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Irish Sport Horse stallions receive five-star upgrade

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Valent gaining approval at the 2011 stallion selection

By Horse Sport Ireland / HSI
Photography: Drumhowan private collection; Digishots; Laurence Dunne;
Irish eventing Times;

The 2024 stallion selections for the Irish Sport Horse, Irish Draught, and Irish Sport Pony are currently in the final stages of preparation, and will be hosted by Cavan Equestrian Centre on March 21 and 22.

Meanwhile, three stallions approved within the Irish Sport Horse Studbook have had their ratings upgraded to five star through their progeny’s performances in competition.
The 2002 KWPN stallion Valent, the 2002 Holstein stallion Colandro, and the 2004 KWPN stallion Zapatero VDL, have all been upgraded to the coveted five star Merit based on the sporting performances of their progeny either in the sport of showjumping or eventing.
Owned by the Rosbotham family in Keonan Stables, Co. Armagh, Valent (KWPN) was ridden in international competition by both Lisa Rosbotham, and the individual gold medallist at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez De La Frontera, Spain. With Dermot Lennon in the saddle, Valent competed at 1m50 level at the CSIO5* shows in Dublin (IRL), Aachen (GER), Falsterbo (SWE), and Gijon (ESP). He was also a member of the Irish Nations’ Cup team with Lisa Rosbotham in Drammen (NOR) in 2011.
Available from Co. Kildare’s Hartwell Stud with Mary McCann, this son of Hors La Loi (SF) descends from the same damline as Wirma (KWPN) who competed at 1m60 level with Brianne Goutal-Marteau for the USA; Dexter (KWPN), who competed internationally at 1m50 level with Lauren Hough for the USA; and Britain’s Charlie Jones with Barnike (KWPN), who won the seven-year-old championship with Ireland’s Betram Allen at the showjumping World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium in 2014.

Jessica Kürten riding Zapatero VDL at the 2013
KWPN Hengstenkeuring

Valent (KWPN) has been awarded a five-star EV PP merit for the performances internationally of his eventing progeny, including Cooley Rosalent (ISH) with Britain’s Oliver Townend, and Jewelent (ISH) with Ireland’s Clare Abbott.
The first of the counting progeny for Valent (KWPN) was Jewelent (ISH). A 2012 gelding, out of the Thoroughbred mare Bellaney Jewel (IRE), by Roselier (FRA)(TB), and bred by Woods Rosbotham. He achieved his MERs when finishing eighth with Clare Abbott in the CCI4*-L in Ballindenisk in 2020, and for his 14th-place individual finish in the FEI European Eventing Championships in Avenches, Switzerland in 2021... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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