Auction organizer Luk Van Puymbroeck was treated to a top prize for his own Philyra LVP Z (Plot Blue x Bamako de Muze) during the Grand Final of the Flanders Foal Auction season last night. Muny Sunk Stables from the United States bought the filly for 42,000 euros, just like last year they stable also purchased the Opglabbeek price highlight. Overall, according to the trend of Flanders Foal Auction compared to 2016, the average price of the jumping foals in Opglabbeek increased to 16,666 euros.
"Gerald Lenaerts and I are really pleased. We had a top auction year ", Luk Van Puymbroeck points to a busy season. Following the first embryo auction in Sharjah (UAE), the foal and yearling auction in the British Bolesworth (average price 28,500 euros) and Bonheiden (average 16,250 euros), the 36 jumping foals at Sentower Park realized a turnover of 600,000 euros.
40,000 for Baloubet du Rouet son
The auction seemed to start a bit quiet with five foals around 10,000 euros, until Kalliope LVP Z (Kannan x Clearway), also from Van Puymbroeck's studfarm, was sold for 22,000 euros to Ireland. In total, eight foals were sold for 22,000 euros and more. Kai Gerken from Germany payed 40,000 euros for the beautiful colt Billy FZ Z (Baloubet du Rouet x Clarimo). Rolf Morssinkhof invested 29,000 euros in the quality chestnut Emirates V.V. Z (Emerald x Chacco Blue).
A Saudi customer living in Great-Britain, who purchased the price highlights at the auction in Bolesworth, now bought Roubaix L3B (Cornet Obolensky x HH Radco) for 25,000 euros. Auctioneer Dirk Zagers also sold the foals to countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine.
"Opglabbeek may not be the easiest auction. People leave Zangersheide, where the World Breeding Championships for Young Showjumpers takes place, in a hurry to come here. But they're also all professionals. They are less sensitive to the auction atmosphere and spend less money. Tonight there were 500 to 600 professionals who have knowledge of a foal and who are very critical. That does not always make the business easier, but the great thing is that these foals will get into sports. They will get all the chances. You see that professionals are increasingly investing in good damlines from Belgium because they can hardly buy these horses at the four or five years age, " Luk Van Puymbroeck analyzes.
Van Puymbroeck purchased the dam of Philyra LVP Z pregnant from Plot Blue in France last winter. "The mare is only four years old. All her brothers and sisters compete at 1.40m to 1.60m level among who Coriana van Klapscheut with Eric Lamaze. "
Twenty of the 26 jumping foals were sold for 15,000 euros and more. Tal Milstein became owner of Rolex DW (Balou du Rouet x Clinton). Gilbert De Roock bought two foals.
Author/photo's: Wendy Scholten