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Every year, breeders make stallion choices with the ultimate goal of breeding a Grand Prix horse. But how many KWPN horses went all the way to Grand Prix level and which stallions have produced the most Grand Prix horses? Not only in factual numbers, but also in percentage. We had a look in the KWPN Database in search of these answers.

In this ‘Trivia Thursday’, we only look at the horses that have competed at Grand Prix dressage. There are also horses that are registered as showjumping horses or harness horses, but this time we only looked at the KWPN dressage horses. In total, almost 1,700 KWPN registered horses have competed in the Big Tour classes (Intermediaire 2 and GP) in the Netherlands, in the national Grand Prix classes outside The Netherlands and in the international Grand Prix. Of these horses, 15% is mare and 61% has competed in an international Grand Prix dressage class.

Jazz in the lead

If we look purely at the numbers, Jazz is well ahead with 118 Grand Prix dressage offspring registered with KWPN. Gribaldi follows in second place with 75, Ferro with 39 in third. Place four is shared by Krack C and Johnson with 38 each, then Flemmingh comes with 30, Painted Black with 24, just like Metall, and Negro follows in seventh place with 23. In eighth is Contango with 21, Welt Hit II is in ninth place with 20 and Tuschinksi, OO Seven and Florencio are together in tenth place with 18 Grand Prix dressage offspring.

Grand Prix vs number of KWPN foals

The above top 5 stallions not only have many Grand Prix offspring, they also all have over 1,500 KWPN registered foals. Jazz and Flemmingh even have more than 3,000. To get a better impression, we have compared the numbers of Grand Prix dressage offspring against the number of KWPN registered foals of these stallions. This results in a completely different top 10.

Briar in the lead

The KWPN-recognized Briar, who also performed at the highest level himself, is now in the lead. He has three Grand Prix dressage horses out of less than 50 KWPN registered foals: Briar Junior (breeder A. Geessink, Groenlo), Carlette (breeder L. Witte, Vrouwenpolder) and Certainty (breeder Stal Hexagon, Schore). That makes that 6.25% of Briar's KWPN registered offspring have competed at Grand Prix. In second place, with 5.66% and three Grand Prix horses from 53 KWPN registered foals, stands May Sherif. His three Grand Prix dressage offspring are: Kadans (breeder I.G.M. van Gisbergen-Sponselee, Hooge Mierde), Macsharom (breeder A.J. Beerens, De Moer) and Nasty Boy (breeder J. van Eijkelenburg, Oisterwijk) who was competed internationally by Esther Scholte Albers -Fleury. The KWPN stallion Rubels follows in third place with 4.67%. From just over 100 KWPN registered foals, five of his offspring have reached Grand Prix level, including his son Zanardi (breeder A. Spronk-Franken, Oldebroek) who, like his sire Rubels, is ridden by Hans-Peter Minderhoud. But we also found Wim (breeder Van Tilborg Dressage horses, Mierlo), Winsum (breeder fam. De la Roy-Knops, Doenrade), Zamiraduna (breeder K. van Zaanen, Amsterdam) and Zilverster (breeder P.F.L. Backx, Breda).

Places four to ten

Idocus comes in fourth with three Grand Prix offspring from 66 KWPN registered foals. As an eleven-year-old he was approved by the KWPN. At that time he was already competing at Grand Prix with the American rider Courtney King. Marlies van Baalen then took over the reins and in 2004 qualified for the Dutch team for the Olympic Games in Athens. His three KWPN registered offspring at Grand Prix level are: Vabiola L (breeder A. van de Goor, Herpen / J. Lamers, Oss), Olivier and Victoria RDP (breeder K. Retera, Nuenen). The latter is competed internationally by Caroline Rijnders. In fifth place we come across a stallion that was also in the aforementioned top 10: Painted Black. From more than 600 KWPN registered foals, he has produced 24 Grand Prix dressage offspring. Including the international horses Zingaro-Apple (breeder: N. van Maaswaal, 't Goy) from Marieke van der Putten, W. Painted Brown (breeder: A.P.M. Pittens, Nistelrode) from Marlies van Baalen, Black Pearl (breeder: J. Strous, Hunsel) from Morgan Barbançon, and so many more.

In sixth place comes another stallion who has given three Grand Prix offspring. The KWPN recognized stallion Welcome, was produced in the Grand Prix by Isabel Werth and they won several Grand Prix's. Welcome’s three Grand Prix offspring are: Ulixes (breeder Comb. Bleeker, Nijverdal), Untouchable (breeder A. C. Dijkman, 's-Heerenberg) and Winnetou D.D.H. (breeder C. Kamphof, Pesse). Jazz follows in seventh place, 3.74% of his offspring reached the Grand Prix. D-Day follows in eighth place with six Grand Prix dressage offspring from 171 KWPN registered foals. At the age of seven he was approved by the KWPN and he covered for only a few years. His Grand Prix daughter Paso Doble (breeder: H.W. Janssen, Meijel) achieved fifth place as a young horse in the Pavo Cup final.

The KWPN stallion Son de Niro follows in ninth place with four Grand Prix offspring from 115 KWPN registered foals. His best-known offspring is the mare Zaire-E (breeder Empelaer Stud, Lage Mierde) who, under Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, is very successful in the international Grand Prix. In tenth place comes another stallion from the aforementioned top 10: Contango. Out of a total of 640 KWPN-registered foals, 21 eventually went to Grand Prix. These include the KWPN-approved Ravel (breeder H. de Man, Spijk), Vontango-B (breeder J.A. van Boven, Sint-Michielsgestel) and Asther de Jeu (breeder Emmy de Jeu, Oosterstreek).

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