Every year the selection committees of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag face a huge challenge. The selection of an outstanding dressage and jumping foal collection, and preferably better than the year before. In both breeding directions more than half of the foals have already been selected and the collections seem to meet sky-high expectations.
On 11th and 12th of September the foals will be sold at Foal Auction Prinsjesdag in Ermelo. For the dressage foal auction Bert Poppelaars is one of the selection members who does everything possible to capture the best foals for the auction. “We are about halfway with our collection and we are incredibly enthusiastic about the foals that we have been able to select. The input from the scouts is also striking, because we were able to attract new breeders with interesting foals”, says Bert Poppelaars. “In addition, over the years we have built up a very loyal network of breeders, and with a lot of them we have been able to select outstanding foals. In terms of selection we can state that it is even easier than last year, to select the best foals for our auction. The good results and reputation of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag also play a role in this.”
Peaking at the auction
In addition to selecting top foals, the selection committee also takes an advisory role when required, about the preparation for the auction. “Because no matter how good the foal is, it hás to be a superstar on the auction day. Especially for dressage foals, it will not work when the foal is not showing all he has. The foal has to be presented in optimal condition and we try to guide the breeders in this traject too. Because it is a win-win situation when a foal shows all of his qualities on the auction day.”
Superior sports genes
The selection committee is also bursting with enthusiasm in the jumping direction. “The collection so far is really good. We have selected more than the half of the collection, and we have established quality foals with excellent bloodlines. In terms of the overall quality, I think it’s even better than last year,”, says selection committee member Fred van Straaten. “We do not have to make any concessions about the pedigrees, and the quality of the offered foals shows that the breeders themselves have already selected well. We can fish from a very interesting pond and we have a group of loyal breeders who keep their best foals for our auction. That is a great starting position!”A first look at the pedigrees of the selected foals makes it clear that the breeding follows the international sport. “We have selected foals from very strong performance damlines, with a lot of sport in the first three generations. In addition, the foals descend from interesting stallions who now stand out in breeding and/or sports, such as Halifax van het Kluizbos, Quabri de L’Isle, Emerald van ‘t Ruytershof and Nixon van’ ‘t Meulenhof.”
It is also remarkable that so far several foals of foreign breeders have been selected. “For example from breeders from Italy and Saudi Arabia. They often practice their breeding in Europe and we are pleased to see that Foal Auction Prinsjesdag is the first choice for them when they want to sell a top quality foal”, says Fred van Straaten.