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WBFSH-ROLEX award leading breeders 2017-2018

Zinius (Nabab de Reve) ridden by Harrie Smolders (NED)

By Claartje van Andel and Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: FEI

As usual, the WBFSH-ROLEX annual breeding awards will take place during the CHI Geneva which runs from December 6-9. During a special breeding evening, this year’s winning breeders will each be presented with a ROLEX timepiece. They are, in dressage, Piet Crum for Verdades (Florett As x Goya); M.M.A. (Mario) Everse for Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan) in showjumping ; and A.M.C.M. van Bezouw (NED) for Albano Z (Asca Z x Babouche van het Gehucht Z), the leading eventer.

Verdades: 2002 KWPN gelding
The late Piet Crum from Herwaarden, the Netherlands, is the breeder of 16-year old Verdades, ridden by Laura Graves (USA). This Floret As son out of star prestation mare Liwilarda (Goya x Renovo) made his jump forward in the WBFSH dressage horse ranking after winning double silver medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. This well-known duo become the first American partnership to be ranked number one in the world.
Piet Crum’s original business was producing pigs, as well as a little sales and transportation. His daughter, Meggy van der Linden-Crum recalls; “My father bought the mare Liwilarda from the Van Manen brothers, who have  agreat expertise in harness horses. Liwilarda’s pedigree was based entirely on harness horses, with famous old names like Gloriant in her pedigree. He bought Liwilarda especially to breed with her, and she also learned to pull a carriage.”
From the very start, Liwilarda was a very striking horse among her group. Linden-Crum explains: “She really had character. Visitors always noticed her immediately, with her power and striking presence. She had powerful movements and strong hindlegs, and was no doubt my father’s favourite. She was a very good mother but had characteristic behaviour as well, not always the easiest to deal with! This type of behaviour can also be recognized in her offspring.”
The 1993-born Liwilarda produced nine offspring. Aside from Victor C, who was renamed Verdades (2002), his half brother Wilco C (2003, by Florencio) was also produced and trained for dressage. “My father liked to thiunk out of the box and he recignized her dressage qualities. That’s why he chose dressage stallions for her.”
Crum’s daughter also remembered a visit by Ferro’s owners, Jan Lamers and the late Adriaan van de Goor, who advised him to use Ferro for Liwilarda – a mating from which Together was born. After a break from breeding, Liwilarda gave birth to Zilarda C (Florencio), Flair (Florencio), Biwilarda C (Sandreo), Dream Girl C (Spielberg), Ewilarda C (Sir Oldenburg) and Salitos (Spielberg)...CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS