• Short Summary

    Buyers from Holland, Finland, France, Italy, Switzerland, and West Germany took part in the annual Spring Auction of thoroughbred saddle horses in the village of Uspensky near Moscow last month.

  • Description

    Buyers from Holland, Finland, France, Italy, Switzerland, and West Germany took part in the annual Spring Auction of thoroughbred saddle horses in the village of Uspensky near Moscow last month.

    A team from Soviet television filmed the sales. Usually they are held only in the Autumn -- this is the second time they have been held in the Spring.

    SYNOPSIS: The people of the Soviet Union have long relied on the strength and versatility of the horse. In this land of horsemen the breeding of sturdy mounts long ago became an art, and the world can see the finest results of this tradition in the annual sales in the village of Uspensky near Moscow.

    Celebrating his twenty-sixth birthday - star of the show Kvadrat - three times champion of the Orlov trotting breed, having sired 600 famous offspring.

    The international auctions used to be held only in the autumn, but proved so popular that now they are held in spring as well. Buyers from all over Western Europe come to bid for the thoroughbred saddle-horses such as this palomino stallion which starts off the bidding. As the bids rise higher and higher the tension begins to build up in the stadium, and the electric atmosphere is communicated to the highly-strung animals.

    Much is at stake for the buyers. Usually they represent large syndicates, and must deliberate carefully before offering the final bid. All his firm's possibilities and interests must be weighed. He must know the horse's pedigree, the market price and the commodity demand. And all this must be calculated swiftly -- each sale takes only an average two or three minutes.

    The horses being paraded here represent the basic Soviet breeds. The Orlev and Russian trotters, the thoroughbred saddle-horse, the Arab, Budyenny, and Adzaltekin. The Don, Trakenin and English-Kabardin types. These horses will, when bought, go to stud-farms throughout the world.

    One of the prime attractions of the auction was seven-year old bay stallion Vikup. The bids rose very quickly, especially from the Dutch, Italian, Swiss and West German representatives. They bid against each other, raising the price time and time again. Finally on the ninety-fourth bid the deal was clinched, and Vikup went to West Germany for nearly three ???.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3UCMF1LRIZJ82ZSHCK83N0Q4R
    Media URN:
    VLVA3UCMF1LRIZJ82ZSHCK83N0Q4R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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