Horse auctions have become an integral part of today’s world. Every week hundreds of horses, foals and embryos are sold at auctions. One of the things you have to deal with when buying at an auction is VAT. How does that work exactly? Below you will find answers to the questions most frequently asked by potential buyers.
Horse Auctions Europe has so much to talk about with Hans Hurkmans, specialist in embryo’s from horses and cows and their implantation. We have a number of questions from daily practice, the answer to which can not be found on the internet. Is it wise, for example, to buy a ‘frozen embryo’ in an auction?
The costs of embryo transplantation and ICSI have been discussed by Horse Auctions Europe in its last release, but how about the recipient mares? How much is it to lease one, what should you look for if you want to buy one yourself? Is just any mare suitable to be a surrogate mare? Hans Hurkmans, specialized in embryo transplantation and ICSI in horses and cattle, answers these questions below.
What are the costs of an embryo transplantation, ICSI and a surrogate mare? These are questions often received via social media by Wendy Scholten, the driving force behind the auction platform Horse Auctions Europe. We give a summary here below, together with Hans Hurkmans.
What is it all about for a foal auction? The foals, of course. Often the selectors and auctioneers are mentioned, but do you know what a foal auction can also not do without? The handlers! They literally and figuratively run in the shadow of the dams to show the foals at their best. The more bids they receive, the longer they have to run around in the ring. The Dutch Dirkjan Leeuwis has a lot of mileage on his clock. Since 2002 he has been presenting ponies and horses and for ten years already.
You scroll through the colllection of an online auction and choose a foal or a sport horse. The purchase is simple enough, but then what? How do you get your new acquisition home? Horses2Fly from Alex Nijboer and Pascale Drijfhout is one of the Dutch transport companies that makes sure that horses are delivered all over the world. How does this work and what is expected from the client? Horse Auctions Europe has a few questions for Alex Nijboer.
The Dutch Teus van den Brink can smell a good showjumping horse at a distance. The list with international showjumping horses, even 1.60m Grand Prix horses, from his stables is long, but also hunters, equitation horses and lovely horses for amateurs come from Nijkerkerveen. He is still regularly scouting at shows, but more often than not comes home empty-handed. Horses performing at shows are expensive and that is why he now also visits auctions to buy young talent at an early stage.
You could buy the most interesting foal in the auction, but what if it has a flaw where its feet or stance are concerned? Do not easily assume that the farrier will be able to make things right. What can breeders and buyers do in co-operation with the farrier? Farrier Ramon Koppendraaier from Lichtenvoorde has a lot of experience in trimming and correction of the hooves, from foals to sport horses. Horse Auctions Europe has 6 questions for him.
Anyone buying a foal at one of the many foal auctions this summer will have to make a plan. Where will this foal grow up? Do you have accommodation at home, will it be stabled or be out day and night in the field? If you have no facilities of your own, there are specialised horse rearers, such as Antoon Dekkers from Winterswijk-Miste in the Netherlands, where since 2003 foals are reared up to 3-yr-olds. He is busy all year round, seven days a week, caring for and monitoring the young horses.
His Van Overis breeding products are jumping world-wide at international to Grand Prix level, but Gerald Lenaerts from Peer in Belgium is also known for Flanders Foal Auction, which he runs together with Luk Van Puymbroeck. We are curious what his advice and tricks are to best prepare a foal for the auction, but also what to do after.