From 13 to 22 December, the KWPN centre in Ermelo is once again the venue for the stallion selection. During the first round viewing, nearly three-year-old stallions will gather at the KWPN Centre, where they will be assessed by the stallion selection committee. From here, the best stallions are referred to the second round viewing, which traditionally takes place during the KWPN Stallion Show in Den Bosch.
The dressage stallions open the first viewing from 13 December to 18 December. Jumping stallions will be in action from 19 to 22 December and the Gelder stallions will be seen on 18 December.
Everything from the first round viewing can be followed live via the free live stream on kwpn.org and kwpn.tv, both the street and the performance in the couloir. KWPN members can also watch all videos On Demand for free on KWPN.tv.
We would like to facilitate stallion owners in all sorts of ways, which is why we started in 2018 with an online auction for stallions that were presented in the 1st round viewing: the KWPN Online Stallion Auction.
On the auction website the collection is published with extensive information about the stallions, including photo and video recordings made during the first round viewing.
The stallions taking part in this auction have undergone a full veterinary inspection, both X-rays and clinical.
The stallion selection and inventory of high-quality young, almost three-year-old stallions consists of several viewings. The first viewings for the KWPN selection process for jumping, dressage, and Gelder stallions begin in December. Over a period of several weeks, the stallions are presented daily to the stallion selection committee, which consists of three breeding and sport horse professionals. At the first round viewing, stallions are evaluated for any observable genetic abnormalities or deficiencies. Next, they are judged at the walk and trot on hard ground. This allows the committee to clearly observe any abnormal movement and/or leg stance. Finally, dressage stallions are judged on their free movement, and jumper and Gelder stallions are assessed for their free-jumping talent.
From the first viewing, the best stallions are referred to the second viewing, which will take place during the KWPN Stallion Show 2024 from January 31 to February 3 in Den Bosch.
Harness horse stallions
The first round viewing for harness horse stallions takes place in January. These horses are presented to the stallion selection committee, which consists of three breeding and sport horse professionals. At the first round viewing, stallions are evaluated for any observable genetic abnormalities or deficiencies. Next, they are judged at the walk and trot on hard ground. This allows the committee to clearly observe any abnormal movement and/or leg stance. Unlike jumpers and dressage horses, harness horses are presented only in hand. The selection committee places great importance on the trot, which they evaluate on several key points: good suspension, long front leg stride length with high knee action, and powerful hindquarters that step under the body. These qualities should be paired with a proud bearing, facilitated by a long neck that extends vertically from the chest.