A huge setup for this weeks Van Olst Sales and stallion presentation
The preparation did actually start about 3 years ago, when Gertjan purchased about 100 quality foals from breeders around the Netherlands. From that crop about 35 horses were selected last autumn in order to be part of this years exclusive collection for Van Olst Sales.
Since the beginning of January the team has been very busy breaking in all the upcoming 3 year old horses for the auction. Wednesday was the rehearsal with first presentation of the collection for the audience, and at the same time it has been very busy with clients trying the horses.
Friday afternoon was the second presentation were you could see all the horses under saddle, and this in comparison with the presentation videos really gave you a nice picture of each horse and it´s qualities. After this presentation you had the oppertunity to check out the vet status, x-rays ect. and of course having an extra look at the horses at the stables, where also the staff was helpful if you wanted to have an extra look at a horse before the auction.
The auction was well organized and all the 3 year old horses were presented by hand for the audience during the bits. The older horses were shown under saddle for the auction. A fair and nice way for the just 3 year old horses, just being shown by hand for the auction, as it was a fully packed arena.
Most expensive horse became the 7 year old Crosby sold for 270.000 euros. More horses were sold abroad.
More than 2 hours stallion show
Saturday was preparation day for the stallions, as they had be ready for the presentation Sunday afternoon.
For the first time the stallion show was available via live stream at Clipmyhorse which also gave the rest of the world the oppertunity to see the Van Olst stallions at the stallion show. And Gertjan van Olst welcome both the audience at the arena and the audience from abroad watching via Clipmyhorse (in English). And after the intro Gertjan continued in Dutch and Goffe-Nil van de Zijden took over doing the summary in English at Clipmyhorse.
The one shining black stallion after the other entered the arena. Very nice presentation where Gertjan for the introduction was telling, that their stallion show would be more of showing the qualities of each stallion at their educational level.
H2R favorites were Diego, Inspire and a foal by him, Nespresso shown by Anne van Olst and his offsprings, Glamourdale and Everdale both shown by Charlotte Fry - very well educated and on their way towards Grand Prix.
The absolute KING of Van Olst Horses is of course Preferent stallion Negro, now 23 years young and looks amazing. Also the former very successful stallion Painted Black who is now a part of the breeding stallions at Van Olst Horses (still owned by Morgan Barbancon) was fresh and good looking shown by hand.