First round viewing older stallions
During the KWPN Championships older stallions between 4- and 7-years old are viewed for approval. The stallions are not evaluated in free movement or free jumping, but only under the saddle and in walk and trot on the hard surface.
The dressage stallions are judged on posture, body use, movements under the saddle and their ride-ability and willingness. The four-and five-year-olds are judged in the Pavo Cup amongst their peers. The six-and seven-year olds do not participate in the Pavo Cup. Six-year-old dressage stallions are evaluated under saddle in the FEI test for six-year-old dressage horses. Seven-year-olds have to show exercises out of the freestyle test on ZZ-licht level (third and Advanced Medium).
All jumping stallions between 4- and 7-year old are judged under the saddle amongst their peers in the Isah Cup on their gaits, their technique and the way they complete their course. Ride-ability and willingness are also very important factors.
A stallion is only assigned to do the KWPN Performance Test if he is exceptionally better than his peers. The duration of the Performance Test can vary per stallion between 21 and 50 days.