Stallion Auction – a smash hit!
The Cape Breeders recently held its annual Stallion Auction at Kleinplasie on Wednesday evening.
The event, which took place in wintry Worcester weather, proved a great hit with all who attended. The auction, which had been delayed after a bout of African Horse Sickness forced the event being postponed, was well attended by many of the Cape’s leading breeders. Pre-sale entertainment involved fire blowers, while guests were tempted by a number of tasty aperitifs, and an array of cocktails.
Following a moment of silence for the recent road accident which tragically claimed the life of one of the Snaith’s grooms as well as three of that stable’s horses, the evening was kicked off with a speech given by pioneering South African champion trainer Mike de Kock.
De Kock was quick to praise the quality of thoroughbred currently produced in South Africa, and insisted the breeders pat themselves on the back.
His speech was followed by lavish supper, after which the auction took place. In addition to the stallion services, the auction also featured surgery options kindly donated by Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic.
The stallion auction itself was topped by a R200 000 service to Klawervlei’s leading sire Captain Al. The Captain Al service was snapped by Lee Scribante – clearly a fan of the perennial leading sire!
Leading sires Dynasty, Silvano, and Var also proved particularly popular, and it was gratifying to note that the auction grossed a total of R1,204,000.
The Cape Breeders Club would like to thank Antonia’s Events, which provided superb catering for the evening as well as all the breeders who donated stallion services and wine farms who donated some magnificent red and white wines.
It was a lovely evening, and well done to all who were involved with putting together the 2014 Cape Breeders Stallion Auction evening.