After the sale of several embryos via the auction site www.embryoauction.com this new initiative of Prinsjesdag Fuoa Auction can be considered a success. The embryo’s, with highly interesting pedigrees, are dispatched all over the world.
In 2015 Prinsjesdag Foal Auction decided no longer to accept embryo’s for the foal auction. “Although embryo’s are in good demand, they often cause an emptiness in the sales ring. There is often no horse to show at all, but you have to make do with video recordings of the sire, dam or closely related sport horses”, explains Arjan van der Waaij. “We now add embryo’s to the site all through the year and bring these to the attention of the buying public.”
The embryo’s that are accepted for the online auction have undergone a very stiff selection process. “They must have a really extraordinary background. Their pedigree must be so special that they are hard to come by as a foal”, says Van der Waaij.
The two embryo’s that are currently online are therefore no small fry. One descends from top-class progenitor Kannan out of a 1.35m level jumping daughter of Cella (by Cento) – PHOTO – , the former top horse of Ben Maher (GBR). The other is by the best breeding dressage sire in the world, De Niro, out of the Grand Prix mare Sisther de Jeu (by Gribaldi).
Next week another will be added to the website: a Glasgow van ‘t Merelsnest out of the full sister of the Grand Prix stallion Montreal VDL and a half-sister of VDL Bubalu, the fantastically jumping stallion which under Jur Vrieling helped winning Dutch team gold at the WC in 2014 and team silver in the 2012 Olympics. Glasgow, bred out of the full sister of the illustrous, top-class mare Sapphire ridden by McLain Ward, jumped into fourth place in the 1.55m GP of Indoor Drachten even last Sunday.