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May 15, 2023 in In Passing, News, Newsletter Archive

Betty de Groot, founder of DG Bar Ranch, passed away

The KWPN-NA is saddened by the news of the passing of Elizabeth (Betty) de Groot. Betty, together with her husband Tony, has played a large role in the founding of the KWPN-NA. Her love for horses formed the basis for…

Top breeder Gerrit Willem van Norel passed away

Two weeks ago, the well-known Dutch breeder Gert Willem van Norel passed away unexpectedly at the age of 76, as a result of complications from heart surgery. Many of his stallions have been very successful and influential in dressage breeding in The Netherlands…

The Legendary Idocus passed away

The KWPN approved Olympic stallion Idocus (v. Equador) has passed away yesterday. In 2020, he received an award from KWPN Inspectors Ralph van Venrooij and Henk Dirksen during the Annual General Meeting of the KWPN-NA because he turned 30 years…

USEF Dressage Festival of Champions: KWPN by the Numbers

KWPN horses knocked it out of the park at the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions held at Lamplight Equestrian Center August 20-25. Dutch horses took top rankings in the following classes: Endel Ots and Sonnenberg’s Everdance, who captured the Intermediare…

September 15, 2015 in In Passing, News

We Mourn the Loss of Tony de Groot

Tony and Betty De Groot at the 2015 KWPN-NA keuring, photo Lana Sneddon It is with great sadness that we must announce  that Tony De Groot was killed this morning in a plane crash on a fishing trip in Alaska…

February 3, 2015 in In Passing, News

Metallic, USA Olympic Bronze & Pan Am Silver Medal Horse, Dies in Florida at Age 31

With Günter Seidel at the 2000 KWPN-NA Annual Meeting SORRENTO, Florida, Feb. 2, 2015–Metallic, the gray gelding Anne Gribbons trained and rode to Pan American Games silver and then was ridden by Robert Dover to Olympic bronze, has died at…

January 29, 2015 in In Passing, KWPN-NA and KWPN, News, Stallions

Preferent Stallion Patijn Deceased

The preferent harness stallion Patijn (Kolonel x Julony ster pref by Renovo, breeder H. Til, owner Patijn Equine Center in New Haven, IN) has died. On January 27, 2015, Patijn showed signs of colic and was transported to a clinic….

May 2, 2013 in In Passing

Kathleen Raine’s Avontuur Passed Away

Avontuur, he bright bay gelding by Ultrazon x Watteau xx, was one of America’s most successful dressage horses in the 1990s. Avontuur was hand picked by Kathleen’s mom Betsy as an unbroken 3-year-old stallion in the Netherlands. After much training…

October 30, 2012 in In Passing

Anthem Deceased

Laura Kraut’s jumper Anthem passed away at 21 years of age. Last Thursday, the famous jumper Anthem (Dutchboy x Ecvalan ster sport/sp by Triton) died. Laura Kraut’s former jumper (born with the name Jumper) had been at the stable of…

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