First selection day on Saturday 5 May

In the months of May, June and July, Foal Auction Prinsjesdag organizes eleven selection days on which the selection committees visit various addresses in the country to select the best foals for the 26e edition of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. Foals with the best bloodlines and great potential for dressage or show jumping. Foals that can make a difference now and in the future.

Selection committee speaking

As the selection committee, Bert Poppelaars and Fred van Straaten Sr. are clear about the Prinsjesdag selection criteria. Bert: “When selecting our foals, we pay attention to correctness, quality, long lines and suppleness. In addition, the foal must have sport in terms of pedigree and must be commercially attractive.” Fred van Straaten adds: “We look at the mother. What has he done in sports? We have a rule that the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother must have performed themselves in the sport or have offspring that perform remarkably in the sport. That is an indication of a horse's disposition and character. We are looking for horses that go for it, fight for you. The moment a foal enters the orbit and it is enterprising, it moves electrically and when you see that it does not stick to the mother but goes its own way, then you know; we must have it.” Bert: “We make no concessions in terms of quality. Both the mare and the foal must have super quality.”

The first selection day will be held on Saturday 5 May, during which foals will be selected at the Waaij Stud in Eemnes, Stal Wezenberg in IJsselmuiden and Team Nijhof in Geesteren. In addition, the committee also visits breeders' homes. The first foals for the auctions on September 11 and 12 have already been confirmed. More news about this soon.  On this page you can register your foal(s) online, and find all selection dates and further information.

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