Our beautiful Christmas model in this newsletter is none other than the KWPN approved Edinburgh (Vleut x Darco) jumping at 1.60 level. A reference we are proud of!
This stallion was bred by Messrs Lindeboom and Meijer from Dalfsen out of the line with which they had so many successes. Grandma Firstlady is also the grandmother of Tyson (Numero Uno x Voltaire) with whom Leon Thijssen achieved many successes. “Edinburgh was born not far from me and we were very smart about that line as it produces many good sport horses. Edinburgh stood out with a huge canter, very explosive. In combination with such a family, we couldn't resist. Although you could perhaps say that he could have developed a little more," says selector Fred van Straaten.
At the auction it was Jos Althuyzen who took the stallion home. Jos: “During the auction there was a so-called syndicate that was interested in the foal. They had determined not to go further than € 25,000 with each other. I offered that €25,000 and since they didn't have time to discuss with each other to increase the price, it came into my hands.”
The bay stallion grew up well and after approval by the KWPN, Jos and Trudi Houwen (where he is still at stud) became co-owners. Their son Kristian Houwen subsequently became particularly successful with Edinburgh. For example, they twice won the stallion competition and several victories in the international Youngster Tour. Later Edinburgh finished with Kristian in a beautiful 5e place during the Sires of the World competition in Lanaken. Since the end of 2019, the talented stallion can be seen under the saddle of Maikel van der Vleuten and they seem to be a promising combination for the future!
We would like to thank Maikel and his girlfriend Rachelle for this Christmas shoot!
Jos and Trudi Houwen / Edinburgh
On to a beautiful 2021
The year 2020 will probably stay with everyone. An ominous virus appeared in the Far East and where we initially thought we would be spared, this turned out to be an illusion in March. The country was locked down due to Covid-19. This also had major consequences for the horse world and Indoor Brabant was one of the first events that had to experience this first-hand.
Despite a considerable list of disadvantages, there appeared to be a small advantage for breeders… Top stallions were freshly available this season. In addition, mares were used for breeding that are active at a high level in sport in normal life. For this reason, we, as lovers of breeding, have great expectations for the 2021 year. Surely there should be special specimens among them?
For us it was uncertain whether the auction could go ahead in September. Given the circumstances, we wanted to continue to offer our customers (breeders and buyers) a platform. That is why we were able to successfully organize two online auctions. We were so lucky that we could still hold a real live auction after this! It was a beautiful, warm day with excellent results. What is possible in 2021, of course, remains to be seen.
In 2021 Cas van der Oord will be part of the dressage selection committee together with Lauw van Vliet. We are very happy with that and look forward to this collaboration with confidence! On the other hand, it means that we say goodbye to Jacques Verkerk. We are very grateful to him for the past year in which he fulfilled his task with great commitment and passion.
In this special year we are grateful to our breeders and buyers for their trust. We will continue in 2021 on our chosen route where we want to remain innovative, selecting only the best of the best and keeping the power of performance as our starting point.
On behalf of the entire organization and board of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag, I wish you a healthy 2021 with hopefully a lot of breeding success!
Arjan van der Waaij
President Foal Auction Prinsjesdag
Our references in 2020
The number of matches in 2020 was significantly less than 2019, due to the Covid-19 virus. Just think of wonderful events such as Indoor Brabant, CSI Twente and Military Boekelo in our own country. Nevertheless, 59 of the horses auctioned by Foal Auction Prinsjesdag achieved a result in 2020, ranging from young horse competitions to results at 5 star level.
One of the youngest horses in the list is the six-year-old Napoli PP Z (Numero Uno x Ahorn Z). With Dennis van den Brink, this mare achieved several great results in young horse classes. The oldest in the list was auctioned in 2000 and is therefore already 20 years old! This MT Athos (Akribori x Donnerschlag) successfully completed GP dressage trials this year with his American rider Barbara Wendy Denton.
Due to the postponement of the Olympics, there are a number of combinations that have to maintain their good form a little longer. One of these is First Apple (Vivaldi x TCN Partout) with Sarah Lockman. They won a Grand Prix in Wellington this year and they seem to be well on their way to a team place for Tokyo 2021. For those who can only benefit from the fact that the Olympic Games are a year later, Gaesbekers Glamor Girl (Zirocco Blue x Caletto I ). This impressive mare shows with Henrik von Eckermann that her bar is certainly not at 1.50 and showed several good rankings this year. A combination to keep an eye on! Another candidate for the Olympic Games is Feeling Luckey (Bustique x Krunch de Breve, co-owned by Bert van Kooten) with Karim el Zoghby. De Vos already has the nickname Tokyo, hopefully she will bring that luck!
It is not only the sport horses that advertise our auction. During the second and third viewings of the KWPN stallion selection in Den Bosch, there was one stallion that was not left untouched: Defender Z (Dominator Z x Padinus). The beautiful black stallion stole many hearts with his performance and covered (certainly for a young stallion) a considerable number of mares this year. We are proud that our selectors selected Defender as a foal, all the more so because his sire Dominator Z was not well known at the time.
2020 could just have been the year of Jameson RS2 (Blue Horse Zack x Negro). This impressive, approved stallion was selected with his rider Marieke van der Putten for the World Championship for young dressage horses. It would be the second time that they represented our country at this event. Unfortunately, the World Cup, like so many events, was canceled due to the Covid-19 measures.