Willem Dekker became a board member of Prinsjesdag National Foal Auction (NVP) in 2008 and has been its secretary since 2014. “I look after the planning of the almost monthly meetings and often come along on the selection days. So I spend considerable time on the foal auction. When you go for something, it has to be for 100%. I am a breeder myself and therefore interested in breeding, but I also like to work together with a group of people to organise an auction that is solid as a rock. “
Willem Dekker enjoys watching a handsome foal, but that does not yet make the picture complete, he feels. “A foal should also have interesting breeding, meaning a line that has produced sport horses before. That is the Power of Performance, the motto of our foal auction. The breeders offer their foals in plenty of time before the auction, which is when we start to make a selection already on the basis of their background. On our selection days, we as foal auction, also have the function of offering the breeders instruction and advice for their breeding. The result is that the breeders have a good idea of what we are looking for and can estimate very well if it is worth while to come to our selection days.”
Willem Dekker already presented several of his own foals at the auction. Hernandez TN (by Kannan) was licensed by the KWPN last year, Fire King WD (by Toulon) is performing stud duties at the German stallion station Klatte under the name of Thagoras, while Vincent (by Lux) made his Inter I debut in March 2016 under the young dressage rider Amy van Dijk.
Annually the former dairy farmer from Benningbroek breeds about twelve foals, both dressage and showjumping foals. “I never put my money on one horse”, he laughs. “I have invested in several mares lines, such as the Vanck dressage line from Bert Poppelaars, a half-sister to Tyson’s dam, a Krack C x Ferro which is closely related to Dream Boy and the dam of Hernandez TN. If you want to breed, you should do it with families that produce sport horses. They are, in general, the better foals that are therefore in higher demand. A powerful dam’s line is very important, I think.”