Foal Auction Prinsjesdag auctions exclusive offspring of Donnerhall

Dressage stallion Donnerhall is not only legendary for his sporting achievements, he also performs excellently in breeding. In 2017, there were no fewer than three direct offspring in the top ten of the WFBSH ranking, which is led by his son De Niro. On September 11, a direct descendant of Donnerhall will be auctioned during Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. And that is remarkable, because the stallion already died in 2002.

The last Donnerhall?

Virtually no more foals have been born from the legendary top progenitor Donnerhall since 2002, but Foal Auction Prinsjesdag has managed to find one more. Nostalgic bra is probably his last son, and also represents a strong maternal line. His dam Unolita already produced the ZZ-Zwaar dressage horse Bunolita. She is a mare from the line of successful breeder Huub van Helvoirt, from this dam line many well-known horses, such as the approved stallions Ebony and All At Once and the Grand Prix horse Romanoff of Vai Bruntink.

Donnerhall performed fantastically between the white picket fences. In his lifetime, he recorded 65 FEI victories and won multiple team golds and individual medals at major championships. But even more impressive are the performances as a sire. Because without Donnerhall dressage breeding would have looked completely different; the founder of the German D-line has produced an unparalleled number of influential sons and outstanding Grand Prix dressage horses.

Sell with a heavy heart

Breeder Jan Vink used ICSI to establish the pregnancy. An egg is injected with only one sperm cell. “I could get a straw from Donnerhall, and of course you don't miss such an opportunity. Donnerhall is the best dressage sire there has ever been. It is known that with a bloody mare he brings the best offspring. And Unolita is that. She is a terribly good mare. Nostalgic BH has everything it takes to become an approved stallion.

After the sale of his pancake factory, Vink now mainly focuses on Blackhorses Stud† The sale of this foal is close to his heart; “I'm known for not selling quickly, but I want to cut back a bit. I now have too many horses just for the sake of it, and then you have to sell. If I ever sell something at the auction, then it must immediately be a very good foal!”

Bert Poppelaars was wildly enthusiastic when, as selector, he had the opportunity to capture the foal. “Not only is it one of the very last Donnerhalls, but it is also a very good foal from a very good dam line.”

Nostalgic BH will be auctioned on September 12 during the dressage auction of Foal Foal Prinsjesdag.

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