By Judith Martens / KWPN
Photography: Dirk Caremans
It’s almost that time again: the KWPN Stallion Show. The largest Dutch breeding celebration will take place from Wednesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 3 in the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In short, you don’t want to miss it!
Breeding, sport, and show alternate, and the KWPN Select Sale is back in Den Bosch. As a lover of equestrian sports and breeding, you’ll enjoy four days at the KWPN Stallion Show. The stallion selection is the common thread throughout the program, with almost 200 three-year-old stallions presented at the second round viewing, determining which stallions will be selected for performance testing. In addition to the stallion selection, the program is filled with sports and show competitions.
Starting with jumper stallions
Traditionally, the KWPN Stallion Show kicks off with the selection of jumper stallions, and this year is no exception. Wednesday, January 31, is entirely dedicated to the stallion selection. The stallions that have been referred from the first round viewing to the second inspection will again demonstrate their jumping ability to the stallion inspection committee. The jumping committee includes chairman Wout-Jan van der Schans, Eric van der Vleuten, and recently joined Bart Henstra.
A total of 90 jumper stallions were referred from the first to the second inspection, with the most offspring are expected from Aganix du Seigneur, Conthargos, and Chacco-Blue. Four descendants from these proven sires will be presented. The KWPN stallions with the most offspring are Grandorado TN NOP and Mattias, each being the sire of three young stallions.
The selection of jumper horses continues on Thursday, February 1 and, after two days of selection, we will know which stallions are the premium awarded for 2024, and which ones will be selected for performance testing.
Showcasing jumping and shows
In addition to the conclusion of the Blom Stallion Competition Jumping in classes 1m10, 1m20, and 1m30/1m35, the approved jumper stallions from 2023 will also be presented under saddle on Friday. This presentation provides breeders with valuable information about the development of young stallions. It will also be announced which stallion will be honoured as the new predicate stallion.
In addition to the VHO Trophy for jumping horses, there will be the honouring of Highway TN as Horse of the Year... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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