Horses have always been a royal ride. From Gods to the most valiant warriors, you’ll find numerous cases where horses proved their worth. They not only impart a sense of royal pleasure but are also some of the most loyal human friends. But if I say that a stallion can even cost you more than your favourite supercar, would you believe me? Of course not. So to prove my point, I’m here with the list of the 10 Most Expensive Horses in the World.
Let’s see who those costly stallions are.
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This15-year-old Gelding cost about 9.2 million dollars and belongs to Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. It was in 2006 when Godolphin racing bought him but he could never live up to their expectations. They thus dropped him to the sheikh who is also one of the few plavius horse owners from UAE.
Born in 2004 in the United States, Jalil’s worth is 9.7 million dollars. He was the grandson of the Northern Dancer, the famous Thoroughbred who was the first Canadian horse to win Kentucky Derby Event. His first race happened when he was just 2 years old. Despite having a lot of records and legacy on his name, Jalil’s career was short-lived.
He retired in 2008, after serving Godolphin Racing for 3 years.
Snaafi cost about 10.2 million dollars when Sheikh Mohammed bought it. And since this Sheikh is both, the Emir of Dubai and the owner of a breeding company called “Aston Upthorpe Stud”, he knew how to handle Snaafi.
But despite being the descendant of the famous horse, Northern Dancer, he could not match his racing skills. Moreover, he had fertility problems which put a full stop to his breeding as well. 10.2 million dollars for a waste? Not really.
This beautiful horse was purchased by Aston Upthorpe Stud, an Arabic breeding company for 11.7 million dollars. He was born in the United States in 2005. Meydan City won his first race in 2008 for Godolphin at Newmarket, England.
Meydan is also a Thoroughbred, who was bred by Jayeff B Stables in Kentucky. Apart from his solo win, he has also come second a couple of times. More than this, Meydan could never achieve. And this limited his value for the cost he was purchased for.
This Irish-bred-racehorse became the world’s most expensive yearling in 1985 with a worth of 13.1million dollars. He has won 2 races, also holding the second spot for a couple of times. Owned by the British Bloodstock Agency, Seattle Dancer was more worthy in the breeding terms.
He was a good breeding horse who died in 2007 of a heart attack. But before dying he made $152,413 out of 2 wins from 5 starts.
This 17-year-old Chestnut Gelding is one of the most beautiful horses in the world. It has a whopping worth of 15 million dollars. Palloubet has 3 wins among 160 starts, which is why he is also among the best jumping horses in the world.
He was bought by Jan Tops, an Olympic Gold Medalist, for this price. Jan coaches the Qatar Jumpers team and purchased Palloubet d’Halong to represent the country. He has won many gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic Games and FEI World Championships.
So he is truly a good value for money and therefore one of the most expensive horses in the world.
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The Green Monkey
Green Monkey is an American Thoroughbred, one of the most expensive horse breeds, that was bought for 16 million dollars in 2006. Surprisingly, he was just a 2-year-old colt at that time. And this record-breaking purchase is the costliest till date.
The Green Monkey is a descendant of the legendary Northern Dancer and the Secretariat. He had to retire in 2008 after failing to top any race in his first 3 career starts.
After his sad demise in 2018, the farm owner Randy Hartley said “Nobody will have his stall or anything, it’s a special place. and there will never be another horse like him for us. I thank the Lord for him“.
This beautiful black horse is worth a whopping 21 million dollars. As per The Richest, he is considered as the most incredible and outstanding Dressage horse in the world. The reason why he’s one of the most expensive horses is belonging to the Dressage clan, which is among the world’s most expensive horse breeds.
He is the only horse with a 90+ score in an event. But despite his incredible performances, he was subjected to animal abuse and cruelty.
Totilas is a Dutch Warmblood stallion and the world-record holder in the Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage. He gave so many world-records that one American Journalist called him as “the rockstar in the horse world“. He retired in August 2015.
Shareef was bought by Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum for just 3.3 million dollars in 1981. But in 1983, the same American based Thoroughbred racehorse was sold for 40 million dollars. It is believed that he was one of the worthiest horses to work with. His five start career ending with 3-1-0 with 144,331 Euros (246,463 dollars).
He won a couple of championships in his initial starts. And this skyrocketed his worth to be one of the most expensive horses in the world. Shareef dancer, however, shined more as a sire apart from having a modest racing career.
Topping the list of the most expensive horses, Fusaichi Pegasus was bought for 70 million dollars by an Irish breeder Coolmore Stud. The term ‘Ichi‘ in his name means ‘No.1 or the best‘.
He has a record of 6 wins and 2 losses in a racing career of 9 starts. Now, this is truly impressive. He is globally popular with the name of ‘FuPeg’. His mindblowing performance is a gift he got from his father Mr Prospector, a Thoroughbred who was the ‘sire of sires’ and an amazing breeding stallion.
He is now in Kentucky with the world’s largest thoroughbred breeding company. Apart from being the most expensive horse, he has also earned about 1,994,400 dollars for his owners. Truly worth the price.
So these were the 10 most expensive horses in the world, who probably cost more than an aeroplane. The Totilas, Fusaichi Pegasus, and the Shareef Dancer have topped the list, while also being one of the most expensive horses in the world 2019 and 2020. Their record selling price is the highest till now and shows no signs to change anytime soon.
In the next list, we’ll discuss The most expensive horse breeds (like Friesian horse) with the Arabian horse prices.
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