Euro Update: Cockail and Contango Lead KWPN Breeding Index

The KWPN sociey announced today the breeding index of the KWPN licensed stallions. The leading Dutch warmblood stallion with offspring older than 10 competing successfully in dressage is Cocktail (by Purioso x Le Val Blanc xx). The deceased Cocktail has a breeding index score of 178 points and a reliability score of 91%. The Oldenburg branded but KWPN approved Contango (by Contender x Kronprinz) tied in first place on the breeding index score (178 points). The American owned Contango, who untimely passed away in 2007 at his owner's Iron Spring Farm in Pennsylvania, has a reliability of 90% though, which ranks him second overall on the index. Third place goes to Vincent (by Pretendent) with a score of 177 points/85% reliability. Jazz (by Cocktail x Ulster), who will certainly take first place in the years to come, now covers the fourth spot with 175 points and 96% reliability.

The most successful young stallion, with offspring between 7 and 9 years old competing, is Olivi (by Jazz x Aktion). He scored 158 points and has a breeding reliability of 83%. He's followed by Montecristo (by Clavecimbel) and Negro (by Ferro).

The KWPN also announced the breeding statistics for 2007. The most used KWPN licensed stallion in 2007 is Jazz with 304 breedings in 2007. In second place is Johnson (by Jazz x Flemmingh). The former KWPN licensing champion and Pavo Cup reserve champion covered 296 mares. Vivaldi (Krack C x Jazz) is third with 237 breedings.

IDRC Expresses Concern about High Entry Fees

In the wake of Eurodressage's "Bribes for Entry" editorial, the International Dressage Riders Club has notified us that they are also working together with the FEI concerning the high entry fees demanded for the European Junior and Young Riders at last year's European Championships in Nussloch, Germany.

The IDRC has submitted a letter to the FEI Dressage Committee in which they address its concern about these high entry fees. At the 2007 European Junior and Young Riders Championships the entry fee was 1,275 € per rider, which the IDRC considers "prohibitively expensive." In order for the Euro championships to remain accessible to many national federations and riders, the IDRC proposes to an upper limit of 850€ for the entry fee as of 2008. (Read More)

Bechtolsheimer Purchases New Grand Prix Horse, Monet

Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer have acquired a new Grand Prix horse for their daughter Laura. They purchased the 13-year old Danish warmblood gelding Monet (by Michellino) at Holga Finken's yard in Germany.

Besides her number on Grand Prix horse Mistral Hojris (by Michellino x Ibsen), Laura will now be training and competing a second Michellino offspring. Monet is by Michellino out of a Rarus dam and was trained and owned by Louise R. Andersen, who worked at Holga's farm. Wilfried was told that Andersen got ill and decided to sell Monet to him.

We are very happy to have Monet in our yard," Wilfried Bechtolsheimer told Eurodressage. "He is working extremely well, seems to be very happy and is very keen to learn." (Read More)

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