Wellington, FL – December 19, 2006 – Having the well-trained eye and honest advice of an Olympic rider and trainer can make all the difference in the world when purchasing a horse, which is one major factor that distinguishes the Intercontinental Sport Horse Auction at The Ridge Farm from other American auctions.
The fourth annual auction, hosted by 2000 Olympic veteran Nona Garson at her farm in Wellington, FL, will be held on January 27, 2007, and will offer an elite selection of horses from the United States, Canada and Europe that have been handpicked by Garson. She has made three trips to Europe in recent months to view and ride more than 250 horses as possible candidates for the auction. Because of Garson’s painstaking research, she is able to provide top caliber hunter, jumper and dressage mounts with experience levels and prices that run the gamut. Many of the horses purchased from the auction have gone straight to the winners circle or have enabled the purchaser to earn an excellent profit.
Wendy Arndt Hodges of Aiken, SC, is no stranger to the auction culture and travels to Europe at least six times each year to purchase horses. She attended the 2006 Intercontinental Sport Horse auction to see what was available, and by the end of the night, Hodges had purchased a prospect named Real Look.
“I like the European auctions because they’re very good at rating for the auction. America has a bad taste in its mouth about auctions, like ‘If you have something you don’t like, you unload it at the auction.’ (Garson’s) concept of having more of a European auction is being presented to buyers in the country. Hopefully, that’s what stays,” Hodges commented. “You have to separate Nona’s auction from others in the States – it’s different.”
Her purchase turned out to be exactly what Hodges wanted. “I sold him within a week. That’s very successful. I schooled him and sold him, and that’s why I bought him – for resale purposes, and I’d like to repeat that. My attitude is that I go to Europe, but if I can do that in the states and support someone here – someone I respect – I’d be happy to do that. It’d be like giving money to a friend instead of a stranger,” she added.
Garson and her partner, George D’Ambrosio, strive to make the buying experience positive and encourage possible buyers to view or try the horses by appointment before the auction.
Another 2006 buyer, Allison McCormack, praised the auction and Garson’s efforts. “We loved the horse that we got. It’s a great place to find some really worthwhile purchases, and I would certainly do it again. Nona and George are great, as far as the people coming in to look at the horses. They do a really, really good job of that and the people side of it,” she said. McCormack’s purchase, Ciara, was a High Amateur Jumper bought for resale purposes but has found her calling as an equitation mount. The mare is now leased with an option to buy.
Richard Burgstresser has been a client of Garson’s for many years and has a farm that neighbors The Ridge’s New Jersey location. However, he has traveled to Wellington for the past three years and has purchased two horses through the auction: a Dutch Warmblood pony, Leander, in 2004, and a three-year-old in 2006, What a Dream.
“Leander has done really well. He’s been competing very successfully in USEF “A” rated shows in the large ponies. He’s won a couple of Classics at rated shows…What a Dream is currently in training and she’s going very well. She was a young horse with excellent bloodlines and is getting ready to ramp up for her show career. She’s just coming four – she’s doing extremely well,” he commented.
One of the greatest benefits that buyers have found through the Intercontinental Sport Horse Auction is the complete pre-purchase and vetting exams that each prospect undergoes. Dr. Brendan Furlong, of Furlong and Associates, personally vets each and every horse that Garson plans to offer at the auction.
“In the case of Nona’s auction, you really have the opportunity to see some wonderful animals who have been fully vetted. In a lot of auctions, you bid blindly, but with this one you have the comfort factor and knowledge that the animals have been fully vetted out before they begin,” Burgstresser explained. “I think for anyone considering buying an accomplished or prospective sport horse, it is worthwhile to check out.”
The fourth annual Intercontinental Sport Horse Auction will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. Garson will offer between 30 and 40 horses that she has personally handpicked from around the world. In addition, she is accepting a few horses for consignment. For more information, please visit the web site as http://www.interconsporthorse.com
. The auction is open to the public, but buyers are encouraged to register ahead of time.
Video of each horse offered for sale will be available at least one week before the auction, and interested parties can view or try available horses by appointment from Tuesday, January 23, 2007, through the date of the auction. In addition, there will be a cocktail party and presentation of the horses on Friday, January 26, 2007. Each horse offered for sale has had a pre-purchase exam complete with X-rays and flexion tests.
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