Uthopia Approved for KWPN Breeding
The KWPN society has announced that they have accepted the gold and silver medal winning British team horse Uthopia for KWPN breeding. Carl Hester's black stallion as the sensation of the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam.
As a four-year-old, the Metall son competed in the Pavo Cup-final. Shortly after that successful show, he was sold to England where Hester carefully continued Uthopia's training.
Uthopia was born on the property of J.J. van Zetten Sr. in Kesteren, located in the Dutch province of Gelderland. The stallion is out of the sport (dres) mare Odelia, a ZZ-light qualified Inspekteur daughter out of the keur, sport (dres) mare Fresula. The former Z2-level competitor is by the keur stallion Ulft, whose dam-line boasts many successful dressage horses. Uthopia's dam-line also includes the keur mare Ursula, a daughter of the preferent Gelder horse stallion Folio as well as Ohannie, another keur mare (s.Heemraad).
"From a breeding perspective, Uthopia is a valuable stallion with respect to blood distribution, particularly for mares which are closely related to Jazz," the KWPN society announced. "Uthopia is 1.64 m. tall, and his studbook index is 149 with 42% reliability. In the KWPN Stallion Selection Committee's opinion, Uthopia can benefit breeding with his excellent attitude and movement. He is best paired with mares with sufficient body size and length. The stallion meets the requirements of the KWPN selection concerning x-rays and cornage examination."
With the recognition of Uthopia, foals by the stallion are immediately accepted into the KWPN Foal Book without having to meet additional KWPN requirements.
Uthopia has already been approved for AES breeding in Great Britain as well as by the German Oldenburg Verband.
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