing champion Con Chello (Chello x Come On). Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76
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