By Jo de Roo
Photography: Jo de Roo
It is well known that BWP Leiestreek is a creative organisation, which occasionally results in novelties. During their most recent edition of the Flanders Foal Championship, they presented three firsts: a series for eventing foals, live broadcasting, and several foals that were selected for the Golden River Auction, a new online auction in collaboration with Equinia.
In the category for female dressage foals, victory went to the BWP-registered filly Velvet Queen VLS (Jameson - Queen de l’Esprit VLS x Millennium), bred by Geert Van Loo and Cindy Soenens. “We bred Queen de L’Esprit out of Cassy, a Sandro Hit daughter that we were once able to rent from a friend. Cassy is a full sister to the approved stallion Sandro King.
Geert Van Loo continued by explaining; “We bred even more descendants from Cassy, including Hilton de L’Esprit VLS, a Glock’s Johnson TN son who has competed in international dressage. Wouter D’Hoore also rides a descendant from Cassy, namely Ginassy. He competed with this United daughter at Intermediaire II and Grand Prix level. We also have a four-year-old full sister to Queen, Roxette VLS. It is our ambition to further promote this performance line in the sport.”
The colt Visionary Hero de Tamise won the series for male dressage foals. Kara Bosman bred this BWP registered foal by crossing Blue Hors Farrell with the BWP elite dam O’Belle Amour de Tamise. According to Bosman, Visionary is extremely supple. His dam O’Belle achieved fourth place at the age of five in the SBB final and the Belgian championship final. “She now competes for seven-year-olds, comparable to Saint-Georges level. The first selection for the World Championship has been completed, a test that she has passed.”
Among the female eventing foals, top honours went to Vive la Vie van de Falsenhoeve, bred by Kathy Knockaert by crossing H-Ekwador with Thunder Of The Star Ranch. Talking about Thunder, Knockaert said; “Thunder is a very special dam that I bought five years ago for my daughter Camille. Thunder was not easy at first. She is a dam with a lot of spirit, but Camille jumped very well with her. Thunder’s last competition year dates back to 2019, when Camille became Belgian champion in the light eventing class.”
A BWP-registered foal also triumphed in the category for male eventing foals: Vamos VV, a son of Kazan out of Fiderblesse (Fidertanz), bred by Veerle Verhelle. Fiderblesse in fact delivered a hat-trick: “It’s the third time we have taken part in the championship with a foal of hers [Fiderblesse] and it’s also the third time we’ve won. Time after time, Fiderblesse produces foals with a strong back and very good movements. She herself performed at LRV Z1 level,” Veerle said... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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