Rolex World Cup Finals, Thomas and Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, April 2009. Dressage Grand Prix, Anky van Grunsven (NED) riding IPS Painted Black: Photo Peter Llewellyn

THE NETHERLANDS (by Claartje van Andel) Rideability, quality in movement and good attitude were the distinctive qualities for the nine KWPN dressage stallions approved at the completion of their stallion test on November 26. Two sons of Bon Bravour (Painted Black - Odette x Chronos) and Everdale (Lord Leatherdale - Aliska K x Negro) shared the winning score of 86 points.

A promising group of 10 stallions bred in the showjumping direction were also approved. No fewer than eight out of this group had an average total score of 80 points or more. Very promising indeed!

“Quite a diverse group of dressage stallions was ap- proved. Rideability has been a major issue in this selec- tion process. We are happy that also the quality of the walk is visible in the choices we have made. The newly approved stallions can also be distinguished by a good to very good walk”, dressage chairman Bert Rutten explained.

Cor Loeffen chairing the jumping selection commit- tee commented: “The stallions improved greatly during the test. We have seen good reflexes, quick reactions and functional jumping. Moreover we are happy that we could approve stallions sired both by young fathers and by fathers that already proven their qualities.“

Champions

The dressage champions in- cluded the ver y complete Everdale son Inclusive (Everdale - Doutzen ster prok x Uptown), bred by R. Enting from Grolloo, owned by Gertjan van Olst and Dick Faro, and the im- posing Iconic B (Bon Bravour - Niniek STV keur pref sportout-dres x Jazz) owned and bred by Stal de Beukenvallei, Marcel Sterrenburg and Joyce Lenaerts...

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