Studfarm Van Langenhove is at the start of its 40th breeding season! Reason enough to pause and make a short review of a full past.
Times have changed in those 40 years. Changed hard. As an 18-year-old, I started 40 years ago with the stallions on the truck. Souvenir van Boekel was the first one I drove around with. Then there was the rise of artificial insemination and in 1990 Studfarm Van Langenhove was the first recognized AI center within the breeding of the Belgian draft horse.
The maze of insemination unraveled and from then on it was instead of hitting the road with the truck: with the cool box in the trunk of the car!
A big adjustment, also for the breeders who in the beginning still liked to see the stallion, but fortunately common sense and the awareness of the benefits regarding safety and health quickly prevailed.
Hundreds of miles were covered every day for years. Hundreds of foals were born every year. However, the traffic jams of the last ten years have become unbearable and for the last four years we have only been working with semen that is sent or picked up, or the mares come to us at the center.
Quite an evolution if you summarize it that way. One thing has always remained a constant: quality and service.
Big thanks to all the breeders who have put their trust in our stallions all these years. Big thanks to all the studfarms and owners we work with. Together we are going to make it another top breeding season!
Eddy Van Langenhove
Heddie van Hofstade
Bloc van Oombergen
Albion de Pontailles
Star van 't Bloemenhof'
Jim van Niesenhof
Buffalo van 't Camillenhof'
Maxx van den Egelenberg
Pol van Hansevelde
Victoria van 't Langhof
Tijn van de Vliegert
Nike van 't Bos
Matteo van 't Rietenhof
Jim van 't Roetaart
Foto's © Antoine Hallet, Ton van der Weerden, Eva De Smidt, e.a.
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From the old days
Below is the overview with some of our old stallion flyers... Click on the pictures to see who was standing at stud at the time!