With Cas van der Oord joining the selection committee dressage, Foal auction Prinsjesdag adds a new generation to their team. The young breeder from Schoorl, Noord-Holland, has been involved with Foal Auction Prinsjesdag for many years and together with Lauw van Vliet, Van der Oord will be in charge of the selection of dressage foals. “A great opportunity – I’m really looking forward to it”, says Van der Oord.
Family Van der Oord has had a strong bond with Foal Auction Prinsjesdag right from the start. “Back in the days, my father was already involved in setting up the auction. When we had a good foal at home, we would always go to Foal Auction Prinsjesdag first”, says Cas van der Oord. “When board members Co Out and Gerard Koks approached me for a position in the dressage selection committee, I considered this very carefully. Obviously I am still young, so it is quite a leap in the dark, but that also makes it a very interesting opportunity.”
Van der Oord represents a new generation and hopes to attract new people to the auction. “As a young breeder, you tap into a new group of breeders and through social media you try to stay up-to-date about what is being bred and where interesting foals are born. In addition, I hope that I have the favour in my current network to select interesting foals for Foal Auction Prinsjesdag.”
As a selector, Van der Oord believes that you should not wait to see what will be offered. “Especially in this day and age, you have to be on top of things. I am already making contacts in order to be able to select interesting foals in the spring. I have also approached several large breeders in Germany to be able to bring new genes to the Netherlands. This is well received and many breeders would like to auction at Prinsjesdag.”
Cooperation with Van Vliet
Together with stud owner Lauw van Vliet, Van der Oord will be in charge of the selection dressage. “I am very much looking forward to working with Lauw. He is a very passionate man and I think I can learn a lot from him. The cooperation with Lauw has been decisive for me to seize this opportunity with both hands”, concludes Cas van der Oord.