Selection committee



Fred van Straaten

Fred van Straaten, Den Ham

Fred van Straaten from Den Ham, member of the selection committee of the Foal Auction Prinsjesdag since 2006 and breeder of numerous (inter) national jumpers and approved stallions.

– Why are you involved with Foal Auction Prinsjesdag?

“Selecting the foals is particularly interesting. The motto of Prinsjesdag is that performance is of paramount importance and that we are not bound by a studbook. Seeing so many foals makes us wiser as well. You get a lot of information during the search for the better foals, about certain mare lines but also about the breeding power of stallions.”

– What is your connection to breeding?

“In our own breeding we use the same motto: performance is very important. That is why my role as a selector is also a nice mix. The moment you are judging, I ask myself: would I want this foal myself or not? The bar must be high. Our breeding goes back to the late sixties. The line my father used to breed was old-fashioned in my experience. We traveled a lot to get more modern mares here and there, but the mare line with which my father started, with the Gelderse mare Isabelle (v. Uron), turned out to be the most successful. Because our children release our breeding products in sport, we receive a lot of valuable information about our own breeding. If sport is also anchored on the mother’s side, attitude, health and sustainability are almost self-evident and the customer appreciates that with better prices. Breeders who have selected their mare line for generations, experience success. This is in contrast to the others who try to buy success, but have no idea of ​​interior. We as an auction are trying to work on a relationship with the exhibitors and in this way showcase their valuable material. Prinsjesdag is the platform for them!”

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Willem van Hoof, Biest-Houtakker

In Biest-Houtakker in the North Brabant, about ten kilometers southeast of Tilburg, there is plenty of activity every day at Stal van Hoof. Horse owners from home and abroad know the way here to purchase new talent or to put their horses in training.

Willem van Hoof founded the versatile stable in 1999 and runs it together with his partner Yvonne Copal and their team. Preparing for testing, training and putting horses out in the IBOP, Pavo Cup and sport are among their specialties, as well as breeding, rearing young horses and trade.


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Peter Bleeker, Hulsen-Nijverdal (board member & selector)

Peter Bleeker from Hulsen-Nijverdal is co-founder of the National Foal Auction Prinsjesdag and member of the selection committee. In 2014, he was named Breeder of the Year KWPN Province of Noord-Holland because of his high-quality and high-performance breeding products in dressage.”The Prinsjesdag Auction started from the study club Noord-Holland Noord. With, among others Gerrit Deen, Jos Ligthart and Piet Meinen. After a few years it became a separate foundation. The auction moved to Ermelo and received an extra boost. My motivation is that I love breeding. You meet new people with the same passion. It still fascinates me terribly. In addition, it is like a competition, you want everything around the auction a little better. You try to be the best auction in the Netherlands, or in fact the whole of Europe.”


Bert Poppelaars, Heusden

Since 2008 Bert Poppelaars from has been a member of the selection committee and breeder of successful (inter) national jumping and dressage horses and approved stallions. In 2000 he was named KWPN Breeder of the Year.

– Why are you involved with Foal Auction Prinsjesdag?

“The goal of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag to find quality foals from good performance strains appeals to me enormously and in addition it is a very nice club to participate with. to work. In the meantime, I also gain a lot of information myself. You travel throughout the country and get a lot of information about how a stallion breeds. But you also go abroad, where philosophy is quite different and you start to think about it. Breeding is very interesting. As a breeder you do need a network to sell horses and Prinsjesdag works hard all year round on that. The foals that we select come from fantastic mare lines and often have a proven stallion as sire. I myself am in favor of giving young stallions more chances, but people who buy foals prefer to invest in offspring, which is currently performing well. A direct Kannan or De Niro is often more in demand than the offspring of a young stallion.”

– What is your connection to breeding?

“I have always had horses. As an eight-year-old, I was already behind horse and away from my father. In 1985 breeding started to take on serious forms and since then we have focused on the breeding of jumping and dressage horses for top sport. We now breed more than fifteen jumping and dressage foals per year, most of whom are raised and taught. Performance in the mare line is very important in my eyes, because this also says a lot about health and attitude. Today we have a number of breeding products together with various renowned riders and traders with a view to sale in the future. They are great collaborations and the horses get every opportunity. When I walked through the meadow thirty years ago, I could tell you what the best foal was, but that is no longer that easy. The least chic foal in between can be the jumping phenomenon of the future. It is the quality that counts. For the auction, however, we cannot do too many concessions on type and appearance. The customers of the foal auction also like to see a beautiful foal.”

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Lauw van Vliet, IJsselstein

With over thirty years of experience as a stallion owner and breeder, Lauw van Vliet is closely involved in breeding. His company Stal Van Vliet in IJsselstein in Utrecht focuses on both dressage and jumping stallions and the trade in young and sport horses is also an important industry. From 2019, Lauw is a selector on the selection committee for the dressage foals. Next season, Lauw and Bert Poppelaars will set off to put together another top collection of dressage foals. “I was approached by chairman Arjan van der Waaij, who asked if it could be something for me. Every year, of course, I see a lot of foals and, just like Prinsjesdag Foal Auction, I am convinced that it is only about the very best. Then I don’t care who the breeder is, or which stallion the foal descends from. And although I am a stallion owner, I will definitely select with an independent view and I am looking forward to go on the road with Bert, ”says Lauw enthusiastically.“ It is a great challenge to participate in selecting the foals for one of the best auctions in the Netherlands. Foal Auction Prinsjesdag has an excellent reputation and I will dedicate myself for 200 percent to making my contribution to this. The bar is high and I love that!”