Breeder: Fred van Straaten
1. What was Arc de Triomphe like as a foal?
“Arc de Triomphe was an inquisitive and bold colt. When he was a few days old I already saw that he would be great. He was tall, had the right conformation and a powerful and supple canter. I see these qualities quite often in his dam’s line. When he was presented at the auction, he sold himself.”
2. What is his dam like?
“His dam is the 1.60m level showjumping horse Una Bella S (by Calvados). As a 16-yr-old she is till jumping at international level under Italian rider Matilde Giorgia Bianchi. Also under Hendrik-Jan Schuttert she earned many international successes. I chose Triomphe de Muze at the time, because this stallion was doing quite well in the sport and with Chin Chin and Galoubet in his background, he was a suitable complement to the dam’s line. She later had another two foals by him. These horses are also performing at international level: Baretta S (2006) is jumping at 1.50m level under Italian rider Tommasco Conti and Ciao Bella S (2007) is jumping 1.45m classes under Dutch rider Josta van Straaten. I still breed from the line of Una Bella S, for we also breed with Ciao Bella. She already produced the referred stallion Hazelhorst (by Cardento).”
3. How did you feel about the auction at the time?
“Arc de Triomphe was a commercial foal. He was handsome and had a fantastic canter. There was a lot of interest for him already surrounding the presentation and the bidding went fast. “
4. Would you advise other breeders to sell their foals via the Prinsjesdag auction?
“I would most certainly advise breeders to sell via the Prinsjesdag auction. Good prices are offered there and the organisation has gained a lot of trust which is to your advantage as a seller. Not only the auction itself is interesting, but as a breeder you can also further use the platform offered by the auction. The photographs and video-recordings are viewed a lot on the internet and that is good for the reputation of your breeding. I have had several foals auctioned via the Prinsjesdag auction, but not in the past few years as I am on the selection committee.”
5. Do you closely follow Arc de Triomphe and did he meet your expectations?
“I sure do, via Horsetelex you can easily follow his results and I also keep an eye on the social media. I have not had enough time to watch his performance in person. Arc de Triomphe has more than met my expectations with his results at international level. The buyer made a good investment at the auction at the time!”
Click HERE for the interview with buyer and owner Jan Schuttert.
Clich HERE for the interview with rider Frank Schuttert.