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14-06-2019

July 2019 Auction Review

WHAT a weekend!!!

Our annual winter performance sale saw almost $400,000 worth of horses sold with an average of $18,300 and despite a very slow start (watch Heath turn grey before your eyes!) the auction still managed a clearance rate of over 72%.
Passed in as Lot 1 was the schoolmaster to die for, Grand Prix stallion Fiji R, at $49,000, while the star of the auction without a doubt was the most beautiful mare Top of the Morning R, by Totilas out of a Regardez Moi (imp)/Jive Magic (imp)/Richmeed Medallion (imp) mare! Four Grand Prix stallions, all imported, right there in the pedigree! Wow! 'Topsy' had bidders on all sides, online, via phone, on the floor, and in the end it was a right royal battle between two very determined bidders before the hammer finally fell at $72,000 to cheers from the audience! Topsy is the mother of one of our youngest AOS stallions, Drumming R, so her potential as a broodmare is clear, and she was just beautiful under saddle with Rommy Sanna.


Other outstanding sales were former para-equestrian horse Frederico R, sold for $48,500 in another hard-fought battle, and Pacific Avalon in an extended battle that seemed it would never resolve before finally the Sir Donnerhall gedling sold at $49,000.
Lot 30, as the last lot, was the auction 'giveaway' at $3700, a Brilliant Invader granddaughter in foal to Wimborne Constable, while babies Quinella (by Questing R) at $5500 and Byalee Bebe (a warmblood show pony by Byalee Briar) at $5100 were great buys!
The eight horses passed in are immediately available for sale, please contact us to pursue your interest. Most sell soon after auction so don't miss out!


THE RESULTS OF OUR SUPER SIRE SERVICE FEES:

Lot A $625 x 2
Lot B $660 x 2
Lot C $450 + $425
Lot D $1000 + $900
Lot E $875 + $950
Lot F $675 + $650
Lot G $900 x 2
Lot H $1350 x 2

AND THE STARS ...

Lot 1 $49,000 passed in
Lot 2 withdrawn
Lot 3 $34,000 passed in
Lot 4 $13,000 passed in
Lot 5 $72,000 SOLD
Lot 6 $25,000 passed in
Lot 7 $16,500 SOLD
Lot 8 $9000 SOLD
Lot 9 $24,500 passed in
Lot 10 $8000 SOLD
Lot 11 $9000 SOLD
Lot 12 $10,000 passed in
Lot 13 $48,500 SOLD
Lot 14 $8000 passed in
Lot 15 $13,000 SOLD
Lot 16 $5500 SOLD
Lot 17 $15,000 SOLD
Lot 18 $37,000 SOLD
Lot 19 $5100 SOLD
Lot 20 $21,000 SOLD
Lot 21 $49,000 SOLD
Lot 22 $9000 SOLD
Lot 23 $9100 SOLD
Lot 24 $15,000 SOLD
Lot 25 $5000 SOLD
Lot 26 $11,500 SOLD
Lot 27 $8000 passed in
Lot 28 $8000 SOLD
Lot 29 $14,000 SOLD
Lot 30 $3700 SOLD

14-06-2019

July 2019 Auction Preview

The Auction of the Stars Winter Performance Sale is going to be an absolute cracker. The nominations are in and we are looking at some really exciting Dressage and Eventing talents from experienced Grand Prix competition horses, school masters, horses moving up the grades to youngsters that have the world in front of them.

1. Mary Nitchske and Utopian Cardinal at the Sydney CDI U25 Champions
This time last year Grand Prix dressage horse Utopian Cardinal was sold to young rider Mary Nitschke in South Australia through our Auction of the Stars. Since then Mary and Cardinal have been busy out competing at all the big dressage competitions around Australia. Prior to Cardinal, Mary had never had the opportunity to compete at Grand Prix level dressage. In just 12 short months Mary and Cardinal have developed a partnership which has taken them from their first outing at Prix St Georges level to just recently when they travelled to the prestigious Sydney CDI where they won the U25 Grand Prix Championship. Shortly after the Sydney CDI and a little closer to home, Mary and Cardinal competed at the South Australian State Championships where they took out the title of Big Tour Champion. As Cardinal was Heath Ryans Grand Prix dressage partner for numerous years it was sad to see him leave the Ryans stable, producing a Grand Prix dressage horse is such a huge effort and large part of a life. However the pleasure that Mary is getting from partnering Cardinal and the success they are experiencing is definitely wonderful to watch and it is great to see a young rider developing and becoming a force to be reckoned with in the top levels of dressage.

The star lot of this Auction will be the well-known and regarded imported Grand Prix dressage stallion Fiji R. With a lifetime of schooling at the Ryans establishment by young rider Breanna Tillitzki who was 18 when she started competing Fiji R, he has developed from a youngster just starting his first dressage competition through to established Grand Prix dressage. Fiji R has competed around Australia in the Grand Prix classes and is a well known presence at the CDI’s. Fiji R progeny are now appearing at the CDI’s alongside their father. The Fiji R youngsters moving through the grades are proving to be very compatible with competition inheriting their fathers great temperament, trainability, good looks and great paces. As an established Grand Prix dressage horse, we hope Fiji R can keep enjoying his journey in the top levels of dressage competition.

2. Fiji R and Breanna Tillitzki at the Syndey CDI

While Fiji R may be the star lot of the Auction he is by no means the only exciting horse up for sale on the weekend of the 27th & 28th July. We have some exciting Dressage and Eventing talent both ridden and unbroken. With some of the dressage potential enough to drop your jaw. Offered from the Ryans for sale will be Top of the Morning R who is by the one and only Grand Prix dressage stallion Totilas! Top of the Morning R is very underdeveloped and we are not sure just how good she is yet but you can see from the photo of her that even underdeveloped there looks to be so much potential there. Top of the Morning R is the mother of Drumming R. Drumming R is a young stallion here at Ryans standing at stud and he in turn is by De Niro.

3. Top of the Morning R ridden by Cathryn Herbert (photo credit Peter Stoop)

Nichola Paff brings forward not one but two exciting dressage half-siblings. Pacific Avalon is a magnificent gelding who is by Sir Donnerhall and carries the Sandro Hit bloodlines. Pacific Avalon has begun his compettion career with success at Prelim, Novice and Elementary level dressage. Pacific Riverina his half-sister is by Riverside. Pacific Riverina is competing at Advanced level and is a stunning mare with beautiful paces. Pacific Riverina is schooling most of the Advanced movements including baby piaffe.

4. Pacific Riverina and Nichola Paff

For Eventing we have an established 2* (previously called 1*) eventer in Riverside Archie. Riverside Archie has been campaigned to 2* with his owner and rider Mathew Constance. We also have an exciting young horse called Viva who is by the jumping stallion Vivant. Viva has a huge career out in front of him and is ready to start competing, he looks like he could be a really serious straight show jumper as well as a beautiful dressage horse and of course maybe the perfect eventer.

5. Riverside Archie and Mathew Constance at Wallaby Hills (photo credit OzShots)

The Auction will be run over the weekend of the 27th & 28th of July.
On the Saturday the 27th we display all the horses for the public and live stream the event so people can get a glimpse of the horses in the Auction arena from their lounge rooms at home. Both Saturday and Sunday we provide opportunities for the ridden horses to be trialled. We recommend if you are interested in any of the ridden horses to take the opportunity to ride them on the Auction weekend and watch them being ridden by other riders. It is a unique environment and sometimes the chemistry works with a horse and sometimes it doesn’t but you don’t know if you don’t try! For those of you who are organised you are very welcome to make appointments and trial the horses in the weeks leading up to the Auction.

On Sunday the 28th we display the horses again in the morning and then starting approximately 1pm we begin the Auction. This starts with the stallion service fees and then moves through to the horses in lot order. We have VIP lunch and seating for $30 pp so you can enjoy the Auction up close, or just come for free and watch and bid from the public viewing areas. Don’t forget if you would like VIP seating it will the best value for money you have ever spent however you do need to book through our Auction of the Stars website. If you can’t make it we offer phone bidding and online bidding options and a live stream which will allow you to be apart of the Auction action from where ever you are.

We are looking forward to a big weekend and hope you will be involved.

17-12-17

December 2018 - Auction Report

It was a great weekend at Auction of the Stars with our highest clearance rate ever, at 80.77%. We even managed to survive the humidity and only catch the edge of just one of the intense storms that rolled around the Hunter!
Top-priced horse of the day was Lot 7, the 8yo Royal Hit gelding Desigual, at $36,000. The most competitive horse of the day, though, was without doubt Lot 25 Utopian Classic, with a horde of bidders determined to take him home before the hammer fell at $28,250.
The cheapest horse of the day was Lot 18, Annaventure, sold in foal to MSJ Nemo with a live foal guarantee for just $3000.
The jewel of the auction, Lot 1, Bronze Boy R, attracted huge interest with bidding to $136,000, but it wasn’t enough for Heath to part with the super-talented Byalee Briar gelding, who has just qualified for two-star eventing and yet can also perform all of the Prix St Georges movements at just six years of age.
Our next auction is in July – see you all then!
OUR STAR STALLIONS:
Lot A: 1300 x 2
Lot B: 950 and 1000
Lot C : 975 and 900
Lot D: 400 and 400
Lot E: 625 and 575
Lot F: 900 and 750
Lot G: 650 and 600
Lot H: 750 x 2
Lot I: 600 and 550
Lot J: 1500 x 2
OUR STAR LOTS:
Lot 1: 136,000 passed in
Lot 2: 6000
Lot 3: withdrawn
Lot 4: 15,000
Lot 5: withdrawn
Lot 6: 6500
Lot 7: 36,000
Lot 8: 5000
Lot 9: 34,500 passed in
Lot 10: 5700
Lot 11: 6000
Lot 12: 11,000
Lot 13: 6000
Lot 14: 5000
Lot 15: 16,500
Lot 16: 5000 passed in
Lot 17: 30,000 passed in
Lot 18: 3000
Lot 19: 15,000
Lot 20: 5250 passed in
Lot 21: 12,000
Lot 22: 5900
Lot 23: 6100
Lot 24: 9250
Lot 25: 28,250
Lot 26: 8500
Lot 27: withdrawn
Lot 28: 17,000
Lot 29: 5600

30-07-18

July 2018 - Auction Report

What a weekend!
It was a record-breaker for Auction of the Stars at our winter performance sale with more than half a million dollars changing hands in the arena at Ryans, Heatherbrae.
Total sales amounted to $532,025 including more than $16,000 worth of stallion service fees alone, in our traditional no-reserve start to the auction.
The diamond in the crown was undoubtedly the renowned Grand Prix horse Utopian Cardinal, Heath Ryan's champion competition ride, which sold for $150,000 to South Australia as Lot 1 in a dramatic start to the auction. There was plenty of emotion from the crowd and even Heath's voice broke as he rode around the auction ring telling the crowd why they should buy the horse that he has spent years creating!
Cardinal is the highest-priced horse ever sold by Auction of the Stars, and the Ryans' imported stallion MSJ Nemo also exceeded our previous record, selling at a mighty $80,000! Not so surprising, given that Heath described him as arguably the best-bred stallion in the world today!
Beautiful young horse BZ Rolando (Regardez Moi/Jive) sold for $40,000, and in fact BZ Warmbloods had a brilliant day, selling six out of six horses nominated.
The lovely schoolmaster Let's Entertain sold to a young rider for $33,000 while at the other end of the spectrum, the bargain of the auction was undoubtedly BZ Ivy, a 10yo Ilkay/Salute mare in foal to Grand Prix stallion Fiji R, sold for $3500.
Stallion service fees:

Lot A $1000 and $925
Lot B $825 and $825
Lot C $1900 and $1900

Lot D $600 and $575
Lot E $400 and $375
Lot F $925 and $925
Lot G $1275 and $950
Lot H $800 and $800
Lot I $800 and $725
Horses:

Lot 1 $150,000
Lot 2 $6000
Lot 3 $3500
Lot 4 $8000 passed in
Lot 5 WITHDRAWN
Lot 6 $10,000
Lot 7 $17,750
Lot 8 $10,750
Lot 9 $18,500 passed in
Lot 10 $54,000 passed in
Lot 11 WITHDRAWN
Lot 12 $40,000
Lot 13 $8500
Lot 14 $24,500 passed in
Lot 15 $15,000
Lot 16 $5000
Lot 17 $15,000 post-auction
Lot 18 $15,000
Lot 19 $33,000
Lot 20 $12,750
Lot 21 $11,000
Lot 22 $80,000
Lot 23 $8750 passed in
Lot 24 $13,000
Lot 25 $7750
Lot 26 $16,750
Lot 27 $7000
Lot 28 $15,000
Lot 29 $5500 passed in
Lot 30 $3900 passed in
Lot 31 $6000 passed in
Lot 32 $4750 passed in
Lot 33 $9250
Lot 34 $6750
Lot 35 $6000 passed in
Lot 36 $10,000 passed in
Lot 37 $6750

7-06-18

The Auction and the Journey

Written for the Equestrian News & Lifestyle Magazine June 2018


Regardez Moi and Heath winning at Equitana for the third consecutive year. (Photo credit Stephen Mowbray)

Heath and Rozzie Ryan are well known Equestrian identities on the Australian scene. Both of them have been involved in riding for Australia at World Equestrian Games and Olympics and World Cup Finals and major three day events overseas and at other international competitions. On the Australian scene their involvement is even more diverse with Rozzie about to head off to Boneo Park in Victoria for the Winter Dressage CDI with her two Grand Prix horses whilst Heath is about to start the young stallion Wimborne Constable in his first 3* one day event. However probably more urgent right now is the organising for the July Auction of the Stars (AOS) to be held on Heath and Rozzie’s home facility in Heatherbrae, NSW on the 28th & 29th July. This is a monster production when Ryans and the Byalee mob headed up by Ann-Maree Lourey combine forces to produce an Australian icon event where some of Australia’s best up and coming competition horses are sourced by riders of the future and also existing Australian super stars. This production is the Auction of the Stars.

Rozzie Ryan. Being part of what she loves.

So what does an event of this magnitude need to become a reality?
1. Firstly sourcing really good horses in the Olympic disciplines for an Auction is almost impossible. Traditionally Auctions are for horses that have not been successful and the owners are not able to sell privately or the horses are those that have vices or soundness issues which are sometimes overlooked in an Auction situation. Consequently Auctions do tend to be cheap prices for discard horses.

Ann-Maree and Dimity Lourey

So what is different with the horses in Auction of the Stars (AOS)? Heath and Rozzie and Ann-Maree actually put their names to these horses. That’s a big deal. Heath and Rozzie will breed 40 foals a year and have been doing this for 40 years. Actually there have been some years where 70 foals have been born at Ryans. All of the breeding has been continually updated with the best genetics in the World particularly in the Dressage and Eventing programs. The stallions which make up the AOS presentation have been very successful in competition at the highest levels and Regardez Moi has been the Australian Grand Prix Champion on three separate occasions. The broodmares are a collection of the genes packaged together over the last four decades and perhaps represent the most state of the art collection of broodmares anywhere in the world. The bloodlines include all of the icon dressage dynasties that exist in Europe. Donnerhall, Rubinstein, Ferro, Weltmeyer, Jazz, Florestan, Sandro Hit, Pik Bube, Angelo, Consul, Bjorsells Briar 899, Bernstein, Landadel, Aktion, QuandoQuando, Brentano II, Wenzel, Hohenstein, Florencio, Lauries Crusader, Gribaldi, Vivaldi, Salute, Don Schufro, De Niro and Totilas. Its from these bloodlines that the Auction of the Stars sources most of the Lots offered.

Bree Tillitzki who has been at Ryans for 12 years. Bree seen here riding the stallion Fiji R in the CDN Grand Prix class at the 2018 Sydney CDI dressage show. (Photo credit Amy-Sue Alston)

“At a personal level this is tough. I am offering for sale Utopian Cardinal who is my life’s work and a partner who has backed me in the biggest arenas at the most important dressage shows in Australia. Selling good horses is emotionally tough.”

2. How do you take a well bred youngster and start its education and schooling in such a way so as to optimise its likelihood to reach its potential? This is a very tricky aspect of producing top competition horses and its probably realistic to say that 90% of good horses in Australia are irretrievably compromised by less than expert training by the time they are 5 years of age. There are of course riders out there in Australia who do a great job however finding a collection of riders in one facility other than a family, probably does not exist anywhere else in Australia, other than Ryans. At Ryans there are up to 7 full time riders working the horses each day and many of these riders have actually been at Ryans for up to 10 years. These riders are all given one or more lessons a week from Heath and/or Rozzie. Currently there are three riders not counting Heath or Rozzie who have trained and competed and are competing right now at Grand Prix dressage. It is also worth noting that on the Byalee side of the equation Ann-Maree’s daughter Dimity is also competing Grand Prix. Dimity is also very involved with producing for the AOS. There are at Ryans three riders who have competed successfully at 3* Eventing level and this includes Hazel Shannon who won the only 4* in the Southern Hemisphere, Adelaide International Three day event in 2016. Quite frankly this is an amazing team no matter where you are anywhere in the World. It is this team that will oversee the training of the young horses for the Auction of the Stars.

Sarah Clark who is the baby of the Ryan team on her first pony ASH Starlight (Starry). Starry is offered for sale at the July AOS 2018. Starry has competed at Prix St George dressage and will jump 1.10m which is nearly as tall as her. (Photo credit Peter Stoop)

“The staff at Ryans would be the super star number 1 rider at most stables anywhere in the World. I do know how lucky I am to have these riders. At Ryans we do not have grooms, everyone is a rider in training.”

3. The Auction of the Stars then needs buyers and people who have confidence in Heath and Rozzie and Ann-Maree and the horses and the process. This is very tricky and requires enormous skills in Event management, enormous effort in advertising which includes social media, print media, personal connections and dialogue between buyers and representatives of the Auction of the Stars. Given the stigma associated with traditional Auctions this is all more easily said than done. At Ryans most of the skill development is focused on riding and so this section of the Auction, public relations, depends upon staff having some natural flair for this aspect of the Auction. Ryans are lucky in having Jenny Lamb who originally started some 15 years ago as the part-time bookkeeper. Jenny evolved into the most driven Event Organiser and can be found driving not only the Auction of the Stars but also the fundraising Black Tie Ball for the last Olympics at Rio for Australian based riders to Christmas parties etc etc. Over the years buyers have developed confidence in the AOS and a couple of years ago the AOS had a really good sale but returned the most amazing statistic in every buyer had bought sometime previously at a prior Auction. Repeat buyers at the AOS are a really big percentage of the customers and this is a great indication of the confidence that buyers have developed over the years in the Auction process and the quality of the AOS offered horses.

Hazel Shannon who has been at Ryans for 8 years having never ridden in Eventing before joining the team. Photographed with Willingapark Clifford winning the Adelaide International 4* three day event in 2016. (Photo credit Julie Wilson)

“I have never worked a day in my life. Each morning I get up and do exactly what I want to do with people who are my friends, my family and people who I have the greatest respect for. Most of the buyers are also friends and peers.”

4. Perhaps the biggest test of time is how successful have the horses sold through the Auction gone on to be. Without a doubt the success of these horses is evolving into a stand out story. These are just a couple of the successful partnerships that evolved through the sourcing of horses through the Auction of the Stars.
• Stirling Stilton (gelding) sold 1994 as a 3yo. Represented Australia at the WEG 2002 Spain in dressage.
• Stirling Sprite (stallion) sold 1991 as a weanling. Sire of Adelaide Hills who this year won the 3* at Sydney Three Day Event and is now in contention for the Australian WEG 2018 team.
• CP Dresden (gelding) sold 2011 as a 4yo. Currently Grand Prix with Alycia Targa. Won the CDN Grand Prix at Willinga Park 2018.
• Aspire R (gelding) sold 2009 as a 4yo. Went on to win 3* eventing and then sold to the USA.
• Jude (colt) sold 2006 as a weanling. Won the CDN Grand Prix at Sydney CDI 2018.
• Questing Atticus R (colt) sold in-utero 2015. Supreme Champion (Champion of Champions) 2018 AWHA National Championship and Classification Tour. Scored a 10 for trot, 8.5 for canter and 9.125 for walk.

Sappho Ransan-Elliot who has been with Ryans for 12 years. Pictured on the stallion Desert Storm in full flight show jumping.

“Originally the breeding program was conceptual around supplying Rozzie and myself with horses to represent Australia at the Olympics on. It still is focused on Olympics however the selling of some of these horses helps pay for the passion.”
At Ryans there is never a dull moment and the Auction is just part of the journey. Our biggest secret goal (not secret anymore) is to have three of the Ryans riders to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Everyone at Ryans is throwing everything they have at every moment of every day!
“Today there are probably 7000 Equestrian Australia members who potentially could make the final Australian considerations for the 2020 Olympic Games. Realistically there will be no more than 10 serious considerations at the final trials in each of the disciplines in show jumping, dressage and eventing. At the end of the day its just those riders who dare to plan and then never give up.”

Cathryn Herbert who has been with Ryans 2 years. Cathryn completed her Engineering degree at Curtin University, WA where she passed with first class honours. Cathryn is responsible for pioneering the online Auction facility that is now part of the AOS. (Photo credit Tom Testone)

18-12-17

December 2017 - Auction Report

The Auction of the Stars team survived a hot and humid weekend to finish off the year with a great sale! Top-priced horse was the beautiful medium-level mare Byalee Fashion ... the very first MSJ Nemo foals were sold for $10,000 and $10,500 ... and there were some amazing bargains to be had in the unreserved stallion service fees!
Some young riders out there will have their best Christmas ever after winning jumping prospects like Blue Note ($8000) and Brandy Time ($13,000). Tomfoolery R (FEI dressage horse AND FEI eventer) and the amazing medium/advanced dressage mare by Regardez Moi, Rossignole, were both passed in at $29,500 - but we would love to negotiate on these as well as any of the passed-in lots.
New baby stallions on the block MSJ Nemo debuted with Hazel Shannon, Byalee Salao IX debuted with Ann-Maree Lourey, and the grand old men of dressage, Jive Magic and Regardez Moi, made special cameo appearances.
Online bidding and phone bidding were as popular as ever, as was the live-streaming on both Saturday and Sunday! We are looking forward to continuing to develop these areas as we move into 2018.
Thank you to all of the people who help us out and especially to our ‘resident’ auctioneer, Andrew Hearn! We couldn’t do it without him!
Results for yesterday's auction:
Lot A: $800/$700
Lot B: $850/$825
Lot C: $675/$700
Lot D: $950/$1000
Lot E: $1600/$1600
Lot F: $525/$500
Lot G: $500/$500
Lot H: $1000/$1025
Lot I: $800/$825
Lot J: $750/$825

Lot 1: $6250
Lot 2: withdrawn (foot abscess) but still for sale!
Lot 3: $10,500
Lot 4: PI $29,500
Lot 5: $16,500
Lot 6: $6500
Lot 7: PI $8500
Lot 8: PI $11,750
Lot 9: PI $11,750
Lot 10: PI $29,500
Lot 11: $4200
Lot 12: $24,000
Lot 13: $6000
Lot 14: $8000
Lot 15: PI $4750
Lot 16: $10,000
Lot 17: PI $4750
Lot 18: $13,000
Lot 19: PI $4300
Lot 20: PI $12,500
Lot 21: $7400
Lot 22: $9000
Lot 23: $7500
Lot 24: $8400
Lot 25: $3850

1-7-17

July 2017 - Auction Report

Another huge weekend is over for Auction of the Stars with the conclusion of our winter performance horse auction!

And while prices may have been a little down on some years, the clearance rate was one of our highest at more than 73% with the top-priced horse the undisputed pin-up boy of the auction, HP Quaterlander, with a great price tag of $40,000 + gst.

Next-priced horse was another goodlooking chestnut, Woodside Raphael, who sold to Western Australia for $20,000 + gst.

Online bidding was introduced for the very first time at one of our performance horse auctions and what a success it was, with opening bids flying in before the auctioneer even lifted his microphone on each lot! This latest innovation followed a practice run during lead-up week, where an online silent auction featured an extra service fee to each stallion (including the newest AOS stallion, Nemo R).

We are thrilled with the results - a number of horses were bought online and much spirited bidding was enjoyed being online versus the floor versus the phone! We do thank you for your patience as we modify our newly purchased software package to satisfy the exact needs of Auction of the Stars and its enthusiastic clients!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to buy or watch, to those who logged in to the live stream from Wild Colt Productions' Australian Equine Network to watch, and to those who phoned or logged in to bid. Thank you also to all of the people who volunteer their time and energy at each auction to allow us to run our weekends - it is truly is appreciated!

Don't forget, Christmas is coming ... we look forward to seeing you again on December 16/17 for our annual Christmas extravaganza!

Results:
Lot A - $850 & $875
Lot B - $850 x 2
Lot C -$900 & $850
Lot D - $1025 & $975
Lot E - $1025 & $1150
Lot F - $625 & $600
Lot G - $500 & $525
Lot H - $950 x 2
Lot 1 - $8000
Lot 2 - $40,000
Lot 3 - $6900
Lot 4 - scratched
Lot 5 - Passed in $5050
Lot 6 - $3800
Lot 7 - passed in $6750
Lot 8 - $3050
Lot 9 - $6200
Lot 10 - $4150
Lot 11 - Passed in $14,850
Lot 12 - Passed in $7750
Lot 13 - $20,000
Lot 14 - $10,100
Lot 15 - $6500
Lot 16 - $4100
Lot 17 - $7200
Lot 18 - $9750
Lot 19 - $7750
Lot 20 - $13,250
Lot 21 - passed in $4500
Lot 22 - $17,600
Lot 23 - passed in $4750
Lot 24 - passed in $4750
Lot 25 - $11,300
Lot 26 - $8000
Lot 27 - $6250

Special thanks to all of the Auction of the Stars sponsors ...
Prydes
Wholly Relics
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Hanns Horse Transport
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Widespan Sheds
Horse Deals Magazine
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20-12-16

December 2016 - Auction Report

It was a huge weekend for Auction of the Stars at Ryans, Heatherbrae, NSW this weekend - our Christmas performance sale is traditionally our biggest celebration of the year, and this year it followed our huge Road to Rio weekend in July, making 2017 an amazing year!

Selling a quarter of a million dollars worth of horses and service fees, top price for the December auction was the beautiful black Sir Donnerhall stallion Go Heaven Sent, which changed hands for $27,000. At the other end of the scale, the bargain of the day was a Jive Magic (imp) mare, PHE Jem, sold for $4000.

But there were plenty of opportunities to take home a horse with stunning Olympic bloodlines for under $10,000, as well as two-for-one packages of mares with foals at foot, or mares in foal with live foal guarantees.

For us it was a first - we were the first performance horse auction company to introduce online bidding at our sales, and we had a great reaction with six of the 26 horses sold selling over the internet, which was in addition to our many phone bids. It does seem that this could be the way of the future, and it was great to see bidders from all over Australia successfully bidding.

Of course Auction of the Stars is all about educational entertainment as well, and one of the highlights of the weekend was undoubtedly a Grand Prix quadrille starring Heath Ryan on Utopian Cardinal, Rozzie Ryan on Jarrah R, Bree Tillitzki on Fiji R and Sappho Ransan-Elliott on Remember Me. The quadrille followed a dressage masterclass with the eight AOS stallions and a jumping masterclass featuring a selection of the stallions and nominated horses for sale.

Auction of the Stars would like to thank everyone who helped to make the weekend a success - so many people come together to prepare the arena, set up and feed the VIPs, keep us on the airwaves, organise the stables and the trials, set up the signs out on the highway ... there are the spotters, the runners, those who take the phone bids, those who help with the freeschooling and fence moving, marshals who keep us all in line and on time, and an army of behind-the-scenes administrators and do-everything type people who make the impossible possible.

And of course it is only possible with the continued support of the buyers - so thank you to everyone who was part of the weekend. The horses that were passed in, as well as the three horses that were withdrawn, are all immediately available for sale and we would love to hear from interested buyers - send us a PM, or call Heath Ryan on 0417 656 636. Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at our winter auction in 2017!

Lot A $1350 and $1350
Lot B $950 and $800
Lot C $600 and $625
Lot D $900 and $875
Lot E $1350 and $1350
Lot F $775 and $750
Lot G $575 and $650
Lot H $1075 and $1075

Lot 1 Passed In $35,000
Lot 2 Passed In $6750
Lot 3 Sold $6750
Lot 4 Sold $10000
Lot 5 Withdrawn
Lot 6 Sold $27000
Lot 7 Sold $15000
Lot 8 Passed In $9750
Lot 9 Sold $5250
Lot 10 Sold $15000
Lot 11 Passed In $4750
Lot 12 Passed In $1500
Lot 13 Passed In $29500
Lot 14 Sold $5000
Lot 15 Sold $10750
Lot 16 Sold $6500
Lot 17 Sold $4000
Lot 18 Sold $9250
Lot 19 Sold $5000
Lot 20 Sold $6250
Lot 21 Sold $9500
Lot 22 Passed In $7750
Lot 23 Sold $10000
Lot 24 Sold $5500
Lot 25 Sold $6500
Lot 26 Passed In $4750
Lot 27 Sold $6000
Lot 28 Sold $5000
Lot 29 Sold $8000
Lot 30 Sold $7500
Lot 31 Passed In $14500
Lot 32 Passed In $4750
Lot 33 Withdrawn
Lot 34 Sold $5750
Lot 35 Withdrawn
Lot 36 Passed In $4900
Lot 37 Sold $9000
Lot 38 Sold $6000
Lot 39 Sold $5750
Lot 40 Passed In $4750
Lot 41 Byalee J'Sense Sold $5000

20-12-15

December 2015 - Auction Report

An amazing day at Auction of the Stars today - 38 degrees and the bidding was hot as well!

It would appear that a new record was set for AOS after almost 15 years, with Byalee Breathless selling for $66,000 plus GST, a total of $72,600 - and in recognition of his talent and training, he was bought by an established and successful Grand Prix rider - we wish her every success! Ironically, this same horse was passed in at AOS in 2010 for just $11,000 as an unbroken youngster, proving that the horses offered by AOS are most definitely some of the best in the country. There must be some people today wishing they had put their hand up five years ago!!

Auction of the Stars is the longest-running, most successaful performance horse auction company in Australia, and directors Heath Ryan and Ann-Maree Lourey ensure that it is continually evolving, as the equestrian industry grows and changes both here and overseas. We have had riding horse auctions, foal auctions, mixed auctions, constantly experimenting to continue to improve. There are dressage masterclasses and jumping masterclasses. And this weekend there were bargains to be had - when Heath Ryan decides that there really are NOT enough hours in the day to break in and ride 70+ foals a year, there is the unique chance to buy quality broodmares with the most wonderful pedigrees and at wonderful prices! And there were baby riding horses at great prices, and service fees at discounts that made the breeders happy!

Regardez Moi was the grandest old man at age 19, with stablemate Jive Magic making a guest appearance, and baby Questing R showed just how the young AOS stallions improve as they grow and progress in their training.

Happiest of all were the winners of the lucky door prizes, with top prize being a free service fee to the AOS stallion of their choice - with 8 to choose from, what a choice!

The results of today's sales, which saw horses sold to almost every State in Australia, were as follows:

Lot A $1100 and $1000
Lot B $800 and $750
Lot C $950 and $900
Lot D $900 and $1025
Lot E $700 and $700
Lot F $1100 and $1050
Lot G $475 and $475
Lot H $1225 and $1050

Lot 1 passed in $50,000
Lot 2 sold $5900
Lot 3 passed in $3750
Lot 4 sold $66000
Lot 5 passed in $5000
Lot 6 withdrawn due to bereavement in family - still for sale
Lot 7 sold $12,500
Lot 8 passed in $9750
Lot 9 passed in due to injury - for sale when back in work
Lot 10 sold $7600
Lot 11 passed in $23,000
Lot 12 passed in $4000
Lot 13 sold $8000
Lot 14 sold $11,500
Lot 15 passed in $12,500
Lot 16 passed in $8000
Lot 17 passed in $32,000
Lot 18 sold $8400
Lot 19 withdrawn due to injury, sold $12,000 pending
Lot 20 sold $10,000
Lot 21 sold $10,000
Lot 22 sold $5500
Lot 23 sold $12,700
Lot 24 passed in $7000
Lot 25 sold $9000
Lot 26 sold $5750
Lot 27 sold $5600
Lot 28 sold $9000
Lot 29 $12,250
Lot 30 sold $7250
Lot 31 withdrawn
Lot 32 passed in $4000
Lot 33 withdrawn due to medical condition - still for sale
Lot 34 passed in $7500
Lot 35 passed in $8000
Lot 36 passed in $11,000?
Lot 37 passed in $7000
Lot 38 withdrawn due to minor injury - still for sale
Lot 39 sold $6000

A special thanks to all the people who come together to make the Auction of the Stars team so special - auctioneer extraordinaire Andrew Hearn, who is always on hand with Grand Prix riding wife Sue to help it all run smoothly; our number one spotter Jeff Sharpe, who has been at every auction for more years than we can count as well as regular Hunter spotter Bill Bilsborough; Simon Ryan, and all the other Ryans who throw themselves at any and every task; Jake, our amazing soundman, who listens to every word we speak all weekend to ensure we are crystal clear; Jenny Lamb and Leanne Tillitzki who, together with Rozzie Ryan, lead an incredible band of workers to keep the office and VIP area under control as Heath and I throw spanners in the works are regular intervals; the whole Clarke family who, with daughters Jess and Jazz, give up weekends of their lives to help our freeschooling and trialling go smoothly; Bruce McVey and Jonah Bevan who, again with a host of helpers, front up to man our Saturday night sizzle; Abigail Croyston, who has the unenviable task of marshalling the troops to ensure that every horse hits the ring on time and avoids the wrath of Ryan; the vendors and their grooms who are up and about at 4.30am to perfect their presentations; the myriad of working pupils and work experience pupils and staff who support Ryans and Byalee on the biggest weekend of the year ... literally hundreds of man hours go into the preparation and execution of every Auction of the Stars, from decorating the arena to filling the temporary stables to printing out the lot numbers, to fitting together the VIP table jigsaw puzzle!! So very many people help us to help buyers achieve their dreams.

And a special thanks to our sponsors: IRT Insurance, which has come on board with beautiful saddlecloths and engraved halters for each and every horse we ride and sell - both Ryans and Byalee have used IRT to transport our horses internationally and we wouldn't use anyone else! Cheryl Dodd was on hand all weekend to help us our, thanks Cheryl! Prydes, who clothed us in flash new t-shirts to keep our massive team looking smart, as well as contributing 20 bags of feed as lucky door prizes ... Tuffrock, whose amazing products work wonders for us all (again, donating lucky door prizes) ... Horse Deals magazine, which couldn't do more to help promote our stallions, our auctions and our horses (there were plenty of magazines around to read if Heath's magic wore off, plus a great lucky door prize of goodies, thanks Michelle and your creative team!), and Wholly Relics, a fascinating antique shop on the highway at East Maitland opposite Maitland Toyota - congratulations to the lucky winner of our annual lucky door prize, an antique ruby stock pin!!! Make sure you call in to see a glimpse of the past!

Thanks also to:
Wild Colt for the live streaming - so many people called and texted after going online
Equissage - improving performance and recovery
Horse Force - supplying Auction of the Stars with legal contracts
Foalsafe foaling and colic alarms - tested at Byalee Stables and we cannot recommend them highly enough
Kirkwoods Produce - shop local here in the HUnter and support the people who support Auction of the Stars

If any of the horses you liked were passed in, please contact us or contact the vendors. Losing bidders had first dibs for 15 minutes after the close of auction; they are now up for sale to all.

And don't forget next year's auctions are planned for July 2016 and December 2016

See you next year!!