California Riding Magazine • August, 2013

Pacific Sporthorse Selection
Exciting European style sporthorse auction returns to California Aug. 31-Sept. 1.


2012 PSS Auction Horse Roulette SMR, 4 year old mare by Rousseau / Wolkentanz I / Bolero.

Last year, the Pacific Sporthorse Selection made its debut appearance at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville. The event was a stupendous success and it is sure to be a highlight event again this year on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31st and Sept. 1st.

The PSS is a European style auction which is designed to bring both buyers and sellers of top quality sporthorses together in one place. This format has been used successfully in Europe for decades. "With so many riders wanting to find quality horses and so many breeders producing really excellent young stock here on the West Coast, we recognized that it would benefit both parties to provide a forum that would bring the two groups together," says Christian Hartung, one of the initiators behind the PSS. "Our intention is to provide buyers with a pre-selected, pre-vetted collection of quality horses from which they can pick their ideal horse." For a buyer, this eliminates the hassle and heartache of traveling long distances to see one horse at a time that may not meet their criteria.  


Jochen Schleese from Schleese Saddlery donated a new saddle to the raffle, benefiting the CDS Junior and Young Rider Program. Photo ©Tamara

Buyers are invited to watch the horses in their daily work and to try the ones they like for two weeks prior to the auction. Since the whole collection is pre-selected by dressage judges, among them Lilo Fore and Melissa Cresswick in 2012, and pre-vetted with x-rays available, any horse in the group would be a suitable candidate for the discriminating buyer.

In turn, sellers benefit from the professional, extensive marketing that the PSS provides for all the horses selected to be in the auction. Horses are professionally ridden, trained, and prepared for the auction for five weeks prior to the event. They are also professionally photographed and videotaped for marketing to prospective buyers. Sellers can relax knowing that their horses are being well presented and marketed to a wider audience than they could market to on their own. 


2012 PSS Auction Horse Dreamcatcher, 3 year old gelding by Diamond Hit / Münchhausen (Trak.). Photo ©Tamara

The entire event is structured and managed by Christiane Noelting, Christian Hartung - both trainers at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center, and Ellie Johnson, a dedicated breeder and dressage enthusiast herself. "We wanted to make this an event that had something for everyone." said Ellie, and the PSS team has definitely delivered on that promise!  

Busy Weekend

The two-day event kicks off their festivities with a wonderful Gala Evening featuring some fantastic wine and hors d'ouevres. 2012 wineries included RustRidge Winery, Bourassa Vineyards, Berryessa Gap, Senders Wines, and Sudwerk Brewery. No gala would be complete without entertaining exhibitions and the guests last year enjoyed "first class" treatment all the way. This year, guests can expect to be thrilled by world class Frisbee dogs, professional dancers, and world competitive vaulters to name just a few of the performers. The evening will draw to a close with a charity auction to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. "We were so pleased to be able to collect donations totaling more than $4,000 for our charities in 2012. This year, we hope to exceed that," says Ellie. The PSS also donated proceeds of a raffle to help young equestrians through the CDS Club 100 - a grant offered to riders under the age of 22 to further their education.

Most notable items that were auctioned and raffled for charity were two breedings to the world famous stallion Sandro Hit, donated by Paul Schokehmoele from Germany and a brand new Schleese saddle donated by Jochen Schleese. Christiane Noelting indicated that the PSS "is confident to have those types of items and more
in 2013!"

The weekend will gather momentum on Sunday morning, Sept. 1 with a preview of the auction horses followed by several interesting lectures on useful topics. Some of the topics planned for 2013 are "nutrition for the equine athlete," "pilates for riders," "proper saddle fitting and its importance with the equine athlete," and "integrative medicine for the sporthorse." The mini lecture series is one of the aspects that make the PSS such a unique, well rounded event. 

Last on the schedule is the main feature of the weekend, the auction itself! Guests will enjoy a spectacular show and glass of champagne while the top quality collection of auction horses and foals are presented. Last year's line-up of horses represented some of today's most popular bloodlines including Sir Donnerhall, Diamond Hit, Hotline and Don Frederico to name a few. Breeds in the auction included Hannoverian, Dutch WB, Oldenburg, Trakehner, Holsteiner, and even a German Riding Pony. The top bid of the day was $57,000 for a 3 year old Sir Donnerhall gelding imported especially for the auction. The average hammer price was $27,150.


PSS team after the successful event.

The PSS management team is enthusiastic about the 2013 auction weekend. "We are so happy to be bringing such a worthy event to our community." said Ellie. "The whole purpose of the auction is to bring buyers and sellers of top quality horses together. We are doing that and more! We are also using the PSS to give back to the community in the form of education, entertainment, and charitable donations. I am so proud to be a part of it!"

If you didn't attend in 2012, you should mark your calendar now. This will certainly be one of the highlights of the season! 

For more information, you can check out the Pacific Sporthorse Selection website at www.sporthorse-selection.com. Article provided by PSS.