THE NETHERLANDS (by Claartje van Andel) The story behind KWPN dressage champion Kremlin (Governor - Faresia ster PROK x Rousseau), bred by Marjo Dinnissen, is important to tell. It’s a story that combines the KWPN’s wishes to present new blood from proven damlines, together with good character and training. In this case, the proven new blood runs through the veins of both man and horse!
The story began at the foal auction in Borculo two years ago. New owner Louis Röst had to be very patient as the Governor son was number 80 in the catalogue. “I liked him from the first moment,” his wife Gabrielle explains. “We had watched a lot of videos in advance. But this colt was already champion of Brabant. He moved wonderfully and his total expression... I loved it, and he has never disappointed us.”
Gabrielle runs a small dressage stable at home. At least twice a day she has her horses, including the young stock, in her hands when going in and out of the stables, during the farrier’s visits, ever ything. Two years later the couple decided to give Jan van Manen and his wife Tamara the chance to prepare and present the stallion for the keuring.
‘Gebroeders Van Manen’ is a well-known name in breeding as Jan van Manen is the son of Huib van Manen. Jan’s brother, Hennie, is also best-known for the late Ferro (1987-2005: Ulft - Brenda Farn), ridden by Coby van Baalen (NED), while Jan and Tamara pre- pared no fewer than 35 stal- lions for the 2018 season. From the 30 stallions they presented at the KWPN stallion show, 16 were selected and four were presented in the final champion’s circle in dressage...
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