DWB statement on Galliano sale: ‘Not to be auctioned’


Danish writers DWB have since responded to the fake sale of Gammelenggård’s Galiano (by Grand Galaxy Win) at Nordic International sales in September 2020. The pony was sold for €54,000, but research by Danish newspaper Nordjyske has shown that. The dowry was never sold at auction.

The Danish newspaper Nordjyske received a response from Casper Cassøe after a press release from the Danish genealogy book. The director of the DWB, as well as the auctioneer at the relevant auction, reported that he regretted that it had to be this way. “We have to admit that we did not act properly,” Cassøe said in an interview with Nordjyske.

A live broadcast of the auction shows that Cassøe, as master of the safe, announces that the penultimate bid of €53,000 comes from Germany. Cassøe now informs Nordjyske that he could not find in the auction system that the penultimate bid came from Germany. Also, the Danish Book of Horses never officially announced that the foal would not be sold at auction, and so the Book of Horses aided the deal as Helgstrand Dressage enriched himself with 339,500 crowns and a half horses.

Little saying statement

Yesterday, DWB Chairman Jan Pedersen (who was also cheated by Helgstrand and preferred to settle the dispute in the back rooms) called a board and management meeting to discuss the matter.

Subsequently, the following statement was posted: “After reading Nordjyske’s article on Nordic International Sales 2020 and after Nordjyske contacted us, as well as several studbook members, we would like to make the following statement:
We can confirm that the ponies mentioned were not sold through the auction above. This is because the seller, Nanna Jønsson, had already made an agreement with Helgstrand Dressage prior to the auction. Accordingly, the dowry was against the auction rules that had been circulated prior to the auction. Danish Warmblood only became aware of this after the auction was held. As you know, the pony was bought by Helgstrand Dressage for 54,000 euros.

Helgstrand reported in a press release for Nordic Sales International after the auction that the Gammelengards Galiano is the most expensive colt sold. Auction site DWB still (!) states that the colt (cat number 15) was sold for 54,000 euros.

No auction fees and commission

The Danish press release on the genealogy continues:The auction office did not impose any costs on the buyer and seller as the dowry was not sold but was bought back at auction.This is also a notable detail as the buyer of the pony was also offered the auction and commission costs on the invoice (which Nordjyske had seen) for the purchase of the pony.

Dansk Varmblod strongly distances herself from the fact that partner Helgstrand Dressage purchased the pony from seller Nanna Jønsson prior to the auction, contrary to the terms of the auction.

Since 2020, Dansk Varmblod is not part of Nordic International Sales.

Dansk Varmblod does not realize that the dowry in question should have been sold to a third person. All we know is that the pony was not sold at auction and that Helgstrand Dressage settled directly with Nanna Jønsson.

hand over head

Just like Jan Pedersen, when Helgstrand deceived him himself, it appears that the Danish Horse Books want to keep their hand on Helgstrand’s head again.

Nordjeske asks Danish horse writers, among other things, why they were never published for not selling the pony through auction. “We didn’t try to hide it,” Kasper replies.

In addition, it cannot document that the Danish genealogy book officially canceled the sale and that the genealogy book did not send any email about the breach of auction terms to the breeder or to Helgstrand. Cassøe says he has had oral communication on this matter with the parties involved.

Breeder Nana Johnson says, “I didn’t hear anything from the genealogy book until 14 days after the auction: I called myself and asked who would come to take my dowry. Dansk Varmblod told me I could call Andreas Helgestrand for the answer.”

After reading the article, Cassøe reports that he initially only had contact with Helgstrand about the incorrect auction of the pony, only later with the breeder.

Waterland: uncharacteristic of day trading

Nordjyske also spoke with Waterland, which owns a majority stake in Helgstrand Dressage. Waterland, after all the revelations from Nordjyske, sees no reason to believe Helgstrand is cheating: “I don’t want to comment on specific deals and I don’t think the negative image in Nordjyske’s reports on individual cases is a feature of the Helgstrand Dressage way of doing things.” Act today”, said Danish Waterland President Caspar Christiansen. Waterland already owns Helgstrand Dressage in 2020.

Source: Nordjyske / DWB

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