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New KWPN stallions: Athletic ability and performance genes

Landino VDL son Raikkonen LK (out of K.Amelusiena elite IBOP-spr D-OC x Zirocco Blue VDL) bred by Roelof Klinkhamer

By Jenneke Smit
Photography: Hippo Foto Media/Dirk Caremans; FEI/Houou Tomita

The new crop of selected KWPN jumping stallions promises much for the future. From strong performance families, bred from international sport mares, stallions have been selected for the performance test. The youngsters have also made their mark with their first offspring.

Additionally, the influence of top sire Aganix du Seigneur is notable, with three direct sons and two grandsons set to prove themselves under saddle.
Cor Loeffen, awarded with a golden KWPN pin, has passed on the chairman's baton to Wout-Jan van der Schans, who now, alongside Eric van der Vleuten and newcomer Bart Henstra, forms the stallion selection committee. The gentlemen were united in their enthusiasm about the new generation: “We have a very positive feeling about this collection of stallions. We have selected based on commitment and athletic ability, meaning horses that can shift gears well above the jump and naturally stay close to the back pole,” explained committee chairman Van der Schans afterwards.

Good selection

The six most complete stallions were rewarded with a premium distinction in addition to being selected for the performance test. For the KWPN-registered stallions, this also resulted in a breeder’s premium provided by the ‘Friends of the KWPN’. On Thursday afternoon, the premium stallions were presented in a show segment powered by Van Santvoort, when they were extensively explained and honoured together with their breeders and/or owners. The stallion selection committee praised these stallions for their strong combination of type, way of cantering and jumping, and performance-rich pedigree.
“We are dealing with six very complete, modern stallions who have made a good impression in all respects. These stallions have consistently performed well in free jumping both in Ermelo and Den Bosch. Overall, we have been able to select well based on the attitude and suppleness of the horses, especially since the last oxer being wider provided us with a lot of information. If such a line is easy for the stallions, that is positive. The day before the second viewing, we reviewed all the videos of the selected stallions in the first viewing once again. As a committee, we have been able to collaborate very pleasantly, and we are pleased to note that we are gradually getting more blood in the horses without compromising on athletic ability. These qualities are decisive for the sport.”

Premium stallions

From his first crop, the recently sold stallion Mattias, who is now owned by Jur Vrieling, had two sons selected, including the premium-selected R (out of Annelita C elite IBOP-spr pref prest PROK x Guidam), bred by Reinie Tewis and Sonja Vlaar’s daughters Lynn and Rose Tewis. “This stallion impressed with his performance in both Ermelo and Den Bosch during free jumping. He has a good rectangular model and is athletically built. He built up very positively as the jumps got higher and has a lot of athletic ability. All in all, a horse with great future potential.”
Mattias’s dam was very well tested with 87 points and, in combination with Corlensky G, has already produced the 1m50/1m60 horse Electric Elvis C ridden by Monika Martini. From this versatile sport line also comes the 1m50/1m60 horses Flyer (Voltaire), Ultimus (Ultimo), and Cafino Z (Carthago). When grandpa Fred Vlaar decided to stop his jumping horse breeding, he gave Annelita C to granddaughters Lynn and Rose.
The choice for Mattias was obvious thanks to father Reinie, which immediately led to magnificent success. As a foal, the stallion, renamed Raven, was already invited to the National Foal Inspection. “Our daughters couldn’t be here in Den Bosch today because we would have had to report them sick to school, which was just a bit too much. But they are super enthusiastic, and it’s great that the stallion has done so well. Lynn and Rose named him Raven, but if he is approved, we will sit down to come up with another name. It’ll be fine”, Reinie Tewis responds, and saw a total of five of his own-prepared stallions selected... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber