Sjaak van der Lei: “We don’t just do it together”
“Without people who are knowledgeable about horses and who are motivated, we as an auction can’t do anything,” says Sjaak van der Lei (owner of StuDutch Auction). On your own you go far, together you go further, this certainly applies to StuDutch Auction. Never before has such a large (and strong) collection been presented.
“This is only possible because our cooperating breeders are loyal to us as we are to them. And that also attracts new entrants. It continues to be great to see all the energy that me and (my partner) Jenny put into it is being rewarded in this way.”
“Although it is by no means about us. We may have the platform, but it’s the breeders and owners who deserve the stage. They put their heart and soul into horse breeding and sport. If we can help them sell the foals and embryos, that’s a wonderful cooperation.”
This collaboration leads to a collection of 20 foals, 20 implanted embryos and three broodmares, the largest collection to date. “Thanks to our contributors, we can offer our customers incredibly strong genetic material, which in turn makes us happy. And ultimately so do our customers, exactly what we do it for.”
The embryos being auctioned are mostly directly from mares that have themselves competed at the highest level. For example, an embryo from the Olympic champion Classic Touch will be auctioned for the first time. “A foal from this line has been sold before, but never an embryo. And you know what: it’s a female embryo!”
And what about the broodmare Harlem du Cedre, she is out of the mare Dubai du Cedre who won a 1.50m class at Valkenswaard just last week and was double clear in the Nations Cup at La Baule. “Besides a few foals from our own breeding, most come from other entrants. This allows us to offer foals from fantastic dam lines. Of course, there is also no shortage of Chacco-Blue blood.”
Finally, there is also plenty for the dressage enthusiast. Just think of the broodmare Hortense STRH. This Dream Boy daughter is out of the full sister of Olympic Parzival. “If you want to make progress in breeding, then this mare is really an addition. But also the foal of Sanceo out of the full sister of For Romance is something special.”
The collection is now online. From Friday, July 28 to Monday, July 31 you can bid on this collection. For questions please contact Sjaak van der Lei: +31612388706.