What do you do when all your girlfriend’s are to busy living life and you got no one to go to the stallion show with? You bring your boyfriend.
So last Saturday we went to the winter version of the KWPN stallion show. For those that have never been, it’s the show where they select the stallions they want to take on in their stud program from the 3 year old KWPN stallions. It goes on from Thursday till Saturday with stallion approval, clinics, auctions, shows and so forth. Its held at a huge conference center called Brabanthallen in the south of the Netherlands.
As the stallion approval took up most of the day and we mainly wanted to go for the Valegro goodbye show, we decided to go a bit later in the day. As we were walking in, they were selecting the last stallions to move on to the next round of the approval for the studbook. I had never been to such a show and was surprised at how close you got to the stallions. I truly wish I could take one with me home, but yeah, what would I do with a 3 year old not broken in stallion?
Joop TC – (Ravel x Krack C)
Jureno – Negro x Johnson (top mover of that specific round), He was so calm while waiting.
After checking out the stallions for a while, it felt a bit repetitive as there were so many of them that we decided to check out the rest of the area. There were loads of shops, but as I didn’t really need anything and none of the brands I like had a stand I ended up not buying anything.
By accident wondering around we ended up at the stalling area for all the stallions and were able to take a closer look at many of them, like for example the more well known ones like Jetlag, Journalist and Jerez(which got sold for 160.000 euro later in the day). I stupidly happy said to my boyfriend that they were all only 168cm tall, so that they would also fit me. Later realising that they are all 3 years old and will grow a lot still. haha. Someone need to come up with a growth serum for human beings so that I can get taller.
Standing in one corner was a stallion called Jack Sparrow BF which I completely fell in love with. He had such gentle eyes and wanted to cuddle the minute I stepped close to his box. When he came for sale in the auction I almost lifted my hand to bid, but at the end he ended up going for 30 000 euro, which I unfortunately do not have on my bank account.
Jack Sparrow BF – (Millenium x Faustinus)
After wondering around we went back to the large arena to check out the auction. Most of the horses that doesn’t get approved for the studbook ended up at that auction. I thought that most of them would go for a lot of money, but some even went for as “little” as 15.000 euro. Which in my eyes is little considering the top dog got sold for 160.000 euro. It was really interesting to see how people were bidding more based on blood then actual movements. Fun fact is that Valegro went to the same show when he was young, but didn’t get approved. However instead of placing him in the auction, the breeder Van Olst sold him to Carl Hester for 6000 euro. In other words its possible for us all to end up with an olympic wonder if we’re lucky.
Jerez – (Vivaldi x Ferro)
The rest of the day was spent at the Valegro goodbye show, but as this post is getting to long I will write a post about that tomorrow. I must say I found it really interesting to check out all the different stallions. Truly enjoyed seeing so many beautiful creatures and I think even the boyfriend found it interesting. I realised how much I still have to learn about bloodlines and so forth though, time for someone to sit down and study again.
Van Olst, which is one of the top breeders in the Netherlands are continuously looking for people to work at their breeding stable. So if you either like to ride young horses or being a groom, you should check out some of their job openings here.