KPWN chooses The Horse of the Year
The KWPN was successful again in 2013, finishing the year as the number one studbook for dressage horses and jumpers, thanks to the outstanding achievements of its horses. Every year, we publish a list of top KWPN horses. This year’s list includes international dressage horses and jumpers as well as two outstanding young harness horses and one Gelder horse. Among them are several notable KWPN breeding stallions. Each horse described below is a nominee for the title 2013 KWPN Horse of the Year.
We invite you to vote for your favorite nominee online. The winner will be revealed at the 2014 KWPN Stallion Show powered by Massey Ferguson. Voting concludes on January 6th. Votes cast by the public count for two of five votes, and votes cast by the Horse of the Year Committee count for the remaining three votes. Let your voice be heard and vote for your favorite nominee!
Big StarBirth: 1 June 2003
Sportsman: Nick Skelton
Following his outstanding achievements in 2012, the high point of which was his performance in the London Olympics, Big Star (PROK, Quick Star out of Jolanda sport-jump prest by Nimmerdor) captured the KWPN Horse of the Year title. In 2013, the stallion once again proved that he’s one of the world’s best show jumpers. His achievements are ample qualification for another KWPN Horse of the Year nomination.p>
ChamanBirth: 23 May 1999
Sportsman: Ludger Beerbaum
When Chaman (PROK, Baloubet du Rouet out of Jadied by I Love You) was nominated for the KWPN Horse of the Year title last year, we described him as one of the most winning horses of the moment. That description holds true for him this year too. From early spring to late fall, the stallion proved himself at the highest level of show jumping. With numerous wins, including several Grands Prix, he is a worthy nominee!
CizandroBirth: 25 April 2007
Sportsman: Robbie van Dijk
Cizandro began excelling at an early age. As a three-year-old, he set a record score in the performance test and made an impressive debut in the sport. In the hands of Robbie van Dijk, he has been practically unbeatable. He continued his winning streak in 2013, resulting in his nomination for the KWPN Horse of the Year.
Den RoosBirth: 5 July 2002
Sportsman: Harry van Middelaar
The Tendens HBC daughter Den Roos is a remarkable horse, boasting two consecutive Top Sporthorse Mare of the Year titles. Driven by her breeder Harry van Middelaar, she was the best mare at this year’s National Harness Horse Day event. This achievement resulted in her nomination for the KWPN Horse of the Year title.
KannanBirth: 18 April 1992
The Voltaire son Kannan enjoys an excellent reputation around the world, making him a magnificent standard bearer of Dutch breeding. He is equally successful as a breeding stallion thanks to his many top jumper offspring, including the Olympic champion Nino des Buissonnets. As a result, Kannan is currently number two in the WBFSH ranking for breeding stallions.
NegroBirth: 5 May 1995
Through the years, the preferent KWPN stallion Negro has demonstrated excellence as a sire. Many of his offspring compete in the Grand Prix, the best of which is his son Valegro. Negro’s offspring accumulated enough points to earn the black sire tenth place in the WBFSH sire ranking. For these reasons, this leading sire has been nominated for the KWPN Horse of the Year title.
Jerich ParzivalBirth: 29 May 1997
Sportsman: Adelinda Cornelissen
The Jazz son Parzival has been a valuable asset to Dutch dressage for many years under Adelinde Cornelissen. In 2012, he was proclaimed the KWPN Horse of the Year. Since then, he has continued to impress in the dressage ring. After capturing the silver medal in the World Cup Final, he claimed the bronze medal at the European Championships. He is another deserving nominee.
SimonBirth: 14 April 1999
Sportsman: Breezie Madden
If there’s one notable horse that belongs on the list of nominees for the KWPN Horse of the Year, it’s the Mr. Blue son Simon. Under Jeroen Dubbeldam, Simon won many competitions and received the nomination for the 2011 KWPN Horse of the Year. This year, he achieved a new level of excellence under his current rider Beezie Madden, winning the World Cup Final. That achievement alone makes him worthy of this nomination.
TexBirth: 11 May 2000
In 2000, Tex was born on the property of the late Gait Hekkert. Tex was a handsome Gelder colt with a single marking: a star. Currently, the Cabochon son competes at Z2-level in dressage and ZZ-level in driving. Tex is a versatile horse with an excellent temperament, in other words, a model of Gelder horse breeding. This year, he won the Gelder Horse of the Year title, and now he is a nominee for the KWPN Horse of the Year.
UndercoverBirth: 28 July 2001
Sportsman: Edward Gal
Success came quickly for Undercover, and it has endured. This year, the black Ferro son continued to impress in the dressage ring. Under Edward Gal, he showed that he is among the world’s best dressage horses, winning the bronze medal in the World Cup Final and finishing fourth in the European Championships. Those achievements were reason enough to nominate him for the KWPN Horse of the Year title for the second consecutive year.
ValegroBirth: 5 July 2002
Sportsman: Charlotte Dujardin
The success of the Negro son Valegro requires little explanation. Wherever he competes, he wins. In 2013, he was unbeatable with his very high scores. He performs the most difficult movements with the greatest ease, showcasing abundant presence and elasticity. As a result, he has earned unprecedented popularity, both in his homeland as well as abroad. For these reasons, he is a nominee for KWPN Horse of the Year for the third consecutive year.