By Jenneke Smit / KWPN
Photography: KWPN/Jacob Melissen
Upon completion of the 21-day-long performance test, 25 jumper and dressage stallions were granted the KWPN breeding license. No fewer than 17 scored 80 points or higher. VDL Stud had five stallions approved, and among the dressage stallions two talents come out of the stables of Reesink Horses, including the top scorer Nashville Star.
Besides the excellent damlines, the influence of international riders on this group of newly approved jumper stallions is similarly noteworthy. Horizontal (Casall) is bred and co-owned by Jan Tops; Napardi (Apardi) was co-bred by Bart Bles; Jur Vrieling and his partner Suzanne Tepper are the registered parties of Nyrocco (Zirocco Blue VDL); rider Pieter Keunen is the breeder and co-owner of Lambrusco (Entertainer); while Jos Lansink bred the interesting Cumano offspring Notting Hill JL.
Breeders now have many more new talents to choose from this coming season. Out of the 16 approved jumper stallions, 10 achieved an 80+ score. Leader of the pack was Napardi (out of Zahna ster sport-spr prest x Cornet Obolensky, bred by Bart Bles and Levent Dutkun) of De Radstake and Robert Puck. As the name already suggests, a son of the Olympic KWPN-recognised stallion Apardi. “This is a well-developed stallion that is easy to ride and that jumps with athletic use of his body, lots of reflexes, and scope,” said Cor Loeffen. Napardi, half-brother of international 1m65 showjumper Elzas (Diamant de Semilly), received an eye-popping 9.0 for scope, bringing his total to 84.5 points.
The five-year-old Defender VDS Z (Dominator - Atureusa S keur sport-spr x Padinus, bred by Daphne van der Schaar) of Herman Verhagen, and one year his junior premium stallion Nouri W VDL (Cohinoor VDL - Cuba Libre W Z elite IBOP-spr D-OC x Carrera VDL, bred by K.J. van Weperen) of VDL Stud both obtained 83.5 points. The appealing Defender VDS Z stands out with his active canter, athletic use of the body, reflexes, and technique. Nouri W VDL made great progress throughout the performance test and alsojumps with good reflexes, scope, and overview. Scoring 83 points, the six-year-old vice-champion of the Blom Cup Lambrusco (Entertainer - Total Touch stb-ext pref prest x Lux) of breeder Pieter Keunen and Stal Hendrix, also passed the test with flying colours. This half-brother of Olympic showjumper Bardolino (Cardento) really pushes his withers upward on the jump and displays insight and overview... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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