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All ten dressage stallions participating in the final presentation of the Stallion Performance Test have been approved. The highest scores were achieved by the two four-year-old stallions Merlot VDL and Mauro Turfhorst.

As with the jumping stallions, the stallions were presented in couples of two and honored immediately afterwards. The Stallion Selection Committee, consisting of chairman Bert Rutten, Marian Dorresteijn and Johan Hamminga, was able to approve an interesting group of stallions. With 85.5 points, the four-year-old Merlot VDL (Bordeaux out of Hyacinth-Vrouwe ster PROK D-OC from Florencio, breeder Familie Klinkhamer from Sleen) from VDL Stud and Saskia van Musscher achieved the highest score. "This is a very elegant, uphill moving stallion who is very willing to work and can change gear very easily in movement", Bert Rutten explained. After making some clear selections in the group of four-year-olds during this test, in addition to Merlot VDL, also Mauro Turfhorst (Zonik out of Hidaylia ster by Negro, breeder Jan Greve) of Studfarm Turfhorst and Reesink Horses emerged as one of the better stallions, receiving 84 points.

The three-year-old approved dressage stallions are:
- Number Two (Just Wimphof x Ferro,  b/reg.p Gerrit van Esterik) co-registered with Joop van Uytert - 83.5 points
- Neil (Governor x Vivaldi) from breeders Ad Valk and fam. Andeweg - 83 points
- New Orleans (Blue Hors Farrell x Jazz) from breeder De Dalhoeve Horse Center - 83 points
- Next Romancier (Fürst Romancier x San Amour, breeders J.Th.W. and H. Huls) from Rom Vermunt and Joop van Uytert - 81.5 points
- Nick Wimphof (Just Wimphof x Bordeaux, breeders Geesje and Tinus Naber) owned by Joop and Renate van Uytert and Stal Brouwer - 80.5 points
- Night Shadow (Guardian S x Florencio, b/reg.p. Willy van der Aa) co-registered with Stal Van de Sande - 80 points
- Nephew (Daily Diamond x Johnson, breeder S. Wijnveen) from Jan Greve - 78 points
- Nacho (Negro x Krack C, breeder Sandra Maakenschijn) from Van Olst Horses - 76.5 points

Four-year-old dressage stallions:
- Merlot VDL (Bordeaux x Florencio, breeder Family Klinkhamer) from Saskia van Musscher and VDL Stud - 85.5 points
- Mauro Turfhorst (Zonik x Negro, breeder Jan Greve) from Studfarm Turfhorst and Reesink Horses - 84 points

View the reports of the approved dressage stallions in the KWPN Database.

More info on conformation and dam reports can also be found in the KWPN Database 

At the end of next week you will find the video footage of the approved stallions on KWPN.tv.

 

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