The second edition of the national eventing foal inspections took place recently in Putten, the Netherlands, and saw victory going to the filly Olivianne, a daughter of Thoroughbred stallion Gemini xx. Orpheus, the Nearly Perfect de la Brasserie son of eventing rider Renske Kroeze, was the winning colt.
The quality of the 11 fillies was higher on average than that of the colts. Jury members Jan Oortveld and international eventing rider Merel Blom described Olivianne as a well-defined foal with a good canter and well balanced. In trot, the foal demonstrates roomy, powerful strides. Sire Gemini xx is the Thoroughbred clone of the famous showjumper Gem Twist xx, while the dam is a daughter of Zapatero, owned by Ronald van den Hoven from Achterveld.
Second prize in the fillies category went to Olympic Lady, the Nearly Perfect de la Brasserie x Roven xx, daughter of Dutch Eventing Stables.
Orpheus, the colt champion, is out of Zavira (Rhodium x Zirkoon), who has been ridden at three-star level by her owner/rider, Renske Kroeze. Interestingly, Kroeze also rides the sire, Nearly Perfect, who is just six years old, and already running at two-star level.
Second in this group was the similar O'Mathieu Dutch ES (Cappucino JW van de Moerhoeve) in the ownership of Dutch Eventing Stables.
At the end of October, there will be an online auction of Eventing embryos, foals and horses by ET Auction, an initiative of Dutch Eventing Stables.