Longread: Carambole fully deserves the highest distinction
Two years after being awarded keur, Carambole, the multiple Grand Prix winner, has now been honoured as a preferent stallion. At the KWPN Stallion Show, the top sire appeared once more under the saddle of Willem Greve and received a standing ovation from the audience. With offspring such as Quantum Robin V, Hello Senator, Fecynelle, Frasier, Elien, and Cote d'Or Z, he has already proven his significant value in breeding.
In Den Bosch, Carambole appeared once more under the saddle of his regular rider, Willem Greve. Together, they have achieved great sport accomplishments, and in January 2023, Carambole bid a fitting farewell to the sport at Jumping Amsterdam. That he is still in top shape at 20 years old was evidenced during the honouring at the KWPN Stallion Show, where he cantered around like a young stallion.
Meant a lot
His breeding achievements earned him the highest predicate: preferent. It was a beautiful moment to also reflect on his impressive sport career. Inspector Henk Dirksen said, "Carambole was born in Holstein and was acquired in the autumn of 2007 by the Dutch stallion owners Gerardus Post and Jan Greve, who discovered him at the stable of the Dutchman Tjeert Rijkens in Elmshorn. As a four-year-old, Carambole was registered with high scores at KWPN. He achieved a 9.5 for his technique and nines for his reflexes and ability as a showjumper. Subsequently, the stallion was very successfully trained by Willem Greve, with whom he performed excellently in Grand Prix and Nations Cup competitions. Several of his offspring are already performing at the highest level in sport or proving their worth in breeding. Carambole has meant a lot to both Dutch sport and breeding, and this has been made possible by his discoverers, owners Gerard and Gerda Korbeld, and of course his rider Willem. Unfortunately, his owners cannot be present at this honouring, but they will undoubtedly follow it via the live stream," said Dirksen. Gerardus Post and Jan Greve were involved in the honouring in Den Bosch, as they contributed to the success of the preferent sire Carambole.
Simply the best
During the honouring, beautiful words from Willem Greve were heard, summarizing how much the rider still adores his 'once in a lifetime' horse Carambole. "You have made me feel things that no other horse has made me feel. You have made me a better rider, a better horseman; you have jumped the toughest courses all over the world and always given your all. You have done everything for me, and I am eternally grateful to you. You were, are, and will always be 'simply the best' for me, Carambole!" The duo performed from early 2012 to the end of 2021 in international sports. In October of that last year, they had a shining moment in the Nations Cup final in Barcelona, where Carambole, at the age of 17, pulled off a crucial faultless round, securing the main prize for the Dutch team. Other memorable victories were achieved in the 1.60m Grand Prix of Amsterdam and the 1.55m Grand Prix events of Drachten, Hardelot, and Knokke. "From the start, Carambole has always performed excellently, and we have had wonderful highlights. What I find most beautiful is how, at an advanced age, he proved his worth again in the Nations Cup final, jumping in the same autonomous manner as he did when he was four years old, once again delivering a faultless round for the Netherlands," praised Willem the stallion.
Out of a total of 636 registered offspring now at KWPN, Carambole has already produced a large number of successful horses. At the highest level, he is represented by Quantum Robin V (registered name Iguest W), who won the Grand Prix of CSI4* Prague with Matt Garrigan and was recently sold to top rider Max Kühner, Hello Senator (registered name Everest) ridden by Scott Brash, Elien ridden by Katharina Offel, Formidable ridden by Willem Greve, Fecybelle ridden by Karl Cook, Frasier ridden by Samantha Schaefer, and Fyolieta ridden by Michael Greeve. At the inspections, 31 mares achieved the ster predicate, seven mares were declared keur, and 12 daughters of Carambole are elite. In addition, 18 mares passed the IBOP, two passed the mare test, and - just as importantly - 50 daughters already have the sport predicate. With Fibonacci, Forsyth, Gerardus, and Haynes GH, Carambole has already given four KWPN-approved sons, of which Gerardus has proven to be the most successful in sport, competing at the national 1.45m level under Sophia Lindemann. Additionally, earlier this year, Carambole's son Cote d'Or Z was recognized by the KWPN. This eight-year-old stallion, bred by Dirk Demeersman, has already achieved international success at the 1.40/1.45m level in sport and shows promise for both sport and breeding. It is also positive that the daughters of Carambole are proving their worth in breeding. For instance, the KWPN-approved stallions Lingo van de Watermolen (s.Connect) and Blom Cup champion Mees van de Watermolen (s.Vannan) both come from a dam descending from Carambole. The aforementioned Grand Prix mare Elien has already produced several international offspring herself and is the grandmother of the promising KWPN-approved stallion On the Spot (s.Diamant de Semilly).
Carambole has not covered large numbers, but big names from both sport and breeding have used him on their mares. "What I have always considered a very good sign is that people from the sport have used Carambole a lot. Riders and traders who have seen him at competitions week after week. Pieter Devos, Leon Thijssen, Dirk Demeersman, Paul Hendrix: they have all successfully used him, and almost every weekend I come across good Carambole offspring in sport," said his rider. In the most recent WBFSH Sire ranking, Carambole is ranked 57th. In addition to the previously mentioned top performers, horses such as Hesjedal NL ridden by Erika Lickhammer-Van Helmond, J'Adore ridden by Lalie Saclier, Fresca ridden by Alonso Valdez Prado, and Eye of the Tiger ridden by Evelyne Putters have contributed to Carambole's position. "A stallion can only pass on what he naturally possesses. That's why it certainly doesn't come as a surprise to me that Carambole breeds so well because he is a great natural talent himself. He suits different types of mares; the best is when the mare gives a bit of sharpness in the hind leg over the jump. I am pleased that the KWPN has given him the recognition he fully deserves and hope that this will invite more breeders to use Carambole for their breeding because he has proven himself at the very highest level in both sport and breeding and deserves to cover mares," said Willem Greve. Not only in top sport but also in young horse classes, offspring of Carambole have already achieved remarkable success. His descendants Hello Senator and Formidable both jumped to the bronze medal at the World Championships for Young Show Jumping Horses in Lanaken. Not entirely coincidentally, both then progressed to the Grand Prix level.
The life story of the preferent sire had a somewhat challenging start, but Carambole has never caused disappointment. In 2004, he was born at the renowned Holsteiner breeder Jens Ritters, who gave him the name Coloccini. He had used the top sire Cassini I on his State Premium mare Normandie VI (Concerto II x Sir Shostakovich xx). Two years later, Ritters took him to the Holsteiner stallion licensing, but there, Carambole's qualities did not shine through in free jumping, and as a result, he was rejected. In the auction, he ended up in the hands of Tjeert Rijkens as an unlicensed stallion, who initially purchased him with a slight lack of enthusiasm for an acquaintance but soon discovered Carambole's qualities once home. Not long after, Gerardus Post and Jan Greve joined the stallion, on the condition that he was approved by KWPN. This was achieved with a top score of 88.5 points. When Carambole was eight years old, his then owners gave Gerard and Gerda Korbeld the opportunity to purchase him, ensuring that the stallion would remain with Willem Greve and thus also benefit Dutch sport and breeding. Years later, we can conclude that this was a decisive move, with nothing but positive consequences. Given the high percentage of offspring performing in international sport and his strong inheritance of attitude, canter, rideability, and jumping talent, he can further prove his value in breeding in the coming years. Starting from the upcoming breeding season, he will do so as a preferent stallion, an honour reserved for the very best sires in Dutch and global breeding. Carambole has now joined that select group, and he is available for breeding with fresh semen.
Source: Jenneke Smit
Photo: Dirk Caremans
19 February 2024 | 15:15
Spring performance test: all dates at a summary
After the KWPN Stallion Show, the spring performance test is already gearing up. We list the dates of the saddle presentations and the deliveries here.
For the three-year-old selected jumper, dressage, and Gelder horse stallions, the 35-day performance test begins on April 9th. It starts with the saddle presentation, followed by the stallions' delivery.
Older dressage stallions
The older designated dressage stallions undergo a test of approximately 21 days, with three saddle presentations beforehand. Older dressage stallions have their first saddle presentation on March 18th, followed by the second saddle presentation on April 9th, and the final saddle presentation combined with the delivery on April 22nd.
Older jumper stallions
he older jumping stallions also undergo a test lasting approximately 21 days. Prior to the performance test, there are two saddle presentations on April 9th and 23rd, with April 23rd also being the delivery date.
Older Gelder horse stallions
For the older Gelderland stallions, the performance test lasts approximately 28 days, with two saddle presentations on April 9th and 15th. The final saddle presentation is also the delivery.
During the saddle presentation, the stallions appear under saddle in the arena, ideally two or three at a time. The stallions are shown in walk, trot, and canter by their own rider, following the jury's instructions. For the jumping stallions, they are then asked to make a few jumps. The aim is to assess if the stallions are trainable, and if applicable, additional information will be communicated to the registrants to prepare for delivery.
Voluntary performance test and retest under saddle
Stallions that have participated in the stallion selection process can participate in the voluntary performance test. Re-riding is possible for four-year-old stallions during the first saddle presentation of the respective breeding direction. Three-year-old stallions from the autumn are eligible for re-riding. Registration can be done by sending an email to email@example.com. You can find all the dates in the calendar on the KWPN website.
Overview of dates
March 18, 2024
First saddle presentation for older dressage stallions
Retest under saddle for four-year-old dressage stallions
April 9, 2024
Second saddle presentation for older dressage stallions
First saddle presentation for older jumping stallions
Re-riding for four-year-old jumping stallions
First saddle presentation for older Gelder horse stallions
Saddle presentation and delivery of designated three-year-old jumping, dressage, and Gelder horse stallions
April 15, 2024
Second saddle presentation and delivery for older Gelder horse stallions
April 22, 2024
Third saddle presentation and delivery for older dressage stallions
April 23, 2024
Second saddle presentation and delivery for older jumping stallions
16 February 2024 | 20:28
Two mares score above 80 points at IBOP Brummen
At the IBOP in Brummen today, ten mares passed successfully. With 82 points, the five-year-old Classico TN daughter Ozzy D was the highest scorer.
Of the five jumping mares, all five passed, while seven out of the 16 dressage horses also succeeded. 'It was a bit of a search today, but we were able to approve a few nice horses,' reacted Wim Versteeg, who, along with Bart Henstra, assessed the horses.
Good to ride
With 82 points, Ozzy D (Classico TN out of Eurostar PROK by Dubai) bred by H.J.M. van Dartel from Wijhe, obtained the elite predicate. 'Following the IBOP, we were able to add 75 points for exterior, declare her a star, and provisionally keur. She was already PROK, and passing the IBOP directly earned her the elite predicate. She is a light-footed moving mare with a naturally good posture. She jumps with a lot of body use, a good bascule, and good front leg technique, finishing the jump well. She shows carefulness and stands out with her quick reflexes and good rideability.' With 80.5 points, the Kjento daughter Perica (out of Dulcia star pref by Krack C, bred by M. Streppel from Lemelerveld) owned by Van Olst Horses was the highest-scoring dressage horse today. 'This four-year-old mare was presented sympathetically and has a good posture and connection. She walks with good stride length, relaxation, and suppleness. In trot, she is light-footed, moves uphill, and has good shoulder freedom. We saw the same picture in canter, where she has a lot of balance and moves well with the withers up. This mare is also pleasant to ride.' As a result, Perica also obtained the elite predicate.
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16 February 2024 | 19:35
NMK mare Pooh-Bresco meets expectations in EPTM
The first EPTM round of 2024 concluded today with the awarding of predicates to sixteen mares by Marcel Beukers, Stan Creemers, and Luuk Smetsers. The NMK mare Pooh-Bresco (sired by Eldorado van de Zeshoek) recorded the highest scores, notably receiving a 9 for her reflexes.
Marcel Beukers shared his thoughts afterwards: "We had a somewhat smaller group this time, but that's not unusual early in the year. Mares must be at least 35 months old to participate in the EPTM, so you only see four- and five-year-old horses on the starting list. In the dressage direction, a fine and neat group of seven mares successfully completed their performance. Among the eight successful jumping mares, three scored 80+. Two of these mares we had already seen at the National Mare Keuring in Ermelo. It's great to see these mares presented in a performance test. It's even more satisfying when they live up to the expectations set during free jumping under saddle. Another noteworthy detail was that four horses were bred from a mare that has already produced an approved stallion. Finally, we were able to award the EPTM predicate to one Gelder horse bred mare."
82 points for Pooh-Bresco
The four-year-old Pooh-Bresco (Eldorado van de Zeshoek out of First Buresco) jumped to 82 points, the highest score of the day. The half-sister of the approved stallion Kincsem (by Carrera VDL) caught the eye as a three-year-old at the studbook inspection in Luttenberg and earned an invitation to the NMK. "She's a sharp and very cautious mare, which makes her a bit delicate, but as she relaxes more, she completes the jump better. She's a horse with a lot of quality and impulsion, truly an athletic mare. We gave her a 9 for her reflexes and an 8.5 for her technique and power," Marcel Beukers enthusiastically explained. The mare was also promoted to elite status after receiving the EPTM predicate.
80.5 points for Zirocco Blue daughter
The mare Zaylinn SVU Z (Zirocco Blue VDL out of Fetura Faventia) scored 80.5 points in the exam and was provisionally declared keur after receiving 75 points for exterior at the subsequent studbook inspection. "She's a generously developed mare with a good rectangular model and well-muscled. This horse moves very nicely and especially has a good canter with a lot of balance. She occasionally struggles with contact, but she's careful over the jump and shows good use of her body and a lot of athletic ability. That's why we gave her an 8.5 for power," Marcel Beukers said.
Success in Ermelo for Invictus Horses once again
Pieper van Invictus (Chacfly out of Blessings From Second Life Z) received an 80-point score in the exam, adding the keur predicate to her achievements. "This mare canters very functionally and lightly. She's very careful over the jump and shows a lot of power, but she could take a bit more time."
Princess van de Wimphof
In the dressage direction, a mare bred from a stallion mother also succeeded: Princess van de Wimphof (Escamillo out of Rastede). The sister of Just Wimphof and O'Toto van de Wimphof received 79 points for her performance. "This mare has a lot of action in her legs and a nice use of the foreleg," said Marcel Beukers. Piani (by Lennox U.S. out of Dancing Girl) achieved a total of 78 points in the exam and was promoted to elite after receiving 80 points for exterior at the subsequent studbook inspection. "Lennox U.S. always shows a nice posture and a functional way of moving."
Gelder horse mare Patty van VB becomes elite
The Gelder horse registered mare Patty (by Bodinus) was the fourth mare today to follow a successful performance at the KWPN Center after having an approved brother. Her dam Hacomijn also produced the Gelder stallion Obrian, and today she adds an elite mare to her list of accomplishments. "This mare was initially a bit tense, but she became easier to ride during the test and showed good progress. She moves with a lot of reach and good technique. In jumping, she wants to be careful and shows good overview. Additionally, she's an appealing mare with a good rectangular model and sufficiently matches the Gelderland type. With a total of 75.5 points and 75 points for exterior, she was promoted to keur and, thanks to the PROK predicate, can now also be called elite," Marcel Beukers concluded.
More information about the EPTM-test
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16 February 2024 | 18:47
Breeding advice back at the KWPN center
After the success of a few years ago, the breeding advice meetings at the KWPN center are once again being organized this year. You can bring your mare to Ermelo for breeding advice on March 6th and March 20th.
It's an excellent opportunity to make an optimal stallion choice tailored to the specific characteristics of your mare and your own preferences. KWPN inspectors specializing in jumping, dressage, and Gelderland horses will be present to provide you with breeding advice. Your mare will first be presented outside on a hard surface, demonstrating walk and trot by hand. Then, the jumping, dressage, and Gelder horse mares will move freely and/or free jump in the indoor arena.
Register your mare
Based on the owner's preferences and available information about the mare(line), a number of suggestions for stallion choice will be made. The next meetings are on March 6th and March 20th.
The cost for this comprehensive breeding advice from KWPN inspectors is €57.50 for KWPN members and €86.60 for non-members. Registration can be done by sending the completed registration form below via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can indicate your preference for a specific day when registering.
Register your mare
13 February 2024 | 17:00
Descendants reports of Matiz and Odin published
The descent reports of the Gelder stallions Matiz and Odin have been published, with the offspring of Odin (by Edmundo) being evaluated according to the pilot program. Matiz (by Eebert) has now shown a complete collection of foals.
After the approval of a Gelder stallion, descent research follows, in which at least ten foals are evaluated. This report is usually based on the foals offered on the Day of the Gelder Horse, but a stallion owner can also choose to have a complete collection evaluated at a central location.
Because there was not always a complete collection present on the Day of the Gelder Horse, sometimes a report was only completed after two or three years. In 2023, a pilot program was launched in which KWPN officials evaluate the foals at home and based on that, prepare a report. This allows for a descent report to be available more quickly.
The descent reports of these two Gelder stallions can be found in the KWPN Database. The reports of Matiz and Odin can be found below under the heading 'descent report'.
Photo: Anniek de Wit*
9 February 2024 | 18:20
EPTM mares undergo third evaluation
Today, the EPTM mares underwent their third interim evaluation under the watchful eye of their owners. This marks the final interim evaluation before the final exam on February 16.
Marcel Beukers typically oversees the evaluation in the EPTM program alongside Nella Bijlsma, but for this third evaluation and the final exam, they are joined by Stan Creemers and Luuk Smetsers. "The last interim evaluation went well. The showjumping horses and the Gelder-bred mare jumped slightly higher today, and we also demanded a bit more from the dressage horses. Subsequently, we had good conversations with the owners, and now we are preparing for the exam," Marcel Beukers explained.
More information about EPTM
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7 February 2024 | 14:54
Premium stallion Power of Zsa Zsa continues jumping career in China
The approved KWPN stallion Power of Zsa Zsa (Kannan Jr x Sam R) will continue his jumping career in China. The now 4-year-old stallion will be further trained and shown in the sport. The premium stallion of the 2023 KWPN Stallion Show will also be available for breeding in China.
Bred by family Huisman the son of KWPN champion Kannan Jr was co-owned by Kramer Stables of Oud Beijerland. Esther Manders and Qian Lu International have Power of Zsa Zsa sold to a stable in Chin. Power of Zsazsa is a son of Stallion Show champion Kannan Jr (by Cornet Obolensky) who himself was awarded high points in the KWPN performance test. Meanwhile, Kannan Jr (by Cornet Obolensky) is competing at international 1.45-level with Marcus Ehning. His dam is the mare Zsa Zsa (by Sam R) who performed internationally at 1.50-level with Siebe Kramer. Power of ZsaZsa was premium stallion at the KWPN Stallion Show in Den Bosch and was approved for breeding with 8.5s for the jumping sections after the spring test in 2023. We still have got frozen semen.