A top rider is nowhere without an excellent horse and vice versa. Marc Houtzager has several trump cards for the highest level and one of his upcoming talents is the Mr.Blue-son Mr.Europe, in 2009 sold at Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. For his breeder Harold Renken, co-owner Marry Lodewijk and rider Marc Houtzager his great performances do not come as a surprise.
In 2009 Mr.Europe RV (Mr.Blue x Cassini I) was part of the Prinsjesdag Foal Auction collection and was one of the finest show jumping foals, due to his excellent pedigree, athletic appearance and extraordinary canter. He was purchased by Benny Wezenberg and Fred Lodewijk, who paid € 26,000 for this future talent. Their assessment turned out to be right, because Mr.Europe is a horse of a very special caliber.
On the way to GP
The Mr.Blue-son has already achieved good international results under the saddle of Marc Houtzager. He claimed victories in the international Youngster Tour of De Wolden and Valkenswaard, and the nine-year-old stallion now jumps at 1.50m level. At the CSI4* in Münster, Houtzager and Mr.Europe finished second in the 1.50m class last year and his rider has high expectations of him for the future. This Foal Auction Prinsjesdag reference is for sure one to keep an eye on!
Read all about Mr.Europe in the articles with his breeder Harold Renken, buyers and owners Benny Wezenberg and Marry Lodewijk, and rider Marc Houtzager.