Final Presentation of 2012 KWPN Spring Performance Test
On Wednesday, May 30th, the final presentation of the 70-day spring performance test took place at the Driehoekhoeve equestrian center in Stegeren. Training riders presented the jumper- and dressage stallions in groups before an audience, after which the approved stallions and their breeders were honored.
The performance test is aimed at discovering stallions' natural talent for sport. Given that natural talent is genetic, testing the stallions under uniform conditions has proven a valuable instrument for the KWPN. Talent for sport, pedigree, conformation, health, and temperament are all factors which the Stallion Selection Committees takes in consideration in their decision to approve a stallion for breeding.
Chairman of the Stallion Selection Committees for dressage and jumping, Arie Hamoen: “Today was a nice conclusion to a well-run test. We were able to work well over the 70 days and award good scores. The eight jumpers we approved are complete horses yet sufficiently varied. We also approved four nice dressage horses.”
The best jumper of the performance test was the Vigaro son El Salvador, who earned 9's for form, scope, and jumping talent. He even scored a 9.5 for reflexes. Among the dressage horses, the highest scores were for Everdale (s.Lord Leatherdale), who likewise received multiple 9's on his protocol. In his case, the 9's were for the walk, canter, rideability, and attitude.
The following stallions were approved for KWPN breeding based on their performance in the 70-day test:
Three-Year-Old Dressage Stallions
Etoile (Don Schufro x Rubinstein I x Purioso)
Three-Year-Old Jumper Stallions
Extase (Casall x Lancer II x Pilot)
Four-Year-Old Jumper Stallion
Den Ham Blue R (Mr. Blue x Calando I x Coriander)
The full reports in Dutch as well as video can be found here. Full reports of the approved stallions will be available in English at a later date.
(KWPN Press Release.)