KWPN – The Royal Dutch Sport Horse

The Netherlands is the home of the world's most successful sporthorse: the KWPN horse. The Dutch boast a long history of horse breeding, with knowledgeable agrarian breeders. Through years of intensive selection by both dedicated breeders and a progressive studbook, the farm horse of old has become the leading modern sporthorse that is popular around the world.

Eric Lamaze and HicksteadThe KWPN Horse is a Dutch-bred sporthorse with international appeal. It is willing, fearless, physically and mentally strong, and bred to perform at the highest level. It is also reliable, easy to handle, and pleasing to the eye. Because of the KWPN's planned breeding policy, the KWPN horse possesses a sound mind in a sound body. The combination of sport aptitude and an uncomplicated temperament make these horses unique and very popular at all levels of equestrian sport and breeding. The KWPN horses compete brilliantly in international Grand Prix and Olympic show jumping and dressage; they perform convincingly in combined driving events. Dutch-bred sporthorses are even making impressive inroads as eventers and hunters.

KWPN Facts:

  • KWPN is the largest studbook in the world with 30.000 members;
  • every year about 12.000 foals are registrated with the KWPN;
  • holds the Top positions in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) rankings:
    Jazz: Number one Dressage Sires ranking 2008, 2009 and 2010
    Totilas: Number one Dressage ranking 2010
    Hickstead: Number one Show Jumping ranking 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • KWPN International is the English magazine of KWPN with news and articles about KWPN horses
  • Sends out a special Electronic Mail for Members every month
  • Organizes the annual KWPN Stallion Show every February which draws more than 30,000 visitors from 30 different countries.
  • Organizes the annual KWPN Horse Days event every August which attracts more than 18,000 visitors. The KWPN Horse Days are organised this year from 13 – 18 th of August 2012
  • After both the KWPN Stallion Show and the KWPN Horse Days KWPN organizes a Guided Tour special for it's foreing visitors. More info, please check the website here.

A few names of successful KWPN horses who are competing at the highest level in sports:

Parcival v. Jazz, rider Adelinde Corelissen, The Netherlands;
Totilas v. Gribaldi, rider Matthias Rath, Germany;
Ravel v. Contango, rider Steffen Peters, USA;
Utopia v. Metall, rider Carl Hester, UK;
Valegro v. Negro, rider Charlotte Dujardin, UK;
Simon v. Mr Blue, rider Beezee Maden, USA;
Plot Blue v. Mr Blue, rider Marcus Ehning, Germany;
Hickstead v. Hamlet, rider Eric Lamaze, Canada.


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