Full sibling embryo to Lordships Graffalo makes auction history

Rosalind Canter and LORDSHIPS GRAFFALO during the Show Jumping phase, Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire UK 8 May 2022

Embryo full sibling to Team GBR’s Lordships Graffalo makes history at The Sovereign Auction Supreme Sale

The team at The Sovereign Auction house successfully sold an embryo which is full sibling to Team GBR’s Lordships Graffalo (Grafenstolz ex Cornish Queen), ridden by Ros Canter in their Supreme Sale on Friday 28 October. The embryo was part of an exclusive collection of just 10 lots all with either CCI5* eventing or 1.60m jumping genetics. In selling the embryo, the Sovereign Auction became history-makers for being the first auction house in the UK or Ireland ever to sell an eventing embryo to the USA.

The embryo was sold after a fierce round of bidding between two buyers in the UK and a third one from the USA. Such was the competitive demand for the embryo that the auction clock over-ran and continued on into what is known as the bid-up process to allow extra time for bidders to conclude their final few bids.  The embryo was eventually sold to the buyer in the USA for an eventual hammer price of £21,500.

The embryo’s breeder and now former owner is Pennie Wallace, who also bred the CCI5* mare Pencos Crown Jewel, 11th at Burghley this year with Ros Canter and the maternal sister to Lordships Graffalo. Pennie commented on her engagement with the team at The Sovereign Auction who hosted the Supreme Sale: 

You have provided a new and very much needed fresh approach for breeders in the UK to market the top quality foals and embryos that we produce. A huge step forwards for British breeders.”

Georgie Belton – Auction Director at The Sovereign Auction said:

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“I cannot thank Pennie above all else for her investment in trust in The Sovereign Team and for allowing what we believe will be the first of many similar such as this in the future.

When we were first fortunate enough to speak to Pennie we gave her a guide price for her embryo, and we are thrilled for Pennie that the eventual winning bid was just £500 out on this figure….and thankfully £500 more!  Lordships Graffalo’s CCI5* debut this spring was simply breathtaking and I felt very fortunate to witness this in person at Badminton this year. Based upon the performance metrics and breeding data that we have compiled on Lordships Graffalo, we believe that he is one of the most exciting International Eventing Championship horses in modern times.”

By selling embryos for more than foals on the global market, British breeders can now monetise their investments in sports horse breeding far earlier in the breeding cycle. The concept allows breeders to re-invest more quickly in both the very best equine reproductive techniques, and coverings, from the best sires around the world.

It is fitting in writing this that the current Olympic Team Eventing Gold medal holders are Team GBR and now “Team GBR” have also become history makers in the production and sales of International Eventing embryos in global auction markets.

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