Auction of the Stars

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The fourth and final Auction of the Stars for 2012 is being held over the weekend of December 15 and 16 at Ryans at Newcastle Equestrian Centre, 2273 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae, NSW, in the Hunter Valley…just 12 minutes drive from Newcastle Airport.

It’s being hosted by Heath and Rozzie Ryan, who are among Australia’s most successful elite dressage competitors. Auction of the Stars was first held in 2000 by Heath and Dirk Djikstra (from AEA Burong), who were later joined by Ann-Maree Lourey. It evolved and grew from there and is now under directorship of Heath and Anne-Maree. Four Auction of the Stars events are held each year…one each in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queenslsnd. The auctions offer the chance to purchase performance horses purpose-bred by Ann Maree’s Byalee Stables, the Ryans and with some horses from AEA.

The December auction will feature¬ 45 superb horses and six service fees from champion stallions such as Regardez Moi, Byalee Briar, German riding pony stallion AEA Hilken’s Crown Prince, Fiji R, Byalee Wow Wie re and Dutch stallion AEA Tuschinski .

If you’re looking for a future superstar, then this is an event not to be missed!

Saturday December 15 commences at 10am with the free-schooling of unbroken stock, followed by ridden horses available for trialling at 11.30am and presentation of AOS stallions at 4pm. Next on the agenda is a one hour Masterclass outlining the more advanced dressage movements, and visitors can enjoy watching a quadrille and appearance of Santa (on horseback!) at 6.15pm.

Prospective purchasers are encouraged to take advantage of the ridden trial sessions offered both days, which also offers a chance to research the horses and talk to the owners.

Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi. Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi.

Sunday’s program commences at 8am with the second trialling of ridden horses, followed by a parade of unbroken stock at 11am; an AOS Stallion Masterclass at 12.30pm while the Auction commences 2pm with one unreserved service fee to each stallion, followed by individual lots.

Horses being auctioned range from beautifully bred weanlings and yearlings, through to broodmares in foal or with foals at foot, and performance horses ready to go on with in both dressage, eventing and showjumping…including many with not only huge Olympic potential, but who were shortlisted for this year’s London Olympics.

Due to the current economic climate, purchasers can take advantage of vendor finance and payment plans which are offered for some horses. Interest-free pre-approved and top-up finance can be arranged.

Bids can be made by phone–approximately 40% of horses sold at previous Auction of the Stars events were via phone bids.

VIP seating is available at $25 per person while one lucky visitor will win the door prize of a service fee to the AOS stallion of their choice! Spectators are more than welcome to attend and enjoy the days’ activities, including the Masterclasses featuring commentary from Heath and Rozzie, Ann-Maree and Dirk, and stallion parade.

The Auction of the Stars have become much-anticipated events among Australia’s equestrian communities, as they offer a unique chance to purchase top-quality purpose bred performance horses featuring the best of Australian and international bloodlines.

For enquiries, contact Heath Ryan on 0417 656 636 or email

Download the December 2012 Auction of the Stars Catalogue.

Visit the Auction of the Stars WEBSITE.

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