Van Straaten Breeding Academy
Van Straaten family starts first Breeding Acadamy for showjumpers
In the meantime it’s the third generation Van Straaten who is involved in breeding showjumpers. Van Straaten’s horses are well known in the showjumping world. Top horses like Fellini-S, Dittorio-S, Andretti-S, Eldorado-S, Arc de Triopmphe, Wladimir S, Typhoon-S, Loyd and Handel are just a small selection of the succesfull breeding of this family, who gets around 25 foals every year. Reason enough for Josta and Fred jr. to encourage their father to give his knowledge and competence on to breeders who also want to improve their breeding. That idea ended in the Van Straaten Breeding Acadamy.
Josta: “Our company is more then only breeding. We train riders from over the whole world. Beside that we do a lot of trading. Often our converstations with clients end up about our breeding, they find that very interesting. It’s special that it’s the third generation who is involved in breeding with a good result. My brother and I think it’s a pity that we don’t use that knowledge any other way.”
Fred jr:” We notice that both foreign customers as Dutch breeders have a lot of demand in knowledge and discussion about breeding. The good thing is that we are not tied to studbooks, countries or certain stallions. We are objective and we can give advise in that way.”
Fred jr: “At this moment there is a run on a wel bred mares, everybody wants one out of a well known damline and breed good foals. But what is the use if you don’t know how te breed such a mare? Breeding is not just stacking big names like Kannan, Nabab de Reve or For Pleasure. People should not only invest in good mares but also in knowledge. I think that my father can teach what is important in breeding.”
Josta:”It’s not like we have all the wisdom, but with 40 years of experience we have somethings to tell I think. Certain cases are self-evident to us. From some of the damlines we have the tenth generation in the stable. You make decissions who are logically to us but when you talk about this with others you notice that it is new en becouse of that interesting to them. Besides that my father is also 15 years in the selection board of the Prinsjesdag Auction, so also out of that experience he can inform people.
Fred sr. was up fort his idea. “The ones who are starting with breeding don’t have a lot of places to go to for information. In the old days knowledge passed on from generation to generation. Which is now less and less, while the demand for knowledge still exists. There are also new sources in modern breeding these days. Websites like Horsetelex, Hippomundo and Clip My Horse are a transparent source of information. I think I can help people how to use information from these sites in their breeding. With more experienced breeders we can go more in tot he details of breeding. Reading pedigree’s, inbreeding, how to use modern information but also if you should breed with young stallions, all these subjects wil be spoken about.
Josta: “We think there is a lot of interest for the Breeding Acadamy out of foreign countries but also out of the Netherlands. We made two different courses with the three of us. One course will excist out of one day and the other one two days. We would like it to stay exclusive, so attendees will have time and calmness to ask questions. That’s why we will work with groups of max. five people.”
Fred jr.:”Concerning the program it will be divers, of course whe will look at horses, let them (free)jump but also theory will be part of the day. The second day we will enhance what we have learned the first day.
One day course
• Guided tour with practise
The costs for this one day course (max. 5 persons) are €200,- pp.(without taxes) and including lunch
Two days course
• Guided tour with practise
• Fertility course in combination with veterinarian clinic Den Ham
The costs for this two days course are €400,- pp (without taxes) and including 2 lunches.
When you are interested in a private course, please contact us.
*If you would like to spend the night in a hotel, please contact us then we can discuss the possibilities.