Dressage Pony Producer Coelenhage's Purioso Passed Away

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 11:12
Welsh Pony
Coelenhage's Purioso :: Photo © JDR

Coelenhage's Purioso, a Welsh pony stallion known for having sired numerous international FEI dressage ponies, has passed away. He was 27 years old. 

Coelenhage's Purioso was a 1995 born Dutch Welsh pony stallion by Coelenhage's Let's Be the Best out of Coelenhage's Lady Primeur (by Ijsselvliedt's Primeur x Radeau xx). 

Leading Dutch Pony Stallion

Bred by Ronald Vrolijken, the stallion was born at Coelenhage stud in Wezep, The Netherlands. 

Purioso was approved for breeding in 1998 at the age of 3 and proclaimed the "Stallion with the Best Trot".

He went on to became National Welsh Pony Champion, before his career in sport started. He did his first shows in Holland under Tinet Schutte.


Jeppsen and Purioso are the 2004
Danish Pony Champions
The bay stallion sold to Denmark where he had a successful career at FEI pony level under  Sofie Jeppesen. 

Jeppesen competed the bay stallion at the 2004 European Pony Championships, where she finished third in the consolation finals and fourth with the Danish team They went on to become the 2004 Danish Pony Champions.

In 2006 it was Rikke Böllingtoft's turn on Purioso and she also took him to international shows, including Willandts. In 2011 and 2012 he was shown by  Lise Friis Jakobsen 

Breeding Stallion in Holland

In 2013 Purioso sold back to breeder Ronald Vrolijken and the stallion returned to The Netherlands, where he stood at stud and was a schoolmaster for Vrolijken's daughter Julia. He was presented at shows by Esther Wolf and competed at grassroots level with Julia for a few years before an injury ended his sport career. 

"The last few years he enjoyed his retirement as an old breeding stallion at Stable Brouwer," said Vrolijken. "The girls from the neighbourhood had fun with him as a kids' pony."

Julia Vrolijken on Purioso, and Esther Wolf
Purioso passed from old age.


Coelenhage's Purioso clearly made his mark as a dressage pony breeding stallion. 

His most successful offspring are the two in-bred dressage ponies and breeding stallions Bodo (by Coelenhage's Purioso x Coelenhage's Let's Be the Best) and Jarno (by Coelenhage's Purioso x Coelenhage's Let's Be the Best), who both competed for Sweden. 

Other offspring that has made its marks at international FEI Pony level are Wengelo's Ricardo (Dana van Lierop), Westerhuis Jorik  (Malene Aborg), Prometheus B (Louisa Luttgen, Joanna Tragarz, Chiara Pengg), amongst others. 

Jeppsen and Purioso
Photos © JDR/private - Ridehesten - private

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