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The Showjumping Fund of the Netherlands announces sale of double World and European Champion SFN Zenith N.O.P.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Double World and European Champion SFN Zenith N.O.P. will be sold on an auction in September. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Double World and European Champion SFN Zenith N.O.P. will be sold on an auction in September. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The Showjumping Fund of the Netherlands (formerly Springpaarden Fonds Nederland/SFN) has today announced the upcoming sale of six horses, including SFN Zenith N.O.P. – Jeroen Dubbeldam’s double World and European Champion. Six horses under SFN's ownership will go up for sale via an internet auction operated by BVA Auctions in the Netherlands. The auction will take place on 21 September 2016.   

Among the other horses for sale is Aquila SFN, that under Wout Jan van der Schans jumped double clear in the 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Dublin and again at the 2016 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in La Baule, also winning the 3* Grand Prix in Luxembourg earlier this month.   

Formerly known as Springpaarden Fonds Nederland, the SFN was created in 2006. The uniquely structured syndicate group was the brainchild of Dutch equestrian journalist Jacob Melissen.

It was Jacob's initial vision to create a financial fund, open to Dutch equestrian fans, who wanted to invest in keeping some of the finest Dutch-bred horses on home soil and made available to Dutch riders. Uniquely, five of Holland’s leading horse dealers, Emile Hendrix, Willy van der Ham, Egbert Schep, Teus van den Brink and Johan Heins advise the SFN Board on the horses the Fund should purchase and which riders they should be given to. Only when all five agree unanimously will an investment go ahead.  

The SFN has been closely responsible for an unparalleled period of Dutch success both at team and individual level. Its strategy has achieved exceptional results, not only through the world class SFN Zenith N.O.P., who will be the highest profile lot offered at the September sal. 

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 show jumping, 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.”


Source: Press release from Revolution Sports + Entertainment //  Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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