First Select Arabian Racehorse Sale in the UK Announced For August

ARO brings together a talented team including Brightwells, RaceStreet Management, Inc., and Markel Insurance to hold Select Arabian Auction at Neardown Stables August 9

ARO Banner_HRI2May 20, 2014, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is delighted to announce that, in partnership with Brightwells, a Select International Arabian Racehorse sale is to be held in the UK on the 9 August 2014.    Print

Arabian racing has been run in the UK for over 30 years under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and ARO is pleased to extend its portfolio to include an International Arabian sale with Brightwells, the UK’s Leading Equestrian Auctioneers,whose name is synonymous with staging high-profile events.

Markel International will be sponsoring the event. The specialist insurer provides equine cover globally and is the preferred supplier of the Arabian Racing Organisation.

The Arabian Sale will be held at the prestigious Neardown Stables, set in the heart of the racing community of Lambourn and only a few miles away from Newbury, courtesy of Charlie Mann, ex-professional jockey and successful thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

The debut of this exciting event will be held on the eve of the annual Dubai International Arabian Race Day held at Newbury racecourse, to promote and to continue to generate interest in Purebred Arabian racehorses worldwide.

Terry Court, who together with Andrew Elliott, will be responsible for the event on behalf of Brightwells commented: “Brightwells offer in excess of 7000 horses and ponies annually, holding high profile auctions of bloodstock, sport horses and society sales, at Cheltenham, Ascot and other prominent venues throughout the United Kingdom. This yet again gives Brightwells the opportunity of broadening its portfolio of sales in the equestrian world. We are thrilled that we have been given the opportunity together with ARO to stage this event and are both excited and enthusiastic about its potential success.

Markel’s Juliet Redfern, UK Divisional Managing Director of Equine and Livestock, commented Markel has enjoyed a long association with the Arabian racing industry and is delighted to be involved with such an exciting opportunity in the UK. We are proud to be sponsoring this exclusive event and are confident this will be the start of many successful sales.”

ARO Director Bill Smith remarked: ARO is delighted to have formed a partnership with Brightwells and their excellent equine team for this event and are very grateful to Markel International for their sponsorship. It is our pleasure to be working with Denise Gault; Principal Bloodstock Consultant of Race Street Management Inc. whose extensive experience working with Shadwell Estate Company Ltd will ensure a high quality of Arabians are selected and offered for sale. ARO’s ambition is to establish an annual event to encourage the growth of Arabian racing and breeding worldwide.”

SALE DATE: The sale itself will commence at 6.00 pm on Saturday 9 August 2014 and horses will be available to view on Friday 8 August from 10.30 am at Neardown Stables. ARO looks forward to welcoming you to this unique opportunity to purchase Arabian Racehorses of the highest quality.

For media enquires or further information regarding Brightwells Arabian Sale or consignments please contact:

Brightwells:Terry Court – M: 00 44 (0)7768 713535, T:00 44 (0)1568 611166, /or  Andrew Elliott – M:00 44 (0)7778 110637, T:00 44 (0)1568 619772, E:

Arabian Racing OrganisationGenny Haynes, Director – M: 00 44 (0)792055 7817, T:00 44 (0)1476 860172,

Race Street Management IncDenise Gault, Principal Bloodstock Consultant, USA – M: 001 831 809 0057, T: 001 625 4275,


The Arabian Racing Organisation

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is the official sole authority for Arabian Racing in UK, operating with the support and permission of the British Horseracing Authority. ARO is responsible for Regulations, Race Planning, Publications, Promotion and International Representation.

In 2014 ARO will stage 10 dedicated race fixtures at six different racecourse including Hereford which ARO re-opened for Arabian Racing in 2013, and in addition will promote a further ten single races run on Thoroughbred cards.

Racestreet MgmtRace Street Management Inc. (USA)

Denise Gault, bloodstock consultant, is the co-founder of Race Street Management Inc. An international bloodstock agency, specializing in the Arabian horse racing and breeding industry since 1987.


Markel International:

Markel International Limited is a subsidiary of Markel Corporation, a US-based holding company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (MKL). Markel International writes insurance and reinsurance business through eight divisions and through offices across the UK, Europe, Canada, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Markel International’s insuring entities include Syndicate 3000, Markel Resseguradora do Brasil S.A. and Markel International Insurance Company Limited. Markel International also manages the business of Abbey Protection Group which provides legal and professional fees insurance cover as well as legal, tax and human resources consultancy services. For more information please visit us at

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