11 & 12 SEPTEMBER 2018


'The power of performance!'

The power of performance

Foal auction Prinsjesdag is an elite auction for over 25 years now. The best foal material from European warmblood breeding is offered here. By exclusively selecting show jumper and dressage foals from the best performing bloodlines in Europe, the focus is on 'The power of performance.' Foal Auction Prinsjesdag is a yearly two-day event in September. Around 120 show jumper and dressage foals with top genes from proven mare lines are auctioned on these days.


Foal Auction Prinsjesdag brings in young scouts

With a high standard, it is every year a challenge to achieve high-quality dressage and jumping foal collections. As of this year, Foal Auction Prinsjesdag will not only use expert selection committees, but also young breeding interested people to have an active role as scouts. In this way the first top foals have already been selected.

Rejuvenation is one of the reasons for the organization to use scouts. “The future belongs to the young”, says Foal Auction Prinsjesdag board member Peter Bleeker with a smile. “We are all getting older and want to involve young people in the organization. This is a great way for them to grow with the auction.” The scouts keep an eye on their network. “Our scouts have a huge network on social media and will use it to discover the best foals.”

Expanding contacts
Both familiar and new faces are starting this year to compile the foal collections of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. One of them is scout Koos Poppelaars, who has been actively involved in the auction for several years. “Partly because of my father Bert, who is a member of the selection committee for dressage foals, I am closely involved with Foal Auction Prinsjesdag and their selection. As a scout I keep an eye on the social media and I approach breeders from my own network when they have an interesting dressage foal. It is a matter of putting out a lot of lines, having in mind what kind of foals are good enough for our auction 


Air King stands out in Hengstleistungsprüfung

In the last sport test of this spring in Münster-Handorf, the four-year-old Air Jordan son Air King was one of the outliers. This stallion is bred by Hendrika Florijn, and was part of the collection of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag in 2014. He has since then..

Successful international GP debut for Boston STH

In the short time that Denise Nekeman and Boston STH (by Johnson), which was sold at Foal Auction Prinsjesdag, are performing on Grand Prix level, they have already achieved some remarkable results. It all started with a bronze medal at the Dutch Indoor Championships..

First selection day on Saturday the 5th of May

Foal Auction Prinsjesdag organizes eleven selection days in the months of May, June and July. On these days the selection committees will visit different addresses in the country to select the best foals for the 26th edition of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. Foals with the best bloodlines and great potential for dressage or show jumping. Foals that can make the difference now and later.

Members of the selection committee Bert Poppelaars and Fred van Straaten are clear about the selection criteria of Foal Auction Prinsjesdag. Bert: “When we’re selecting the foals, we pay attention to correct conformation, quality, long lines and suppleness. Furthermore, in terms of pedigree, the foal must bring sport with it and be commercially attractive.”Fred van Straaten adds: “We take a close look on the pedigree. We like to see that the dam, granddam and great-granddam have performed in the show jumping sport themselves, and/or that they have produced offspring which stands out. This gives an indication of the ability and willingness to work of a horse. We are looking for horses that stand out, who fight for you. When a foal enters the arena and it is independent, moves in the right way and draws it’s own plan, then you know it can be a good one.” Bert: “We do not make any concessions in terms of quality. Both the mare and the foal must be outstanding.”

Selection days
On Saturday the 5th of May the first selection day for Foal Auction Prinsjesdag will be organized. On this day foals can be selected at the Waaij Stud in Eemnes, Stal Wezenberg in IJsselmuiden and Team Nijhof in Geesteren. In addition, the selection committee also comes to breeders at home. The first foals for the auctions on 11 and 12 September have already been selected. More news about these future talents will follow soon. On our website you can register your foal(s) online, and find all selection dates and further information.


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