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NEWSLETTER FOALAUCTION PRINSJESDAG #30
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TOMORROW PRINSJESDAG FOAL AUCTION IN ERMELO

Today, in the Amalia hall at the National Equestrian Centre in Ermelo, the accommodation for Prinsjesdag Foal Auction is erected. This is the place in which the 40 special dressage foals will be auctioned in the afternoon and the showjumping foals in the evening.
 
The foals will in principle be presented outdoors, except in extreme weather conditions. The stands are covered and foals normally show themselves better outdoors than inside the hall.
The programme looks as follows:
 
12.30 hours        presentation dressage foals
14.00 hours        auction dressage foals
16.45 hours        presentation showjumping foals
18.45 hours        auction showjumping foals 
Klarimo (62) is a son of Clarimo out of Valarnike, who herself jumped at 1.30m level. She is a half-sister to the 1.60m level showjumping horse Widney and a daughter of Audi’s Reflection who jumped 1.60m level Grand Prix under Vincent Voorn.
Kalista (F-One USA) (67) is a daughter of the 1.50m level mare Larthago. She produced, amongst others, the 1.60m level showjumping stallions Harley (Jessica Kürten) and Cevin Z (William Funnell), 3 other licensed stallions and 4 other internationally performing products.

SELECTER FRED VAN STRAATEN: 'WE DISTINGUISH OURSELVES WITH THE DAM'S LINES'

The selection committee of Prinsjesdag has been searching for top-class material since January. Selecter Fred van Straaten believes with fantastic results: ‘We distinguish ourselves with the dam’s lines of our foals. The sport is always close-by, preferably the dams have performed in the sport themselves. It is no longer about “the dam’s line of” with in the fourth remove somewhere a licensed stallion, but directly, close-by.’
 
And as we said before, preferably from a dam that has been active in the sport herself. ‘Because that tells you something about durability, health and attitude’, Van Straaten explains. ‘Look at the international sport. The products of top-class mares such as Ratina Z and Classic Touch, for example, are now coming up.’ That may be a great vision that says something about the selection policy of Prinsjesdag, but what does this mean for the interested buyers? Fred: ‘In the first place that mare material is offered which I would like to have for my own breeding. We have several fillies from top-class dam’s which will really bring progress in your breeding. In addition, the collection simply offers a great chance of getting a future top-class sport horse, of course. I have seen the large amounts offered for the Cornet Obolensky’s in some places. But I feel you better have a Cornet out of a very powerful mares line than just a common one.’ 
Kassion (Sir Donnerhall x Krack C) (39) is a half-brother to a Small Tour and a Grand Prix horse. Grandam Passion performed at Small Tour level herself.

BERT POPPELAARS: 'A LOT OF INVESTMENT AND YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THE COLLECTION'

Before, Prinsjesdag mainly distinguished itself with quality showjumping foals. ‘But those days are far behind us’, believes selection committee member Bert Poppelaars. ‘I am even so bold as to say out loud that there has never been a foal auction which presented a collection of dressage foals with so much quality. We are extremely proud of it!’
 
The question is, how was it possible to collect so much top-class material: stallion keepers have become more active and are buying a lot of colts. And many breeders, after having reduced their stock in the pas few years, are again prepared to expand their mare stock. Top-class fillies have therefore become scarce. Poppelaars: ‘That may all be true, but over the past few years, we made a lot of investments to be able to get the best foals from the breeders. We travel to everywhere and, as an auction, try to build up a relationship with the best breeders in Europe.’ Last year Prinsjesdag surprised the participants with a breeders stand, a special, well accommodated place on the ringside. ‘Because you see,’ Poppelaars adds, ‘we have the same interest as the breeders. They have the top material and we want to help them sell it for the best possible price. That is different from when a stallion owner tries to buy your stock for as little as possible. That is why the bidding often works to our advantage.’
 
When asked if Bert Poppelaars has something to add for the buyers, he answers in the same way as his colleague Fred van Straaten: ‘We offer future toppers for the stallion selection and the top sport, but also for the breeders themselves we have highly interesting mare material, with which you can really build up a powerful mares line.’
Kir Royal (36) is a colt by Negro out of Zhara-Obertje. This daughter of Jazz was the champion mare at the 2007 National Mares Selection and is meanwhile performing in the Small Tour. She already produced the stallion Happy Feet, licensed in Denmark and Oldenburg, and a Z-placed elite-awarded daughter.
For more information: www.prinsjesdag.eu, info@prinsjesdag.eu or call +31-(0)342440100.
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