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Flanders’ embryo collection for Italy: “Exclusive and marketable”

Friday, 17 November 2023
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DSP Chakaria One of the embryos is a Balou du Reventon out of the 1.60m GP mare Askaria, ridden by Pius Schwizer. This dam already gave European champion DSP Chakaria, ridden by Andre Thieme.

What should the embryo collection look like when auctioning for the second time at the breathtaking Il Borro in Tuscany, Italy, on Saturday 18 November? Flanders Foal Auction asked itself this question. The pedigrees have to be top class, but also importantly, the embryos must be marketable. “Embryos with a minimum price that was too high in our opinion, have been scratched from the list,” says Gerald Lenaerts, organiser of the Flanders auctions together with Luk Van Puymbroeck.

Venard de Cerisy One of the five Chacco Blue-embryos is bred out of the same dam as 1.70m Grand Prix and top Nations Cup horse Venard de Cerisy, who is extremely successful with Steve Guerdat.

Last year's auction at the Tuscan five-star resort of the famous Italian Ferragamo family, twenty kilometres from Arezzo, was unforgettable in every respect and the result was stunning as well. The highlight of the evening was a Chacco Blue out of Kirby de Muze, which came into Arabian hands for 90,000 euros. The foal was born healthy and well this year.

No hyped up show

Raia d’Helby An embryo by Emerald is bred out of the successful 1.60m Grand Prix mare Raia d’Helby. Grandam Miss d’Helby also jumped 1.60m GP and gave six 1.50-1.60m GP horses.

“And now we have another strong collection for Saturday,” says Gerald Lenaerts. This time, 30 embryos were selected with 18 different sires. Chacco Blue is the main leader with five unborn foals, followed by Emerald (4), Heartbreaker (3) and Diamant de Semilly (3).

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Ermitage Kalone What about this: a filly embryo by Belgian champion Ermitage Kalone out of the half-sister to Balou du Reventon (1.65m GP), Chatinue (1.60m), Balissimo (1.55m) and Balou du Rouet (1.50m level).

- 7 embryos have a granddam who jumped 1.60m Grand Prix

- 4 embryos have a dam who jumped 1.60m Grand Prix

- 12 embryos have a dam who already produced one or more 1.60m GP horses

- 26 embryos have a granddam who already brought 1 or more 1.60m GP horses

Embryos from leading damlines

Gancia de Muze This one will have fans too, an embryo by Catoki out of the 1.70m Grand Prix-mare Gancia de Muze, who won more than 2 million euro in her career with Niels Bruynseels.

There are embryos from damlines such as those of Walnut de Muze, Kashmir Van Schuttershof, Centa de Muze, Electra van 't Roosakker, Glasgow van 't Merelsnest, Emerald van 't Ruytershof, HH Conrad, Ligie and Cordula de Laubry.

There are also a Mylord Carthago out of the half-sister of top horse Dubai du Cedre, an Ermitage Kalone out of the half-sister to Balou du Reventon, a Chacco Blue out of the full sister of 1.60m GP horse Go Easy de Muze, a full sibling of medal machine H&M All Inn, a Chacco Blue out of the dam of Steve Guerdat's top horse Venard de Cerisy and a Catoki out of the 1.70m GP mare Gancia de Muze.

Most unusual embryo is perhaps the last one in the auction, the Balou du Reventon out of the 1.60m Grand Prix mare Askaria, who won plenty of classes with Pius Schwizer and was sold to the Emirates. Askaria is known as the dam of the Olympic showjumper DSP Chakaria, who was European champion in 2021 and took team silver with Andre Thieme. “Nothing from this line was ever offered on the market before!”


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