Merlot VDL (Bordeaux x Florencio)

By Sandra Karman / KWPN
Photography: Courtesy KWPN

The third week in March saw the successful completion of KWPN stallion performance tests in dressage and showjumping with 35- and 21-day assessments, as well as Gelder horses (28 days), during which VDL scoring a double hat-trick with six stallions approved.

All 10 dressage stallions participating in the final presentation of the Stallion Performance Test were approved, with the highest scores achieved by two four-year-olds: Merlot VDL and Mauro Turfhorst. As with the jumping stallions, they were presented in couples of two and honored immediately afterwards.
The stallion selection committee, consisting of chairman Bert Rutten, Marian Dorresteijn, and Johan Hamminga, was able to approve an interesting group of stallions. With 85.5 points, the four-year-old Merlot VDL (Bordeaux - Hyacinth-Vrouwe ster PROK D-OC x Florencio, bred by the Klinkhamer family from Sleen) presented by the VDL Stud and Saskia van Musscher achieved the highest score. “This is a very elegant, uphill-moving stallion who is very willing to work and can change gear very easily in movement,” Rutten explained. After making some clear selections in the group of four-year-olds during this test, in addition to Merlot VDL, Mauro Turfhorst (Zonik out of Hidaylia ster by Negro, breeder Jan Greve) of Studfarm Turfhorst and Reesink Horses also emerged as one of the better stallions, receiving 84 points.

Approved three-year-old dressage stallions

• Number Two (Just Wimphof x Ferro, registered breeder Gerrit van Esterik) co-registered with Joop van Uytert: 83.5 points
• Neil (Governor x Vivaldi) from breeders Ad Valk and the Andeweg family: 83 points
• New Orleans (Blue Hors Farrell x Jazz) bred by De Dalhoeve Horse Center: 83 points
• Next Romancier (Fürst Romancier x San Amour, bred by J.Th.W. and H. Huls) presented by Rom Vermunt and Joop van Uytert: 81.5 points
• Nick Wimphof (Just Wimphof x Bordeaux, bred by Geesje and Tinus Naber) owned by Joop and Renate van Uytert and Stal Brouwer: 80.5 points
• Night Shadow (Guardian S x Florencio, registered breeder Willy van der Aa) co-registered with Stal Van de Sande: 80 points
• Nephew (Daily Diamond x Johnson, bred by S. Wijnveen), presented by Jan Greve: 78 points
• Nacho (Negro x Krack C, bred by Sandra Maakenschijn) from Van Olst Horses: 76.5 points

Approved four-year-old dressage stallions

• Merlot VDL (Bordeaux x Florencio, bred by the Klinkhamer Family), presented by Saskia van Musscher and VDL Stud: 85.5 points
• Mauro Turfhorst (Zonik x Negro, bred by Jan Greve), presented by Studfarm Turfhorst and Reesink Horses: 84 points.

Showjumping performance test

All 11 stallions participating in the final presentation of the stallion performance test were approved by the KWPN, with New Pleasure VDL achieving the highest score with 87.5 points... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber