The stallion selection committee for showjumping met this morning in Ermelo for both the first saddle presentation and the retest under saddle. Sons of Apardi and Diamant de Semilly have thus advanced to November 20.

On November 20, the second saddle presentation in combination with the submission for the 21-day autumn performance test is scheduled. At that time, the stallions that were designated through the KWPN championships this past summer can also be submitted.

All nominated and designated showjumping stallions were present in Ermelo today. "We assessed these stallions under their own rider for their trainability. They jumped a few lines in trot and canter, and overall, they were well-rideable. Some stallions were a bit on the green side, and we discussed these findings with the owners. It is important to note that by autumn, the stallions need to be more advanced than in the spring," says committee chairman Cor Loeffen. "The stallions should continue to be trained well at home so that they can start the performance test fresh. As it stands now, we can welcome a relatively large group of showjumping stallions here at the center, which is a hopeful beginning."

Newly presented
Five stallions were presented today as part of the 'retest/voluntary testing under saddle.' The previously unsubmitted stallion Drummer 2000 TN (Diamant de Semilly out of China Touch Hero by Chin Chin, breeder Stud 2000 BVBA from Loksbergen) from Team Nijhof, who is a full brother to the international sport stallion Don't Touch Tiji Hero Z, and the Apardi son Pim HBC (out of Bivona ster by Cantos) from HBC Stal have received the green light to continue in the selection process. The latter stalled earlier in the second viewing. If they meet the specified veterinary requirements and pass the semen examination, they can be submitted as designated stallions for the autumn performance test on November 20. "Additionally, we expect a number of older stallions on that day who were designated through the KWPN Championships. We will assess these stallions for their trainability and, with approval from the veterinarian, they can start the performance test," says Cor Loeffen.


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