Jun 12, 2022 · Dr Lizzie Harrison · 2022 Callaho Online Auction | Winter Edition

2022 Winter Auction Review

The recent Callaho Winter Auction was a resounding success. As always, the cross-country and international enthusiasm for the Callaho horses made sure that every horse found a buyer. There would have been plenty of celebrations as the lots closed over the two evenings.

Bidding was, as always, heated with multiple lots being extended as hopeful bidders fought it out for their next Callaho champion or broodmare in foal. Whether buying or just ‘spectating’ the Callaho Auction never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat. For all those watching, it was an exhilarating experience.

The horses on offer showcased Callaho’s breeding prowess. From top dressage prospects to open jumpers, this Winter Collection really had them all. Callaho certainly know what it takes to produce a winner.

Team HQ would like to congratulate all the lucky new owners, and wish you the greatest happiness and success with your new Callaho superstar.


The Collection

Twenty horses went under the digital hammer across the two evenings: 14 sporthorses and 6 broodmares in foal (each to carefully selected Callaho stallions). The collection was characterised by exciting diversity in stallion selection: the great foundation stallions, Callaho Lissabon and Callaho Con Coriano, were big drawcards, but so too were new offerings from Callaho Cartier and Callaho Equinox, both of which commanded super prices. Other sought-after stallions included Carnaval La Silla, Corinth, Sampras, Esclavo (the new hybrid PRE cross), and international stallions I’m Special de Muze and Kannan.

Callaho Cartier’s daughter, Callaho Roulet du Ayenne (Cartier/Baloubet du Rouet/Contendro I), sold for the impressive price of R450 000, a testament to Ray Korber’s consistently top-drawer performances with the stallion in the 1.35m classes. Callaho Larison’s son (Callaho Lariano (Larison/Con Coriano/Quidam’s Rubin) also showed huge promise for both showjumpers and dressage enthusiasts, achieving a price of R510 000. The new owner of Lariano would have had reason to smile after watching Callaho Larison perform so assuredly in his debut 1.40m class at Stokkiesdraai this past weekend. While there were certainly new names on bidders’ lips, the Callaho flagbearers proved their quality. The highest price of the auction was for Callaho Con Catch Me (Con Coriano/Wachmann III/I'm So Bad xx), a Con Coriano gelding out of the 1.50m World Cup Winner Nissan Watch Me P. 

It's easy to focus on the top-class stallions on offer at Callaho, but one could argue that the magic really lies in the damlines. Buyers on any Callaho sale are assured of quality, and much of this guarantee comes through the prodigious performance-proven damlines from which these offspring are derived. With this in mind, the selection of six broodmares for the auction was particularly interesting for buyers. As Team Callaho is known for its ability to expertly pair mares with stallions, the increased price of broodmares in foal on this auction should come as little surprise. It goes without saying that many of these broodmares are young and still have competitive careers ahead of them, which is an added advantage for those investing in their future in the sport. 


Some Statistics from the Auction

  • Average price for a riding horse: R411,429
  • Average price for a broodmare: R138,333
  • Highest riding horse price: R800,000
  • Highest broodmare price: R200,000


The proof is in the Pudding!

  • 70% of buyers on the auction were repeat buyers
  • Only 36% of the horses on auction were tried by their new owners.

These statistics highlight the trust in the Callaho Team, and the satisfaction of owners with their previous investments.


Callaho’s deserved success

It is exciting for the sport to see the quality of horses consistently on offer on the Callaho Auctions. Their ‘breeding magic’ is truly providential and evolves continually to meet the needs of the modern sport. Their world-class production programme makes sure each Callaho athlete is ready to deliver everything he was bred for. The transparency of the process, evidenced by the six weeks of try-outs offered and the scoring system employed, allows prospective buyers to make the right choices. It’s a formula that just can’t fail.

We’re excited to see where the Callaho dream will lead us next, but for now the proof is in the pudding, and Callaho has the winning recipe.

The next Callaho auction will be in October. Details of this Summer Collection will be published soon. Stay tuned for more!

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