Breeder: Ronald Nowee
1. What was Alicante like as a foal?
“Alicante (born at Studfarm ’t Maalwater as Casares M) was already quite handsome as a colt. He was strong and correctly built. He was the second foal out of my mare Texas M. Her first foal was a colt by Contender.”
2. What is his dam like?
“His dam Texas M is a normal, unremarkable mare with slightly self-willed tendencies. She is not terribly pretty, but she is correct. The reason we bred from her was her ancestry. Her dam U-Laester was a half-sister to Cantus, Calvin Z and Lansing. Cantus in particular has contributed to the Holsteiner sport horses breeding (examples are Come On, Calido, Canaletto, Colbert GTI). Even before the existence of Horsetelex, I was already working with databases of Holsteiner horses (with licensed stallions and sport horses). After extensive research, I found that only certain lineages produce sport horses. Breeding with mares from those lines give you the best chance for good results. The oldest offspring of Texas M is doing well. Cointreau ( 2004) has been licensed in the United Kingdom and two other products by Casall, Floyd ( 2010) and Granada (2011), are doing exceptionally well.“
3. Why did you choose Casall as sire at the time?
“He was a handsome stallion with showjumping talent and I was very charmed by his sire Caretino. In those days you could only get service from Caretino if you brought your mare to Holstein. The studbook bought some frozen sperm from Casall at the time and that proved to be of exceptionally good quality. I bred several foals by him, four of which out of Texas M.”
4. When did you realise that Alicante was a top-class horse?
“After he was sold at Foal Auction Prinsjesdag, I only saw him once, at the stallion presentation of HBC-stables. As a young stallion he was a correct jumper, showing enough power and good manners. But that still leaves a long way to go, a way the of which the result is largely determined by health and the right click with the rider. I followed the news about the career of Alicante in the media, but I did not immediately get the impression that he was developing as a first-class athlete in the Netherlands. He did not make a deep impression in the USA, either. And then the luck factor occurred, the right rider found the right horse, at least, that is how I see it. His current rider Jérôme Guéry is able to bring out all of his quality.”
5. Why did you decide to enter Alicante for the Foal Auction Prinsjesdag and would you advise other breeders to sell their foals there?
“Prinsjesdag Foal Auction was the first auction that, in their selection process, set strict requirements concerning the damline of the foal. Other foal auctions selected handsome, well moving foals, preferably with a spectacular trot. Prinsjesdag added another dimension: the damline must be able to produce sport horses, otherwise the foal, no matter how pretty or how sensational its action, would not be selected! That has always appealed to me enormously. Foal Auction Prinsjesdag was the product of a few Dutch breeders, and I liked that, as well. I have sold several foals at the Prinsjesdag auction, always to my satisfaction. And apparently that feeling was mutual, because in 2009 we were awarded the title “Breeder of the Year”. I can therefore recommend Foal Auction Prinsjesdag.”
Click HERE for the interview with buyers Jan and Egbert Schep
Click HERE for the interview with rider Jérôme Guéry