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Broad Range of High Quality Horses


The KWPN stallion show 2009 showed a broad range of quality horses. Or, as Chairman of the Selection Committee Arie Hamoen said: “We’re very enthusiastic about the breadth of quality in particular. It is always good to have an absolute top-horse, but for progress it is much more important that we see an increase in quality overall. We have selected six stallions per breeding direction for the Championship, but we could have easily chosen ten, without loosing any quality. The qualified Stallions are all very complete horses. Our focus is selecting horses for a combination of functional conformation and bloodlines, and performance in the oval pen that supports these two criteria. All the horses showed well, and with respect to genetics, I think that this year’s stallions can pass the critics’ test.”
Champion in the jumping direction was an Indoctro-son out of Nisolde by Nimmerdor. The dark bay is bred by Willem Abbring from Onnen and owned by the VDL stud. A total of 36 stallions is selected for performance testing.
The dressage championship was for the United-son Bordeaux. He was bred by Lisman Stables out of Venna, a ster-mare by Gribaldi x Donnerhall). The champion is registered with Joop van Uytert and Paul Schockemöhle. Reserve Champions was Beau (Lingh x Ferro) bred by and registered with Jan Lamers and Mrs. Van der Goor.

Pictured on the right is dressage champion Bordeaux and below is the jumping champion (Photos: Dirk Caremans).

In this edition of the KWPN stallion Show, sport and breeding were displayed more then ever. The fantastic show with Jazz and his son Parzival, shoulder to shoulder in passage is one not to forget. Everybody who was in the Brabant Halls on Friday evening could feel the emotion and will remember the exciting atmosphere.
KWPN Horse of the Year 2008 is Hickstead, the Olympic Champion. The goodbye of Berlin, Saffraan and Patijn in the battle for the Oregon trophy and the win of Koos de Ronde in the four-in-hand competition all gave goose bumps to the audience. And last but not least, the KSS sale. Price highlight was the Wildcard of the auction, Bustique (Indoctro x Grannus). Paul Hendrix and a Canadian Partner paid 220,000 euro for the reserve champion. The average price was 37,000 euro.