Dubbeldam Jeroen, (NED), SFN Zenith NOP Individual Final Competition FEI European Championships - Aachen 2015 © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans 23/08/15

Created in 2006, the Showjumping Fund of the Netherlands (SFN) has announced the closure of its activities. A uniquely structured syndicate group created by Dutch equestrian journalist and photographer Jacob Melissen, it was his initial vision to create a monetary fund, open to Dutch equestrian fans, who wanted to invest in keeping some of the finest Dutch-bred horses on home soil and available to Dutch riders.

On September 21, all six horses currently under its ownership, including Zenith N.O.P. – Jeroen Dubbeldam’s World and European Championship mount – will go up for sale via an internet auction operated by BVA Auctions in The Netherlands. Discussing the sale, Henk Rottinghuis, the President of the SFN Board, said, “The first SFN has been hugely successful and has not only contributed towards an unprecedented period of success for The Netherlands in the sport of showjumping, but has also given the original investors a great deal of emotional pleasure in supporting the horse and rider combinations. We thank everyone involved in the SFN for their support and commitment over the last ten years, and we hope to reward them with a good financial return from the auction.”

He continued, “The original SFN always had a lifespan of 10 years and the Board has been focussed on ensuring that the investors received a significant financial return. It is this approach, managed in partnership with Van Lanschot Bank that has allowed us to launch SFN II, which will be open to investors from around the world, and which we hope will enjoy equal success and support for the sport in The Netherlands.”