By Charlotte Dekker / KWPN
Photography: Dirk Caremans, Sandra Karman
In early February, the KWPN Stallion Selection took place; not as usual in Den Bosch, but because of the corona measures it was an online edition for five days, conducted from the KWPN centre in Ermelo. At this special edition of the online KWPN Stallion Selection, the quality of the jumping stallions was very promising.
For the performance test, 48 stallions were invited, who are promising based on exterior, free-jumping, and pedigree. An interesting group of 44 dressage stallions, who excel in light-footedness and scope, were also invited to the performance test. The Gelderlander breeding direction resulted in three stallions that will be tested under saddle. All these stallions form a very varied group, each with potential to contribute to breeding.
The live stream with the viewings of the young stallions was combined with pre-recorded items such as the presentation of last year's approved stallions, various honours for successful breeders, and the announcement of the Horses of the Year 2020. The programme also included several interesting studio interviews. On Saturday, people could enjoy the ability test for jumping and dressage stallions with a competition obligation. Everything took place at the KWPN centre in strict compliance with all corona measures as laid down by the government. Therefore, it was without a public presence, but the stallions' performances could be followed online optimally.
Ralph van Venrooij, Head of Breeding Affairs for the KWPN, looks back: “I have received many positive reactions and it is, of course, great that it could take place despite all the corona measures. We were able to select a number of interesting stallions and inform the breeders through recorded videos and studio interviews. But I certainly missed the personal contact with the members. After all, Den Bosch is the place where people from all over the world come with one common denominator: their love for the KWPN horse.”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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