Diederik van Silfhout's rising Grand Prix horse Expression has been submitted to the Dutch NOP support programme to secure the horse for The Netherlands until the 2020 Olympic Games.
The 9-year old Expression (by Vivaldi x Jazz) is bred by G.W. van Norel and owned by the breeder in partnership with Alex and Jannet van Silfhout.
Expression made his international Grand Prix debut in the spring of 2018 at the CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland after winning the 2018 Dutch Indoor Championships. They also competed at the 2018 CDIO Rotterdam, but for the 2018 Dutch Outdoor Championships Expression was withdrawn as he was not fit to compete.
"Expression has a lot of potential. Despite the fact that he's a young horse at the highest level, he shows much routine in the test. You can leave that to Diederik," said Dutch team trainer Rien van der Schaft.
NOP (Dutch Olympic Horse) is a foundation sponsored by the Dutch Olympic Committee (NOC NSF).
Ten Dutch horses in total are supported by NOP, only three of them are dressage horses: Expression, Zonik and Avanti.
Photo © Astrid Appels
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