The Netherlands, on February 7, 2009. This Dutch warmblood stallion was considered the most complete stallion of this year's collection and excelled, according to the stallion selection committee, in his self carriage and suppleness. Bred by Nelly Lisman, Bordeaux is by United out of star mare Venna (by Gribaldi x Donnerhall). He is owned by Joop van Uytert and Paul Schockemöhle. The dark bay Beau (by Lingh x Ferro) finished in reserve champion's position. Bred by Jan Lamers and the late Adriaan Van de Goor, Beau moved with much expression and cadence. In the auction following the licensing, Beau sold for 195,000 euro.
The price highlight of the KWPN Select Sale auction after the licensing was the approved Bustique. This show jumping bred Indoctro x Nimmerdor colt sold for 220,000 euro to Paul Hendrix. The average price for a stallion was 36,919€
Twenty-six dressage stallions were licensed in total at the 2009 Dutch warmblood licensing and six made it into the champion's ring. These twenty-six are invited for the spring Stallion Performance Testing, which they will need to pass in order to be fully approved.
Twenty-three Countries Entered for 2009 European Dressage Championships
Some 23 countries have already entered to compete in the dressage at this year’s Alltech FEI European Jumping & Dressage Championships, 25 – 30 August, to be held at Windsor Castle.
In addition to the world’s top dressage nations – Germany and Holland – entries include emerging ones, such as Belarus, Greece, Poland, Turkey and the Ukraine.
The judges have also been confirmed. The president of the ground jury, Britain’s Stephen Clarke, will be joined by Germany’s Katrina Wuest, Holland’s Francis Verbeek-Von Roy, Poland’s Dr Wojtek Markowski, America’s Anne Gribbons, France’s Isabell Judet and Sweden’s Eric Lette.
Zizi Top, Wynton and Vivaldi Win 2009 KWPN Stallion Competition
Zizi Top, Wynton and Vivaldi (pictured) have won the 2009 KWPN Stallion competition finals held at the 2009 KWPN Stallion Licensing in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, on February 5, 2009.
Hans Peter Minderhoud and Zizi Top (by Tango) won the L-level finals, beating season rivals Gerine Maree on Ziësto (by Lancet). Zizi Top scored a 9,5 for his expressive trot, while Ziesto got the same mark but was praised for his self carriage and cadence.
Edward Gal and the black stallion Wynton (by Jazz x Matador II) beat Westpoint by one point at M-level. Wynton's highest mark was a 9,5 for trot. He got a 9 for walk and canter. Emmelie Scholtens and Westpoint (by Jazz x Michelangelo) finished second.
Hans Peter Minderhoud and Vivaldi finished the 2009 Stallion Competition circuit with his fifth victory in a row at Z-level. The chestnut stallion by Krack C x Jazz has been unbeatable at all qualifiers and in the finals. Vivaldi thrilled the judges and the crowds with his extended trot in which the front legs seemed to go almost horizontal. Judge Mariette Sanders said that "this stallion has everything we want to see in a dressage horse." He got a 10 for trot.
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