Merlot VDL, High Scorer of the 2021 KWPN Spring Performance Testing

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 09:58
Bart Veeze and Merlot VDL at the KWPN Saddle presentation in 2020 :: Photo © Digishots

The 4-year old Merlot VDL became the high scoring stallion of the 2021 KWPN Stallion Performance Testing, which concluded after 21 days on 14 May 2021. 

The group of participating stallions was particularly big this year as in the 2020 corona year the spring performance testing was cancelled. Fourteen 3-year old colts and thirteen 4-year olds began the testing, but in the end only 10 stallions finished the testing out of the group of 28 !

Merlot VDL

The licensing committee, consisting of Bert Rutten, Marian Dorresteijn and Johan Hamminga, rewarded 85.5 points as the high score of this testing.

Merlot VDL (by Bordeaux out of Hyacinth-Vrouwe (by Florencio) is bred by the Klinkhamer family and owned by VDL Stud in partnership with Saskia van Musscher.  The dark bay stallion scored 8 for walk, 8.5 for trot and canter, 9 for suppleness, 9 for balance and self carriage, 9 for rideability, 8.5 for potential as a dressage horse. He totalled 85.5 points. 

"This is a very elegant, uphill moving stallion who is very willing to work and can collect and extend well in the movements," said Bert Rutten. 

Mauro Turfhorst

The second highest scoring stallion was the 4-year old Mauro Turfhorst, who is by Zonik out of Hidaylia (by Negro x Scandic). He is bred by Jan Greven and owned by Stoeterij Turfhorst in partnership with Reesink Horses. 

This black stallion scored 8 for walk, and 8.5 for trot, canter, suppleness, self carriage and balance, rideability and potential. He finished on a total of 84 points. 

Ten Pass Testing

Ten colts in total passed the spring performance testing. They are:

  • Number Two (Just Wimphof x Ferro) - Breeder: Gerrit van Esterik - Owner: breeder & Joop van Uytert – 83,5 pts
  • Neil (Governor x Vivaldi) - Breeder and owner: Ad Valk & fam. Andeweg – 83 pts
  • New Orleans (Blue Hors Farrell x Jazz) - Breeder and Owner: De Dalhoeve – 83 pts
  • Next Romancier (Fürst Romancier x San Amour) - Breeder:  J.Th.W. en H. Huls - Owner: Rom Vermunt & Joop van Uytert – 81,5 pts
  • Nick Wimphof (Just Wimphof x Bordeaux) - Breeder: Geesje & Tinus Naber - Owner: van Uytert & Stal Brouwer – 80,5 pts
  • Night Shadow (Guardian S x Florencio) - Breeder: Willy van der Aa - Owner:  breeder & Stal Van de Sande – 80 pts
  • Nephew (Daily Diamond x Johnson) - Breeder: S. Wijnveen - Owner: Jan Greve – 78 pts
  • Nacho (Negro x Krack C) - Breeder: Sandra Maakenschijn - Owner: Van Olst Horses – 76,5 pts
  • Merlot VDL (Bordeaux x Florencio) - Breeder: Fam. Klinkhamer - Owners: Saskia van Musscher & VDL Stud – 85,5 pts
  • Mauro Turfhorst (Zonik x Negro) - Breeder:  Jan Greve - Owners: Stoeterij Turfhorst en Reesink Horses – 84 pts

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