After three years, the harness horse stallions could return to the KWPN Stallion Show in Den Bosch on Saturday. A fantastic programme in the buzzing Brabanthallen. The stallion selection committee, consisting of Bauke de Boer, Thomas van der Weiden and chairman Lammert Tel, selected seven stallions for the performance test out of the ten horses that were presented in the second round viewing. The stallion selection committee was assisted by harness horse inspector Viggon van Beest. 

Two of these appointed stallions were awarded a premium: the grey Palido van Altrido (Idol out of Helony D keur s.Cizandro) and Positief M (Indiana out of Gerianne M elite s.Unieko). 

Palido van Altrido

This stallion received the following commentary from Lammert Tel, chairman of the stallion selection committee: “Altrido stands for the names of the breeders Albert and Trijntje Doornbos. The alluring grey has a sufficiently rectangular frame and the typical harness horse look. He furthermore boasts a beautiful front, well-developed withers, and a good shoulder position. The middle part could be stronger, and the croup is rather flat. In movement he elevates his front, displays elasticity and a remarkably swinging body. The engine is in the right place. His sire Idol has become increasingly successful in breeding the last few years. Palido van Altrido is furthermore bred out of a strong dam line. We happily appointed this premium stallion for the performance test.”

Positief M

This chestnut was described by Tel as follows: “Family Meijers of Orvelte fortunately continued breeding after the death of Meijers senior. This youthful harness horse-typical has a noble presence and an uphill frame. He has a good withers, plenty of length in the shoulders, a strong top line, but the croupe is rather straight. He has outstanding feet. In movement he could elevate his front more, however he shows a great technique. He has a good balance, plenty of scope in the front leg and his hind leg is sufficiently placed under the body. The sire of this stallion is no longer available for breeding unfortunately, but he has produced excellent offspring. Positief M descends from a strong lineage, especially his dam left a lasting impression. We are curious to see him at work in the performance test.”

Seven appointed stallions

The following stallions advance to the performance test:
713 Palladium VDM (Hubert VDM out of Inita VDM elite v. Patijn)
717 Palido van Altrido (Idol out of Helony D keur v. Cizandro)
718 Positief M (Indiana out of Gerianne M elite v. Unieko).
723 Pablo van het Wiede (Lanto HBC out of Giantha elite, sport v. Atleet)
725 Paco (Lanto HBC out of Bi-Jenny elite sport v. Saffraan)
734 Latino (Dylano out of Freydessa keur v. Vaandrager HBC
737 Parel W (Heliotroop VDM out of Taunita elite, sport, pref v. Manno)


Photos Palido van Altrido and Positief M: Dirk Caremans

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