Zizi Top, Wynton and Vivaldi (pictured) have won the 2009 KWPN Stallion competition finals held at the 2009 KWPN Stallion Licensing in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, on February 5, 2009.
Hans Peter Minderhoud and Zizi Top (by Tango) won the L-level finals, beating season rivals Gerine Maree on Ziësto (by Lancet). Zizi Top scored a 9,5 for his expressive trot, while Ziesto got the same mark but was praised for his self carriage and cadence. Jennifer Sekreve and Zambuka (by Scandic) slotted in third. They got a 9 for their powerful canter.
Edward Gal and the black stallion Wynton (by Jazz x Matador II) beat Westpoint by one point at M-level. Wynton's highest mark was a 9,5 for trot. He got a 9 for walk and canter. Emmelie Scholtens and Westpoint (by Jazz x Michelangelo) finished second. This pair scored 9,5 for walk and 9 for trot and canter. Danish team rider Anne van Olst landed a third place on Lord Leatherdale (by Lord Loxley).
Hans Peter Minderhoud and Vivaldi finished the 2009 Stallion Competition circuit with his fifth victory in a row at Z-level. The chestnut stallion by Krack C x Jazz has been unbeatable at all qualifiers and in the finals. Vivaldi thrilled the judges and the crowds with his extended trot in which the front legs seemed to go almost horizontal. Judge Mariette Sanders said that "this stallion has everything we want to see in a dressage horse." He got a 10 for trot. Minderhoud placed second on Johnson (by Jazz x Flemmingh). Johnson, a former licensing champion, got a 9 for canter and showed much balance in the half passes. Edward Gal and Santano (by Sandro Hit x Silvano) pushed for third place.
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Ziësto, Westpoint, Vivaldi win First Leg in Hengelo
Previous KWPN/KNHS Stallion Competition Winners
Wynton, Johnson, Dreamcatcher Win 2008 KWPN Stallion Competition Finals
Uptown, Tolando and Florencio Win 2006 KWPN/KNHS Stallion Competition Finals
Sandreo, Scandic and Rhodium Win 2005 KWPN/KNHS Stallion Competition Finals
Scandic, Ro-Lex and Prestige VDL 2004 KWPN Stallion Competition Winners
Rousseau, Paddox and Rubels Win 2003 KNHS/KWPN Stallion Competition