Thoroughbred auction sales are an integral part of Deauville's identity. Indeed, they have been held there since 20 August 1887, on which date 20 horses were offered for sale. This initiative was the project of Gustave Lyon, whose father-in-law created the sales complex named « Chéri » where the first sales were held. In 1892, Lyon bought the plot of land between avenue Hocquart de Turtot and rue du Coteau (now named rue Florian de Kergorlay) at the same spot where the current Elie de Brignac sales complex, now owned by ARQANA, is situated today. In the spring of 1968, the Agence Française de Vente de Pur Sang was formed with a focus on the sale of yearlings. Philippe Augier and Elie de Brignac team up in 1977, injecting a wave of professionalism, giving birth to a period of euphoric growth without precedent. At the same time, their competitors Office du Pur Sang, based at Saint-Cloud and absorbed by Goffs France in 1979, also has its hour of glory thanks to the Arc sale.
In August 2006, ARQANA was created as the result of the merger between Agence Française de Vente de Pur Sang and Goffs France, on the initiative of several investors including His Highness Aga Khan.
Its added value lies in its ability to select a quality offer, to
organize sales in first class facilities and to offer guarantees to
buyers and vendors. ARQANA has rapidly established itself as a leading
sales aegncy, currently in second place at European level.
ARQANA offers sales for both the galloping and trotting disciplines through its subsidiary ARQANA Trot. In total, eighteen sales are held each year, which represents over 5,000 horses offered and a turnover about 106 million euros. ARQANA sales take place throughout the year in both its sales complex - the Elie de Brignac complex in Deauville and the Manège Boussac at Saint-Cloud racecourse. The August Yearling Sale which offers the cream of thoroughbred breeding in Deauville is the most prestigious sale of the year and attracts professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world. Moreover, Deauville has been the stage for the sale of champion racehorses which have made international racing history, winning great races such as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. These include Hélissio, Subotica and the great Urban Sea, dam of current leading European sire Galileo and six time Group 1 winning sire Sea The Stars.
In 2011, following two years of extensive refurbishment, the Deauville sales complex has been revamped. Inaugurated in August 2011, this quality complex now offers the highest level of comfort for both professionals and horses in a modern and cutting edge setting.
In 2013, ARQANA kept up with its innovation policy by launching ARQANA Racing Club. The aim of these syndicates is to attract new owners and offer them a complete and unique experience of the racing world. The first syndicate named Vendôme Racing Club was created in the last quarter of 2013, and a new one has been launched every year since then. Each racing club brings together 30 to 40 shareholders, who become co-owners of several horses bought at the Deauville sales. More info at www.arqanaracingclub.com.
In 2016, further ground was broken with the creation of ARQANA Online, a digital platform aimed at showcasing high-class individuals according to the principle one sale = one horse. The innovative tool proved an instant success and the highest price currently stands at €800,000 for the Aga Khan Studs' VEDEVANI, who was knocked down to a Qatari owner. More details on www.arqanaonline.com.
ARQANA Trot was formed on 2012 as a result of the merger between ARQANA's two subsidiaries Trotting Promotion and l'Agence Française du Trot. In an ever changing market, the aim of this merger is to pool the resources of both sales agencies and to create a single united commercial entity, in a bid to offer sales which best serve the interests of industry professionals and to conquer new markets, particularly international ones. ARQANA Trot has produced a more streamlined sales calendar made up of eight yearly sales spread out to best effect on its three sales complexes, Paris-Vincennes, Cabourg and Deauville.
ARQANA Trot has a past rich in success, through the victories of its numerous millionaire graduates, sold by either the Agence Française du Trot or Trotting Promotion, such as: JAG DE BELLOUET, KESACO PHEDO, OYONNAX all three winners of the Gr.1 Prix d'Amérique, UNO ATOUT, ETAIN ROYAL, NIMROD BOREALIS, MAGNIFICENT RODNEY, KERIDO DU DONJON, ARCADIA, SCIPION DU GOUTIER, ROMBALDI AS WELL as well as the top class QUIF DE VILLENEUVE, PRIVATE LOVE, THE BEST MADRIK, AUXERROIS, BAHAMA, CARPE DIEM, GIESOLO DE LOU, LEDA D'OCCAGNES, ORLANDO VICI, UNION D'URZY, etc.