News around the sport horse sales

11.12.2018 This was our auction 2018


Record price for Dacantos by Dallas VDL

Another price record was broken at Holger Hetzel’s 14th International Sport Horse Sales in Goch, where five year old Dutch-bred stallion sold for EUR 950,000.

Dacantos by Dallas VDL out of a Cantos dam was champion stallion at his licensing in Vechta in 2015 and is already competing successfully in young horse classes, so it comes as no surprise that he sparked a bidding frenzy. In the end the hammer went down after a bid from sponsor of British team gold medal winner at the 2012 Olympics, Ben Maher. Dacantos is a stallion with pedigree that also attracts a lot of interest from the breeding community and, until recently, he was leased to the North Rhine-Westphalian State Stud in Warendorf. Now he’s going to be brought on by one of the currently most successful show jumpers in the world.

The second-highest price of the evening was paid for eight year old She’s the One. Sired by Emerald van´t Ruytershof, the mare sold for EUR 500,000 to Saudi-owned Old Lodge Stud in the United Kingdom, which also paid the top price of EUR 600,000 at last year’s auction for Tiger. The third most expensive horse was Man in Motion, a seven year old gelding by Clarimo sold by auctioneer Volker Raulf to a German bidder for EUR 320,000. The 20 horses in the auction collection brought in a total of EUR 3,867,000, corresponding to an average knock down price of EUR 193,350.


28.11.2018 Order of Sale

This is the order of sale for tonights auction! [312 KB]


28.11.2018 TODAY IS OUR DAY X!

TODAY is the day. Today is the day of our 13th Sport Horse Sales. You can not believe how excited we are. All horses are fit and healthy, the indoor looks great and we can't wait for the evening. Starting at 5 p.m. the impressive collection will be presented under the riders for the last time, commentated by TV commentator Carsten Soestmeier and me. The most interesting part of the evening, the auction, takes place after the gala dinner at approx. 9 p.m. The order of sales is not the order in which the horses are listed in the catalogue and will be announced on the day of the auction. If you can’t make it to the auction, why not watch the presentation of the horses and all the excitement of the bidding on the Web. It’s being broadcast by


28.11.2018 Live- Stream of the Auction

Anyone who can’t make it to the auction can watch the presentation of the horses and the bidding on the Web. It’s being broadcast by After the final countdown, on Wednesday 28 November 2018, the extraordinary collection will be showcased under the saddle one last time at 5 p.m. before auctioneer Volker Raulf picks up his gavel at 9 p.m to start the auction.
The order of sales will be presented on this Website during the afternoon.


23.11.2018 Public presentation &try outs on Sunday

The traditional public presentation of all auction horses will take place next Sunday, 25 November 2018 from 10 a.m. onwards. The Sunday is usually a fantastic day when potential customers can try out the horses in a very relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a great brunch. The entire team is looking forward to Sunday because it allows the horses to show everyone exactly what they’re capable of. Many riders have said they’ll be coming along on Sunday so an interesting programme is guaranteed when the youngsters have their last chance to prove themselves. Everyone’s welcome to come and watch.


21.11.2018 Only one week to go..

...and then our 14th Sport Horse Sales will start. With passion and love we work for this day during the year. Since today we started to build up the auction arena. We're so excited!



18.11.2018 great former auction horses

- Cap (auction horse 2016) and David will won the 1.45m ranking class at CSI2* Peelbergen on Saturday evening
- Before they finished the two qualifications on place four - CONRATULATION!
- Golden Arrow (auction horse 2016) and Louise Saywell were placed two times in 1.40m classes in the CSI** and they had only one time fault in the 1.45m final
- Perfomrance EP (auction horse 2016) and Sarah Segal were placed in two 1.45m classes in the Big Tour in Peelbergen
- Also Imperial Zig Zag (auction horse 2011) and Tommaso Geraldi were in Peelbergen and they placed in the CSI* Grand Prix on rank eight, in the qualification they became third
-Abarlo and Isabelle Gerfer became 6th in a 1.45m U25 class at CSI Opglabbeek
- Smint (auction horse 2012) and Tina Deurer showed great rounds in Stuttgart, they became second in the BW Championat


16.11.2018 Lovely Auction horses at our show

- Pandoletto - auction horse "High Hopes" - a 5yo son of Padinus won the 1.20m young horses class with 8.8 and became thrid in the 1.20m young horses class with 8.4
- The 6yo Connor-son Cody - auction horse "Addictied to you" - won the 1.30m young horses class with 8.6
- Casper (5yo from Cartani) - auction horse "Hakuna Matata" finished the 1.30m young horses class on the 5th place
- Bella Fine became 9th in a 1.30m class
- Cimbura was clear and placed in the 1.40m class
- Gold and Anna were placed in the 1.20m young horses class
- Our student Alena and Call me Paul were clear and placed in the 1.30m und 1.35m class
- Laura and Balderdas get a green-ribbon in the 1.20m class
- Claudia and Sensation became 6th in the 1.10m
- Pia and Last Minute showed great clear rounds in the 1.20m class
- also Luca and Kvartet showed beautiful rounds in the 1.10m and 1.20m classes


15.11.2018 the Countdown in Running

We just finished the second show of our MERA winter indoor series and we’re already focussed on our next project: Our 14th Sport Horse Sales, which will take place in exactly two weeks! We really enjoyed the show yesterday and it was a pleasure to welcome so many guests, but the tracks are already covered and we’re concentrated on the 28th December 2018. Breath deeply and regain strength fort he upcoming to weeks. At full speed to happiness in direction of the auction!


15.11.2018 clinic with auction horses

Last week I gave an interesting jumping clinic with a few auction horses and told the spectators about my vision, riding system, passion and what makes me proud. Laura, Helena, Roel and Tobi presented our auction horses in three groups- 5yo, 6yo and 7 yo and I explained our training system and so on. Some outtakes:  

"Most riders - inclusing Young Riders and Amateurs do normally possess a much better 'eye' or feeling for distances than they show."
"The main problem, that manifests itself in the course, is mostly in the connection or rideability, that 'the ignition and break' do not function and with that the problem start."
"80% of faults are made, because the horses are not ridden well enough."
"We are much more a training stable than a sales barn. We purchase the horses and we do enjoy to start the continuous daily work with them."
"We do thrive to shape our horses every day to be a better athlete than yesterday."
"It is important that another rider can get on the horse and ride away with it in a harmonious way."
We've written enough...  Time to watch the videoclip below which has been made by ClipMyHorse.TV Deutschland! For those who understand German click here for the complete clinic (2 hours)



5.11.2018 FREE E-BOOK ready to Download

The online Version of our Sport Horse Sales Catalogue is ready to Download! All our 20 auction horses are presented with pictures and videos and as always the catalogue includes pictures, interviews and articles about our training centre (everything in German & English)
�� What I have to say about training diary: 'The key to succes isn't what you do between the start and finish line. It's what you do every day at home'
�� Succes is something you have to systematically plan with vision and foresight. An interview with Holger's riders among who his daughter Laura Hetzel.
�� 3 questions for... (and many answers)

Download the e-book about our auction here

Enjoy reading!!


31.10.2018 Twenty exceptional young horses

20 exceptional young horses in the collection

Our 14th International Sport Horse Sales in Goch on 28 November, with its collection of top jumping horses, is a genuine highlight in the equestrian calendar. There are 20 exceptional horses in this year’s auction catalogue, which was published at the end of October and is also available as
One of Holger's favourites in the collection is Dacantos by Dallas VDL. “If this horse were a woman I’d marry it. It’s beautiful, classy, athletic and intelligent. A very tempting proposition!” The five year-old stallion isn’t just a looker, he’s also got an impressive CV. At his licensing test in Vechta in 2015 he got the well-deserved accolade of premium stallion. In 2016 and 2017 he was leased to the North Rhine-Westphalian State Stud as a breeding stallion, where he produced two noteworthy crops of foals. And his qualities under the saddle are even more remarkable. He has scope, he’s a quick learner and he’s a pleasure to ride. Dacantos is a genuine all-rounder.

Before Dacantos and the other outstandingly talented 19 horses in the collection go under the hammer on 28 November at Holger Hetzel’s equestrian centre in Goch there will be two viewing dates so that potential buyers and equestrian fans can see them in action. The first is on 6 November at 5 p.m. when Holger and his team will be giving guests a glimpse behind the scenes of the auction by demonstrating the age and development-oriented training of the horses. Holger Hetzel will be hosting the evening and talking to guests about groundwork, riding gymnastic ranks, related distances and jump sequences. The internationally successful trainer will also be sharing his auction horse selection criteria with the audience. There will be a second presentation of the horses at a public brunch starting at 10 a.m. on 25 November. This is the last opportunity to see them before internationally renowned auctioneer and accredited appraiser Volker Raulf picks up his hammer to open the auction on 28 November.


30.10.2018 Making of videoday


29.10.2018 Trailer of our 14th Sport Horse Sales


26.10.2018 The auction catalogues are ready

They have arrived! Yesterday the van of the printing company “DRUCKEREI KARTEN” arrived and everyone directly knew: the auction catalogues 2018 are ready. Then the work began and with combined effort it was a pleasure to finalize the end- product. With very good mood and full of joy the team started working as every year: invitations and catalogue in the envelope, envelope closed, post stamp on it and directly into the yellow post box. Everything went well and fast- experience shows it. Now, after two days, all of the catalogues are on there way to the customer or just ready to give them away for the next weeks.


22.10.2018 Trial of horses

From Monday, 22nd October 2018 prospective buyers are welcome to try out the auction horses at any time. Please make your personal appointment to try out this year's collection.


17.10.2018 All auction horses in Goch

We are so excited... all our 20 auction horses in the age of 5-8 are in our stable in Goch right now. We love the positive development of this horses in every training session. All prospetive buyers are welcome to try out our auction horses at any time.


10.10.2018 Save the date

Number 13 turned out to be Holger Hetzel’s lucky number last year. That’s because the 13th Sport Horse Sales event in 2017, which is traditionally held at the Nations Cup rider and international trainer’s equestrian facility in Goch at the end of November, brought in a record result.
Holger Hetzel and his team have been busy putting together and developing a collection of 20 exceptional horses for this year’s Sport Horse Sales. His recipe for success is an excellent eye for outstanding horses and a proven training concept for young horses. A professional training programme that is specifically tailored to age and experience is developed for each of the talented youngsters to transform them from rough diamonds into polished gems.
Satisfied customers in more than 40 countries around the globe are impressive proof that Hetzel's concept works. The Hetzel Team riders, horses and students have achieved some impressive competition results in Germany and abroad over the past season. Ingemar Hammerström (Sweden), who is trained by Holger, won a gold medal at the FEI Pony European Championships 2018. Tobias Thoenes, the Hetzel Stable’s head rider, won a silver medal at the German Young Horse Championships in Warendorf with seven year old Dante MM, and Laura Hetzel was a bronze medal winner at the German Junior Rider Championships. Tiger, the eight year old stallion that sold for the top price at last year’s Sport Horse Sales and grandson of legendary stallion Hickstead, was placed in several international classes up to 1.45m in the 2018 season.
The catalogue for the 14th Sport Horse Sales on 28 November will go online at in the fourth week of October. A printed version is also available. Interested customers can call to make a viewing appointment from 22 October 2018 onwards.


30.09.2018 Making of... 14th Sport Horse Sales

The horses are selected, the videos and pictures fort he catalogue and DVD have been made- the auction time has begun! A few days ago we have made the video clips of the young horses for the 14th edition of our sport horse sales. The sun was shining, the rider were smiling, all other people were speechless and the horses were FANTASTIC! It was just fun to see the horses jumping, the riders Tobias, Roel and Imma were smiling all day long because they enjoyed it so much. We had a lot of fun when making the video clips of the auction horses and we can confirm that all youngsters have an unbelievable great character. As usual, we are offering a meticulously selected collection of excellent show jumpers, all of them with extraordinary qualities. All of them have a lot potential, rideability and that something special everyone is looking for. It was brilliant team work during these days and now off to the next step- making the catalogue!








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