Diederik van Silfhout has temporarily taken over the ride on Mirelle van Kemenade's KWPN licensed stallion Ferdinand and help train the horse to Grand Prix level.
Ferdinand is a 9-year old KWPN stallion by Vivaldi x Havidoff.
Owner Mirelle van Kemenade-Witlox acquired the stallion as a 3-year old at the 2013 WPN Select Sale for 160,000 euro.
They were 10th in the 2014 Pavo Cup semi-finals and competed on the KWPN stallion competition circuit in 2015 and 2016. They represented the KWPN society at the 2016 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo, The Netherlands, where they finished 4th in the consolation finals.
The horse was then competed by Van Kemenade at national small tour level, but she never took him to any small tour CDI's. She has now asked Van Silfhout for help to school the horse to Grand Prix level.
"Ferdinand is being prepared for the big tour work with as goal to reach the highest level," said Van Kemenade. "We think we can do this optimally with Diederik, who already rides him once in a while."
Ferdinand will compete in the VHO Trophy at the 2019 KWPN Stallion Licensing with Van Silfhout.
Photo © Astrid Appels
Scores: 2016 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses
Galaxie, Ferdinand, Equirelle W Win Third 2016 Dutch WCYH Selection Trial in Etten-Leur
Toto Jr, Ferdeaux, and Electron Win 2015-2016 KWPN Stallion Competition Finals
Franklin, El Capone, Desperado Win 2015 KWPN Stallion Competition
Fanita and Eye Catcher Take the Lead in 2014 Pavo Cup Semi Finals
Ferdinand, Price Highlight of the 2013 KWPN Select Sale Stallion Auction