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The horses that I rode sold for

more than the average price, and the owners seemed to be pleased with the way that I presented them which was really important to me. One was the lovely mare Francesca (Fornsbacher x Gardez), and the other one was Davenport, a four year old chestnut gelding by Dr. Jackson D x Lenys Lemon. It was interesting to learn that Hilltop Farm in Maryland had purchased a Grand Prix Horse six months earlier by the same sire. In fact, the breeder of this horse, now called Douglas Hilltop, was among the ones honored at the Friday night event. The average price of the horses sold was just over



“What you see is what you get. I can attest that the horses were not prepped with any medication or other tricks.”



twenty thousand Euros (approximately US $30,000), which is considerably lower than the prices paid for horses at most of the auctions in Northern Germany. Having had attended the Oldenburg auction in Vechta, the Hannoverian auction in Verden, and PSI auction in Ankum, I can honestly say that I feel that the Württemberg horses are of incredible quality and mind for the professional and amateur alike at an affordable price. What you see is what you get. I can attest that the horses were not prepped with any medication or other tricks. Unfortunately I learned that very few Americans and Canadians came to the auction, probably because the breed is not as well known as the popular ones from up North. Just before the auction, the Württembergs also held a

stallion licensing under saddle. Only four of the 16 young stallions were approved. The licensing champion was Manolo G (Metteur x Stan the Man xx), who had already won the state championship earlier in 2009. The owner decided not to sell him in the auction, however one other stallion that was just approved was added to the auction lot. Lord London (Londonderry x Brentano II) was sold for less than expected (about US $40,000) to Switzerland. Coincidentally, a full brother of this impressive dressage stallion is already owned by a small dressage barn in the United States.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The overall experience of being an auction rider was incredible. It’s a bit difficult to convey in words how amazing the experience was for me. I met so many friendly people and made new friends that I plan to keep up with for a very long time! It was a networking opportunity like no other. In fact, I have already been offered a job here in the United States from one of the German horse owners that I rode for in the auction. While there I stayed in a house on the main stud in Marbach with other riders and grooms. We ate three meals

a day together in the team room and spent hours over dinner in conversation. Franz Lauster, who heads the breed registry, cooked dinner for us almost every night. My favorite dish was Käsespätzle, a traditional Southern “poor- mans-meal,” consisting of egg noodles, tasty cheese and onions. I did fairly well remembering my German, but I must admit

that the local Swabian accent is close to impossible to understand. Even the German speaking natives from different areas of the country agreed with me! Although we averaged 12–14 hours per day in the

stable, it never felt like a huge work load because the camaraderie was fantastic. But most importantly, the sellers, buyers and even the horses all seemed to enjoy their auction experience!

WT

Kim Schisler is based outside of Atlanta Georgia and runs Still Waters Dressage. She is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist, and is currently competing Duvallier at Grand Prix. Her website is www.stillwatersdressage.com To learn more about the Southern German Auctions and Wuerttemberg horses, go to www.pzv-bw.de/en

Kim and the Hanoverian Duvallier at Collecting Gaits Farm in

Georgia. Photo by Taylor Case

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