In the packed Brabanthallen, the audience rose to their feet for the impressive performance of Desperado, one of the three new Stallions with the "keur" predicate. Krack C was posthumously awarded the "keur" predicate, and Lottie Fry represented her Everdale Keur at the ceremony.

Krack C Keur The "Keur" predicate for Krack C was awarded posthumously. Krack C passed away in 2017 at the age of 25 in the pasture of Joop van Uytert's stallion station. The Van Uytert family co-owned the influential stallion with Ad and Annemiek Valk. At the KWPN Stallion Show, breeder Fred Vlaar of Stoeterij Het Centrum in Wijdenes received a standing ovation from the audience as he was adorned with the orange sash. Krack C, initially named Kevin, was born to Flemmingh out of the Keur, Preferent, Prestatie mare Gicara II by Beaujolais. He grew into an elegant, high-legged stallion and achieved international success for years under the saddle of Anky van Grunsven. Anky described Krack C as 'an incredibly sweet and cooperative horse.' Krack C has had ten sons and thirteen grandsons approved. Through his sons United and especially Vivaldi, Krack C established a significant stallion line. Senior inspector Floor Dröge says, "Not only from his sons but also from Krack C mothers, much good comes."

Everdale keur
A week after his splendid victory in the Grand Prix at Jumping Amsterdam, it was announced that Everdale (by Lord Leatherdale out of Aliska K. Elite EPTM (dr) PROK by Negro Preferent) has been declared "Keur." The fifteen-year-old Everdale was not present in Den Bosch on Friday, but his rider Lottie Fry, accompanied by Anne and Gert Jan van Olst, represented him and was adorned with the orange sash. Everdale was bred by the Kluytmans family from Tilburg. Several of his offspring are successful in the Grand Prix, and he has three approved sons: Inclusive, Inverness, and Inspire. The sporting achievements of Everdale, including a bronze team medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and his offspring's exceptional performances in sport were reasons for the Stallion Approval Committee to award Everdale the "Keur" predicate.

Desperado keur
With great bravado, Desperado entered the ring, showcasing his powerful movement with Emmelie Scholtens in the saddle. The sixteen-year-old Desperado has been a consistent asset to the Dutch dressage team for many years. The Andeweg family, along with Ad Valk, who is also an owner of Desperado from Randwijk, received congratulations and a certificate. The Vivaldi son Desperado was bred out of Sarita Elite Preferent Prestatie (by Havidoff) and has been successful at the highest level in sport with Emmelie Scholtens. Desperado has five approved sons: James Bond, Jamaica, Dettori, Mowgli V.O.D., and Purple Rain. Inspector Floor Dröge explains, "Desperado adds a lot of rideability and workability to breeding; he has several offspring performing at a higher level in the sport and a relatively high percentage of approved descendants." Based on these qualities, the Dressage Stallion Approval Committee awarded Desperado the "Keur" predicate. The stallion impressed in the victory lap, adorned with the orange sash, with Emmelie Scholtens maintaining a broad smile and waving to the enthusiastic crowd.

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