Showjumping foals break records in jubilee edition of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag

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If one thing became clear in the 25tm edition of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag it is that good money is paid for quality. The sport saturated collection was much appreciated by the international buying public and rendered an average price of €15,523. Two excellent fillies were the cream on the cake, going for €48,000, and also because of this the one million limit was exceeded for the first time.

“Super, as management and organisation you can only dreram of an auction such as this one”, chairman Arjan van der Waaij confirms. The intensive efforts to compile a top-class collection as well as getting the right buyers on the scene were optimally rewarded in this 25th edition of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. “Every auction looks at the average price and, of course, we are very happy with an average of more than 15,500 euro. That is another 1,500 euro more than last year. But what we consider more important is that both the breeders and the buyers went home very content. And judging by the fantastic outcome of this auction and the many happy faces, I believe this absolutely to be the case.”

What was also made clear by this auction is that buyers are willing to make long term investments by acquiring quality fillies from clearly tested sport families. For example, Rosie van het Netehof (Nixon van ’t Meulenhof out of the reputable Qerly Chin line) and Riante VDB (Cicero Z out of the Usha van ’t Roosakker line) were both knocked down for €48,000 and go to Iran and a Dutch sport stables, respectively. “As an auction we are totally dependent on what the breeders offer us and we have made great efforts to get such truly exceptional fillies in our collection. It may be a long term investment for the buyers, but one that is bound to pay off. Because with such excellent fillies it soon pays to use them, for example via embryo transplantation, for breeding. With a little luck you will have already earned back the better part of your investment”, says Van der Waaij.

The 65 foals were sold to countries such as the USA, France, Canada, Iran, Estonia and Germany. For €46,000 Melissus Sydney (Emerald van ’t Ruytershof x Mr.Blue) was the most expensive colt and he will go to France, for €36,000 Caledonian (Casall x Cassini II) was sold to Estonia, the Di Cantero filly Retina van de Bisschop (dam’s sire.Elvis ter Putte) went for €30,000 and will stay in the Netherlands, and with a price of €28,000 Mona Lisa ES (Quickly de Kreisker x Cumano) and Rodéric van ’t Merelsnest (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Lord Z) have also done very well. “Before the auction we had planned a jubilee toast, but now we also raised the glass afterwards. And after that still comes tomorrow, with the auction of the dressage foals. That is a totally different auction with a totally different public, but we will do our best to make this another party.”