In 2008, Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock Agency was named the Australian & New Zealand representative of ARQANA.

Arqana is a European auction house that operates horse auctions including the Ventes de Deauville, one of the world’s largest auctions for thoroughbred yearlings held in August of each year in Deauville, France.

Created by the merger of auctioneers L’Agence Française de Vente du Pur-sang and Goffs France, Arqana is headed by chairman Georges Rimaud. The company’s majority shareholder is the Aga Khan IV, France’s biggest thoroughbred owner-breeder. A consortium of French breeders owns approximately 30 percent with the remainder owned by Artcurial, the art auction house subsidiary of the Dassault Group.
Damons role as the Australasian representative is to promote French Racing and Breeding within Australia & New Zealand and to assist interested parties to purchase bloodstock from the French sales.

Damon attends both the August Yearling Sale and December Breeding Stock Sale annually. Damon and his team provide many services including assistance with:

1. Accommodation & travel arrangements
2. Selection and inspection of relevant lots as per client requirements
3. Veterinary examinations
4. Pedigree & raceform analysis
5. Travel rebates for purchasers
6. Transport for purchased horses (both domestic and international)
7. Registration for horses remaining in France to race
8. Agistment placement within France

For further information about racing, breeding and purchasing horses in France please visit the website

Upcoming Arqana Sales

Breeze Up Sale
11th-12th May 2017 in Deauville

Summer Sale
5th-6th July 2017 in Deauville

August Yearling Sale
19th-22nd August 2017 in Deauville

Arc Sale
30th September 2017 in Chantilly

October Yearling Sale
17th-20th October 2017 in Deauville

Autumn Sale
20th-21st November 2017 in Deauville

December Breeding Stock Sale
9th-12th December 2017 in Deauville

Experience the magic of Chantiily

Louis Le Metayer, Clint Donovan, Damon Gabbedy & Arthur Hoyeau in December 2015

Swooning feeling fresh! Purchased from the Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville in France 2013