A large crowd had flocked to Ermelo to witness the approval of for harness stallions last Saturday. Icellie-offspring Oberon was the top scorer of the afternoon as he was awarded five 8,5s and one 9 for his front leg technique. 

During the final exam of the 21-day performance test, all stallions were once again presented in a lovely manner by Demi van Nispen, head of training. She guided all four stallions to approval. She received flowers as a sign of appreciation for her great work. 

Most successful submitter

After the individual in-harness presentation all four stallions returned to the arena where they were shown in-hand and received comments and results of the jury. Lambertus Huckriede of Enschede was the most successful submitter of the day as two of his stallions received a breeding license. Harrie Tonnaer bred the top scorer Oberon (Oscar-T). The jury consisted of chairman Lammert Tel, Thomas van der Weiden, Bauke de Boer and inspector Viggon van Beest.

Strong group

Lammer Tel: “This is a strong group that earned good marks in general. We were, having kept the assignment of the Breeding Council in mind, able to approve a stallion that can increase the genetic diversity in our breeding, in this case a thoroughbred-hackney. The stallions that were evaluated by us multiple times, all made great progress towards the final exam.

Happy stallions

Freshly registered in the KWPN are two three-year-old Icellie-offspring, one five-year-old Atleet-son and a four-year-old thoroughbred-hackney. Of course, the breeders were asked to step forward and join their homebred stallions in the award ceremony as they were bestowed with flowers and a beautiful picture. The stallions concluded the afternoon with a happy in-hand lap of honour that caused the audience to erupt in applause. 

The following stallions were approved

  • Oberon (Icellie x Cizandro) b. Harrie Tonnaer, reg. Gebr. van Manen en Jan Thijs.
  • Olympus HVM (Icellie x Colonist), b. Henk Minkema, reg. Ancilla Bruggink.
  • Martin Morero (Atleet x Larix) , b. H. Hazelaar, reg. Lambertus Huckriede.
  • Sallandt’s Long Train Running (Renvyle the Real Deal x Plain’s Liberator), b. Jan Brinkhuis, reg. Lambertus Huckriede.

The reports (in Dutch) are listed below. Information about the conformation and a report on the dam can be found in the KWPN Database. 


Oberon (Icellie x Cizandro)
Olympus HVM (Icellie x Colonist)
Martin Morero (Atleet x Larix)
Sallandt's Long Train Running (Renvyle the Real Deal x Plain's Liberator)

Photo Oberon: Jacob Melissen

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