Warmblood Studbook Announces Annual Inspections
The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (NA/WPN), the North
American department of the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands
(KWPN), will be holding its annual "Keuring" tour (inspection
and evaluation of breeding stock) from September 6 to Oct 8, 2002.
The tour includes four sites in Canada and nine in the U.S.
goal of the Keuringen, or inspections, is to improve the breed by
evaluating issues relating to athleticism, conformation, soundness,
character, temperament and type.
classes will be offered at all locations for mares and geldings,
as well as premium grading classes for young horses. Classes for
stallion approval will be offered at Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania
and DG Bar Ranch in California. In addition, a full schedule of
Dutch Harness Horse (DHH or Tuigpaard) classes will be offered at
Pegasus Equine Center in Ohio.
new studbook inspection procedure for mares and geldings (three
years and older) will be instituted this year. After an initial
presentation on a hard surface, during which a score sheet will
be filled out evaluating each horse's movement and conformation
in 27 separate categories, the horses will be evaluated in an indoor
arena and will be judged on free movement (walk, trot and canter).
The option of free jumping will be offered in some locations.
horses will be evaluated by an experienced KWPN-trained jury, headed
by KWPN Inspector Jacques Verkerk from Holland. Scores will be announced
and comments will be made on all horses.
The recent NA/WPN Board of Directors meeting generated a rule change
which makes it possible for pedigree qualified horses of KWPN parentage
which are birth registered in unacknowledged Studbooks to be eligible
for inspection and studbook inscription.
sport horses are found at the top levels of competition in every
major international event in the world. Jumping horses such as Molly
Ashe's Kroon Graven, two-time winner of the Budweiser American Invitational,
Judgement, ridden by Beezie Madden and Glasgow (Norman Dello Joio)
as well as top international dressage competitors like Foltaire
(Günter Seidel), Grandeur (Steffen Peters) and Idocus (Marlies
van Baalen) justify our pride in the Dutch horse and the Dutch inspection
are an excellent resource for breeding stock as well as high quality
riding horse prospects, and are an excellent opportunity to learn
more about the Dutch Warmblood horse and the judging standards.
The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (NA/WPN), Inc.
is a foreign department of the Royal Warmblood Studbook in the Netherlands
(KWPN.) The NA/WPN was established to promote the Dutch Warmblood
horse in North America, and to serve its breeders and subscribers
through a continuing program of services, including inspections,
incentives, awards and education.