Dutch KWPN predicates

Here you find an explanation about Dutch KWPN predicates for horses. Get familiar with the predicates are Star, Keur, Preferent, Elite and Prestation.

Dutch KWPN predicates for Horses

Dutch Warmblood 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 Warmblood KWPN predicates lion.

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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. The finest and best moving mares are judged by an international jury. Jumping and/or dressage potential of the mares is tested in two or five week mare performance tests. For registration in the studbook KWPN mares have to meet minimum requirements for movements and conformation.

The flowing Dutch KWPN predicates are given. 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. 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. Read more about horse predicates!