Isle of Wight Elite Auction
|Isle of Wight Elite Auction - 17th Jun 2008|
A lovely display of wine and the four stallions.
With trade stands catering for a wide of variety of interests from saddlery, photography, tractor sales, wineries, horse floats, stable complexes and fodder stores there was something for everyone. Great seating was on offer whether you wanted a ringside seat or somewhere to sit and enjoy some lunch or a glass of wine.
David Quick who completed a beautiful exhibition ride aboard Isle of Aspen was almost outshone by his 14 year old Son Lorne Quick. Lorne rode the veteran Grand Prix stallion "Romboli" who at aged 25 was an absolute gentleman, Lorne had only ridden Romi on seven occasions and never before had they ridden together in public. There was total silence as the pair performed shoulder in, half pass, flying changes, piaffe and passage all in perfect harmony without the use of spurs. At the end of the performance, the crowd was emotional with hardly a dry eye in the house as this dear old gentleman guided his young rider through all the movements in such a light and soft manner which was evident by the standing applause they both received. One can only imagine how incredibly proud David must have felt for the two of them at that moment.
Then onto the serious business of the day…..
There was a buzz of excitement as the auction began, led by auctioneer Michael Glasser including expert commentary from MC Bruce Faulk, the four stallion services sold from lot 1 to 4.
The first of the auction horses Lot 5, Isle of Riviera by Magnetic Isle sold to Vanessa and Colin Blackley from Tasmania. They also purchased lot 18 Isle of Tatiana by Isle of Aspen for $9,000. Lot 6 Isle of Athens a magnificent colt by Magnetic Isle who has super movement and an awesome jump sold to Gary and Julie Edmonson from NSW for $13,000. Lot 7 Isle of Munich by Isle of Aspen sold to Grand Prix rider and trainer Anne Smith Sunbury Lodge $19,000. Anne also bought lot 11 Isle of Troy, Lot 12 Isle of Arlington $20,000 and lot 23 Isle of Armadale. Lot 17 Isle of Marlboro by Isle of Aspen to Showjumping riders Carolyn Price and Gay Hunter for $8,500. Lot 20 Isle of Darius by Magnetic Isle passed in and later sold for $20,000 to C. Tomo of Japan for her husband who is competing Grand Prix in Japan. Lot 15 Isle of Clarendon by Isle of Aspen sold for $10,000 to Tony Ericson who also purchased Lot 19 Isle of Normandy and Lot 22 Isle of Darlinghurst. Tony has been an excellent supporter of the Isle of Wight Auctions, having now purchased eight Isle of Wight horses in total from four auctions.
The auction produced a 100 per cent clearance for the 20 horses presented including several horses passed in but whom were then sold immediately afterwards, with a total gross of over a quarter of a million dollars.