Since 2006, the KWPN has distinguished between four breeding directions in Holland and five in North America. The largest group (85–90%) consists of the Riding horses, which are subdivided into the Dressage, Jumping, and in N.A. the Hunter, disciplines. The other two breeding directions are the Harness horse and the Gelders horse. Even though each breeding direction has its own additional objectives, in the first instance all horses fall under the general KWPN breeding goal, which aims at:
For the dressage discipline the KWPN also aims for the following breeding goal.
For the jumper discipline the KWPN also aims for the following breeding goal.
The hunter direction is not an official breeding direction in the Netherlands, only in North America. For the hunter discipline, the KWPN aims for the following breeding goal:
The breeding goal of the Gelders horse is specifically aimed at:
For the harness horse the following applies.
Although not a specific breeding type, an increasing number of KWPN horses are excelling in eventing. A good eventer demonstrates several key qualities. One is talent for dressage, which usually goes hand-in-hand with several distinct traits: a nice front and good basic gaits, the most important of which is the canter. In addition, an eventer is careful over jumps and quick off the ground. Furthermore, an eventer is more than an outstanding jumper—it possesses courage, tenacity, durability, and health.