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Stallion Selection

Second round viewing

Stallions that pass the first round viewing may proceed to the second round viewing. In between the first and second round viewing, the dressage stallions will be lunged on the KWPN-center in Ermelo. The lunging will be done by the owner/trainer themselves. The lunging is not a separate selection moment, but it provides the stallion selection committee with relevant additional information about the stallions.

Second Round Viewings 
For three-year-olds this viewing takes place the first week of February in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. In the second round viewing, stallions are judged on conformation, talent, and the quality of their pedigree – all of which are very important. In addition, three-year-olds are evaluated in the chute again for their free-movement or free-jumping, depending on their breeding direction.

Stallions aged 4-7 that are selected for the second round viewing must participate in the stallion competition, which serves as the second round viewing for their age group. In the stallion competition, these horses are judged alongside already approved stallions. At the end of the competition, judges assess stallions one last time and make their final decision based on a stallion’s traits, lineage, and health. Selected stallions advance to the final phase in the process: the performance test. Following successful completion of the performance test, a stallion is approved.

Gelder stallions that pass the first round viewing may advance to the second viewing, which takes place the first week in January, concurrent with the first round viewing of harness horse stallions. Gelder stallions age three are presented in-hand again at the second round viewing. For older Gelder stallions, the second round viewing takes place in December, where they are presented again under saddle or in harness. Finally, the stallions selected for the performance test are announced. The performance test is the final phase of the selection process, after which a stallion may be approved.

The KWPN Stallion Show in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is an internationally renowned event. It is an occasion when breeders and horse enthusiasts from around the world can look on as the stallion selection committee searches for high quality prospective breeding stallions.

Second round viewing for Harness Horses

Stallions that pass the first round viewing may proceed to the second. This is the final viewing for harness horse stallions, and it takes place at the KWPN Stallion Show in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In the second round viewing, harness horse stallions are presented again in-hand at the walk and trot. Finally, those stallions selected for the performance test are announced. The performance test is the final phase of the selection process, after which a stallion may be approved.

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