The Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN) and the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland (WSI) have partnered to work with Irish showjumping and eventing breeders to produce and sell high-quality horses.
In every discipline the KWPN-horses played an important role with Big Star and Valegro as leading stars.
Today was the second day of dressage for the eventing riders. The best KWPN-horse was the United-son Bart L (United out of Parisma ster by Gribaldi, breeder H. Litjens from Afferden), that lived up to the expectations set by his pedigree.
Merel Blom with The Quizmaster (Albaran xx out of Zarah-Maro stb by Casco, breeder: R.M. Oechies, Delden) and Sanne de Jong with Enjoy (Cartano out of Next Joey stb by Haarlem, breeders: J.J. Koldewijn of Heteren and Jantien van Zon & Marco de Jong of Aalsmeer) excelled in the World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses in Lion d’Angers, France.
The definitive rankings of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) and the FEI were published on October 13th. The rankings are a comparison of all WBFSH-recognized studbooks and are based on the performance of the best horses from each studbook over the past year. In the dressage horse rankings, the KWPN is number one. In the jumper rankings, the KWPN is second, behind the Holsteiner studbook. As for the eventing rankings, which are led by the Irish Sport Horse Studbook, the KWPN is again in the top five. We owe these outstanding results to the breeders of successful KWPN sport horses.
The third edition of the KWPN Eventer Sale was held last Friday on the main grounds of Military Boekelo-Enschede. Ultimately, 13 talented horses went under the hammer of auctioneer Frederik de Backer. Among them was five-year-old Fire Fly (Zavall VDL x Wilutra elite EPTM (jump) s.Corland, breeder: Stal Rozenhof in Luttelgeest), who commanded the highest bid: € 32,000. The auction totaled €196,000 in sales, with € 15,000 the average price per horse.
The Dutch eventing team was in sixth place after the dressage phase. Thanks to a clear cross-country by three of the four team members, the Dutch team ultimately finished in fourth place and met their coach's goal of ending in the top six in order to maintain their A-status with the NOC*NSF.
It was a suspenseful competition through to the end. Although the approved stallion Watermill Famous with Alice Naber and the Lucky Boy offspring Lacoste with Tim Lips were tied for first place in the dressage phase, the cross-country points ultimately decided the winner.
Last weekend, the Bramham International Horse Trials were held in Wetherby, UK. The event featured a CIC3*, CCI3* Under 25, and CCI3*. In the CCI3*, Flora Harris bested her competition aboard her KWPN-bred Bayano. Other Dutch horses also excelled in the Trials.
This weekend, the FEI Nations Cup in eventing was held on the beautiful grounds of Houghton Hall in England's Norfolk county. The Dutch team, which included Tim Lips, Merel Blom, Iris Pemen and Jan van Beek, finished fourth in the three-star competition. The win was for Germany. In the individual standings, Tim Lips ended sixth.