From the 7th till the 9th of July, the National Equestrian Centre hosts the WBFSH World Championships for Young Breeders 2022. 138 participants make their way to Ermelo to represent 19 studbooks on all things breeding. An event of international allure with delegations coming from all around the world, including Ireland, Germany, Canada and Sweden.
The WC Young Breeders is an international competition founded by the International Young Breeders that is part of the WBFSH. The aim of this championship is to bring together young breeders from various breeding associations, countries, and languages to learn from each other, share ideas, make friendships, and build an international network. The contestants are divided over two age categories: the Juniors (15-19 years) and the Seniors (20-25 years). Every team is comprised of four participants that compete on an individual basis and the best three results count towards the studbook championship. The young breeders are first tested via a theory test, that covers among others feeding, stable management, the anatomy of the horse, breeding, international sport, and veterinary matters. The other championship aspects are inspecting the conformation, judging free jumping and free movement, and presenting a horse in hand. Each edition also holds a turn-out competition in which the teams have to groom a horse to make it competition ready. This does not count towards the overall championships.
Ermelo must-see for young breeders
The world championship was supposed to be hosted by the Netherlands last year, but the international situations made the International Young Breeders Association move the event to this year. Muriël Koelen is responsible for the organisation on behalf of JongKWPN: “It is very exciting that it can finally take place. The official go-ahead was given in March, so we had our fingers crossed that all studbooks could their affairs sorted in time, but it turned out be no problem. We noticed that Ermelo is believed to be an exciting location among the international young breeders. They perceive the National Equestrian Centre to be a place everyone wants to visit at least once.” And that is evidenced by the long list of participants plus the number of enthusiastic young breeders that come along as supporters. This edition there are seventeen Junior teams and sixteen Senior teams, that entail 71 and 67 competitors, respectively. They battle for the championship from Thursday to Saturday. On Sunday all the attendants are offered a chance to visit an archetypal Dutch breeding farm. Including supporters, this means that over 200 young breeders leave for Bears on the concluding day where they visit VDL Stud.
Preparations in full swing
The preparations for the world championships are in full swing. From the tents in which all participants will reside those days to the horses that are required in this championship. Muriël Koelen tells: “We need about thirty horses for this event. They come from members, acquaintances and from the regional area. We are still in search for a few horses that are easy to handle for the in-hand presentation by the young breeders on Saturday. JongKWPN-members that would like to lend a helping hand at this international happening are more than welcome. If you have a suitable horse or would like to assist at the event, please reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org .”
The program and more information about the event can be found here . Please contact the organisation via email@example.com should you have any questions.
19 May 2022 | 09:54
New-born foal: What to do during labor
Once the foal is born, the placenta still must come. "It should come within six hours. We advise to call the vet if the placenta has not come after three hours. At that point it is still possible to use medication to stimulate the uterus to contract, and then the placenta often will come off naturally. If the placenta has not come out after six hours or more, it usually has to be removed manually. The mare will then have to be flushed for several days to prevent uterine infection. This is quite an intensive therapy and not conducive to fertility in the future.
"Shortly after delivery, you usually see that the placenta hangs out of the mare and comes out little by little. "At a certain moment it can hang completely on the ground. It is then advisable to make knots in the membranes or to tie the placenta with a rope to the tail so that the mare does not stand on it. This causes unwanted traction to it and makes checking the placenta for completeness harder. It is very important that this check is done, because if part of the placenta remains in the mare, it can cause the mare to become seriously ill. In some cases, this can even have a fatal outcome or cause permanent disability of the mare." It is also important to check if the mare has not ruptured. This can especially happen when a mare has a Caslick which wasn’t opened up in time. This can cause serious damage to the birth process and even result in a cloaca, which is a connection between anus and vagina.
After the birth, the mare may lie down for 10 minutes, but she should not become less alert, feel cold or develop pale mucous membranes. If this is the case, have her checked by a vet. These symptoms may indicate bleeding in the uterine wall or the suspension ligaments." Due to the shrinking of the uterus and the associated contractions, the mare may show some mild colic symptoms in the first hours after delivery. "By light colic we mean scratching, lying down and standing up again a few times, but not rolling around in the stable. Normally, these after-effects are not that severe. Within three hours after the placenta has come off, the mare should clearly become calmer.
Another point of aftercare concerns the foal's navel. "Preferably it should be disinfected immediately after birth. This may be repeated a few times on the first day. The navel is very vulnerable and is a perfect place for bacteria to enter the foal. It is therefore important to keep a close eye on the navel. It should not become inflamed or leak blood or urine. Small navel ruptures (one to two fingertips wide) occur regularly and are usually not very harmful. Occasionally, intestines become trapped in the rupture, which can be accompanied by colic. "If the fracture port does not close by itself, surgery will be necessary. This is usually done when the foal is weaned off.
Next week, we will tell you more about the last phase: the foal’s first day!
18 May 2022 | 15:45
O’Bailey van het Brouwershof recognized
The stallion selection committee jumping nominated the jumper stallion O’Bailey van het Brouwershof for recognition. The General Board has formalized this recommendation.
Sire Darco jumped at Grand Prix-level for years with Ludo Philippaerts. On multiple occasions they successfully participated in major championships and Olympic Games. They placed 5th in the World Cup of Paris, 7th at the Olympic Games of Barcelona, 6th at the World Championships of Stockholm and 3rd in the Grand Prix of Rotterdam.
By now, the influence of Darco on international jumper breeding has proved to be of immense value. Many international showjumpers boast his blood in their pedigree. The dam of O’Bailey van het Brouwershof is a daughter of the Concept-son Contact van de Heffinck. Contact van de Heffinck jumped 1.60m himself and has produced multiple offspring that perform at the highest level in sport.
Granddam Eline (s.Chatman) is also the dam of the 1.55m showjumper L’Espoirt d’Opaline vd Caatshoeve. Her dam, the mare Topaline D99 jumped 1.50m and is the dam of several international jumper horses, such as Maestro de Brandegem. Topaline is the sister of the twofold Olympic champion Jus de Pomme and the 1.60m jumpers Shogoun II, Quintus, Richebourg and Tresor d’Opaline.
O’Bailey van het Brouwershof was previously successful with Eric Jr. And is now successfully campaigned in the young horse divisions by Maikel van der Vleuten.
He fulfills the requirements set for recognition based on sport achievements, as he is placed at 1.45m level at 8 years of age already (inter alia, 2nd in the Grand Prix of Deurne). The stallion is available for breeding via Stud Van den Oetelaar.
Photo O’Bailey van het Brouwershof: Digishots
18 May 2022 | 12:11
One jumper stallion referred to next performance test
The final presentation is organised on Saturday May 28 th , and that makes coming Tuesday the last official evaluation. Yesterday, the stallions got the chance to get used to an audience, as a group of interested people attended their performance as part of the ‘warm welcome’ initiative. “It was a bit exciting for the stallions to see a crowd but overall, their rideability was good and we could assess them well. The stallion selection committee is convinced this performance test is going to yield a group of highly useable stallions”, tells senior-inspector Henk Dirksen. For veterinary reasons it was decided to refer the four-year-old Toulon-son Newton E to the autumn performance test. This brings the current total number of stallions to nine three-year-olds, three four-year-olds and one six-year-old jumper stallion in Ermelo.
More information regarding the performance test and an overview of all participating stallions can be found here .
16 May 2022 | 16:41
One four-year-old dressage stallion referred to autumn test
On May 28 th , the final presentation of the spring performance test takes place. With just two weeks to go, the four-year-old dressage stallion Nasdaq (s.Astrix) was referred for veterinary reasons.
Coming Wednesday, the third official evaluation of the dressage stallions is scheduled. The departure of Nasdaq (Astrix x Lord Sinclair), that was referred to the autumn test for veterinary reasons, means there are four three-year-olds left in Ermelo. The final exam is organised on Saturday May 28.
16 May 2022 | 14:19
Gelder stallion Odin assessed on terrain
At the moment, there is only one Gelder stallion partaking in the performance test: Odin, the palomino-son of Edmundo. Last Thursday, the stallion selection committee in Ermelo inspected the stallion’s abilities on terrain.
Despite the stallion being alone, he remained poised and relaxed in his work with his regular rider Tonny Leeuwen. The concluding exam of Odin takes place on Saturday, May 28. At that date, the stallion will again be presented on terrain as part of his final exam.
More information regarding the performance test and an overview of all participating stallions can be found here .
Watch the video of Odin’s most recent assessment below
13 May 2022 | 10:52
Bids open for KWPN Online 3&4-years-old Auction!
From today 10AM it is possible to place a bid on your favourite in the KWPN Online 3&4-years-old Auction. Bidding is possible till May 16th, auction will close from 8PM CET.
The collection contains 9 jumping horses and 14 dressage horses:
Nuts vd Wolfshoeve - Cornet Obolensky x Cento
Nutcracker - Il est Balou x Dortmund HS
Nienke - Lyjanero x Quidam's Rubin
Ouzo - Cohinoor VDL x Sydney
Olaf - Comme il Faut x Niveau
Onana TL - Elton John x Verdi
Ohorn van de Renvillehoeve - Impressive VDL x Indoctro
Oklahoma-W - Kingsland VDL x Cassini II
Oldbloodwins - Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Arezzo VDL
Nina R - Just Wimphof x Scandic
Norimee - Inclusive x Stedinger
Nyanke.A - Revolution x Ferro
Nevada Utopia W - Total US x UB40
Olivier - D'Avie x Rhodium
Officer - Deparon x Jazz
Obarto JT - Dream Boy x Scandic
Oblige - Furst Toto x Tuschinski
Odivette - Iconic B x Governor
Odessa BR - Kingston Blue Hors x Tuschinski
Oakwood Tarpania - Kremlin x Furst Romancier
Oprah - Secret x Riccione
Olinda - Blue Hors Zackery x Future
Odrea VZ - Zenon x Vic
Check out the complete collection including photos and videos here!
All horses have done a vet check for sport horses. The vet reports and xrays can be found on the auction page.
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Photo: Olaf, by AdW Fotografie
12 May 2022 | 11:12
Second official assessment of dressage stallions
Yesterday, the second official evaluation of the three-year-old dressage stallions was scheduled as well as the assessment of the four-year-old stallion. Three stallions left Ermelo.
The stallion selection committee gathered on Wednesday to assess the dressage stallions that participate in the spring performance test. All findings were discussed with the owners of the three-year-old dressage stallions and that resulted in three stallions going home. “In consultation it was decided that the performance test was terminated for the Glamourdale-son OO Grolloo, that participated on a voluntary basis. This also applies to the Imposantos-offspring One Of A Kind”, explains senior-inspector Floor Dröge. “We furthermore referred the Foundation-descendent Odysseys O to a future performance test for veterinary reasons.”
The final presentation takes place on May 28. Find an overview of the participating stallions here .