KWPN Foundation Stallion Jazz Passed Away

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:46
Kirsten Beckers and Jazz at the 2009 KWPN Stallion Licensing :: Photo © Dirk Caremans

KWPN foundation stallion Jazz, the most significant sire for dressage breeding in the KWPN studbook, has passed away. He was 29 years old. 

"With pain in our hart, but mainly with gratitude for all he has meant to us and to dressage sport, we had to say goodbye to the king out stable last week," owner Broere communicated on 6 January 2020.

KWPN Young Star

Jazz was by Cocktail out of Charmante (by Ulster) 

Huub's wife Tinie named the colt "Jacob" after their good friend, equestrian journalist, photographer and breeder Jacob Melissen. 

Huub sold the colts from his brood farm that was mare dominated. Jacob was purchased as a 6-month old colt by Bob Rijsdijk and Nico Witte, who reared him.

Jacob was approved at the 1992 KWPN Stallion Licensing and that is when he was renamed Jazz.

He did his performance test soon afterwards and was described as "honest, reliable, temperamental, and likes to look at everything." He scored 71 points. 

Tineke Bartels was allocated the ride and she trained the liver chestnut from novice to Grand Prix level. 

"I always had a special feeling about Jazz," Tineke reminisced. "Jazz is very intelligent, has a friendly approach to people and was always very curious about everything."

Syndicate Ownership

Tineke and Jazz in their famous torch show in 2001
In December 2001 Jazz became owned by a syndicate of 10 people, when requests from abroad came to purchase the Grand Prix stallion. He received the prefix Broere in front of his name as Cees and Anne Broere were the main investors in the syndicate (20%). 

Jazz made his international show debut in 2000. He finished fourth at the Dutch Grand Prix Championships.

Bartels and Jazz represented The Netherlands at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, substituting for 

In 2004 Broere bought full ownership of the stallion and the sire moved to their yard in Ablasserdam, The Netherlands, where Kirsten Beckers got the ride. He became instrumental for her career as he was her first in many ways: first Dutch Grand Prix Championships, first time Aachen and first time submitted to the Dutch senior squad.

In 2005 Beckers finished fifth at the Dutch Dressage Championships in Nijmeghen. The pair competed at international Grand Prix level from 2005 till 20017. The year 2007 was their best with starts in Zwolle, Den Bosch, Gelderland, Rotterdam, Aachen and Maastricht. The latter show was their final CDI in their career. They were also fifth again at the National Championships.

They were close to getting a spot on the Dutch team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, but the stallion injured himself in 2008. It was the only time the horse sustained an injury in his time at Broere, according to Beckers.

In 2011 he was retired from sport. 

Breeding Legend

Jazz, KWPN Stallion of the Year 2006.
Honoured at the 2007 KWPN licensing
Jazz has done for KWPN breeding in The Netherlands what Donnerhall did in Germany. He was the flagship of modern dressage breeding and clearly stamped his offspring in looks, gaits and often in character.

In his first breeding year he covered 100 mares, which was much at the time for an unproven colt. 

In 2002 he was pronounced Keur stallion based on his offspring in sport? In 2006 he got the predicate Preferent and in February 2007 he was named KWPN Stallion of the Year 2006.

He was ranked number 1 on the WBFSH Dressage Sire Ranking in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In 2011 the motility of Jazz' semen was heavily reduced but he continued to stand at stud and be asked by breeders. 

The KWPN has recorded over 3100 offspring by Jazz in its registry. He has 13 licensed sons and 99 preferent daughters.

Watch Out for Jazz

Jazz offspring often look alike and his most notorious trait -- passing on spookiness or hypersensitivity -- made him also notorious. In Germany the saying went around "willst du Stress Kauf ein Jazz" (do you want stress, buy a Jazz).

The general consensus is that Jazz offspring are more for professional riders than amateurs although there are numerous Jazz out there with a normal temperament. 

Nonetheless, this "jazziness" ended up being subordinate to the fact that Jazz was a clear Grand Prix horse producer and most sought after by competitive dressage riders for their athleticism and good hindlegs. 

His Legacy

Bartels and Jazz at the 2002 CDIO Aachen
Jazz was known to be a Grand Prix horse producer and just like Donnerhall, his string of Grand Prix sons and daughters is never ending. 

Adelinde Cornelissen's Parzival is of course the flagship as he won Olympic silver (2012) and was European Champion in 2011. He also won individual gold at the 2009 European Championships, double bronze at the 2013 Euros, and kur bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. He was a two time World Cup winner in 2011 and 2012.

But the list of international Grand Prix horses he produced is never ending: Johnson (Hans Peter Minderhoud), Don Olymbrio (Daniel Bachmann Andersen), Vancouver K (Judy Reynolds), Toots (Imke Schellekens-Bartels, Akane Kuroki), Nartan (Jeannette Haazen, Katherine Bateson), Jive Magic (Rozzie Ryan), Unlimited (Stephanie Peters), Orion (Pia Fortmuller), Piet (Ulla Salzgeber, Jane Gregory), U II (Guenter Seidel), Robin Hood (Sue Blinks), Premier (Aat van Essen), Wynton (Madeleine Vrees), T Movistar (Carl Hester),  Tango (Hans Peter Minderhoud), Sandman (Gareth Hughes), Zephyr (Adelinde Cornelissen), Westpoint (Kirsten Beckers), Chagall (Patrick van der Meer), Patser (Madeleine Vrees), Just Royal Dancer (Mirelle van Kemenade), Electra (Lynne Maas), Bonzanjo (Eyal Zlatin), Dicaprio Swing (Nars Gottmer), Elegance N (Nars Gottmer), Farrington (Michael Pineo), etc etc etc.

The KWPN has counted 125 Dutch warmblood registered offspring by Jazz competing at national and international Grand Prix level and 195 at small tour level.

As a breeding stallion Jazz lives on through his licensed sons Johnson, Don Juan de Hus, Wynton, Jazz Time, Olivi, Jive Magic, T Movistar, Topaasch, amongst many others.

Broere Stud owns two clones by Jazz. They were cloned by the U.S. company Cryozootech and born in 2012. 

Jazz presented in hand at the 2010 KWPN licensing
in a tribute to his late breeder Huub van Helvoirt
Photos © Dirk Caremans

Related Links
Eurodressage Photo Database: Jazz/Bartels - Jazz/Beckers
Two Jazz Clones Born in the U.S.A.
Jazzing into Dressage History: Jazz Offspring Bred for the Elite
Jazz, KWPN Horse of the Year 2006
Come Back for Broere Jazz in the Grand Prix Ring
Jazz Sold to Broere Stud
Broere Jazz Proclaimed Keur Stallion 
Broere Jazz and Broere Norway, A Legacy Alive
KWPN Stallions and their Offspring: Cocktail