KWPN Predicates

If you look at the data of Dutch warmblood horses 3 years or older you find the predicates "Star", "Keur", "Preferent", "Elite" and "Prestatie". If you are not familiar with these predicates you can find an explanation down below.

KWPN mares start their actual breeding careers in the spring, when they are also presented at studbook selections throughout the Netherlands. Expert sportsmen and -women assist the KWPN jury in assessing dressage and jumping talents of the warmblood horses on the basis of free action and free jumping. When considered worthy, the 3 year olds are then registered in the main studbook and branded with the proud Dutch KWPN lion. The best mares of these selections are then showed at provincial selections. Only the very best KWPN mares qualify for presentation at the National Mares Selections, where the finest and best moving mares are judged by an international jury. Showjumping and/or dressage potential of the mares is tested in two or five week mare performance tests or a one day IBOP test. For registration in the studbook KWPN mares have to meet minimum requirements for movements and conformation. Better mares can earn the “Star” predicate at provincial ("central") selections. The higher ranking “Keur” predicate is only awarded to mares that have produced offspring and have passed a performance test with good results. To emphasize the importance of soundness, the KWPN studbook created the “Elite” predicate for mares that passed extensive X-ray examination. Mares that have produced at least three offspring with remarkable conformations and actions receive the “Preferent” predicate. When a minimum of three of her offspring perform excellently in the sport, a KWPN mare will receive the “Prestatie” predicate, and if she performs well herself in dressage or showjumping, she may also be awarded the “Sport” predicate.

Prestation Jumping Mare Showjumping Mare KWPN Star Mare Jumping


Cource: KWPN Warmblood horses studbook of the Netherlands and KWPN-NA North American department of the KWPN.


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