Three stallion selection committees gathered in Ermelo on Monday for the start of the spring performance test. Twelve three-year-old jumper stallions and nine three-year-old dressage stallions were presented and accepted to start their test. 

That brings the total to 21 stallions that are currently stabled at the KWPN Centre. They may be joined by a few more stallions the coming weeks. 

Jumper stallions

In addition to the twelve jumper stallions that arrived for the spring performance test, the committee also inspected a few three- and four-year-old stallions. “Four four-year-old stallions have completed their first saddle presentation. They were appointed to the performance test last year, and this spring marks their last chance to participate in the performance test. When they meet the veterinary requirements, they may enter the 21-day-test on April 4.” The Diamant de Semilly-son On The Spot (out of Kathelien W keur IBOP-spr by Cornet Obolensky) of breeders Jan and Willem Greve was furthermore successfully presented for a retake, he may also be delivered on April 4. Toledo VDL (Tobago Z out of Caroline Z by Chellano Z) of VDL Stud and Tattoo H&DB (Parfait van het Schaeck out of O’Mega H&DB by Kannan) of Team Nijhof were also accepted to start their test early April. “Last year, it was the first time we offered the opportunity participate in the saddle presentation prior to the performance test and we liked it. These two stallions Toledo VDL and Tattoo H&DB were given the green light to start the 21-day-test. The next possibility to offer stallions is the Blom Cup in August”, explains Henk Dirksen. “The three-year-old stallions that have started the performance test will focus on dressage training the coming days and on Friday they take their first jumps. During the presentation today we assessed the trainability, and they showed a few jumps with their own rider. The committee will come together to evaluate the progress every Tuesday.”\

Dressage and Gelder stallions

The stallion selection committee dressage also assessed the trainability of the stallions and shared their findings with the owners. “In consultation with the owners we decided that three stallions will be offered in the autumn performance test. The other nine horses were successfully presented. One stallion had a swelling on the jaw, this stallion may come back to Ermelo next week. He was therefore not presented under saddle today”, says Floor Dröge. The four-year-old Onedin (Glock’s Toto Jr. out of Iresia ster pref PROK by Metall, breeder Cor Heemskerk) of Xanthos Horses was also presented under saddle. This stallion may, provided he meets the veterinary requirements, start his performance test on April 3. “In general, the presented stallions demonstrated good rideability and calmness to be evaluated by the committee. Coming Friday the committee again congregates to view the stallions. Every Tuesday, Johan Hamminga trains the stallions and followed by the evaluation of the committee every Friday.” Three four-year-old Gelder stallions performed their saddle presentation for the stallion selection committee today. They were also presented by their own rider and jump a simple line and vertical. 


Successfully presented jumper stallions:

  • U-Rock van de Heffinck (Chacco-Blue out of Josje van de Heffinck by Jos van d’Abdijhoeve, breeder Van de Heffinck) of Stal Van der Haar of Terwolde
  • Colorado VDL (Cornet Obolensky out of Banda de Hus by Argentinus) of breeder VDL Stud
  • Usmano van ’t Merelsnest (Hardrock Z out of Moya van ’t Merelsnest by Nabab de Rêve, breeder Stoeterij ’t Merelsnest) of VDL Stud
  • Primeur VDL (Kallmar VDL out of Healba VDL ster by Harley VDL) of breeder VDL Stud
  • Power of Zsazsa (Kannan Jr. out of Zsa Zsa elite IBOP-spr sport-spr pref prest PROK by Sam R) of breeder Karin Huisman-Holst & co-reg. to family Kramer & Sjaak van der Lei
  • Pacific (Liamant W out of Vaviana keur IBOP-spr pref prest by Phin Phin, breeder E.G.M. Goldewijk) of VDL Stud
  • Piqué (Panenka de Kalvarie out of Haya PB ster by Vigo d’Arsouilles, breeder Stal Brinkman) of Parco Sport Horses of Schaan
  • First Edition VDS (Urano de Cartigny out of Mona-Lisa ster PROK by Montender, breeder Benny Wezenberg) of W. van der Sluis of De Schiphorst
  • Pharao (Vigo d’Arsouilles out of Donnalina ster pref prest PROK by Indoctro) of breeders Gebroeders Lohuis of Nijverdal & Robin Zwartjens
  • Popino-Larus (Gaspahr out of Tina-Laris stb prest PROK by Voltaire, breeder Jan Hoppenbrouwers) of Parco Sport Horses of Schaan
  • Porsche Key SR (Comme Il Faut out of Anarchie by Fergar Mail, breeders Erik and Josje Sleutels) of Henk Luijerink

Participating on voluntary basis: 

  • Porsche SIH (Kitt SB out of Legend Power ster EPTM-spr by Vagabond de la Pomme, breeder J. Hiemstra & L. Hiemstra-Bleyie) of Stal Brouwer

Dressage stallions:

  • Purple Rain V.O.D. (Desperado out of Iana V.O.D. elite IBOP-dres PROK by Negro, breeder Ad van Os) of Joop van Uytert & Blue Hors
  • Pina Colada M (Governor out of Cinola M elite IBOP-dres pref D-OC by Dayano, breeder Jan Mol) of Rom Vermunt
  • Patheon L.E. (Hermès out of Watradin ster PROK by San Remo, breeder Thijs Schaap) of Joop van Uytert & Anchor Excellent Horses
  • Perle (Kjento out of Colinda ster pref PROK by Tuschinski) of breeders Jelke and Linda Heida & Van Olst Horses
  • Pitch Perfect (Le Formidable out of Florenca elite sport-dres pref PROK by Vivaldi) of breeder Herman Veurink & Stal Laarakkers
  • L’Avenir (Le Formidable out of Weihe’s Hope by Sir Donnerhall I, breeder Christine Arns-Krogmann) of Saskia Poels & Karel Gerrits
  • Pride (Secret out of Idol elite IBOP-dres pref D-OC by Apache, breeder Eef ten Bosch) of H.G. Lang of Frankfurt
  • Prisco RS2 (Tørveslettens Sylvester out of Iveniz Texel RS2 ster PROK by Negro) of breeder RS2 Dressage Center De Horst
  • Pontiac VDT (Total US out of Velvet V.D.T. elite pref prest D-OC by Ferro, breeder Ad van de Tillaart) of Diederik van Silfhout

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