Dec 31, 2020
The Stud Hero Total & Unique Auction ended as it began, with a top price for a broodmare. This time it was the turn of Kassandra van’t Roosakker (Echo van’t Spieveld x Carthago), which saw frantic bidding in a short, but very reactive, fight between France and Ireland. In the end, it is Norman grass that the very modern daughter of the crack Electra van’t Roosakker will be grazing. The full-sister of the international winner Kaprice van’t Roosakker, and the very popular Zangersheide stallion Kassander van’t Roosakker, was sold after a bid of 150,000 euros! Her daughters also attracted significant interest from breeding enthusiasts throughout the four days of auctions, creating some sale highlights: Capriola van’t Roosakker was sold for 55,000 euros to Belgium, Top Lady van’t Roosakker to Ireland for 65,000 euros on the second day, Flying Dream van’t Roosakker for 42,000 euros to Germany on the third day and finally Cleopatra van 't Roosakker Z, who will stay in Belgium, sold for 72,500 euros on the fourth and final day!
During the final night, the battle was intense to secure Kannacea Hero Z (Kassander van 't Roosakker x Lys de Darmen), who is none other than the last daughter of the international mare Prima Donna van’t Paradijs. Kannacea is therefore a uterine sister of the 5 Year Old World Champions Subliem van't Paradijs and Ultra Top van't Paradijs, who later had a fantastic career under the saddle of Christophe Vanderhasselt, but also of Agatha d'Ecaussinnes and the recently retired Venezia d'Ecaussinnes who allowed Thierry Rozier to evolve at the highest level. Kannacea will move to the North of Belgium, after a final bid of 90,000 euros.
At the time of closing, this Total & Unique Hero Stud Auction will have kept all of its promises, and has proven the extent of the regard held for Luc Henry's work. This sale has also highlighted the importance of Belgium on the world breeding scene.
A page has been turned for Luc Henry. The Belgian breeder will now be able to rest, before taking the time to concentrate on his new projects. He will continue to be seen on horseback, not on the competition grounds, but while riding on the heights of Liège with his daughter.
"This sale has been filled with very intense moments, and a lot of emotions. When I made the choice to make this sale, I could not imagine the personal and professional impact that was going to be sent back to me. The further we got towards the deadline, the more I realised that I had to let go and be in total acceptance of what was going to happen. Five minutes before the end of the sale, we were in the unknown. 25 years of work and passion over, which I no longer had any control. I can guarantee you that it gives you unusual sensations. Afterwards, it is now a very great satisfaction to see the final result, both in terms of the sale results and the recognition of my work. It was a real initiatory experience for me and I can only thank the whole team that was behind me during this sale. I had the feeling that this sale could only be a success if we were united, and this has been the case. This was all the stronger because what united us were, above all, the values of life. It really became "our" sale, with my horses. I would also like to thank all the people who took an interest in this sale from near and far, because they were the ones who made it a success. Of course, I would like to thank the people who had the courage to buy. I've put all my energy into the horses for 25 years, they saved me and gave me everything, so saying goodbye to them today will not be easy" explained Luc Henry.