Quality Horses Auction by Zangersheide

05 September 2019

From 7 - 12 September,  Zangersheide.Auction is hosting the Quality Horses Auction, so we’ve  decided to meet up with Yuri Mansur and find out more about why he is  selling his good horses…

“I am surprised that people didn’t expect me to host an auction with my  good horses,” Yuri laughs. “I’ve been selling my best horses for as long  as I can remember! For example First Devision, Inferno, H5 Chaganus,  Quartz de la Lande and Cornetto K… First Devision was successfully  jumping at CSI5*-level at the age of 9 when I sold him to Sheikh Ali Al  Thani and they are still successful up to today! The same applies for  Cornetto K and the others. H5 Chaganus even jumped recently at the Pan  American Games with Eduardo Menezes!”

“I really like the idea of an auction,” Yuri continues “because of two  important reasons. Firstly, you can really make a plan for the horse. In  a normal situation you plan your shows, but just before or after you  leave for the show somebody wants to try the horse, which is not ideal.  Than you don’t plan a show for a few weeks, and nobody comes to look at  the horse… The timing is so difficult when trying to sell a horse, which  brings me to my second point: you don’t do what is right for the horse.  When you have a horse you want to sell, it is easy to just start  jumping bigger and bigger, without really taking your time to produce  the horse. In this system it is easier. We take a group of horses, take  our time to get to know them, find out what is the right job for the  horse, produce them without rushing and when the timing is right: we  sell them! And now it is perfect to plan: you know that the horses are  being tried out the two weeks before the auction, so you adjust to that,  and afterwards you can just continue without too much hassle.”

“Since this is our first auction, I have put in a bit different kind of  horses, to learn and understand the market better. Eventually I want to  evaluate this auction and then maybe do an auction twice a year, because  I really like the idea of handling the business in this way. After  showing these horses for quite some time, it is really easy to tell  something about them,” Yuri explains. “For example Lou Lou VLS is a horse with a lot of experience already, who already even showed  her skills at five star level! She is a real fighter that wants to be  clear, a real horse for the future. Fangio Du Grand Champ on the other hand is a lot more green. He jumped quite some national  competitions up to 1m40 level, but also shows that he is careful and has  a lot of scope. Hebron VDL on the other hand is a look-a-like of his father Goldfever, so maybe we  need to sell him to Ludger Beerbaum (laughs). He is not really flashy,  but he is very careful and smart and has a really nice rideability! Late Night S is in my stable since he was 5 years old. He has a funny front  technique but is really really careful! He has so much scope that he  also feels really safe, which makes him suitable for many riders. Carlsson 72 is also a horse that can suit many riders. He has enormous scope! He  has quality enough for a professional rider but also has the rideability  and mindset to jump a big class with an amateur as well. M-Corona on the other hand is still really green. She has a good mentality and  looks to have a lot of scope, but has no show experience yet. California 19 used to be a really good jumper, with experience up to 1m50 level, but  got produced more recently as a hunter. It is not my field of expertise,  but I have been told that he could be one of the better hunters of the  century… Lerco van Stede ten Heede is also a horse that can fit many people: he is easy to ride and cool  in the mind, which makes him also a super amateur horse. The same  applies to Sandro Son Z. He is a beautiful type and a really nice horse. He is super smooth, pretty and really brave. Canada de Hus is also a horse is expect a lot from. He is flashy, crazy careful and has a lot of scope! Fanta is also a horse with enormous scope. He is a big horse, so he will need  a bit more time but I think a lot of riders will like him as well!  Especially amateurs that are looking for a safe feeling in a big track.”

But we wondered, with all these nice horses for sale, will you still be  riding at five-star-level? “Of course! Last weekend I’ve finished third  with Casantos in the CSI4* Grand Prix of Valence, he is a horse of one  of my sponsors. I recently acquired Alfons RA, of whom I also have high  expectations, and I am waiting on Babylotte, Ibelle ASK and Vitiki to  make their come-back. It is a shame to see this good horses leave for  sure, but it is my business and what is necessary to keep competing in  the big sport. It also gives me a lot of pleasure to see horses like  Inferno, Chaganus and First Devision do well in the sport. So let’s hope  this auction turns out to be a success, so we can already start  preparing the next one!” Yuri smiles.

People interested in trying one of the horses can take a look at www.zangersheide.auction and request a try-out. The auction is held online from 7 until 12 September. 

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