In 2014 Arjan van der Waaij took over the chairmanship of Prinsjesdag Foal Auction from Herman Verhagen. In daily life Arjan van der Waaij is running his company Van der Waaij Real Estate Brokers & Agents and together with his wife José and sons Peter and Jasper the horse business Waaij Stud in Eemnes near Utrecht.
“With Prinsjesdag Foal Auction we try to offer the breeders the best possible platform for selling their quality products and give the buyers the opportunity to lay their hands on exclusive material already at an early stage”, Arjan van der Waaij explains. “My personal drive in this is that Prinsjesdag can stimulate breeding. Not only in the Netherlands, but world-wide. After all, breeding knows no borders”, says Van der Waaij. “Breeders are not only offered the best sales opportunity for their products, but also get an opportunity to expand their breeding by buying genetically interesting material. Sport orientated buyers, dealer and/or stallion owners in turn are offered a chance to purchase exclusive products from proven lineages. This has already resulted in many success stories.”
Besides his daily activities in Van der Waaij Real Estate Brokers & Agents, Arjan van der Waaij is an active and fanatic breeder of showjumping horses at Waaij Stud. “I have a special affinity for the showjumping sport, but I can also enjoy watching a good dressage horse. I get my greatest satisfaction from self-bred horses that are doing well at a high level in the sport. Breeding horses and watching them develop is something that I really enjoy!”
Annually ten to fifteen showjumping foals are born at Waaij Stud, some of which are sold as a foal via auctions or private sales and others stay to be reared. A large number of the breeding products are also trained at Waaij Stud and started in the sport. Successful breeding products were, for example, Davidson (Harley x Chin Chin), which under James Billington won the 2015 Isah Cup for 7-yr-olds and finished fourth in the Word Championship in Lanaken. Currently Davidson is ridden by the American top-class lady rider Callan Solem. Also the KWPN-referred and AES-licensed stallion Hero Blue (Douglas x Indoctro), the KWPN-referred Interessant (Zirocco Blue x Chin Chin) and the international showjumping horses Zippo CG (Hold Up Premier x Quinar), Winner Star (Indoctro x Quick Star) and Finola (Cardento x Quick Star) are examples of some of his quality breeding products.