The goal of the KWPN is the breeding of horses that can perform at Grand Prix level of dressage or jumping. In order to reach this goal, a horse must have a good constitution, a functional and preferably attractive conformation/appearance, correct movement and an agreeable character.
Since 2006, the KWPN has distinguished between four breeding directions. Riding horses, which are subdivided into the dressage and jumping disciplines, make up the largest group (85-90%). The other two breeding directions are the harness horse and the Gelders horse. Even though each breeding direction has its own additional objectives, in the first instance all horses fall under the general KWPN breeding goal, which aims at:
- breeding a competition horse that can perform at Grand Prix level;
- with a constitution that enables long usefulness;
- with a character that supports the will to perform as well as being friendly towards people;
- with functional conformation and a correct movement mechanism that enables good performance;
- with attractive exterior that is preferably attractive, along with refinement, nobility and quality.
Specialization for Dressage Horse
For the dressage discipline the KWPN also aims for the following breeding goal.
- The dressage horse has a long-lined, generous, correct model with balanced proportions and an attractive appearance.
- The dressage horse moves correctly, is light-footed, in balance with suppleness, carrying power, impulsion, and good self-carriage.
- The dressage horse is easy to handle, easy to ride and intelligent, with a willing and hard-working character.
Specialization for Jumper Horses
For the jumper discipline the KWPN also aims for the following breeding goal.
- The jumper horse has a long-lined, generous, correct model with balanced proportions and an attractive appearance.
- The jumper horse moves correctly, in balance with suppleness, carrying power and impulsion.
- The jumper horse is easy to handle, easy to ride and intelligent, with a willing and hard-working character.
- The jumper horse has courage, jumps with quick reflexes, is careful, has good technique and has a great deal of scope.
Specialization for Harness Horses
For the harness horse the following applies.
- The KWPN harness horse must be able to sustain competition at the highest levels of sport.
- The harness horse moves correctly, in balance with suppleness, carrying power and impulsion.
- The harness horse is easy to handle, easy to drive and intelligent, with a willing and hard-working character.
- The harness horse has proud self-carriage combined with specific trot characteristics: good suspension, a foreleg that moves out well with high knee action and a hindleg that comes under the body with power.
Specialization for Gelder Horses
The breeding goal of the Gelder horse is specifically aimed at:
- A versatile horse that can be used for driving as well as under saddle and that is distinguished by a happy appearance and is reliable with a willing character.
- The Gelder horse moves correctly, in balance with suppleness, carrying power and impulsion.
- In the trot and canter the Gelder horse shows clear knee action in the foreleg and powerful use of the hindleg, good use of the hock and a lot of self-carriage.
- The Gelder horse jumps gladly with good technique and is careful.
Every Breeding Direction has it’s own Selection Standard. These standards are, in fact, descriptions of the ideal dressage-, jumping, harness- and Gelder horse.
KWPN Horses are also very successfull in the event sport, hunter jumper classes and international driving competitions.
To learn more about the registration and qualification of KWPN horses the following pages might be of help.