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Adam Prudent

Founder and manager of Plain Bay Sales, the international and high level horse trading company, Adam Prudent lives between France and Florida, to offer the best horses to his clients. Competing at the top level of showjumping, his experience with riders such as Eddie Macken of Nick Skelton allows him to recognize future champions, capable to compete in Grand Prix classes all around the world.

Hello Connor,

Plain Bay Sales ? ;)
Honestly, dealers like Paul Schockemöhle, Jan Tops, Stale Hendrix and Axel Verloy are very well known. Aside from that, you have some great horse dealers in the world that find exceptional horses and are great to deal with like Ignace Philips and Enda Carroll.

Adam

Hello Stanley,

In fact, there are several reasons the differing prices between horses in Europe and imported ones. A horse is often sold in America for a higher price because of all the work the seller did until this point. Horses are coming from Europe because it's where the sport began and where all the good breeding operations are. So you have transport fees boarding/training expenses that augment the final cost. The price needs to cover all these expenses! But the client also pays for the expertise of the seller. Finding a horse with great quality is hard. It requires alot of time, travel and knowledge to find the perfect one to send in America.

Adam

Hello Lauren,

The first important fact is that most of the show jumping stud farms are in Europe, which change already a lot of thing. European communities have more experience with young horses and even amateur riders train their young horses.
In the meantime in the US, the horses are mainly imported from Europe so the market is more focus on finding the right horse and rider combination.

As for the competition, the show jumping history started in Europe, so the show program is guided by the european ones (against the clock, grand-prix, …). Our sport base is in Europe but the sport is becoming more and more global. For example, when it comes to international shows, the FEI rules are the one who control all the CSI in the world.

Adam

Hello Kessy,

In fact our business does both. Sponsorship is a delicate process. We take risks on horses that we believe in that we will not necessarily ask them to invest in. Great owners are very crucial in the sport. We understand the importance of that commitment and have to think about the balance.

Adam

Hello Mona,

To start, when choosing a horse for resale he has to be somewhat conventional. This means that he has to have good natural balance, correct jumping style and a good brain. For the American market, we generally look for horses with blood. Riders here like horses that take them to the fence. When looking a horse for myself, I rely more on my feeling when I ride him. Heart and natural ability count for a lot and can make up for an unconventional style. when resale is the goal we have to think about a horse that could fit a variety of different types of riders.

Adam

Hello Mona,

He has already begun to be commercialized under unconventional circumstances, but none the less I would say GEM TWIST. He was a natural talent and fierce competitor.

Adam

Hello Amy,

Mainly my influences have been my parents. But I have worked with other riders like Eddie Macken and Nick Skelton. These riders have so much experience and know so much about the way horses think and how to train them in the best way. It's important to find a trainer that understands the brain of a competitor and can help him work through not just the technical side of riding but also the mental challenges of sport.

Adam

Hello Kareen,

Plain Bay Sales is young actually, the real beginning was in 2012. So we are talking about a pretty new organization! We have grown up a lot during this period! I would say that our mission from the start has been less about quantity and more quality. We sell our own stock of quality horses that we buy and breed, while also staying involved with the needs of outside clients and colleagues to find horses that we dont have in house, so it's hard for me to give you an exact number. What I can say is that we are better every year and we are more focused on selling and producing quality.

Adam

Hello Kareen,

The sale of the “Si Bella” marked my trader career because of the story behind it.
It is a Selle Français mare, born in 2006 by Diamant de Semilly. It is the only foal of Belladonna, the famous mare my mother Katie Monahan-Prudent rode several years in the best shows.
The mare grew up in our family’s stud farm in France and we took her to high level (Grand-Prix 1.60m). The stable she’s in take very good care of her and she has a lot of success with her new rider.
When things happens like that, we know what we do our job for.

Adam

Hello Tessy,

Plain Bay Sales is a big team ! From riders, grooms, managers and assistants, everyone has an important part in making a busy show day a success. There is a great deal of behind-the-scenes organization that allows the show riders to be focused and successful. At large shows with multiple show arenas, there are often timing conflicts that complicate the task of preparing and training a large group of show horses. All the people I mentioned are the reason that we win and sell our fantastic horses! As we say, "TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK"

Adam