The purpose of the offspring inspection is to provide breeders and other interested parties with valuable information about the quality of stallions’ offspring. The inspections, which are conducted by a special committee, are held at specified times over a span of many years.
The first time this inspections takes place is in the year following the year in which the stallion is approved or acknowledged. A collection of foals from the first year of the stallion is evaluated on a central location. This is an interesting moment for the breeders. They can now see with their own eyes what the first inheritance of a young stallion looks like and what type of mare seems to fit him the best.
During the first Offspring selection, the minimum number of foals that need to be introduced is ten, the maximum number is twenty. The foals are randomly appointed by the studbook agency. The owner of the stallion can add a number of foals selected by him to the collection.
By the end of the year in which the eldest descendants of a KWPN-approved jumper are four years of age a new evaluation takes place. The conformation and the movement of the offspring are very important during these first two Offspring selections. The inspections following these are the ones of the descendants at seven and eleven years of age. The performance of these descendants plays a very important role during this particular inspection.
Stallions can be put on hold by the stallion selection committee after the Offspring selection of foals, or at the evaluation of four- and seven-year-olds. He will temporarily loose his status of approved stallion. This status will not be ended until it turns out that the descendants have developed positively in relation to their age at the next moment of evaluation. When the eldest descendants have reached the age of eleven, the final evaluation will take place. During this evaluation a stallion is finally approved or disapproved.