By Charlotte Dekker / KWPN
Photography: Dirk Caremans
The KWPN has finished at the top of the WBFSH studbook ranking in three disciplines. For two years, the KWPN breeders have been in the lead for dressage and show jumpers, but this year they also take the overall lead in the eventing.
The WBFSH rankings are calculated over the period from the 1st of October 2019 to 30rd September 2020, horses can earn points at all international FEI competitions. They are placed in success order and the results of the best six horses are included in the WBFSH studbook ranking.
Denver: Best performing showjumper
Marleen and the late Anton Woertman from Harbrinkhoek bred Memphis son Denver (out of Toscin by Chico's Boy), the gelding who headed the showjumpers leaderboard this year.
Denver started his international career in eventing, but has now proven himself as a world-class showjumper in the past year under the saddle of Britain’s Holly Smith. “My father and I bred Denver together and sold him as a foal,” says Marleen. “I'm quite proud of it and it still feels a bit unreal. My father was a passionate breeder and had an eye for it, but breeding was purely a hobby. That makes it even more beautiful that this is now coming our way.”
Just behind Denver, Contendro II son GC Chopin’s Bushi (out of Ushi stb x Nairobi) finished in second place in the ranking. Chopin’s Bushi was bred by the Van der Steen brothers from Esch and ridden by Irishman Dennis Lynch. Bred by Jan and Paul Bocken from Weert, Maikel van der Vleuten’s mare Dana Blue (Mr. Blue out of Tulana van Hemmingway) finished 11th.
The remaining three other showjumpers that put the KWPN breeders in first place are Cristello (Numero Uno - Volstelle keur pref perst sport-spr x Voltaire, bred by W.F.J. Wigink-Markvoort out of Schalkhaar, 17th place), ridden by Denis Lynch; Brown Sugar (Chacco Blue - Kajottie x Farmer, bred by Jos Althuyzen from Sint Anthonis), 22nd in the hands of Hani Kamal Rahji Bisharat; and Sterrehof's Dante (Canturano - Zidante ster IBOP-spr sport-dres d-oc x Phin Phin, bred by J.W.J. Soeter from Stokkum, 48th), ridden by Marc Houtzager... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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