Christophe Ameeuw Partners with Arqana to Launch "The Auction"

November 13, 2018 -

Christophe Ameeuw, Founder of Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes and EEM.
Photo courtesy of EEM
Eric Hoyeau, CEO of ARQANA.
Photo by Zuzanna Lupa

The founder and CEO of Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes and EEM, a major player on the international equestrian scene, Christophe Ameeuw has chosen ARQANA, France’s number 1 racehorse auctioneer and among the leaders in Europe, as his partner to launch The Auction, a groundbreaking program of auction sales dedicated to show jumping horses.

The Auction will propose two events in 2019.

Act 1, The Embryo Collection

For the first time in Asia, as part of Asia Horse Week and the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, around twenty embryos from iconic show jumping horses will go under the hammer February 15, 2019. The sale will be held in full duplex between Hong Kong and ARQANA’s headquarters in Deauville, with bids also taken online. Entries for this inaugural sale are currently being taken with the catalogue set to be unveiled in December.

Act 2, The Winter Collection

On 11 December 2019, in the wake of the Longines Masters’s Paris leg, a selection of outstanding yearlings and performers will be offered for auction in downtown Paris as part of a unique event.

Christophe Ameeuw, Founder of Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes and EEM, commented:

"Our shared ambition with The Auction is to bring trade of show jumpers forward in the same way as ARQANA has done with racehorses, and their partner Artcurial before them in the fine art sector. The market for show jumpers requires accrued transparency, professionalism, globalisation and modernisation. Together with ARQANA, we wish to implement an educational approach aimed at assisting vendors towards the public market as well as attracting fresh investors from every corner of the globe into the equestrian sector."

Eric Hoyeau, CEO of ARQANA, stated:

"The Auction is the reflection of a common will to innovate in a global environment. The worlds of horseracing and equestrian sports sometimes seem impervious to one another while there are obvious affinities between the two. These days, Normandy, and specifically Deauville where ARQANA is based, find themselves at a crossroads between racing and show jumping, as highlighted by the number of top level operations that have sunk roots here in recent years. We are delighted to engage ARQANA’s know-how and expertise for the benefit of a more open and transparent market place for show jumpers."

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