KWPN Foalbook or Register A stallions and those registered with an Erkend studbook are eligible to be presented for studbook approval within their breeding direction. Other stallions that fit within a particular breeding direction are also eligible (e.g., Thoroughbred and Hackney).
A breeding direction may be changed in consultation with the jury or upon presentation of a sport record.
If a stallion is presented for an advice keuring at age two or older, the General Physical and Soundness Evaluation must be completed by a veterinarian and be mailed to the KWPN-NA office with the keuring entry.General Physical and Soundness Evaluation
Owners must be in possession and present the original registration papers showing name, birth date, color and markings, chip number (if chipped), and a four generation pedigree.
Must be proven and DNA must be on file with the KWPN-NA prior to the keuring presentation.
Stallions must be a minimum height of 160cm (approximately 15.3h). The jury will measure stallions at the keuring. Jury determination is binding.
No drugs are allowed. Blood of all approval candidates will be drawn for testing at the keuring after the presentation. Drug testing will be done at owner’s expense.
Stallions aged four and older must be actively participating in recognized competition as a prerequisite for approval presentation.
By age seven or eight stallions should be competing at Prix St. George or I1, or Jumping 1.40 m, Regular Working Hunter or Intermediate Eventing.
Approved stallions have completed and met all KWPN requirements. Licensed stallions have successfully completed a keuring presentation, an IBOP and the veterinary requirements. Licensed stallions must still complete a performance test.
Approved or Erkend KWPN stallions must have a unique name. This may mean that if a particular name is already in use by another Approved or Erkend stallion, the stallion might need to be renamed. Outside Stallions will retain their original name and registration number.
The circumstances for Harness stallions are somewhat unique in North America. Licensed stallions can only become Approved upon the successful completion of a performance test. Therefore, at this time, Harness stallions that are successfully presented at a keuring and successfully complete their veterinary requirements are not ‘Approved’ but are considered to be permanently ‘Licensed.’
To maintain their Licensed status, Harness stallions must be shown in harness at a KWPN-NA keuring the year after being licensed. Stallions that have competed at the highest (honors) level of harness sport in Holland may be excused from this in-harness presentation requirement. Only the KWPN has the authority to excuse a stallion from the presentation requirement.
Outside stallions are stallions from an Erkend studbook, (European Warm-blood, Thoroughbred or Hackney) and are considered to be “improvement sires.” As such they must offer something to the breeding program that is not readily available. This may include particular blood-lines or an impressive international sport record.
A copy of registration papers, a four- generation pedigree and sport/racing records must be sent to the KWPN-NA office for evaluation by the KWPN. To be KWPN approved, outside stallions must undergo the same inspection and requirements as KWPN stallions.
When signing up for the keuring the owner must submit:
The stallion must participate in a physical stallion presentation including:
This keuring is to give stallion owners advice on a possible future of the stallion within the KWPN breeding program only; there are no rights or implied promises connected to the outcome of the advice keuring.
The stallion must participate in a physical stallion presentation including:
The stallion evaluation committee will give a score according to the keuring standards, on a scale from 40 to 100 in five point increments for conformation and movement/jumping characteristics. If the stallion receives a minimum of 70 points for conformation and a minimum of 75 points for free movement or free jumping he may continue on to the Second Round at that same keuring.
Riding/Gelders stallions are presented under saddle with simple, smooth-mouthed snaffle, with a flash, figure eight or dropped nosebands with no more than two joints (metal or rubber) and a saddle with fitted saddle pad. Double bridles, martingales, auxiliary reins or other gadgets are not allowed. Tendon protection (splint boot) is allowed on forelegs. The jury has the power to make changes to tack. The rider must wear competition attire.
Harness/Gelders stallions are presented in harness with a normal size crupper, normally sized and balanced shoes in front of a four-wheel carriage (preferably a show carriage). See Driving IBOP for more particulars.
For stallions that are presented for approval at a keuring and that have already sired ten registered offspring in North America or elsewhere, the stallion committee may ask to evaluate a minimum of ten offspring and incorporate the result in making decisions regarding approval.
Before selection to the performance test a conformation report of the mother must be available. This includes complete linear score and values for conformation and movement. If the mother has previously undergone a conformation evaluation, those results will be used. If the mother has not previously been evaluated, her conformation will be evaluated during a regular keuring. If the mother is in North America, the regular North American jury will do the evaluation. If the mother is elsewhere, the evaluation will be handled accordingly. If the mother is deceased, as much family data as is possible will be used.
To retain approved status, a stallion’s offspring must meet certain requirements at three times during the stallion’s breeding career. If, at those times, a stallion’s offspring do not meet the standards set by the KWPN, the stallion may be put on the Watch List or disapproved at the following intervals:
If a stallion cannot not meet the above requirements, the owner can apply for a one-year extension. An extension will be granted only if the KWPN stallion committee sees potential in the stallion and the owner has an acceptable reason (e.g., veterinary) as to why the stallion was unable to meet his requirements.
After successfully completing all the previously stated requirements, a stallion will have met all the approval criteria and may be permanently approved.
* Due to the limited number of breedings in North America, the number of offspring from Harness stallions required at the designated intervals is five rather than ten.
Activation of your KWPN foalbook, Licensed or Approved stallion is required for the breeding year in order for mare owners to register their foals. KWPN Foalbook stallions who are approved with an Erkend studbook can also be activated. Fees can be paid retroactively for years that the stallion has not been activated.
Licensed and Approved stallions that are activated prior to the Oct 31 deadline will be featured in a full page ad in our annual Stallion Directory & Handbook and an ad on the KWPN-NA website. Stallions that are approved with an Erkend studbook will receive a half page ad in the Stallion Directory & Handbook and an ad on the KWPN-NA website. Foalbook stallions (not approved with any other studbook) will receive a mention. Stallions activated in the current keuring year will be eligible to receive a Top 5 Keuring Sire Award based on their offspring’s results at that year’s keurings. Activated stallions are also included in “Stallion Saturday” on the KWPN-NA Facebook page.
Licensed, Approved and Approved with Erkend Studbook stallions that are activated after the deadline will receive an ad on the KWPN-NA website but will not be featured in the Stallion Directory & Handbook.
ALL stallion activations come with a free KWPN-NA membership for the year in which they are activated. “Extra” memberships (i.e. a stallion owner with multiple stallions) may designate the extra memberships they do not use to others at their discretion.