What a fantastic day for Nutrien with a Australian Record for 2yo mare, Lot 257 YAVEN CHAMPAGNE ROMANCE on account of John & Jenn Corbett from Adelong NSW selling for a huge $260,000 at lunch time today.
Purchased by a very excited Peter and Shari Knudsen from Chinchilla in QLD, Peter said “It’s really exciting for our family. We have a long history with her as we missed out on her as a yearling, so very pleased to be able to take her home now.”
The mare is by the $49 million sire METALLIC CAT out of the ONE MOORE ROMANCE whose dam ONE MOORE SPIN is considered one of the highest producing dams in Australian Performance.
Peter and Shari will add her to their breeding and competition program, which includes campdrafting and some cutting.
The bidding was all in the main arena of AELEC today, with multiple bidders right up until the $200,000 splicing it down to three parties and then two at the end till the Knudsens sealed the deal.
John and Jenn Corbett are long-time vendors and supporters of the Nutrien Classic and this backs up their amazing record of top price horses at the sales. John said “We are over the moon, we really thought a lot of her, she is a beautiful mare.” John and Jenn sold the full brother in 2018 to Hughes Pastoral Co, YAVEN SPINACAT and he made $210,000. They have another colt in the sale whose dam is out of ONE MOORE ROMANCE, YAVEN SPINAREY and he is by METALLIC CAT, Lot 336 YAVEN VAN HALEN.
Auctioneer Darren Smith was elated to take the record for auctioneering in the 15 years of the Nutrien Classic and said that the mare was something special. “There was a lot of hype about her in the preworks and prior to the sale, she was beautifully presented by Hugh Miles, and calm. She didn’t have to do much, as she had such presence and style.”
When asked how he felt about selling an Australian Record horse, Darren said “Well, it hasn’t really sunk in yet”
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