By Claartje van Andel
It heralded a 100% success rate when 12 showjumpers and all eight dressage horses pased through their autumn stallion tests without hiccups. This year, the stallion test had been shortened from 70 to 35 days, resulting in this good result.
Two stallions reached the highest score of 90 points: showjumper Lambada Shake AG (Aganix du Seigneur - Grappa A x Spartacus), bred by Alex Gisbertz from Beek, and registered by Jan van Meever, Stal Hendrix and J. Lammers; and dressage highlight Las Vegas (Ferdeaux - Dalia Delin ster PROK x Wynton), bred by John Deenen, registered by Nico Witte and De Dalhoeve.
Both stallion committees expressed great enthusiasm for the shortened test, with Marian Dorresteijn saying; “Although it should be said that this was the autumn test, in order to give owners more time to start with their stallions. But if stallions suffer any small or minor moments or injuries during the test, the time to recover is very short. However, there is always a possibility to enter the following year.”
The stallion committees representing both disciplines were extremely happy with the quality and, according to Cor Loeffen, chair of the showjumping committee: “Like Marian Dorresteijn said, this year some of the stallions for the test entered the via another route or selection system, and we saw several older horses who were selected through convincing results at shows instead of being selected on a central selection day. So more opportunities to get through, taking characters and time into account.”
As mentioned, the best showjumper proved to be Lambada Shake AG although, amazingly, his mother, Grappa A, is only registered as a foal. However the stallion presented himself in a very convincing manner, time and again, demonstrating a very powerful and mighty canter as well as a natural ease in flying changes, and with good reflexes over fences.
Approved for showjumping
• Lambada Shake AG (2016/Zangersheide Aganix du Seigneur - Grappa A x Spartacus, breeder Gisbertz from Beek) registered by Jan van Meever, Stal Hendrix and J. Lammers 90 points
• Lingo van de Watermolen (2016/KWPN Connect - Happy Wiggy stb x Carambole) registered and owned by breeder Jan Greve 84 points
• L’Extreme BH (2016/SF Canturo - Shou d’Ouilly x Calvaro Z, bred by Alexandra and F. Lebon, Haras d’Ouilly) owned/registered by Black Horses 83.5 points
• Legend VDP (2016/KWPN Grand Slam VDL - Cendy VDP elite IBOP-spr sport-spr PROK d-oc x Triomphe de Muze) registered/bred by Arend and Arend-Jan van de Pol
• Le Kannan (2016/KWPN Kannan - Zereusa S elite IBOP-spr sport-spr pref PROK x Hors la Loi II) bred by Erik and Josje Sleutels, registered by Joop van Uytert, Stal Brouwer and Combinatie Aaldering/Swelheim 81.5 points
• Lazzaro (2016/KWPN Homerun - Verisja ster sport-spr x Numero Uno) registered by breeder Roelof Bril, owned by Roelof Bril and Wiet ten Brinke 81 points
• Investment IB (2013/KWPN Kannan - Reggae elite sport-), bred by Dini Markhorst-vd Velde, owned by I. Boon
• Jerommeke SB (2014/KWPN Berlin - Elahniki keur EPTM-spr x Carembar de Muze), bred by Harm Hartlief, owned by Stal Brouwer and N. Bonvanie 77 points
• Jager (2014/KWPN Numero Uno - Contiki elite sport-spr PROK pref x Carthago) bred/owned by Siem Kat
• Lennon HBC (2016/KWPN Gullit HBC - Pauke ster sport-spr x Corland) bred/owned by HBC Stal 76 points
• Love Connects (2016/KWPN Connect - Hello Twiggy BB elite IBOP-spr PROK x Quality Time), bred by Wilma Braat-Brummelkamp, owned by Plijnaar Vastgoed 76 points
• Lifeguard (2016/KWPN F-One USA - Cassionata by Cassini I), bred/owned by Combinatie Aaldering/Swelheim
From the outset a great deal was expected from champion Le Formidable (Bordeaux - Vienna elite pref prest PROK x Ferro) bred and owned by Saskia Poel. However, from the start of the stallion test, it was another stallion that attracted all the attenton: Las Vegas (Ferdeaux - Dalia Delin ster PROK x Wynton), bred by John Deenen, owned by Nico Witte and De Dalhoeve. He reached the record score of 90 points, the same amazing score that was last year on the bill of Jameson (Blue Hors Zack o- Atilinda x Negro) and Kjento (Negro - Zoriana x Jazz)... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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