Selection procedure

Our youngstock is the talent pool for the auction

During the enervating young dressage horse auction ‘Van Olst Sales’ many top-level ridden horses go under hammer every year. But how does such an auction collection come about? We put the question to the driving force behind Van Olst Horses, owner Gertjan van Olst.

Own breeding pool

Owner Gertjan van Olst: ‘Our business consists of the stud, sport, sales, breeding, and for a large part youngstock. All mainly specialised in dressage horses. Together these links form a circle. The stud, for example, is very important but we also benefit from good youngstock. Our youngstock is actually the talent pool from which we get the talent, certainly for the auction too.”

Win-win situation

“With our system we create a win-win situation. Each year we buy back around one hundred foals from a set group of breeders. As well as these, we also have the 10 to 20 foals that we breed ourselves each year. These all go into our own youngstock, to be sold on as three-year-olds after they have been trained by us. The very best horses in the group are selected for the Van Olst Sales. The auction is the sales opportunity of the year and is also the last link in our circle: we buy the horses as foals and sell them at the auction with a great future ahead of them.”

Strict selection

“Over the years, dressage horse breeding has made a tremendous leap. That is reflected in the quality of our horses; this has increased tremendously. The increase in quality comes from two sides: breeding has certainly grown, but we too have also set the bar higher. We now select the horses even more consciously. Only the top horses are selected for the Van Olst Sales.”

Wide distribution

“Each year international interest in the auction increases. During the last edition a couple of the most expensive horses went to good clients in Australia. We also sell to America, Japan, UK, Scandinavia, Germany and France. We have a wide distribution area. Yet I really like it when a lot of quality also remains in the Netherlands”, says Gertjan.