The foaling season has started, a very exciting but also the most beautiful time of the year for all breeders. The first foals have already been born and people are already thinking about the stallion choices for this year. In 2020, more than 10,500 foals have been born, of which more than 4,800 are dressage foals. Curious about which stallions have registered the most dressage foals? Then read the Wednesday Facts of this week.

The top 5 sires of dressage foals born last year are as follows:

Kjento with 303 dressage foals

Le Formidable with 278 dressage foals

Jameson RS2 with 235 dressage foals

Glamourdale with 157 dressage foals

Just Wimphof with 150 dressage foals

New in the ranking compared to last year is Kjento (Negro out of Zoriana elite pref prest IBOP-dres PROK by Jazz, breeder A.J. van Os from Sprang-Capelle). The six-year-old received only 9's for his test at the finals of the Anemone Horse Trucks Stallion Competition Dressage Class L 2020 and finished second in the finals. 

Le Formidable
Also in second place is a new stallion, Le Formidable (Bordeaux, Vienna elite pref prest PROK by Ferro, breeder S. Poel from Heusden). The five-year-old Bordeaux son was the sensation of the 2019 stallion selection and convincingly became champion. 

Jameson RS2
Jameson RS2 won last year's Anemone Horse Trucks stallion competition class M. The seven-year-old Jameson RS2 (Blue Hors Zack out of Atilinda M elite pref IBOP-dres sport-dres D-OC by Negro, breeder Stal 104) scored 94 points with Marieke van der Putten, with an ultimate 10 for the canter. In 2019 the combination placed eighth at the World Championships for five-year-old dressage horses.

Glamourdale, the oldest and most experienced stallion in the ranking was named Horse of the Year dressage for 2020 last year. In 2018, Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale out of Thuja pref by Negro, breeder J.W. Rodenburg) was crowned FEI World Champion in the seven-year-old dressage horses. Under Charlotte Fry, the stallion performs well at Grand Prix level.

Just Wimphof
Last year he was in first place. This year, Just Wimphof (De Niro out of Rastede elite sport-dres IBOP-dres PROK by Riccione, breeder C. Rienks-Kramer from Westerlo) is in fifth place in this ranking. Under Renate van Uytert - van Vliet, the audience of the online KWPN Stallion Show could enjoy this De Niro son again this year. This year, the seven-year-old stallion was the main supplier at the first and second round viewing and was appointed four stallions from his first crop.

In total, the stallions in the top 5 have 1123 foals, which is more than 23% of the total number of KWPN-registered dressage foals. Three percent higher than last year, and even five percent more than 2018. Last year 347 different stallions signed the paternity of the KWPN-registered dressage foals. Of these 347 stallions, 263 registered 1 to 10 foals. 38 stallions registered 11 to 25 foals, 26 stallions 26 to 50 foals, and 11 stallions 51 to 100 foals. Nine stallions registered 101 foals or more, making this group the most numerous foal collection: 1628.

Are you expecting a foal soon? Or do you plan to breed in the future? We have listed useful tips, the most frequently asked questions and information about breeding and registering your foal(s). We now also offer a discount on applying for the D-OC certificate for your foal, you can read more about this here. Would you like to enjoy the foals of other breeders or show your own foal(s) to fellow breeders? Then become a member of the special Facebook group for KWPN Foals!

Photo: Dirk Caremans

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