Last year’s record sales of over one million euro were repeated on Tuesday 16 September by the Prinsjesdag National Foal Auction (NVP) in Ermelo. A total of 1,077,500 euro was paid for the foals and embryos. At the conclusion, the management and organisation of NVP felt true euphoria. “I had been shaking in my seat. It was like riding a rollercoaster”, says Chris van Dam. The high quality of the foals, many of which descend from unique sport families, was clearly appreciated by the fanatical buyers in the new, attractive KNHS hall.
“But we did have an especially fine collection of foals. We received many compliments. The major difference with last year is that then we had three or four top items which raised the average price. This time we had better average prices all round, virtually no disappointments and many, many happy breeders. This gives them a reason to use their mares again next year.” The average price of the dressage foals was 9,955 euro, for the showjumping foals it was 10,850 euro, including the embryos.
Five for 24,000 euro
As many as 34 foals and embryos were sold for amounts ranging between 10,000 and 24,000 euro. Five times the top price of 24,000 was paid. RS2 Dressage Center in Bergharen, which is run by Robin van Lierop and Seth Boschman, bought Jfradin (De Niro x Gribaldi) from breeder René Franssen from Beneden Leeuwen. Lens Nekeman took home Jefferson SVN (Glock’s Zonik x Jazz, bred by Stal van Nobelen from Noordwijk). The Greek lady rider Milena Papas bought four foals, paying 24,000 euro for Origi van de Bisschop (Armitage’s Boy x Cumano) and 9,500 for Leestone Cannon Breaker (Kannan x Heartbreaker) selected in Ireland and bred out of the full sister of PrimeVal Dejavu.
Two to Schuttert
Also Jan Schuttert from Stegeren, father of the showjumping riders Frank and Hendrik-Jan, invested in very interesting sport foals. He counted down 24,000 euro for the magnificent Choccywoccy (Cornet Obolensky x Berlin, breeder WW Stables from Meijel) and 16,000 euro for Onasis van de Bisschop (Diamant de Semilly x Chin Chin).
Then there was Jumpstar T (Quick Star x Quidam de Revel, breeder T. Van Tilburg from Schaijk) who went for 24,000 euro. He went to Jan Vink, who also paid twice 11,000 euro for embryos by Baloubet du Rouet out of the ful;l sister of Verdi and Cornet Obolensky x Quick Star.
Noteworthy as well is the 22,000 euro paid for Jerommeke, (Berlin x Glock’s London, breeder H. Hartlief from Peize), who moved to the Tarpania Stable in Swifterband. For 20,000 euro the Holstein-bred Gentil EB (Kannan x Cormint) went to Belgium and Oase van ‘t Merelsnest (Darco x Voltaire) to Colombia.
Among the dressage foals three were sold for 17,000 euro: Jeaniz Texel (Negro x Krack C) to the Vanderstappen family in Rockanje, Jairo BM (Charmeur x Belisar) to the Swedisch 2M2 and Joey (Rousseau x Contango) acquired by Van Klooster from Eemnes. Jacatra BV from Zuidoostbeemster was willing to pay 16,000 euro for Justusch (Desperado x Jazz).
The embryos selected by NVP were also much appreciated, particularly those with Cornet Obolensky as sire and earned Haras de la Pomme from Le Pin in France 17,000 and 16,000 euro and same studfarm also bought a foal. Other foals were sold to, for example, Italy, Colombia, Peru, Great Britain, the USA, Germany and Sweden.
In addition, a service from Glock’s London (by Nabab de Reve) and the 5-yr-old KWPN stallion Giovanni (by Chippendale) were auctioned for a total of 5,000 euro, for the benefit of the DBV Foundation. The Van de Lageweg family from Beers was awarded the title of NVP Breeder of the Year, not least because they bred the golden WC team horse Bubalu VDL which they never sold.
www.veulenveilingprinsjesdag.nl / author Wendy Scholten / translation Marike Coverdale