The Naber family has been named KWPN Breeders of the Year 2021 and was honoured during the 2021 KWPN Horse Days on Friday 13 August 2021.
For Bertus Naber it came as a big surprise when he saw KWPN stallion Ferguson enter the arena for the celebration ceremony of his family of breeders as the KWPN Breeders of the Year.
Bertus' uncle and aunt Tinus and Geesje Naber could not attend due to their health, but they follow the KWPN Championships as loyal fans via KWPN online streaming. For them it was also a great surprise that they were awarded this lifetime achievement award.
The Naber family has put their breeding on the map with the KWPN approved stallions Foundation (by United), Nick Wimphof (by Just Wimphof), Kaiman (by Dark Pleasure), Redford (by Krack C) and Pavo Cup winner Johnny Depp (by Bordeaux).
The horses bred by Tinus and Geesje Naber, who are supported by their cousin Bertus for many years now, are also successful in sport.
“My uncle and aunt are of age so I help them with the care of the horses and we always make the stallion choices together. Every year, we breed five to six foals and we select strictly on movement. That starts with critically looking at the mare and then trying to compensate her weaker aspects by choosing the right stallion,” tells a surprised Bertus Naber.
His friend Harry Snijders was in on the secret and was one of only few that knew the Naber family would be put in the spotlight in Ermelo.
“Just before the celebration we heard that the laptop of Tinus and Geesje started spontaneously updating itself, so I feared they weren’t able to follow this incredible moment entirely, but we are sure they think of this as a highlight," said Snijders.
Jan Streppel, KWPN Breeder of the Year 2020
Willy Wijnen, KWPN Breeder of the Year 2019
Isabel and Wil van Gisbergen Named KWPN Breeder of the Year 2018
Leunus van Lieren, KWPN Breeder of the Year 2017
Marianne Hendriksen Named 2016 KWPN Breeder of the Year
Rene Franssen Named 2015 KWPN Breeder of the Year
Jan Lamers Named 2014 KWPN Breeder of the Year
Emmy de Jeu, KWPN Breeder of the Year 2013
Van Os Family, KWPN Breeders of the Year 2012
Jansen Family, KWPN Breeders of the Year 2011
Van de Valk/Van Anholt Proclaimed KWPN Breeders of the Year 2010