After Flanders Foal Auction wrote history in 2017 by being the first to auction showjumping horse embryo’s in the United Arab Emirates, a new embryo auction is added to the international calendar: on 16 March the organisation will auction at Live Oak International in Ocala, USA.
As Belgian showjumping horses are performing extremely well worldwide, their popularity has risen spectacularly. “The fact is that very good horses have become too expensive. Also because of this, the American market for foals is growing. We find that there is great interest for Belgian breeding and are happy to travel to the customers, as we do in Sharjah”, explains Luk Van Puymbroeck, together with Gerald Lenaerts the driving force behind the Flanders Foal Auctions.
Flanders Foal Auction earned a good reputation as a result of the foal auctions in Bonheiden and Opglabbeek and for the first time, in 2017, was involved with the British Bolesworth Elite Auction, with success. The foal and embryo collections are indeed of unusually high quality. “We receive a lot of trust from the breeders, for which we are very grateful. Belgium has unique sport lines because we have been selecting on showjumping qualities for generations here. It is the same with cattle: you either go for the milk or for the meat. You can not go for both and that is the power of our breeding”, says Gerald Lenaerts.
Before the Flanders team will fly to international showjumping show of Ocala in March, a further twenty embryo’s will be auctioned in Sharjah, close to Dubai. This auction will take place on February 9 2018 during CSI3* Sharjah.
The foals are all to be born in 2018 and come from exceptional bloodlines. “From sires such as Big Star, Heartbreaker, Emerald, Casall and Kannan. We offer an Untouchable out of the dam of the Olympic showjumping horse Gunder that won the Global Champions Tour in Doha under Bassem Hassan Mohammed. But we also have a Casall out of Valentina van ‘t Heike, multiple Grand Prix winner under Jos Lansink.”