(Germany) The most expensive young horse of the 2nd Björn Nagel Online Auction, commanding an impressive 17,000 euros, was Be Mine, a two-year-old offspring of Brantzau out of a Taloubet Z dam. “Be Mine”: that is something show-jumper Shane Breen can now justifiably say to the brown gelding bred by Klaus Grothmann, since he was the owner of the fastest finger in a fiercely-contested bidding war against six competing bidders.

Be Mine will now head to Great Britain, as well as Necofino-offspring New York, who will also be moving to the isles. 16,000 euros was the investment required of the new owners of the talented young two year old bred by Björn Nagel. The auction initiator was delighted and not a little stunned at what played out in the final few hours after the start of the bid ups. “Suddenly it all kicked off”, says Nagel, “and several people, like my colleague Karl Schneider, were seriously cool cucumbers and only registered at 7.50pm…” The auction ran via the Horse24 system which Simon Kohlenbrenner developed for online auctions and which ensured Björn Nagel a technically-smooth process from start to finish.

Foals in high demand – prices just kept climbing

The top earner amongst the foals was a son of Casall out of a Quidam de Revel mare. Checker, who hails from the stud of Livia Utzikova (Kaiser Wilhelm-Koog), was sold to Switzerland for a price of 13,500 euros. And 12,000 euros was the eventual price tag for a Million Dollar-Kannan daughter bred by show-jumper Mike Patrick Leichle - My Love.

With an average of more than 8,718 euros being achieved across the 16 foals, the average price of the first online auction in 2019 (6,517 euros across 14 foals) was roundly beaten. The number of registered bidders also increased significantly, and these interested parties came from more than 10 different countries. The 24 auctioned horses were sold for a grand total of 229,000 euros.

Alice III, a twelve-year-old mare by Canturo from the stock of Björn Nagel’s grandfather Reimer Nagel, is set to become a Mexican. The mare, who is in foal to Caribis Z, has already produced two stallions and was sold for 10,500 euros. Pricier still was six-year-old broodmare Celine by Crumble, in foal to All Star; she was worth 11,500 euros to the buyer in that particular bidding duel. Björn Nagel is already planning ahead: “I think I’ll do another online auction next year for foals, broodmares and young jumping horses. It is an appropriate mixture…”