Stallions that successfully complete the performance test are approved by the KWPN. However, these horses must still participate in the KNHS/KWPN Stallion Competition the year following the performance test. The Stallion Competition provides breeders and other stakeholders with valuable information about development of young stallions as performance horses. The competition is organized by the KWPN in collaboration with the KNHS. It consists of several competitions, the last of which is the final. The final takes place at the KWPN Stallion Show in ‘s-Hertogenbosch every year. KWPN-approved stallions must participate in multiple competitions to qualify for the final.
In the summer prior to that competition, a five-year-old approved stallion must participate in the VION-Cup (jumping stallions) or the Pavo Cup (dressage stallions) during the KWPN Horse Days in Ermelo. The result of the participation in either of these Cups is regarded as the first part of the competition of the Stallion Competition in that year.
The performance required of the stallions during the Stallion Competition is related to their age.
Four-year-old jumpers are expected to jump a track at L-level. For a five-year-old this is an M-level and for a six-year-old it is a Z or ZZ-jumping. A jury of experts evaluates the four-year-old stallions on their manner of jumping and their run between the obstacles. The findings of the supervisor in the precincts are also weighed in. The jury will explain the evaluation to the people present. Older stallions will do a basic track with a jump-off on time for the flawless stallions.
Four-year-old dressage stallions are expected to have mastered the exercises on regular L-level. For a five-year-old this is an M-level and for a six-year-old it is a Z or Light Tour-level. A jury of experts evaluates the stallions by using the formula of the Pavo Cup in which movement, correctness and willingness to be ridden play an important role. In the final, the dressage stallions will enter the ring three at the time. After each test the stallion remains on the track and the chairman of the jury will comment on the evaluation.
The harness stallions’ competition is organized by the KWPN in collaboration with the KHNS and consists of five contests, the last of which is the final. The KWPN-approved harness stallions are obliged to start in three contests to be able to participate in the final. The stallions are each contest presented in-harness work and they are evaluated by two members of the jury.