Every September the KWPN-NA organizes and holds its inspections throughout the U.S. and Canada. The KWPN-NA has a license agreement with the KWPN and operates from its own office in the state of Oregon.
Young and mature horses are evaluated by a judging committee led by a KWPN inspector. The jury looks at foals, yearlings and two-year olds for premium grading, as well as horses three and older for acceptance into the studbook. There are also performance classes such as the IBOP, the DG Bar Cup for young dressage horses and the Claybrook Farms Cup free jumping competition for young jumpers and hunters. In addition to the Riding type horses, Gelders and harness horses are also judged.
To award breeders of horses bred and born in North America, Iron Spring Farm sponsors the Keuring Championship Awards, These awards will distribute prize money and recognize the Champion and Reserve Champion Foal and Mature Horses (3-7 year-old stallion, mare or gelding) in each of the breeding directions—dressage, jumper, hunter, harness and Gelders.
Depending on interest in attending an inspection, the KWPN-NA office, Jury and Board of Directors decide the dates and locations of the inspections across the states and provinces of the U.S. and Canada. Inspections are open to eligible KWPN horses and those registered with an ‘Erkend’ studbook, that are owned by KWPN-NA members.
Different from inspections in Holland is that it is possible to present foals through 2-year olds, mares and geldings for studbook and predicates, as well as the initial inspection of stallions for approval - plus performance classes such as the IBOP for keur or the IBOP predicate, the DG Bar Cup (comparable to the Pavo Cup) and the Claybrook Farms Cup - at the same location on the same day. In effect it is possible for a prok mare to be accepted into the studbook, earn her ster predicate, become keur eligible (voorlopig keur) and pass her IBOP at one keuring - thereby going from foalbook to Elite in one day.
General Requirements for Participation in Studbook Inspections
The keuring information booklet, entry and liability release are available on-line and are mailed to all current members. The entry and liability forms must be completely filled out and mailed to the KWPN-NA office by the deadline. Foals may only enter a keuring after registration has been applied for. Foal parentage must be proven prior to keuring date. Foals must be a minimum of one month old at the time of the keuring.
Costs These usually consist of two parts:
Financial obligations to KWPN-NA and host must be met prior to the keuring.
Horses in Holland have not been branded since September 2000. Imported KWPN horses that have already been accepted into the studbook may be branded in North America by pre-arrangement. Horses with ‘faded’ brands may be rebranded.
Foals and mares should each have their own handler. Owners with more than one horse in a class must have sufficient people present to accompany all horses into the ring for the walk-around and ribbon presentation.
Riding type horses two and older are presented in a brown or black snaffle bridle, Harness in white and Gelders in either color depending on whether they are presented as a Riding or Harness type. Riding reins may be used with a bridle.
Leg protectors are not allowed during the in-hand presentation. During free movement and free jumping foreleg tendon protectors may be worn. Wraps, bell boots and leg protection on hindlegs are not allowed at any time. The jury reserves the right to request removal of any type of leg or foot protection.
Performance Test (IBOP)
Hard surface Preparation for Free Jumping The jumping ‘chute’ will be approximately 25–30 meters long with side rails approximately two meters high. Spacing between the jumps will be one and two canter strides. 1st jump – cross bar; H 70–80cm Horses will be asked to jump this arrangement several times. Heights will be raised at the discretion of the jury. Jumps may not be moved except at the direction of the jury. In-hand presentation
Preparation for Free Jumping
The jumping ‘chute’ will be approximately 25–30 meters long with side rails approximately two meters high. Spacing between the jumps will be one and two canter strides.
1st jump – cross bar; H 70–80cm
Horses will be asked to jump this arrangement several times. Heights will be raised at the discretion of the jury. Jumps may not be moved except at the direction of the jury.
If you have more insight into the functional value of a mare you can make better breeding decisions. This should include an evaluation of aptitude for performance.
Performance aptitude is best tested in competition. However, not every mare can enter competition, nor is it as easy for a mare to perform and breed at the same time. This is why the IBOP was designed: as an indicator of a horse’s aptitude for sport.
In Holland the functional value of horses has been tested since 1957; first for agriculture, and after 1963, for riding. Later tests were also added to test the functional value of the Harness and Gelders horse. The results of this test may qualify a mare for keur. Horses are eligible to perform one IBOP per year.
The IBOP is open to KWPN horses (mares, geldings and stallions) aged three and older, registered in the KWPN Foalbook, Studbook, Register A, Auxiliary Foalbook and Auxiliary Studbook as well as mares from an EU Erkend studbook.
When entering horses for the IBOP, you are requested to name the rider for scheduling purposes (so that horses ridden by the same person will not follow each other directly). Once horses are entered for an IBOP in a certain breeding direction, they are committed to that breeding direction for that year.
A horse can only do one IBOP in a year.
Scoring: Scale of 0 to 10
Register A Horses and Horses Registered with an Erkend Studbook
Mares with registration papers from an Erkend Studbook born 1994 or earlier may be presented at a studbook inspection without any further conditions. The original papers must be mailed with the entry to the KWPN-NA office and will be so stamped upon passing the studbook inspection.
Horses with Register A papers and mares with papers from an Erkend studbook born 1995 or later can participate in studbook inspections but must first complete additional requirements (PROK, endoscopy and/or performance). Mares are encouraged to complete these requirements prior to the keuring inspection. If they have not, they can still participate in the keuring but cannot be accepted into the studbook, earn predicates or qualify for the Top Fives.
In general, horses with KWPN Register B papers, a Certificate of Pedigree or Auxiliary Foalbook papers are excluded from keuring participation unless the horse is eligible for studbook due to a change in registration of a parent. Register B stallions may sometimes be presented for approval if the stallion committee feels they offer something to the breeding program that is not readily available otherwise. Horses registered with a non-Erkend studbook are generally excluded from keuring participation.