The KWPN (Studbook of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse) is a Netherlands-based organization specializing in the breeding of jumpers, dressage horses, harness horses, and Gelder horses. Performance, durability, and attractive conformation are the most important actors on which the international success of the Dutch horse is based. The quality of the KWPN horse is renowned and praised worldwide. With 22.000 members and approximately 10.000 new foals each year, the KWPN is one of the largest sporthorse studbooks in the world and a very successful one. For years, the KWPN has held a top position in the studbook rankings of the international umbrella breeding organization, the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH). This distinction means that Dutch- bred horses routinely achieve exceptional success in international equestrian sports.
The KWPN Horse
The Royal Dutch Sport Horse is a Dutch-bred sporthorse with international appeal. It is willing, fearless, physically and mentally strong, and bred to perform at the highest level. It is also reliable, easy to handle, and pleasing to the eye. Because of the KWPN’s planned breeding policy, the KWPN horse possesses a sound mind in a sound body. The combination of sport aptitude and an uncomplicated temperament make these horses unique and very popular at all levels of equestrian sport and breeding. Royal Dutch Sport Horses perform under top riders at Grand Prix level in international show jumping and dressage, but many are purchased by breeders, amateur riders, and horse enthusiasts in the Netherlands and abroad.
World-Class Sport and Hobby
With complete conviction and enthusiasm, the KWPN strives to achieve its goal: to breed modern sporthorses that perform at the top level of international equestrian sports. Likewise, it aims to breed healthy horses that happily and easily do what is expected of them. Achieving this goal has made the KWPN a worldwide name. However, the KWPN does not focus exclusively on world-class sport; after all, most riders do not have the ambition or opportunity to actively participate in equestrian sports as professionals. Therefore, the KWPN also considers facilitation of suitable matches between the large population of amateur owners and their horses a very important task. For this reason, the temperament of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse is just as important as its sport talent because ultimately everyone prefers a good, willing horse.
The goal of the KWPN is the breeding of horses that can perform at Grand Prix level of dressage or jumping. In order to reach this goal, a horse must have a good constitution, a functional and preferably attractive conformation/appearance, correct movement and an agreeable character.
Since 2006, the KWPN has distinguished between four breeding directions. Riding horses, which are subdivided into the dressage and jumping disciplines, make up the largest group (85-90%). The other two breeding directions are the harness horse and the Gelders horse. Even though each breeding direction has its own additional objectives, in the first instance all horses fall under the general KWPN breeding goal, which aims at:
- breeding a competition horse that can perform at Grand Prix level;
- with a constitution that enables long usefulness;
- with a character that supports the will to perform as well as being friendly towards people;
- with functional conformation and a correct movement mechanism that enables good performance;
- with attractive exterior that is preferably attractive, along with refinement, nobility and quality.