“Alicante was a very athletic and light-footed colt”

Buyer Alicante (as a colt): Egbert Schep

1. Why did Alicante appeal to you at the auction?
“In my opinion, Alicante has a very interesting ancestry. He was a product from one of the first breeding seasons of his sire Casall, from who the offspring was beginning to get noticed. The colt itself was very athletic and light-footed. As a 3-yr-old, after being approved for breeding by the KWPN, I sold him to my brother Jan Schep (HBC-stables).”

2. Did Alicante live up to your expectations?
“For sure! He matured late and was had a slow development for quite a while. BBut his development was handled with care and he grew enormously with the work. I remember, after selling him to Tal Milstein in 2015, that I saw him jump at the CSI Zandhoven where I was amazed about how well he was jumping the 1.45m class. After that, things went fast. At the moment, he is very well matched with Jerôme Guéry. In Lanaken, Alicante jumped spectacularly and won the Sires of the World. He has developed extremely well!”

3. Would you advise people to buy a foal at Foal Auction Prinsjedag?
“Everyone should make his or her own decisions, but I buy foals at the auction every year. The advantage of an auction is that the horses have been pre-selected. You already start with the best foals from that year and they have interesting pedigrees. You can no longer buy these horses by the time that they are 4- or 5-yr-olds. Once they have reached professional trainers and riders, they will not be on the market until they have developed in sports. Although it is a little more difficult to distinguish talent in showjumping horses than in dressage horses, if their built is good, they have a light-footed canter and athletic power, you can expect them to do well in the future.”

“Alicante has exceeded my expectations”

Buyer: Jan Schep

1. When did you buy Alicante?
“I bought Alicante from Egbert Schep as a 3-yr-old, after he was approved for breeding by the KWPN.”

2. What was the training of Alicante like?
“He was lightly ridden in his first year with us. Then he went to Marc Houtzager and Julia Kayser, who expertly took care of his further training. His qualities revealed themselves later than we had expected. He turned out to have some trouble combining breeding and sport. His muscle structure was only slowly developing. So when he was 9 years old, we decided to stop breeding with him. That was a wise decision, because he soon grew stronger. Alicante was sold in 2015 and is now owned by Tal Milstein, where he is being ridden by Belgian rider Jérôme Guéry.”

3. Has Alicante lived up to your expectations?
“We had bought Alicante for breeding. We are fanatic line-breeders. Cantos, on of our breeding stallions, had done good work for us and we were looking for a new stallion for our mares. Alicante was a great fit. He has a very stable character and has produced several good horses that perform well internationally. In breeding he has certainly lived up to his expectations, but where Alicante’s sports career is concerned, he has really amazed us.”

4. Would you advise people to buy foals at Foal Auction Prinsjesdag?
“I believe that auctions are developing very well at the moment. At first I was a little sceptical about auctions, because you had to inspect the foals yourself, their legs, etc. Nowadays selection is more strict. I believe that a buyer should be able to blindly trust that he or she is buying a good foal. So, yes, as long as the selection continues to be that strict and the foals are immaculate, I am a fan of auctions. However it still is an adventure of course, and there are many factors in training and development that will decide whether the foal turns into a great champion.”

Click HERE for the interview with breeders Ronald and Els Nowee

Click HERE for the interview with rider Jérôme Guéry