Cover Story, Champion of the 2010 KWPN Stallion Licensing

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 00:00
KWPN Breeding News
Cover Story (by Oscar x Corleone) :: Photo © Dirk Caremans

A bay nameless colt by Oscar x Corleone has been proclaimed champion of the 2010 KWPN Stallion Licensing in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, on February 6, 2010. The champion is bred and owned by Gert Willem van Norel.

The champion of the licensing is Cover Story (by Oscar out of keur and preferent mare MacBeth (by Corleone)). He is a full brother to the 2009 Pavo Cup finalist Anne Beth. Owner Van Norel had more reason to celebrate because three of six premium stallions in the KWPN champion's ring were out of stallions that he is standing at stud: Oscar, Uphill and Winningmood.

Van Norel also owns the reserve champion of the licensing: Charming Utopia (by Winningmood out of Vigilant Utopia (by Oscar). Charming Utopia is bred by Eimert Fikse and was purchased by Van Norel as a foal.

Mr. Hamoen, chair of the KWPN Stallion selection committee, commented that the Oscar champion stood out with his "outstanding conformation and quality in all three basic gaits."

Charmeur (by Florencio x Jazz) finished third in the premium ring, followed by Carlton Hill (by Uphill x Vincent), Cennin (by Vivaldi x Donnerhall) and Chopin H (by Johnson x Gribaldi).

The KWPN Select Sale, the auction following the licensing, was not of a super money-making event this year. The price highlight sold for "only" 90,000 euro. Stud farm De Sterrenhof acquired the jumper Countdown H (by Cornet Obolensky x Corland) for this knock down price.

Charming Mood (by Winningmood x Contango) sold for 80,000 euro, Chagall (by Jazz x De Niro) for 75,000 euro and Colijn (Son de Niro x Ulster) for 60,000 euro. Thirty-one stallions were sold and the average price for a stallion was 34,355 euro, which is 3000 euro lower than in 2009.

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