The acronym KWPN, as you know, is associated with many successful show jumpers and dressage horses competing at the highest level of the sport. This hard-won reputation was validated in 2009 and 2010 when the KWPN topped the WBFSH rankings in both jumping and dressage. Since the inception of the WBFSH rankings, the KWPN has ranked in the top three of both disciplines. Totilas, Ravel, Jerich Parzival, Hickstead, Seldana di Campalto, and Silvana de Hus are just a few of the current trendsetters in international competition that were born in the Netherlands and exemplify the KWPN’s philosophy. We would like to invite you to the KWPN Stallion Show, as your readers are likely interested in the KWPN and its affiliated activities. Our aim is to provide you extensive, first-hand information about all facets of the KWPN’s philosophy as well as the diversity of the Netherlands' equestrian sector. The KWPN Stallion Show, which is the largest event of its kind, takes place February 2 - 5, 2011 (Wednesday – Saturday) in the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
We hope you can stay an additional day in the Netherlands and join us on the annual KWPN Guided Tour on February 6th. The tour is a unique opportunity to meet successful breeders and stallion owners and visit leading equestrian facilities, accompanied by our knowledgeable guides who are pleased to answer your questions. Details of the 2011 KWPN Guided Tour will be available soon on our website www.kwpn.org.
2011 KWPN Stallion Show Program
The KWPN Stallion Show features a varied program with something to please every horse enthusiast. The event kicks off February 2nd with the second round viewing of the new three-year-old stallions as they demonstrate their free-jumping talent. The remaining young jumper stallions will be viewed on February 3rd, and approved jumper stallions will perform in four different final competitions that evening. True to tradition, February 4th is devoted to dressage stallions, with the second round viewing during the day and dressage competitions for approved stallions in the evening. Several exciting exhibitions are also in the program. On February 5th, stallions from the different breeding directions compete in the champion selections, after which stallions selected for the performance test are announced. The event closes with the KWPN Select Sale, an elite auction featuring talented young stallions.
Parts of the KWPN Stallion Show program will be presented in English to clarify the KWPN's breeding philosophy, selection methods for stallions and mares, and total breeding policy. In addition, we will hold daily press conferences during which the stallion selection committees will explain the reasons for their decisions.
Press Conference: Friday, February 4th
KWPN horses dominate international equestrian sports. In addition, the Netherlands is a leader in many facets of qualitative horse and rider management, such as proper nutrition, professional training, horse-friendly stabling, veterinary management, and safe transportation - all of which meet the highest standards. Many riders of all levels come to our small country for training, where shared knowledge and extensive experience have elevated the quality of riding and instruction to the world-class level. With estimated annual revenue of €2 billion, the equestrian sector is a major part of the Dutch economy.
On February 4th, Henk Bleker, State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation will be at the KWPN Stallion Show for an informal press conference prior to the start of the day's program. Additional information will be available soon.
Created especially for our foreign guests, the KWPN College has been part of the KWPN Stallion Show for the past three years. The 2011 College will be held in the main arena the first day of the Stallion Show, Wednesday, February 2nd. This year's theme is Testing Performance. KWPN inspectors will demonstrate how young KWPN horses are tested, describe specific aspects of talent in a young horse, and explain why they believe a horse will eventually perform at the highest level. The College provides a behind-the-scenes look at a very important part of the KWPN selection process! Demonstration horses include those that earned high scores in the IBOP or EPTM tests, or competed in the World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses. Spectators can see these horses perform and learn why they earned their excellent scores. Don’t miss this educational evening featuring interesting demonstrations by talented youngsters as well as mature horses trained to the highest level. Join us afterwards in the bar where you can meet the participants and ask questions.
Welcome to ‘s-Hertogenbosch!
The KWPN Stallion Show, the KWPN College, the press conference with State Secretary Henk Bleker, and the Guided Tour: all are ideal opportunities to get an insider's view of the most successful studbook in the world today and learn how it maintains its position and hopes to improve in the future.
Approximately 200 young stallions and 30,000 horse enthusiasts from around the world are expected in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. For your convenience, we have posted a list of nearby hotels on our website www.kwpn.org, where you can stay during your visit to the KWPN Stallion Show. While you are at the Show, we invite you to enjoy daily lunch and dinner in the Brabanthallen dining room.