Many similarities between Olympic finalists and Prinsjesdag-collection

The pedigrees of the Olympic finalist of showjumping in Rio de Janeiro share many similarities with the pedigrees of some of the foals in the 2016 showjumping collection of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. Among others, Prinsjesdag offers a colt out of the three quarter sister of Dejavu (Bassem Hassan Mohammed), a filly out of the half-sister of Emerald (Harrie Smolders) and a colt out of the direct damline of Bonne Chance CW (Janika Sprunger).

The colt Qui a Vu van ‘t Merelsnest is genetically seen a very striking foal. His sire Vigo d’Arsouilles became world champion with Philippe Le Jeune back in 2010 and his dam is Lacoste van de Bucxtale – a daughter of the Heartbreaker-son Zambesi. Lacoste is a three quarter sister of the Heartbreaker-son Dejavu, who qualified for the Olympic individual finals with Bassem Hassan Mohammed. In addition, the Olympian Zilverstar T (Nicola Philippaerts) was also bred out of this same damline.
A unique filly is also Quartina DC – a daughter of foundation sire to be Comme Il Faut out of the Nabab de Rêve-daughter Intense van ‘t Meulenhof. Quartina’s dam Intense is no one else than the half-sister of Harrie Smolders’ Olympic mount Emerald, who will battle for Olympic medals again this Friday.
Levisto Blue RV Z is a colt by Levisto Z x Mr. Blue and is closely related to Janika Sprunger’s Bonne Chance CW – also auctioned at Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. Levisto Blue’s great-granddam Kalista – full sister to former world number one Audi’s Jikke – is also the granddam to Bonne Chance CW, who also qualified for Friday’s finals. Unfortunately, Bonne Chance CW will not participate since three other Swiss riders qualified as well and regulations say only three combinations per country can participate.

In addition, Foal Auction Prinsjesdag selected two direct offspring of Olympic finalists. The colt Vegas is a son of Maikel van der Vleuten’s two time Olympian Verdi out of a dam by Heartbreaker. However the Dutch squad could not succeed in their battle for a medal, Maikel van der Vleuten and Verdi did not disappoint at all. With only two time penalties, Verdi qualified for the Olympic finals. Back in London four years ago, Verdi also qualified for the finals without knocking a fence down. A very exclusive colt is also Quest S Z – one of the few offspring of the striking stallion Quabri de l’Isle. The wonderful chestnut of Pedro Veniss jumped phenomenal on every day of the Olympics so far and qualified for Friday’s finals as well.

With three offspring each in the individual finals, Cornet Obolensky and Kannan are the top sires at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Foal Auction Prinsjesdag offers no less than five foals by Cornet Obolensky and two foals by Kannan. The latter is also represented in the second or third generation of several Prinsjesdag-foals. For Pleasure also delivered two direct descendants for the finals: Barron (Lucy Davis) and Fit For Fun (Luciana Diniz). Also his grandchildren Fine Lady (Eric Lamaze), First Choice (Yann Candele) and Fibonacci (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) qualified for the competition on Friday. Foal Auction Prinsjesdag offers as many as four direct foals sired by the legendary For Pleasure.