I wanted to use Benicio last year. The broker in Canada had an exclusive and wasn't helpful at all. In the end no semen. Was anyone able to purchase Benicio semen last year in North America? Or this year? Lovely foals.
It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”
? Marilyn Monroe
Reportedly there won't be any Benicio semen this year - be it frozen or fresh chilled. So unless there is any readily sitting in N.A. I doubt there will be any on the market on your end.
Our first one is just born and has a tremendous cute-factor she was very correct on her limbs right from the start. She is not for sale (Austrian-owned) but thought you'd like to see pictures anyway.
I went and saw the horses in person (rode a couple) . . . felt the overall quality was down from the past few years as well. A few standouts and those sold for good money, but the rest seemed very average . . . certainly more like a Winter Auction collection instead of the "Elite" Auction. . . .
Not sure what the exact explanation is, but part of me is thinking that with the economy the way it is and auction prices always being a risk, owners of top young horses are holding onto them and offering them for sale privately rather than risking a low price through the auction, given that the auction prices have been dropping over the past few years. And of course, politics may play a role too . .