Qatari pays €240,000 for a 14-year-old grey mare

August 10, 2010

A Qatari bidder paid €240,000 ($318,700) for a 14-year-old grey mare at one of the world’s most exclusive horse fairs.

Pilar was the most expensive horse bred at the stud in Janow Podlaski, in eastern Poland, while other horses, Arabian mares and stallions with centuries-old pedigrees, were sold for sums that reached 90,000 euro at the three-day equine spree.

Buyers of the 26 horses came mainly from the Arabian Gulf and Europe and spent 1,026,000 euro at the 41st Pride of Poland auction at the annual Arabian Horse Days in Janow Podlaski, Polish media reported.

Even though the auction generated less profits than in previous years, the auction’s organisers are not snubbing the average 40,000 euro price tag the horses got at auction, the News online site said.

“You don’t always sell a horse for a million euro,” Katarzyna Pruchniewicz, the Janow auction spokeswoman, said. “The average price we managed to achieve is not bad at all.”

Two years ago the Pride of Poland auction fetched over 3 million euro for 45 horses, while last year’s sales reached 2.5 million euro for 32 horses.

The record price for a horse at an auction in Janow Podlaski was set two years ago, when a bidder from the United Arab Emirates bought a mare named Kwestura for 1,125,000 euro.

The Janow Poldlaski stud farm was founded in 1817, and is run as a state-owned enterprise. The Arabian horse show has been held since 1970, the news site said.



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