Trust pays off: Calourina PS breaks the million Euro mark at the XLI. P.S.I. Auction 2020

Trust pays off: Calourina PS breaks the million Euro mark at the XLI. P.S.I. Auction 2020

Ankum — ‘Success made by P.S.I.’, a recipe for success that prevails even in times of Corona and nationwide lockdown. The trust of the international buyers in the Kasselmann and Schockemöhle families and the loyalty to the P.S.I. brand seem unlimited. “We would like to thank our clients, employees and everyone involved for the confidence placed in us during these special times,” concluded Paul Schockemöhle and Ullrich Kasselmann.

For the first time in the 41-year history of Performance Sales International, the event took place without an audience. Bidding on the selected dressage and show jumping collection took place exclusively by telephone after prior registration. For a last look at the auction candidates in the ring, there was FaceTime with the sales managers or a live stream on the P.S.I. homepage. However, two other traditions were not interrupted: as in previous years Marko Vassalli sang Beethoven’s well-known ‘Ode to Joy’ at the start the auction, and the quality of the collection again left nothing to be desired this year.

Auctioneer Hendrik Schulze Rückamp and the sales managers of Hof Kasselmann and Paul Schockemöhle may have been alone in the indoor arena of the P.S.I. Sport and Auction Centre in Ankum, but they still had their hands full. It did not take long until the million mark was exceeded. Already the third horse in the ring, catalogue number 35, the six-year-old Carembar de Muze x Baloubet du Rouet daughter Calourina PS changed into French ownership for 1.6 million Euros. This sister to 1.60 m show jumper Jalellah OL by Louise Saywell provided the top result of this year’s auction.

The four-year-old Hanoverian stallion Diaton (Dimaggio x Benetton Dream) was certainly on the wish list of many dressage connoisseurs. The son of the well-known dressage horse maker Dimaggio is out of Blind Date Bailola by Benetton Dream, who is competed by Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven. The pedigree is completed on the maternal side by the Trakehner stallion Hohenstein. In the end, clients of Californian Grand Prix trainer David Wilson, Perfect International Equine Inc came out on top at 700,000 Euros. Hof Kasselmann rider and Olympic squad member Frederic Wandres will continue to prepare Diaton for the international sport.

A ‘hot line’ to the dressage mecca Wellington secured another future star in the arena: the licensed Virtual Story by Vitalis x Don Primero comes from the proven Oldenburg dam line of Love Story, which has already brought us many successful dressage horses, elite mares and premium stallions, such as Dream Catcher and Franklin’s Love.

The full siblings Great Story and Gremlin by Grey Flannel x Donnerschwee sold for 450,000 and 500,000 Euros respectively. The talented KWPN gelding Jovanni (Davino x Gribaldi) had already caused a buzz in the live presentation last weekend and was worth 500,000 Euros to a well-known patron of dressage in Germany.

A special bidding duel unfolded for the Kannan x Stakkatol son Kannatol. Dam Stalognia was top price at the 2015 P.S.I. Auction and is now highly successful over 1.60m with Colombian Olympic show jumper René Lopez. Granddam Chalanda, herself a P.S.I. top price in 2012, was victorious over 1.60m under Philip Houston. As the last bid, the athletic grey stallion was auctioned for 615,000 Euros.

The impressive auction lot of 20 dressage and 22 show jumping horses fetched an overall result of 14,568,000 Euros, with the dressage horses returning an average price of 292,050 Euros and the jumping horses 396,682 Euros. The international buyers came from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, France, Portugal, Russia, Australia, Taiwan, North and South America, among others.

Ulli Kasselmann and Paul Schockemöhle would like to thank all clients, friends and employees of the P.S.I. and hope to be able to welcome their clientele in Ankum again in the usual manner in 2021.