Euro Update: Ajong, Champion of the 2008 KWPN Stallion Licensing

For the third year in a row, a Rousseau offspring became champion of the KWPN Stallion Licensing. This year, A.T. Rensen's bred Ajong was proclaimed Licensing Champion in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, on February 2, 2008.

Ajong is a beautiful dressage prospect by Rousseau out of a Flemmingh dam. The stallion moves with much engagement and is naturally uphill. He is a correctly moving champion with an outstanding conformation. The bay stallion is owned by the trio Nico Witte, Tamerus Beheer and Reesink Horses.

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Reserve champion of the licensing was Amigo, a UB40 x Krack C offspring bred by A.A. van de Koppel. This colt moved with much power and pezzazz. The third ranked stallion became Amarillo (by Tuschinski x Negro) who moved with much expression. This black colt is bred by P. Wijlaars. Other dressage colts in the premium ring were Armani (United x Jazz), Amazing Star (Flemmingh x Ferro) and an unnamed colt by Uphill x White Star.

KWPN Select Sale's Price Highlights Sell Back to Owner

At the KWPN Select Sale, the auction following the licensing, the third placed stallion Amarillo became the price highlight of the auction. He sold for 200,000 euro but has been purchased back by the owner. The same story happened with the second highest priced horse Armstrong M. This UB40 x Sandro Hit offspring sold for 190,000 euro back to his owner Mr. Lisma. Initially the sale of Amarillo was not mentioned in the official press release of the Select Sale because a purchase back by the owner is not an official sale. Two days after the auction, it became known that Armstrong M also sold back to the owner. The best selling stallion then turned out to be the approved Special D x Sandro Hit colt. He sold for 125,000 euro to the IPS group of Ad Valk, Joop van Uytert, Mr. Kelders and Erwin Samuels. Stable Wijdewormer purchased two stallions, including the Rousseau x Ramiro Z for 56,000 euro.

Krack C Retired

The KWPN licensed stallion Krack C (by Flemmingh) has been retired from competition. In an official ceremony at the 2008 KWPN Stallion Licensing in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, Anky van Grunsven and Krack C symbolically performed Cees Slings' renowned Tango Kur one last time, though some miscommunications between the stallion and the rider took place. Krack C will not longer be competed, but the stallion will remain to stand at stud.

The bay Krack C has been one of the most successful KWPN dressage horses on the international show scene. Under Anky van Grunsven, Krack C was always the second in line to Bonfire and Salinero to win trophies and claim ribbons. The last few years, Krack C suffered from some injuries and competed at a scarce few shows, though always with success.

Wynton, Johnson, Dreamcatcher Win 2008 KWPN Stallion Competition Finals

Wynton, Johnson and Dreamcatcher have won the 2008 KWPN/KNHS Stallion Competition Finals held at the 2008 KWPN Stallion Licensing in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, on February 1, 2008.

At L-level, the black Wynton (by Jazz x Matador II) finished first in a neck-to-neck race with Westpoint. Madeleine Vrees rode Wynston to a 0,5 point advantage of 88 points in total to Emmelie Scholtens and Westpoint (by Jazz x Michelangelo) who placed second with 87,5 points. At M-level, Hans Peter Minderhoud took highest honours with the bay stallion Johnson (by Jazz x Flemmingh). His total mark was 180 points (89 first round, 91 second round) which made him the M-level champion. Mirelle van Kemenade-Witlox placed second by Vivaldo (by Polanksy) who performed below par in Den Bosch, but still showed outstanding potential. At Z-level, Mirelle van Kemande won aboard her trophy snatcher Decor Dreamcatcher (by Day Dream x Rubinstein), a former PSI auction horse. In Den Bosch, Dreamcatcher tied with the bay stallion United (Krack C x Partout) but the Oldenburg branded stallion won in the overall ranking and claimed the champion's sash. Edward Gal and United finished second, followed by Kristen Beckers and Broere Ufo (by Metall x El Corona) in third place.

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