Not any stables won more medals at BCs and WCs for young horse than Starhorses from Albert Peffer. Do you still remember the year in which Starhorses won the Belgian and the World Championships with the 7-yr-old Think Twice 111 Z, and BC silver and WC bronze in the 6-yr-olds with Kannabis van de Bucxtale? ‘That is no coincidence but the result of very strict selection,’ explains Albert Peffer. ‘At any time and any age I am extremely strict in assessing my horses. We will only work on with the best,’ says Albert Peffer, who is now selling all his horses, via the Z Online Auction.
‘I am 66 years old now and have been in horses since I was 8’, Peffer starts his life story. ‘Three years ago I sold my meat company Star Meat and my life has taken a new turn. Agnes and I want to spend our winters in Spain and devote more time to our children and grand-children. This can not be combined with Starhorses; scores of horses and six staff members require a lot of attention. The stables stole too much of our time. Our horses go to shows every weekend and when they jump, I want to be there. I never miss a show, but that began to wear me down. Not least since I do not have a successor; my two daughters and grand-children are not interested in horses and I want to spend more time with them.
It is not so strange that Albert Peffer has chosen to use the online auction of Zangersheide. ‘I still have some 25 horses and to sell them privately would take me at least another year. The 25 horses currently offered are each and every one of top-class quality. I chose the Z Online Auction because I always had a pleasant experience with it. I have bought horses there myself and I am quite pleased with them. Crush Second Life Z (Chellano Z) comes from the Z auction and he later was Belgian Champion of the 5-yr-olds. I also bought Delvaux van’t Prinsenveld Z there, a Darco x Nabab de Reve. The Z auctions are professionaly organised for all parties. And they can achive that because of their fine reputation and wide public.’
Albert Peffer is a veteran in the field of auctions. Even so, he can not or refuses to make any predictions, ‘because it all depends on the potential buyers. You never knows where it will go.’
‘We stop at the top of our career’, says Albert Peffer. ‘The sport successes of our horses are the result of our strict selection. Look at the results in the WC and BC for young horses. At Zangersheide we twice won gold in the WC. These medal winners and WC finalists are now offered for sale.’