With a high standard, it is every year a challenge to achieve high-quality dressage and jumping foal collections. As of this year, Foal Auction Prinsjesdag will not only use expert selection committees, but also young breeding interested people to have an active role as scouts. In this way the first top foals have already been selected.
Rejuvenation is one of the reasons for the organization to use scouts. “The future belongs to the young”, says Foal Auction Prinsjesdag board member Peter Bleeker with a smile. “We are all getting older and want to involve young people in the organization. This is a great way for them to grow with the auction.” The scouts keep an eye on their network. “Our scouts have a huge network on social media and will use it to discover the best foals.”
Both familiar and new faces are starting this year to compile the foal collections of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. One of them is scout Koos Poppelaars, who has been actively involved in the auction for several years. “Partly because of my father Bert, who is a member of the selection committee for dressage foals, I am closely involved with Foal Auction Prinsjesdag and their selection. As a scout I keep an eye on the social media and I approach breeders from my own network when they have an interesting dressage foal. It is a matter of putting out a lot of lines, having in mind what kind of foals are good enough for our auction and having the luck that breeders want to auction their best foals at Prinsjesdag”, says Koos.
The success of an auction stands or falls with the foals offered. “The results and reputation of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag ensure that most breeders want to have their foals auctioned here. Together we strive to create an even stronger collection of foals every year, and in this respect we have made a convincing start this year. The first foals have been selected, including three that I’ve tipped. The auction topper could already be one of them, because the quality is very high. It is a win-win situation for everyone when the best foals come to our auction and I enjoy to have my part in it.”
Pedigree and presentation
Other young scouts are Fred Jr. van Straaten, Wouter Bon, Peter and Jasper van der Waaij, and Steffi Verhagen. The last mentioned sees a lot of foals every day and looks at them through the eyes of a Prinsjesdag selection committee member. “Through a meeting with the selection committees, we as scouts are well informed about what kind of foals meet the requirements for this auction. The selection committees sets high standards, and I also have that myself. Only the best is good enough for Foal Auction Prinsjesdag!”
On the website www.prinsjesdag.eu the foals can now be singed up online for one of the selection days of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday the 5th of May. The selection committees wants to select foals with correct and long-lined conformation, suppleness and quality. In addition, their pedigrees have to be commercially attractive and include successful sporthorses in the damline. Particularly for the jumping foals, it is important that the dam, granddam and the great-granddam must have performed in the sport themselves and/or have offspring that performs successfully in the sport.