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21 March 2018
Flanders Foal Auction Brings First Ever Embryo Auction to USA
The very first Flanders Embryo Auction, held at Live Oak International CSI3*-W in Ocala, Florida, USA on March 16, 2018 proceeded in a way that any scriptwriter would dream of. The collection included a grandchild of the world’s best earning showjumping horse at the moment, Gazelle, ridden by Kent Farrington, and it was to be expected that Gazelle’s owners Farrington and Robin Parsky would be interested. And there they were on Friday, sitting at a table at Live Oak International, calmly waiting, watching the goings-on, until lot 18 came up. Then they struck and for $30,000 they bought the still unborn foal. The good reputation of Flanders Foal & Embryo Auction is rapidly growing world-wide. After the regular foal auctions in Bonheiden and Opglabbeek, Luk Van Puymbroeck and Gerald Lenaerts further developed their format. Their motto: ‘Do not wait for the client to come to you, you should go to the client’ last year resulted in the first embryo auction in the United Emirates and a super foal auction last June in Bolesworth, where one record after the other was broken. ”Are the Americans ready yet for buying embryos, was a question we were often asked. Well, you never know, but the Arabs were ready! We have had two successful embryo auctions there already,” Gerald Lenaerts said. “They are the risks you have to take”, Luk van Puymbroeck explained. “It will all go easier once you have a good reputation. We are extremely pleased that we constantly attract new clients as buyers, people we would never get to come to our auctions in Belgium.” The embryo auction in Ocala was hosted at the impressive, 2,000 hectares estate from the family of top-class combined driver Chester Weber, one of the active powers behind Live Oak International. Where the sale of embryos already has become customary in Europe, the Americans still have to be introduced to the idea. The word embryo is somewhat confusing, because they are often foals about to be born. The first will come in April. Bids by telephone came from all over the world to get hold of the unborn foals with the genetic backgrounds. Including the sales on the spot, the twenty embryos went for $345,500 altogether, at an average price of $17,275. “We consider that a good start already. The idea still has to grow, but it certainly has potential here,” said Luk van Puymbroeck. Van Puymbroeck himself got $18,000 for his embryo by Taloubet Z out of the full sister of Air Jordan Z, bought by the Muny Sunk Stables. “In two years time I have bought five via Flanders,” laughed Christine Vanneck from the Muny Sunk Stables, who also laid down $16,000 for the Cornet Obolensky x Heartbreaker out of the full sister to Primeval Dejavu. For a price of $18,000, the American Lauren Tisbo bought the Balou du Rouet x Chin Chin out of the full sister to the Grand Prix showjumping horse Gin Chin van het Lindenhof. Auctioneer Dirk Zagers got things really moving in the second part of the auction. The Canadian team member Francois Lamontagne bid $22,000 for the Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Plot Blue out of the line of Kashmir van Schuttershof. The Canadian Kristine Semrau from Semrau Farms acquired the Diamant de Semilly x Cornet Obolensky. The Irish rider Marion Hughes bought the Urano de Cartigny x Wandor van de Mispelaere on the sport for $23,000. Robin Parsky can not wait to see her ‘grandchild’ by Bamako de Muze x Elvis ter Putte x Kashmir Van Schuttershof born. She will have to wait until August, however. She bought Gazelle, who has since earned world fame, five years ago in Belgium. “Kent has his stables near Antwerp and we often visit him,” she said. “Once the foal is born, I will have a good reason to travel to Belgium even more often. I am very happy about it all. I will soon have to come up with a suitable name for the foal. I will make a phone-call to Kent. He must believe that I have gone mad. Kent, we have a grandchild!” Photo via Flanders Foal Auction
19 March 2018
35 stallions approved at the BWP.
Pegase van’t Ruytershof (Comme Il Faut x Cartani) is crowned champion of expertise of the BWP. Grandson of the international Diamanthina van’t Ruytershof, herself own sister of the crack Emerald van’t Ruytershof. A strain which will also have been honoured in the stallions since the phenomenon Nixon van’t Ruytershof (Denzel vh Meulenhof), uterine brother of Emerald van’t Ruytershof, wins the winter circuit of the 5-year-old stallions under the saddle of the young Jeroen Dewinter who also wins the circuit of the 7-year-olds thanks to the stallion Gitano VG. The title of vice-champion of the expertise was awarded to Poker de Mariposa (Nabab de Rêve x Berlin) who is none other than the son of the future star of… Nicolas Delmotte to whom the stud farm of Clarbec has just entrusted Ilena de Mariposa, daughter of their crack Flora de Mariposa. Poker will take the road to Holland after its acquisition by the fantastic pair van den Oetelaar / Nijhof. Its uterine brother Nestor de Mariposa (Elvis Ter Putte) was second of the circuit of la Pavo Cup in the 5-year-olds. The rest of the podium consists of Prestige van het Kluizebos (Halifax van het Kluizebos x Corrado I). Pegase van’t Ruytershof (Comme Il Faut x Cartani) is crowned champion of expertise of the BWP. Grandson of the international Diamanthina van’t Ruytershof, herself own sister of the crack Emerald van’t Ruytershof. A strain which will also have been honoured in the stallions since the phenomenon Nixon van’t Ruytershof (Denzel vh Meulenhof), uterine brother of Emerald van’t Ruytershof, wins the winter circuit of the 5-year-old stallions under the saddle of the young Jeroen Dewinter who also wins the circuit of the 7-year-olds thanks to the stallion Gitano VG. The title of vice-champion of the expertise was awarded to Poker de Mariposa (Nabab de Rêve x Berlin) who is none other than the son of the future star of… Nicolas Delmotte to whom the stud farm of Clarbec has just entrusted Ilena de Mariposa, daughter of their crack Flora de Mariposa. Poker will take the road to Holland after its acquisition by the fantastic pair van den Oetelaar / Nijhof. Its uterine brother Nestor de Mariposa (Elvis Ter Putte) was second of the circuit of la Pavo Cup in the 5-year-olds. The rest of the podium consists of Prestige van het Kluizebos (Halifax van het Kluizebos x Corrado I)
19 March 2018
The weekend winners:
In Paris, Simon Delestre couldn’t thank his sponsor Hermès in a better way as he won the 8th edition of the Saut Hermès with Ryan des Hayettes (Hugo Gesmeray) who wins a new event of GL Events after the World Cup stage in Lyon. He is ahead of Niels Bryunseels who, one week after his triumph at ‘s Hertogenbosh, was on the verge of starting up again with Gancia de Muze (Malito de Rêve) while Marcus Ehning who had been the first to set off in this 14 men jump-off finished in a great 3rd place behind the Belgian… like last week but Cornardo NRW (Cornet Obolensky) is well back at the highest level a few weeks before the World Cup final in Paris. Let’s also remember the 4th place of the European champion and Olympic vice-champion Peder Fredericson with his exceptional new recruit Hansson WL (Hip Hop x Iowa). In Arezzo, the victory went to Bruno Chimirri on Tower Mouche (Diamant de Sémilly) ahead of Martin Fuchs on Chica B Z (Canturano) and Conor Swail on Domino van de Valhoeve (Lord Z). Grégory Cottard takes another victory with his Regate d’Aure (Robin II Z) by winning the Villeneuve Loubet Grand Prix** ahead of Joffrey Buard on Uncle AD WZ (Untouchable Z) and Vincent Feuillerac on Concaro (Carinjo) for a 100% tricolour podium. In Lier, it is Gilles Thomas who wins the Grand Prix with Conaro (Con Capitol) ahead of Sanne Thijssen on Celine M Z (Cruador) while Camron Hanley Aiyetoro (Concorde) leaving Nicola Philippaerts at the foot of the podium with Bisquet Balou C (Balou du Rouet) who is back in shape for the outdoor season. Thomas Rousseau wins the Grand Prix** of Le Mans with the GFE stallion Up To You in front of Alexis Gautier on Siroco de Coquerie and Jérôme Gachignard on Great Miracle for a franco-French competition. Katharina Offel wins the Grand Prix** of Oliva with Elien (Carambole) ahead of Micky Morssinkhof on Happy Girl 42 (Non Stop) and Annelies Vorsselmans on Wilandro 2 (Unistar).
19 March 2018
New collaboration between Dominique Hendrickx and Star Horses
In 2008, Dominique Hendrickx won the four stars Grand Prix of Anvers with the young phenomenon of the Star Horses stables An Sidec (Andiamo Z) before ending their collaboration a few months later. Since then, numerous riders have succeeded to one another in the Peffer family with various successes until the sale, a few weeks ago, of almost all the stables. A hard blow for Damien Plume who has just thrown the towel. “I am really disappointed. When I arrived, I came with sporting ambitions and the project of going back to the competition every week. Things were eventually quite different because after the good work I did for the auction… there were only two horses left. It was therefore difficult to build a sports career. Those last months have been very difficult for me because I went from deception to deception and now I have just taken another slap in the back and it is above all the discouragement that prevails because, in addition to the sports aspect, it is also a family that is once again off the streets. In January, we moved to Morkhoven with my wife and son, and we already have to take our pilgrim’s staff again because some people couldn’t stick to their word. It is really hard to live with. I will now step back a little, take care of my pupils who remained faithful to me despite the little time I had for them lately, like Georges Trulemans, Maria Magdalena and some few others, and I will also work some horses that I have in collaboration with the Brumes breeding, while taking a few steps back to analyze what’s next”, will open-mindedly explain Damien Plume. 10 years after a great year of successes, Dominique Hendrickx is welcoming this time in his stable two horses from his former owners: the former 7-years Belgian champion Kannabis Van De Bucxtale and the former 5-years Belgian champion Crush Second Life Z will from now on be part of the rider’s string of horses. “This time, Albert Peffer entrusts me two horses in my stables, I will not ride for them. We have had a nice collaboration some years ago. The end of our collaboration was quite a hard time for me because I lived so many good moments there, but on the other hand, we left each other in good terms and have always kept a nice private relationship. Today, I think that those good relationships make them think of me for those two horses, and I’m obviously happy they thought of me. One week ago, I made a difficult decision entrusting Bacardi les Hauts to Jérôme Guery but on the other hand, it also opened new doors for me since Jérôme entrusted me two good horses and I get back here two other horses. So I find myself with an interesting string of horses and good potentials for the level I aim to”, adds Dominique Hendrickx.
19 March 2018
Norton d’Eole at Keros!
The stallion Selle Français Norton d’Eole (Cento x Jalisco B) retires from sport at 17, after… 13 years spent on the competition tracks under the saddle of Eric Dewulf, the son of his breeder. The couple will have evolved together up to three and four stars Grand Prix, with numerous successes. Son of the now famous Fragance de Chalus, herself international before being the mother of Mylord Carthago, Bamako de Muze, Arc en Ciel de Muze and many others, he can already rely on about twenty products evolving on the international circuit. He’ll now fully devote himself to riding at Keros. “He set up his quarters at Keros one week ago and, although he’s always lived with us, he seems to acclimatize to his new environment. Our father acquired him as an embryo at a time when Fragance de Chalus wasn’t as famous as today, the same way as he acquired Melody, Mylord Carthago’s own sister, the year after. During his career, we have obviously had a lot of solicitations but we have no regrets. Keeping Norton is an assumed choice within our family. He allowed my brother to progress and evolve on very beautiful contests. That’s the very striking thing about Norton: he never disappointed us. Today at 17, it’s time for Norton to move on and for us to turn the sports page. He will have had a career of exemplary length and at Keros, he’ll be allowed to mate as he deserves because they have the necessary logistics allowing to export the semen throughout Europe, what we couldn’t do ourselves”, will explain Guillaume Dewulf, co-owner of the stallion with his brother.
19 March 2018
35 stallions approved at the BWP.
Pegase van’t Ruytershof (Comme Il Faut x Cartani) is crowned champion of expertise of the BWP. Grandson of the international Diamanthina van’t Ruytershof, herself own sister of the crack Emerald van’t Ruytershof. A strain which will also have been honoured in the stallions since the phenomenon Nixon van’t Ruytershof (Denzel vh Meulenhof), uterine brother of Emerald van’t Ruytershof, wins the winter circuit of the 5-year-old stallions under the saddle of the young Jeroen Dewinter who also wins the circuit of the 7-year-olds thanks to the stallion Gitano VG. The title of vice-champion of the expertise was awarded to Poker de Mariposa (Nabab de Rêve x Berlin) who is none other than the son of the future star of… Nicolas Delmotte to whom the stud farm of Clarbec has just entrusted Ilena de Mariposa, daughter of their crack Flora de Mariposa. Poker will take the road to Holland after its acquisition by the fantastic pair van den Oetelaar / Nijhof. Its uterine brother Nestor de Mariposa (Elvis Ter Putte) was second of the circuit of la Pavo Cup in the 5-year-olds. The rest of the podium consists of Prestige van het Kluizebos (Halifax van het Kluizebos x Corrado I). Pegase van’t Ruytershof (Comme Il Faut x Cartani) is crowned champion of expertise of the BWP. Grandson of the international Diamanthina van’t Ruytershof, herself own sister of the crack Emerald van’t Ruytershof. A strain which will also have been honoured in the stallions since the phenomenon Nixon van’t Ruytershof (Denzel vh Meulenhof), uterine brother of Emerald van’t Ruytershof, wins the winter circuit of the 5-year-old stallions under the saddle of the young Jeroen Dewinter who also wins the circuit of the 7-year-olds thanks to the stallion Gitano VG. The title of vice-champion of the expertise was awarded to Poker de Mariposa (Nabab de Rêve x Berlin) who is none other than the son of the future star of… Nicolas Delmotte to whom the stud farm of Clarbec has just entrusted Ilena de Mariposa, daughter of their crack Flora de Mariposa. Poker will take the road to Holland after its acquisition by the fantastic pair van den Oetelaar / Nijhof. Its uterine brother Nestor de Mariposa (Elvis Ter Putte) was second of the circuit of la Pavo Cup in the 5-year-olds. The rest of the podium consists of Prestige van het Kluizebos (Halifax van het Kluizebos x Corrado I)
19 March 2018
New collaboration between Dominique Hendrickx and Star Horses
In 2008, Dominique Hendrickx won the four stars Grand Prix of Anvers with the young phenomenon of the Star Horses stables An Sidec (Andiamo Z) before ending their collaboration a few months later. Since then, numerous riders have succeeded to one another in the Peffer family with various successes until the sale, a few weeks ago, of almost all the stables. A hard blow for Damien Plume who has just thrown the towel. “I am really disappointed. When I arrived, I came with sporting ambitions and the project of going back to the competition every week. Things were eventually quite different because after the good work I did for the auction… there were only two horses left. It was therefore difficult to build a sports career. Those last months have been very difficult for me because I went from deception to deception and now I have just taken another slap in the back and it is above all the discouragement that prevails because, in addition to the sports aspect, it is also a family that is once again off the streets. In January, we moved to Morkhoven with my wife and son, and we already have to take our pilgrim’s staff again because some people couldn’t stick to their word. It is really hard to live with. I will now step back a little, take care of my pupils who remained faithful to me despite the little time I had for them lately, like Georges Trulemans, Maria Magdalena and some few others, and I will also work some horses that I have in collaboration with the Brumes breeding, while taking a few steps back to analyze what’s next”, will open-mindedly explain Damien Plume. 10 years after a great year of successes, Dominique Hendrickx is welcoming this time in his stable two horses from his former owners: the former 7-years Belgian champion Kannabis Van De Bucxtale and the former 5-years Belgian champion Crush Second Life Z will from now on be part of the rider’s string of horses. “This time, Albert Peffer entrusts me two horses in my stables, I will not ride for them. We have had a nice collaboration some years ago. The end of our collaboration was quite a hard time for me because I lived so many good moments there, but on the other hand, we left each other in good terms and have always kept a nice private relationship. Today, I think that those good relationships make them think of me for those two horses, and I’m obviously happy they thought of me. One week ago, I made a difficult decision entrusting Bacardi les Hauts to Jérôme Guery but on the other hand, it also opened new doors for me since Jérôme entrusted me two good horses and I get back here two other horses. So I find myself with an interesting string of horses and good potentials for the level I aim to”, adds Dominique Hendrickx.
19 March 2018
Norton d’Eole at Keros!
The stallion Selle Français Norton d’Eole (Cento x Jalisco B) retires from sport at 17, after… 13 years spent on the competition tracks under the saddle of Eric Dewulf, the son of his breeder. The couple will have evolved together up to three and four stars Grand Prix, with numerous successes. Son of the now famous Fragance de Chalus, herself international before being the mother of Mylord Carthago, Bamako de Muze, Arc en Ciel de Muze and many others, he can already rely on about twenty products evolving on the international circuit. He’ll now fully devote himself to riding at Keros. “He set up his quarters at Keros one week ago and, although he’s always lived with us, he seems to acclimatize to his new environment. Our father acquired him as an embryo at a time when Fragance de Chalus wasn’t as famous as today, the same way as he acquired Melody, Mylord Carthago’s own sister, the year after. During his career, we have obviously had a lot of solicitations but we have no regrets. Keeping Norton is an assumed choice within our family. He allowed my brother to progress and evolve on very beautiful contests. That’s the very striking thing about Norton: he never disappointed us. Today at 17, it’s time for Norton to move on and for us to turn the sports page. He will have had a career of exemplary length and at Keros, he’ll be allowed to mate as he deserves because they have the necessary logistics allowing to export the semen throughout Europe, what we couldn’t do ourselves”, will explain Guillaume Dewulf, co-owner of the stallion with his brother.