[PRESS RELEASE] Prinsjesdag National Foal Auction again demonstrated that foals with a high expectation value because of their excellent pedigrees are enormously popular. This year’s auction broke all the records and enters history as the most successful foal auction ever in the Netherlands. The average price of the dressage foals was 11,000 euro, the average price of the showjumping foals even reached the 14,530 euro and in total 89 foals were sold for 1,155,500 euro.

The best price of 42,000 euro was paid for Pharao van de Bisschop (Quickly de Kreisker x Heartbreaker), which was bought by Anna Gkouskova, the sponsor of the Greek Grand Prix rider André Sakakini. And she really came to Ermelo for two other foals. Pharao is a very interesting chestnut stallion out of Indra van den Bisschop, the full sister of Dulf and Holland van den Bisschop and the Grand Prix showjumping horse Audi’s Estina.

Gkouskova invested into five highly popular foals which together cost 160,000 euro. Sakakini made the bids. “I prefer to stay in the background. We really came for Chupa Chup and Caesar, but I also got a very good feeling with the other three”, the Russian interior designer explains, who is jumping up to 1.50m level and was the owner of Ludger Beerbaum’s top horse Chiara. The foals will be reared in Niedersachsen in Germany, where Gkouskova bought the accommodation of showjumping rider Herman Heinrich-Engemann, which, after 4 years of renovation work, will soon open.

The extremely handsome Chupa Chup (Casall x Cassini) from breeder WW Stables from Meijel and Caesar (Cornet Obolensky x Kannan) from breeders B. Vink and M.P. Helsloot from IJsselstein were both knocked down for 28,000 euro. For 30,000 euro Anna Gkouskova bought the colt by Poseidon van de Molendreef (Comme Il Faut x Casco) from breeder A.C. Roegiers in Evergem (B) and for C-We did it Z (Cumano x Animo) from fokker Kees Klaver she was willing to pay 32,000 euro.

Breeder Martien van de Bruggen received 40,000 euro for Kalista (F One USA x Carthago Z), which was bought by telephone by Kim Kristensen. This Danish rider also owns Kalista’s by the Studbook Zangersheide licensed half-brother Dimitri Z (by Diarado) and was determined to get this filly. Kalista comes from the fantastically breeding international showjumping mare Larthago, who is also on record as the dam of the Grand Prix showjumping stallions Harley VDL and Cevin Z.

Knocked down for 30,000 euro was Pomeline van de Bisschop (Denzel van ‘t Meulenhof x Tornado) and for 24,000 euro went Korinchidee DN (Etoulon VDL x  Chin Chin). Two foals were sold for 22,000 euro, Klarimo (Clarimo x Heartbreaker) going to Paul Schockemöhle and Pavalensky van de Dreef (Cornet Obolensky x Lord Z) to the Spanish top-class rider Sergio Alvarez Moya. The filly that was knocked down for 18,000 euro, Levita (Levisto Z x Baloubet du Rouet) is now the property of mrs Keppel from St.Anna Paulowna.

Kayne for 38,000 euro
Of the dressage foals Kayne (by Governor) was the most expensive, going for 38,000 euro. The new owners are Gerard Korbeld, the owner of Governor, and dressage rider Adelinde Cornelissen, who is training the stalion.

Korbeld was very happy with the fantastically moving colt out of the ZZ-Small dressage mare Adorijke (Rousseau x Krack C) from L. Bennink from Zevenhuizen. “I came to the auction specifically for this colt”, he explains. “As the owner of Governor I am, of course, eager to buy a special foal from him and I very much like this one. A foal should appeal to me straight away and this one did just that. I had already taken a look at him at his breeder. It is good to see them in peace and quiet, although I should immediately add that he showed himself fantastically again today, as well.”

Adelinde Cornelissen can hardly wait until she will have Kayne under saddle. She is very enthusiastic about Governor, the son of Totilas out of the full sister to her top horse Jerich Parzival. “We may not have reached the top in the Pavo Cup, but I still believe that this one will be able to do the big work”, says the enthusiastic rider.

The almost most expensive foal, going for 30,000 euro, was Kanjer DDH (Glamourdale x De Niro, breeder Dekstation De Havikerwaard), bought by Saskia Lemmens from Bergharen. With 28,000 euro Kagan ter Selle (El Capone x Ferro, breeder N. Gunter from Peer) belonged to the three best sold dressage foals and he leaves for Stal Het Haarbosch from Louis Röst. King of Power SQBS (Fellini x Uphill, breeder H.MC.H. Spierings from Evertsoord) was bought by Nico Witte and Tim Collins for 24,000 euro.

‘Not normal’
Chris van Dam from organisation bureau EQ International describes the sales of this year’s auction as ‘not normal’. “With an average price of 10,000 we would already have been quite happy, 11,000 would be very good and everything more is simply not normal. It is a reward for all the people who have worked so hard for this, they really earned their success. We have been hunting for the best foal material all year and over the years have won the confidence of the very best breeders, who are working for their breeding business day and night and dare to make investments in the best stallions in the world. If such foals would have been sold for six thousand euro, all parties would have suffered a loss. It is really great to find that the vision of our auction is well viable. The Power of Performance. That is what attracts the buyers and that is what they want to pay for.”

DVB Foundation
The DVB Foundation was glad to receive a cheque of 6,200 euro which will benefit riders with a handicap. After Lance Nekeman offered 2,400 euro for a sen magnum bottle of champagne, Gerrit Deen, co-founder of the foal auction, bid 1,600 euro for a curly mini foal to then auction him for charity. Then Siem Kat bought the little horse for 2,200 euro. / Author: Wendy Scholten