Chopin VA (Casall - Odina III x Coriano, Stamm 5064, bred byManfred von Allwöhrden)

By Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: Janne Bugtrup

A total of 17 stallions were presented at the Holsteiner January inspection, of which eight were finally approved/recognized. Additionally, four out of the eight were owned by Dutch stallion owners, including VDL, who scored a hattrick, with three of their stallions being recognized. The audience favourite was the reserve champion of last year’s OS stallion inspection: For Treasure VDL (For Pleasure - Carthana Z x Carthago, bred by G. van de Winkel).

In Treasure’s pedigree you find some strong foundation names – Ramiro, Jasper and Lucky Boy xx. The Jasper mare Granite produced three 1m40 jumping horses. Jasper himself jumped at the highest level under the saddle of Hugo Simon. At his KWPN approval he was measured at 159 cms, from his sport name ‘Little One’ originates.
Van de Lageweg also presented For Friendship VDL (For Pleasure - Symphonie x Stakkato Gold, bred by Günther Soltau), a second For Pleasure son who was premium-awarded at the Hanoverian show. It has been eight years since the death of For Pleasure (Furioso II - Gigantin x Grannus, bred by Robert Diestel), but he still enjoys enormous popularity among breeders, and there has been a huge interest in the last few years to buy the last remaining semen. VDL Stud now has two interesting sons from For Pleasure in their stallion collection.

The third VDL stallion, Jaloubet Z (Baloubet du Rouet) is closely related to Taloubet Z (Galoubet A - Krista x Polydor, bred by Cees Klaver). Officially half brothers, but more like three-quarters because Galoubet A also sired Baloubet du Rouet. Taloubet Z has been successful with Christian Ahlmann at 1m60 – the combination winning the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Leipzig, which was the final competition for the stallion...CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

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