Kenzo Acquired by Dong Seon Kim, Ride to Diederik van Silfhout

Tue, 12/14/2021 - 23:44
The Netherlands
Esmee van Gijtenbeek and Kenzo at the 2019 World Young Horse Championships :: Photo © Digishots

Korean Olympian Dong Seon Kim has acquired the 6-year old KWPN gelding Kenzo as an investment project. The ride has been allocated to former Dutch team rider Diederik van Silfhout with 2024 Paris as target.

Kenzo is a 6-year old Dutch warmblood by Glamourdale out of Valenza (by Flemmingh x Cocktail). He is bred by G. Eggink.


Originally named Korlando, the bay was presented by Olthof Horses at the 2018 KWPN Stallion Licensing, but he did not pass the second phase. 

He sold for 32,000 euro at the 2018 KWPN Select Sale to Esmee van Gijtenbeek and her mom Lizbeth de Jager.


Van Gijtenbeek renamed the horse Kenzo and trained him from the start. She also produced some piaffe and passage on him this year. 

In 2018 they won the regional " Gelderland Cup" for 3-year olds and were 10th in the 2018 VSN Trophy Finals. 

In 2019 they rode in the pilot project for 4-year olds at the World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo and finished 9th in the consolation finals with 7.53 points. Van Gijtenbeek competed him lightly up to national Z2-level.

Sold to Korea 

Van Gijtenbeek and Kenzo
Kenzo has been acquired by Korean Olympic Grand Prix rider Dong Seon Kim, who is developing a horse investment company, buying outstanding quality young horses to be produced to FEI level and sold. 

Last weekend Kim bought two young stars in the PSI Auction.

Eyeing Paris

Kim has collaborated with Van Silfhout before and the two aim for Kenzo to qualify for the Paris Olympics and then be sold at the age of 9. 

Diederik van Silfhout rode at the 2016 Olympics with Arlando and was last member of the Dutch senior team at the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg on Four Seasons.

In 2019 he made an effort to get selected on the Dutch team for the 2019 Europeans in Rotterdam aboard the licensed stallion Expression, but was not picked. Expression did his last CDI in March 2020 in Herning and has not been out to compete ever since.  Van Silfhout has been focusing on horse sales in recent years. 

Photos © private - Digishots

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