KWPN team wins in the seven-year-old category in Valkenswaard
Where things didn't quite work out for the five- and six-year-olds, it did work out for the seven-year-olds today. In the closing championship, the KWPN team secured the top position.
The team, consisting of Let's Wait and See (Entertainer out of Wait and See by Colman, bred by Stal Hendrix) ridden by Gaj Riossa, Lavesther sport-spr (Elvis ter Putte out of Vesther keur sport-spr prest by Guidam, bred by Geert Moerings) ridden by Bas Moerings, and Loekie-Douglas (Douglas out of Vinci prest by Corland, bred by VOF Platenkamp & Evenhuis Services) ridden by Hilde Woudstra, delivered the best performance among the seven-year-olds at the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy.
The best performance was delivered by Hilde Woudstra with Loekie-Douglas, who only incurred a one-time fault in this serious 1.45m final. "I am very happy with how my horse jumped here every day. Team manager Eric van der Vleuten gave us useful tips, and I certainly thought about those. If I had listened a bit better, we wouldn't have had that time fault," laughs Hilde. "Loekie-Douglas has a great attitude, and we have high expectations for her in the future. It was very nice to participate in this new championship here; it is a valuable experience, and the atmosphere was very good!" Bas Moerings had one unfortunate fault with Lavesther, while Gaj Riossa had two with Let's Wait and See HX. With this, the KWPN team remained three penalty points ahead of AES and Selle Français.
View the results here.
JS for KWPN / Photo Loekie-Douglas
30 September 2023 | 18:50
Drama for KWPN in the tail end of the eight-year-olds in Valkenswaard
After leading for two days, today in the final of the eight-year-olds, things didn't quite go as planned for KWPN at the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy in Valkenswaard.
The eight-year-olds competed in a 1.50m class in which many faults, especially in the last two lines, including a technical triple combination, were made. Since the performances from the first days didn't count as all teams started from scratch again, it was an open ending.
Two four-fault rounds
Team manager Eric van der Vleuten was allowed to select three combinations for this final and chose Oda Charlotte Lyngvaer with Kyfo (Comme Il Faut out of Gucci elite sport-spr PROK by Chellthageo Z, breeder J.G.N.E. van Dooren from Boekel), Erika Lickhammer-Van Helmond with Koberlina TN (Eldorado van de Zeshoek out of E-Oberlina stb by Verdi, breeder Team Nijhof from Geesteren), and Ronnie Jones with the KWPN-approved stallion Key West (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve out of Zanory T keur prest by Phin Phin, breeder Roelof Bril from Westendorp). Alex David Gill had also been faultless for two days with the Bubalu VDL son VDL Kelton (out of Gina ster by Corland, breeder VDL Stud from Bears), but unfortunately couldn't start in this final due to the maximum team member limit of three. KWPN finished fourth, with both Ronnie Jones/Key West and Erika Lickhammer/Koberlina TN incurring one fault in this 1.50m class.
Tomorrow three finals
Westphalia won with a total of eight penalty points, followed by Zangersheide with the same number of penalty points but a slightly slower combined time of the three rides. Tomorrow, the finals for the five-, six-, and seven-year-olds will be held, with three team members per studbook participating.
View the results here.
JS for KWPN / Photo Key West
29 September 2023 | 18:15
Lakoniek and Lavesther achieve a top-ten result in Valkenswaard
On the second day of the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping GCT in Valkenswaard, the seven-year-olds competed in the first event at a 1.40m level. For the five-year-olds, the second event was on the schedule.
In the first event for the seven-year-olds, both Lakoniek (Eldorado van de Zeshoek out of Unique by Calato, breeder R.M. Thoben from Wijhe) ridden by Sofia Westborg and Lavesther (Elvis ter Putte out of Vesther keur sport-spr prest by Guidam, bred by Geert Moerings) ridden by Bas Moerings, jumped flawlessly to achieve top-ten results. They finished ninth and tenth in this 1.40m class. The best KWPN performer among the five-year-olds today was the Highway TN son Noah (out of Upanita ster prest by Onze Fons, bred by J. Dekkker Beheer BV from Kootwijkerbroek), who finished ninth with Niels Jonkers.
Tomorrow, the championships continue with the second event for the seven-year-olds at 10:30 AM, followed by the six-year-olds at 1:15 PM. The eight-year-olds will start at 4:00 PM in the 1.50m class.
View the results and KWPN Mediaguide here.
JS for KWPN
29 September 2023 | 15:11
KWPN on the lead with eight-year-olds in Valkenswaard
On the second day of the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping GCT, the eight-year-old KWPN horses performed well. Erika Lickhammer, riding Koberlina (by Eldorado van de Zeshoek), secured fourth place.
Under the guidance of team coach Eric van der Vleuten, three eight-year-olds made it into the top ten on the second day of the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy. Four out of five of them remained faultless in this competition, allowing KWPN to maintain its leading position.
Just like yesterday, the Irish duo Geoff Curran/DHF Alliance (by Douglas) proved unbeatable in the 1.45m class. With Koberlina TN (Eldorado van de Zeshoek out of E-Oberlina B stb by Verdi, bred by Team Nijhof), Erika Lickhammer-Van Helmond for the KWPN team needed slightly more time for a beautiful faultless round, earning them the fourth place. Oda Charlotte Lyngvaer also stayed faultless once again with the careful Comme Il Faut son Kyfo (out of Gucci elite sport-spr PROK by Chellthago Z, bred by J.G.N.E. van Dooren from Boekel) and finished eighth, just like yesterday. Alex David Gill completed a faultless round as ninth with the Bubalu VDL son, VDL Kelton (out of Gina ster by Corland, bred by VDL Stud). To complete the success, Ronnie Jones once again delivered a faultless round for the second consecutive day with the KWPN-approved stallion Key West (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve out of Zanory T keur prest by Phin Phin, bred by Roelof Bril from Westendorp).
You can view the results here and the KWPN mediaguide here.
JS for KWPN / Photo Koberlina TN
29 September 2023 | 13:20
Enjoyment comes first for Ten Kate family breeding program
With no fewer than four breeding products in the finals of the KWPN Championship for Young Showjumpers in Exloo, the Ten Kate family recently drew attention to their breeding program, for which father Jan ten Kate laid the foundation with the Karandasj daughter Ofieterma.
Since then, daughter Janine van den Berg has trained several breeding products to the 1m30/1m35 level and qualified for the second time for the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken with the Dallas VDL son Lutalo TK. The breeding results achieved are remarkable, especially considering that the Ten Kate family only has one foal born per year. As an amateur rider, Janine van den Berg-ten Kate has achieved commendable results, and her daughter Daphne (17) is already following in her footsteps. ‘Grandpa and Grandma’ Jan and Hilly ten Kate are known as breeders of talented showjumping horses, all of which trace back to the foundation mare Ofieterma. They all enjoy their shared horse hobby together.
Both Jan and Hilly ten Kate had ridden themselves, and their love for horses naturally passed on to their daughter Janine. “We used to ride as hobbyists ourselves and have a real passion for horses. So when Janine was old enough, a pony was ready for her,” says Jan. After ponies, Janine transitioned to horses and trained many horses up to the 1m30/1m35 level, mainly in the evenings. “In daily life, I work as an assistant in the oral surgery department in Zwolle, and horses have always remained a hobby for me. Thanks to all the help from my parents and my husband, I can ride some horses in the evenings. My mother often cooks for our family and is always there for us. When I have to go to work or a competition she always takes care of the children, so she is a great support to our family. When we go on vacation, my parents take care of the horses, so it’s very nice to be able to do it this way. We do everything together and enjoy it as a family.”
Ofieterma becomes the foundation
At the age of four, the Karandasj daughter Ofieterma (out of Fieterma ster x Maykel, breeder Harm Wink from Dwingeloo) crossed paths with the Ten Kate family. “I was already an enthusiastic rider and an acquaintance of ours asked me to ride a four-year-old mare for a while to sell her; she had just been saddle broken. Coincidentally, I had a free stall at the time, so that’s how Ofieterma came to us. The plan to ride her for a short time so that she could be sold changed immediately when I started jumping her, she was so elastic. And later we discovered that she only got better as the jumps got higher. So we bought Ofieterma ourselves and I started training her up to the 1m35 level,” Janine recalls. “We won a lot at that level and she often went clear. Ofieterma was naturally very energetic. We used to say to each other, ‘If she were a human, she would definitely have ADHD.’ At competitions, she always started with a little bucking; it was a regular thing because she was very playful. People would ask me if I ever got tired of it, but it was just part of Ofieterma. Once she had expended all that excess energy, I could start riding her again. So I never tried to change that and it probably wouldn’t have worked because she clearly had a mind of her own.”
Passion for breeding
Jan ten Kate already realized that the Terma lineage from the deceased Harm Wink was a proven maternal line. He had previously bred with a Ladalco mare, and when Ofieterma performed so well in sports their passion for breeding was renewed. Given her qualities and good pedigree, the move from sport to breeding was indeed wise. “Janine had ridden her up to the national 1m35 level and at some point she had to stop riding because she was pregnant with Daphne. Ofieterma had already delivered good results and we had a good relationship with Marcel de Boer, who was eager to compete with her internationally as well. He rode her for several months, and at the age of nine we had Ofieterma covered for the first time. She had already brought us many highlights in sports. I remember very well that Janine performed a show number with her at Wilting’s stallion show in Wachtum. It was a puissance test with quite a few participants and she did really well. Ofieterma truly never disappointed us, especially now that we have bred so many good horses from her,” Jan explained. Ofieterma brought ten foals to the Ten Kate family and passed away three months ago at the age of 27.
The first offspring was Cabriole TK, a son of Indoctro. He was sold as a four-year-old and was trained by Peter and Marcelle Hokse. He made his debut with them at the international competition in Zuidwolde at the age of eight, where he finished third in the 1m30 class, among other achievements. Later, this son of Ofieterma was sold to Mexico. Under Maria Barbara Garcia Lacy, he developed into an international 1m50 horse, and in 2017, they finished eighth at this level at the CSI2* San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. After she remained empty for a year, Ofieterma was bred back to Indoctro, resulting in Eedje TK. This gelding was ridden by Janine up to the 1m30 level and was then sold to Italy. The following year her first daughter, the Harley VDL mare Fayolaterma TK, was born. “In terms of appearance, she looks the most like her mother. Ofieterma herself was a somewhat classic, strong-built mare and Fayolaterma is the same. My father sold this mare as a yearling along with the Chello III daughter Gullaterma TK, who was born the following year, in one package. Unfortunately, Gullaterma had a tragic accident as a young horse in the field and died. Fayolaterma jumped at international 1m30 level under a Danish rider,” Janine recalls. The Harley VDL son Ivanho TK, born in 2013, is still in the stable of the Van den Berg/Ten Kate family. “He’s a completely different type than his full sister Fayolaterma. Ivanho is over 1m75 tall and performed very well as a four-year-old in the young horse classes. Janine has jumped with him up to the 1m30 level and now they’ve applied the switch: Ivanho is now a fantastic learning horse for our granddaughter Daphne,” Jan proudly states.
Daphne can only agree with that. “Ivanho is always in a good mood and I’m already jumping 1m35 with him. We’ve competed in several international competitions and from what I’ve heard from my mother, he has just as much energy as Ofieterma used to have,” she says. In exchange for Ivanho, Daphne handed over the reins of his half-brother Lutalo TK two years ago. Janine explains: “Lutalo was always the favourite of my daughter from a young age. She started riding him as a young horse when she just moved on from ponies. They participated in the Blom Cup for four-year-olds and the following year I took over riding him so that Daphne could continue with the more experienced Ivanho. It’s great that my parents have bred such nice horses because we have a lot of fun with these two sons of Ofieterma. Lutalo is very athletic, always cheerful and in high spirits every day. When we start the truck here, he’s eager to go to the competition. That’s typical of all the offspring of Ofieterma; she had that too. They like to go to competitions or training and are very hardworking. “When I started riding Lutalo the goal was to participate in the Blom Cup as a five-year-old and we finished 11th in the final. Ultimately, there were some dropouts so we were allowed to participate in the World Championships in Lanaken, which was a wonderful adventure. We were faultless on both days there, and in the final he didn’t make any jumping mistakes either, but we incurred one time penalty. That was naturally very disappointing. I was very disappointed myself, but the competition is strong and we had never jumped at that level before,” she recalls. “It was wonderful to go there together, so you can imagine how happy we were that we are going to Lanaken again this year. With the prospect of Lutalo TK’s second World Championship participation, Jan ten Kate is already glowing. “That’s amazing, isn’t it? Lanaken is like a mini-vacation for us and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s fantastic to experience such things with Janine on our own-bred product. We are true sports enthusiasts, not backyard breeders.”
The continued good performances of the duo have led to a lot of interest in the Dallas VDL son from Ofieterma. “I am fortunate that the horses belong to my parents, and for them the joy of sports comes first. Of course, we sometimes have to sell a horse to cover expenses, but we have agreed that he will not be available for sale until at least after the World Championships. At the age of seven there are really serious high courses, higher than I have ever jumped before, so I’m very curious about how it will go. Fortunately, I know I can rely on Lutalo and we are trying to prepare as well as possible.” A formidable challenge for an amateur rider in the predominantly professional field in the seven-year-old championship, where the fences are set at a minimum of 1m40 for the first few days and even 1m45 in the final.
Perpetuating the bloodline
Currently, four sport horses are at home with the Van den Berg-Ten Kate family in Nieuwleusen. The lineage continues with Ofieterma’s daughter Kalliterma TK (Dallas VDL), a full sister to the one-year-younger Lutako TK, and she is one of the few breeding products that has not been ridden. “Because we deliberately keep the horse hobby small scale, we sometimes have to make choices. Kalliterma TK was covered at the age of three and, by the time she could be ridden, I already had the stables and my hands full here. That’s why my father had her covered again, and that’s why she ended up in the breeding program full-time.”
Following your own instincts
Kalliterma TK’s oldest offspring, Oivaterma TK (Global Express), qualified for the four-year-old finals this year in Exloo with Janine finishing in the middle of the field, with a nice score of 7.8 for jumping and 8.0 for their movement between the obstacles. This year, Kalliterma TK had a filly by Grand Slam VDL, a daring choice because Dallas VDL and Grand Slam VDL are half-brothers on the dam’s side. Currently, the broodmare is carrying the Stakkato Gold son Landino VDL. “I always follow my instincts, and I’m not really afraid of inbreeding. I also believe that you don’t always have to listen to others. I was already very fond of Dallas VDL back then, which is why I used him several times for Ofieterma. The foal by Grand Slam VDL turned out well, so that confirms my feeling. I always make the stallion choices because, as they say, ‘who pays the stud fee, determines.’ I chose Dallas VDL three times for Ofieterma. “Besides Kalliterma TK and Lutalo TK, she also produced an offspring from this stallion in 2014, which I registered in another studbook because Dallas VDL was not yet recognized by the KWPN at that time. I had seen Dallas at the stallion show and had a very good feeling about him. Duran was a very nice foal, which is why I repeated the combination twice more afterwards. Then it was time for something new,” Jan says with a smile. After being trained by Janine in the first years, Duran TK Z was sold to Michel Brusse in the summer of 2021. The tall gelding, height over 1m80, made his international debut this year at the age of nine with his owner as the second offspring of Ofieterma competing at the 1m50 level.
After three times using Dallas VDL, Jan ten Kate wanted something different and that’s how he came across the stallion Hampshire VDL (Arezzo VDL), who has been competing internationally under his birth name History-Rilexy. “I asked Wiebe-Yde for advice and he recommended this stallion. Coincidentally, he was with Marcel de Boer at the time and we have a good relationship with him. Marcel was also very enthusiastic about the stallion and was excited about his riding qualities, which we also find very important.” The result of this pairing was the six-year-old Muppet TK, who was sold as a foal. “In terms of colour inheritance, Ofieterma has turned out to be a surprise; we have seen all colours in the recent years. Only once I was a bit disappointed with the colour because Muppet TK is a chestnut roan and I really don’t like that,” Jan laughs, and didn’t hesitate to sell him. “Marcel de Boer naturally knew both the mother and father of Muppet, so that sale was quickly arranged. As a breeder, you are completely dependent on where your breeding product ends up, and I’m glad that he ended up in good hands. He is being trained well there and it was nice that he made it to the finals. However, due to a small miscommunication with his rider, he did not achieve a super result there. The potential is there, so we will continue to follow him.”
In addition to Oivaterma (Global Express), Muppet TK (Hampshire VDL), and Lutalo TK (Dallas VDL), another breeding product from the Ten Kate family reached the final in Exloo last August. Ofieterma’s last offspring is the Grand Slam VDL daughter Novaterma TK, and she had just one jumping fault in the final under Janine. “The championship in Exloo is definitely one to remember. My father’s breeding has provided us with very nice horses. I alternate riding the young horses at home with Daphne, and it’s very nice to be able to share this hobby. I try to train the horses as well as possible, and I’m glad that everyone is committed to continuing this hobby, especially now that I can do it together with our daughter. We are lucky that Ofieterma has bred so well and in terms of character, her offspring seem like her. In handling, Ofieterma was incredibly well-behaved and we see that in her offspring as well. In the ring, they are 50 October 2023 always there and have a lot of fighting spirit; they clearly inherited that from their mother,” says Janine. “I exceeded my expectations by staying clear in the 1m40 at the championship in Exloo, which gives me confidence for Lanaken. In the past, I have had lessons from Jan Hokse and he still occasionally watches over me at competitions, as well as Marcel de Boer and Michael Greeve who also occasionally give me valuable tips. Because I have a day job, I don’t often have the opportunity to ride in international competitions. We have already achieved some nice results at the regional championships, Hippiades’ and the Roelofsen Winter Classics. Being able to go to Lanaken for the second time is really the topping on the cake for us.”
Fun comes first
Jan and Hilly are also looking forward to the World Championships. “Of course, we hope they make it to the final there, but we’re not under any illusions because it’s a big challenge. As breeders, we naturally dream of a breeder’s premium at the World Championships and that also provides motivation. Regardless of the result, we will enjoy it because it’s fun to make it a nice trip together. We are very proud of the achievements of all our breeding products and it’s extra special when our daughter or granddaughter rides the horses. We also have another granddaughter who may take over Ivanho from Daphne in the future. So, horse sports remain a real family occasion. I think we can ultimately enjoy a nice round with one of them in the 1m10 more than a 1m60 result with another rider,” Jan concludes. “As loyal supporters, my wife and I, along with Janine and the grandchildren, always try to infuse a lot of confidence and we believe that this can lead to great things. My brother had no interest in school, but he became a multiple-time world champion in motorsport with his team. He’s a good example in that regard. ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way,’ I always say. We are competitive by nature, although the fun we have with the horses always comes first for us. I expect and hope that we will experience many beautiful moments with the horses in the coming years.” Jan ten Kate concludes.
Successful breeding products from Ofieterma:
Cabriole TK (by Indoctro) 1.50m with Maria Barbara Garcia Lacy\
Duran TK Z (by Dallas VDL) 1.50m with Michiel Brusse
Lutalo TK (by Dallas VDL) 1.40m and participation in the World Championships in Lanaken in 2021/2023
Muppet TK (by Hampshire VDL) finalist in the KWPN Championship for six-year-olds in 2023
Novaterma TK (by Grand Slam VDL) finalist in the KWPN Championship for five-year-olds in 2023
Oivaterma TK (by Global Express) finalist in the KWPN Championship for four-year-olds in 20232
Text: JS for KWPN
Photos: Dirk Caremans and Jessica Pijlman
28 September 2023 | 20:09
Mark HDH second in the six-year-olds in Valkenswaard
The five- and six-year-olds have completed the first part of the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy. Mark HDH (by Gladstone HDH) jumped to second place in the 1.35m.
Under Tereza Vesela, Mark HDH (Gladstone HDH out of Izi Rider HDH sport-spr by Cream On Top, breeder Hans Dings from Heeze) delivered the second-fastest faultless result in the 1.35m class for six-year-olds. Among the five-year-olds, Nagano van de Hagenhorst placed eighth (Aganix du Seigneur out of Dobelle-S ster sport-spr by Triomphe de Muze, breeder H.C. Verhagen from Alkmaar) under Don Willemsen and therefore achieved the best result for KWPN. They remained entirely faultless in this 1.25m class, along with the KWPN-approved stallion No Jokes ACM (Untouchable out of Florentina elite sport-jumping D-OC by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve, breeders Annemieke van der Horst-Meeuws and rider Casper Meegdes), who finished fourteenth.
Tomorrow, both the five- and eight-year-olds will compete again, and the first part of the program for seven-year-olds will take place at Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard.
View the results here and the KWPN mediaguide here.
JS for KWPN / Photo Mark HDH
27 September 2023 | 09:04
KWPN horses for the WBFSH Champions Trophy announced
From September 28 to October 1st, the first edition of the WBFSH Studbook Jumping Global Champions Trophy will take place in Valkenswaard. The KWPN will be represented in all categories.
At the KWPN Championships in Exloo, Eric van der Vleuten, Teus van den Brink, and Henk Dirksen made the initial selections for participation in the WBFSH Studbook Jumping Global Champions Trophy. They continued their efforts in the following period to select the best available horses for this championship. "It's a new championship and it's taking place the week after the World Championships in Lanaken, so that made it a challenge to put together strong teams," says Eric van der Vleuten. "The riders who had qualified with their horses for Lanaken had to choose between participating in Lanaken or in the WBFSH championship. In addition, we selected some other horses, both domestic and international. For the KWPN horses from abroad, we watched many videos and examined the results to make sure we were well-prepared for Valkenswaard. Here in the Netherlands, we have the advantage that the championship is close to home, and we can choose from a large group of KWPN horses, so we are looking forward to the championship with confidence."
On Saturday, September 30, an auction will take place in Valkenswaard. Horses participating in the championship can still be registered for this auction this week, after which the organization will make a selection. Interested parties can contact the organization directly for more information.
Go to the mediaguide
JS for KWPN
26 September 2023 | 15:23
Three harness-horse stallions begin the performance test
This afternoon, the harness-horse stallions were presented during the registration for the performance test. Three harness-horse stallions have started their examination.
On September 7th and 18th, the stallions were already presented to the Stallion Inspection Committee during a harness assessment. Today, the stallions were once again presented in harness for evaluation by their own rider in the Willem-Alexander Hall in Ermelo. After a veterinary check, three stallions were able to enter a stall for the performance test.
The stallions Latino (Dylano out of Freydessa keur by Vaandrager), bred by E. Kruiswijk, Parel W (Heliotroop VDM out of Taunita elite, pref, sport by Manno), bred by J.W. van Wessel and Onana (Idol out of Ellis keur, sport by Unieko), bred by M. de Groot and A.J. Wouters, have began their performance test. In consultation with the registered owner, the stallion P. April (Bocellie out of Emely W ster by Manno) has been referred to next year. The formal assessment will take place on October 9th and the final examination on October 21st in Ermelo.
Text: Joëlle Berghuis for KWPN