The Dutch Arabian Horse Association, AVS has provided the following information. In 2017, 164 foals were registered. There were 104 exports and 49 imports. There were 4 shows, approximately 20 races and 26 endurance competitions. In 2018, 116 foals were registered. There were 57 exports and 41 imports. There were 5 shows, approximately 20 races and 25 endurance races, Arabians compete in all sport disciplines in the Netherlands.
REPORT AT 2017 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Gideon Reisel, The Netherlands: Your Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and Your Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa our patron and host of the 2017 WAHO Conference and the entire organising committee, on behalf of the Arabian Horse Registry in The Netherlands I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the hospitality of the people of Bahrain and the outstanding organisation of the 2017 WAHO Conference. President of the board, Members of the Executive Committee and all WAHO Members, this is the Delegate report of the Dutch Registry. My name is Gideon Reisel, I am delegate of the stud book and Vice-President of the Dutch Arabian Horse Association in The Netherlands.
In the year 2015 the Dutch Registry registered 136 purebred Arabian foals, so far we registered approximately 155 foals for the year 2016. Although this is a modest increase from the lowest numbers in previous years we are still not back to our usual numbers of yearly foals that lies more around 200 to 250 a year. The Dutch Arabian Horse Association organises 3 shows yearly: 1 ‘D’ show, 1 National ‘C’ show and 1 National Championship show. 2 International ECAHO shows are scheduled each year by private organisers.
The Association promotes dressage, jumping and eventing for riders and at the aforementioned shows ridden classes are a part of the show programme. Western riding, endurance events and flat racing are being organised by external Organisations respectively through the Dutch Arabian Western Riding Association, The National Federation for Endurance and the Dutch Arabian Racing Committee. Roughly 150 horses are actively participating in these different sporting events, which comes down to an estimate of approximately 5% of the living registered horses between the age of 4 and 20 years old.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association promotes the Arabian horse in The Netherlands by keeping all events open to visitors free of charge, participation in major and national horse fairs, and demonstrations at other events. We award the WAHO Trophy each year at the National Championship Show. The Association and Registry have an elaborate website and we produce a full colour magazine 6 times a year for our members, associated stud books and registered enthusiasts. The magazine and the website contain an abundance of information about the history, the care and the welfare of the Arabian horse.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association has approval of its members to conduct mandatory testing on all newborn foals and breeding stallions for SCID and CA, optional for LFS. Foal testing is done at the same time as parentage verification which has bought down the cost to only five euro extra per mutation test. By Dutch regulations, each studbook in the Netherlands is obliged to have a system in place that monitors the rate of breeding related illnesses. The mandatory testing is a reliable statistical tool to monitor how these mutations are affecting the Dutch breeding stock.
The Dutch registry has stopped publishing a paper version of the stud book, since 2013 our entire stud book is now online, free of charge through our interactive website which includes all essential information including show results and pedigrees. The website address is www.avsweb.nl.
The Dutch winner of the 2015 WAHO trophy is the straight Russian mare Abakana Kossack, a bay mare born in 2001by Balaton out of the mare Amunitia, bred and still owned by the Den Hartog family from the Kossack Stud in The Netherlands. Abakana is a full sister of the well-known stallion Abakan, she is one of Holland’s most successful broodmares. The winner of the 2016 WAHO Trophy is Oosterveld’s Marsaz, a grey stallion by Rissaz out of the mare Maid Marion, bred by Mr. Van der Berg and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Sticke. Born in 1978, Marsaz is now 38 years old upon receiving the WAHO trophy and to date is the oldest horse to receive this prestigious award. This was the Dutch Delegate report. Thank you for your attention.
REPORT AT 2014 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Sandra Boogard, The Netherlands: Your Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, your Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, Special Advisor to the Emir and Patron of the 2014 WAHO conference and the entire organizing committee of the QREC and WAHO. On behalf of the Arabian Horse Registry of the Netherlands I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the hospitality of the people of Qatar and the outstanding organization of the 2014 WAHO conference.
Mr. President, members of the Executive Committee and all WAHO members. This is the delegate report of the Dutch registry. My name is Sandra Boogaard and I am the Treasurer of the stud book and the voting delegate on behalf of the Dutch Arabian Horse Association in the Netherlands.
In the year 2013 the Dutch registry registered 127 purebred Arabian foals. This number has been steady in relation to the two previous years. So far we registered approximately 130 foals born in 2014, so this same low number seems to continue into 2014. Although reasons are not clear, the fact is that the combination of the price of coverings and care are not in balance with the average sales prices of Arabian horses. Unless the offspring is of exceptional quality, the invested cost usually supersedes the selling price. Due to that and in light of the global economic crisis, breeders are possibly more hesitant to produce in large numbers in answer to the declining demand.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association organizes four shows yearly: one amateur event, two regional shows and one National Championship Show. Under Dutch organization two international ECAHO shows are scheduled each year. The Association promotes dressage, jumping and eventing for riders and, at the before-mentioned shows, ridden classes are a part of the show programme. Western riding, endurance events and flat racing are organized by external organizations respectively, through the Dutch Arabian Western Riding Association, the National Federation for Endurance and the Dutch Arabian Racing Committee. Roughly 150 horses are actively participating in these different sporting events, which comes down to an estimate of about 5% of living registered horses between the age of 4 to 20 years old.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association promotes the Arabian Horse in the Netherlands by keeping all events open to visitors free of charge, participation in major National Horse Fairs and demonstrations at other events. We award the WAHO trophy each year at the National Championship Show. The Association and Registry have an elaborate website and we produce a full colour magazine four times a year for members, associated studbooks and registered enthusiasts. The magazine and the website contain an abundance of information about the history, care and welfare of the Arabian Horse.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association conducts mandatory testing on all newborn foals and breeding stallions for SCID and CA since the beginning of 2011. Foal testing is done at the same time as parentage verification which has brought down the cost to only €9 extra for each mutation test. Although always a topic of discussion, we are now obliged by our Ministry of Agriculture to keep an inventory on how these mutations are influencing the Dutch breeding stock. Our local rules and regulations are adapted to this fact and we applaud WAHO’s support of free choice for registries to be able to do so.
Regarding the imports and exports the AVS has no restrictions and is open to a free market within WAHO rules. As to Embryo Transfer we do have an approved procedure in place for registration and tracking of embryos. So far only a handful of members have utilized the embryo transfer option in 2013 and 2014.
The Dutch Registry has stopped publishing a paper version of the stud book. Since the beginning of this year our entire stud book is online, free of charge, through our interactive website which includes all essential information including show results and pedigrees. The website address is www.avsweb.org. This was the Dutch delegate report. Thank you for your attention.
REPORT AT 2011 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Mr. Gideon Reisel, The Netherlands: Your Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, your Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, Special Advisor to the Emir and Patron of the 2011 WAHO Conference and the entire Organizing Committee. On behalf of the Arabian Horse Registry of the Netherlands I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the hospitality of the people of Qatar and the outstanding organization of the 2011 WAHO Conference. President of the board, members of the Executive Committee and all WAHO members, this is the delegate report of the Dutch registry. My name is Gideon Reisel and I am the registrar of the studbook and secretary to the Dutch Arabian Horse Association in the Netherlands.
In the year 2010 the Dutch registry registered 189 purebred Arabian foals. This is a decline of more than 22% relative to the year before that. So far we registered approximately 140 foals this year, so this same decline seems to continue into 2011. Although reasons are not clear, fact is that the combination of the price of coverings and care are not in balance with the average sales-prices of Arabian Horses. Unless the offspring is of exceptional quality, the invested cost usually supercedes the selling price. Due to that and in light of the global economic crisis, breeders are possibly more hesitant to produce in large numbers in answer to the declining demand.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association organizes five shows yearly, one amateur event, three regional shows and one National Championship. Under Dutch organization two international ECAHO B shows are scheduled each year. The Association promotes dressage, jumping and eventing for riders and at the before-mentioned shows ridden classes are a part of the show programme. Western riding, endurance events and flat racing are being organized by external organizations respectively through the Dutch Arabian Western Riding Association, the National Federation for Endurance and the Dutch Arabian Racing Committee. Roughly 150 horses are actively participating in these different sporting events, which comes down to an estimate of about 5% of living registered horses between the age of 4 and 20 years old.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association promotes the Arabian Horse in the Netherlands by keeping all events open to visitors free of charge, participation in major National Horse Fairs and demonstrations at other events. We award the WAHO trophy each year at the National Championship Show. This year the winner of the Dutch WAHO trophy is Poulain Kossack, by Nougatin out of Pengalia Kossack, this 2006 stallion is one of the best racehorses in Europe, winner of the Doha Cup in Hamburg, the Futurity Cup in Duindigt, the North European Derby, and the HRH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan Cup, and 2nd in the UAE President’s Cup, so in 2001 we awarded him this prestigious prize. The Association and Registry have an elaborate website and we produce a full colour magazine six times a year for members, associated studbooks and registered enthusiasts. The magazine and the website contain an abundance of information about the history, the care and the welfare of the Arabian Horse.
The Dutch Arabian Horse Association has commenced mandatory testing on all newborn foals and breeding stallions for SCID and CA at the beginning of 2011. Foal testing is done at the same time as parentage verification which has brought down the cost to only 9 euros per test. Although always a topic of discussion we believe this way an objective inventory can be kept to how these mutations are influencing the Dutch breeding stock.
The Dutch Registry has stopped publishing a paper version of the studbook. Since the beginning of this year our entire studbook is online, free of charge, through our interactive website which includes all essential information including show results and pedigrees. The website is found under the address www.avsweb.org . This was the Dutch delegate report. Thank you for your attention.
REPORT FROM 2009 WAHO CONFERENCE:
My name is Gideon Reisel, I am the Dutch Secretary and Registrar, and this is the Delegate Report of the Dutch Registry. It is my pleasure to inform you that our most recent stud book, covering the years 2001-2006 has been sent out to all the Registering Authority Members and the WAHO office, and it is also incorporated into the world-renowned Arab DataSource of the United States Registry. Since the Dutch Registry is up-scaling its automation, it is our intention to publish our complete registration history online, on the internet, as soon as our software programmers have developed the correct module making the expensive paper working obsolete.
Our number of registered foals is now steady at around 200 foals a year, for the last 3 years. This is a decline from years before, but we think the quality of our stock is starting to outweigh the quantity. Our Registry has an active breeding population that consists of around 100 breeding stallions and 250 broodmares, and estimates the total number of living Arabian horses in The Netherlands close to 5,000. Imports stayed steady at 44 horses, while exports slightly rose from around 80 to 100. Recently we have noticed the trend of mostly Arabian geldings brought into the country for riding purposes, for which the owners see no benefit in officially importing into our Registry, although we prefer to import these horses and offer interesting benefits associated with registrations, we assume the costs of import and membership are the key discouraging factors. All our registrations are DNA-typed and parent verified. New laws mandate all horses to be microchipped and we use the ISO 11784 and 11785 complying systems. Although an alternative identification method through DNA is a secondary option for identification under Dutch law, it is not accepted in the rest of the world therefore exported horses are mandated to be microchipped by default. We issue EU compliant horse passports and provide our members with a Certificate of Registration for each registered horse. We support Artificial Insemination, fresh, frozen, imported and exported. Our breeding stallions are SCID tested and a new CA (cerebellar abiotrophy) test is under investigation for mandatory compliance. We have an Embryo Transfer approval and registration system in place which has been utilised on a small scale over the last 18 months.
We would like to remind the Conference of our concerns, made 2 years ago, addressing the increasing and excessive use of Embryo Transfer and we would like to recommend the formation of an Ethics Sub-Committee that should monitor this trend and provide the Executive Committee with possible guidelines and boundaries, which we believe would benefit the welfare of the Arabian horse which is ultimately the main responsibility of WAHO.
At present, The Netherlands hosts 1 Amateur, 3 Regional and 1 National Halter Show, under the rules of ECAHO, with added ridden classes, liberty classes and foal classes. The Netherlands hosts 1 International ECAHO B Show and an International Sport Horse Competition called Arabissimo. Our Society organizes clinics and competitions for ridden Arabians to encourage owners to advance to National Federation levels in dressage, eventing and showjumping. Dutch-bred Arabian horses are on the rise in National and International endurance competitions. For your information, the winner of the World Championship Endurance in 2008 in Malaysia was the Dutch-bred Nobby, by Prophecy EF out of the mare Nocturne by Nabucco. We also sponsor the Dutch Arabian Western Association, which has an active group of western riders. We also sponsor the Dutch Arabian Racing Committee with a yearly cash prize stake, where just over 100 registered Arabian racehorses run yearly in about 30 events. On an international level the stallion Robbie and champion racehorse Nougatin are both at stud in the Netherlands to widen the playing field for Dutch racing breeding. With all this, the percentage of actual sport horses is still less than 10% of all Dutch registered Arabians, although a high percentage of the rest will be ridden extensively for recreational use.
In 2007, we awarded the WAHO Trophy to multiple National and International Endurance winner, Salomo (Djinti). He is by Niznji out of Strelitzia by Nadejni. Djinti has successfully completed ten 100-milers and accumulated more than 2,000 kilometres in endurance competitions over a period of 7 years.
In 2008 the WAHO Trophy went to the stallion Anthal, by Komplekt out of Olympia Dennenoord by Sadat. Anthal is the First Premium foundation stallion of one of Holland’s bigger show and breeding farms, and he is besides an accomplished dressage horse and National and International show winner at halter and is an impressive breeding stallion producing excellent offspring for both show and performance. This was the Dutch Report, thank you for your attention.
REPORT FROM 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE:
The most recent published Stud Book, covering the period of 2001 up to and including 2006 was printed in September 2007.
Where 5 years ago we registered close to 300 foals in one year, this number has declined sharply to 237 foals in 2005 and 209 in 2006. Most of this decrease in numbers is due to the mandatory export of previously Dutch-registered broodmares to the country of birth of her foals, some just a few miles on the other side of the border. With the export of close to 90 broodmares, we lose an equal amount of registrations each year. The Registry has an active breeding population that consists of 100 to 120 breeding stallions and between 200 and 240 broodmares, and estimates the total amount of living Arabians at 4,500. While imports jumped form 42 horses in 2005 to 72 in 2006, exports decreased by about the same amount, from 114 in 2005, to 82 in 2006. Most of these numbers are distorted, again due to the mandatory registration of broodmares in the country in which they foal, leading to mandatory imports and exports.
All our registrations are DNA typed and parent verified, Dutch law mandates all horses to be microchipped with ISO 11784 or ISO 11785 compliant systems, or they can opt for an exemption through DNA identification. We do support Artificial Insemination, the use of fresh and frozen semen both imported and exported. Although we haven’t registered any foals born from Embryo transfer yet, we do not object to embryo transfer itself nor to multiple yearly foal registrations from one mare, however we do have questions whether a limited number should be set, if only for the protection of the mare since irrigation or flushing to retrieve embryos has proven in some cases to cause complications.
At present we host one Amateur, three Regional, and one National Halter show, under the rules of ECAHO, with added ridden classes, liberty competitions and foal classes. The Netherlands holds one International ECAHO ‘B’ Show and an International Sport Horse Competition called Arabissimo. Our horses are actively participating in both National and International endurance competitions, in federation Dressage, and just a handful are active in eventing or showjumping. We sponsor the Dutch Arabian Western Association, that has an active group of Western riders, and the Dutch Arabian Racing Committee. There are just over 100 registered Arabian horses running yearly in 30 race events. The percentage of actual sport horses will definitely be less than 10% of all registered Arabians, although a high percentage of the rest will be ridden extensively for recreational use.
In our regional and national shows we advertise locally to invite interested people to attend free of charge. At a few national events we participate with a stand and bring horses to be shown either at halter or under saddle. The effects of this public relations are not yet clearly noticeable but we keep on trying.
In 2007 the AVS reports 220 foals registered, with 94 horses exported and 31 imported.
GIPSY H 2022 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
Gipsy H Grey, mare, 1999 (Chantal’s Alcazar / Anjelka)
Breeder: G.J. Kok Owner: Shannon van den Hoogenband
Strain: Kehailet Ajuz (Bent-El-Arab, 1880)
Gipsy H & Shannon van den Hoogenband
Gipsy H was the first and only Dutch-registered Arabian mare to obtain the Sport predicate for jumping in 2009. In 2011 Gipsy H also received the Sport predicate for dressage. In addition to these two disciplines, Gipsy H also competed in M eventing.
Gipsy H & Shannon van den Hoogenband
Gipsy H has been owned since May 12th, 2005 by the van den Hoogenband family. Being bought as a undocumented horse but with known parents, the family were informed by the Dutch Arabian Studbook AVS that she was eligible to be registered through DNA parentage sampling if verification was a match and owners of sire and dam agreed with the registration. And in June 2005 she was registered under the name ‘Gipsy H’ and was given to Shannon by her parents.
Gipsy H & Shannon van den Hoogenband
Gipsy H has proved to be a versatile Arabian mare which was most obvious in her performance on the Dutch versatility competition, the Arabissimo. This event, where Arabian horses are put to the test in Dressage, Jumping, Flat Racing, Eventing and Type/Conformation in Liberty, is a true challenge of the all round qualities of the Arabian Horse. Having participated for 6 consecutive years in this event, Gipsy won the following prizes for the individual categories:
Dressage: 9 times 1st– and 1 time 2nd place
Liberty: 2 times 1st place
400m Flat Race: 2 times 1st – 1 time 2nd – and 1 time 3rd place
Jumping: 5 times 1st – and 1 time 2nd place
Cross-country: 4 times 1st place
This gave Gipsy H and Shannon five 1st places and one 2nd place in the 6 times that they participated in this event.
A highlight of the many other results that Gipsy H has achieved in addition are:
AVS National Champion ridden class for Arabian mares in 2013
AVS Regional Reserve Champion ridden class 2008
AVS Champion dressage in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012
2nd place Speed jumping All Nations Cup Aachen
…and many more federation related prizes
Due to her honest character, Gipsy H can completely be trusted with children. She has also promoted the breed on behalf of the Studbook at various event on more than one occasion.
Since 2021 Gipsy H is enjoying her retirement, mainly hacking on the beach- and forest rides and sometimes acting as a learning horse for the younger or inexperienced riders.
Shannon is grateful to her parents for purchasing Gipsy H and all the support, time, lessons and sponsorship, without them Gipsy H and Shannon would not have achieve their goals.
The WAHO Trophy was given to Gipsy H at the AVS National Championship Show at Deurne the Netherlands by the president of the Studbook, Mr. Gideon Reisel.
Janetta, Shannon and Stefan van den Hoogenband with Gipsy H receiving the trophy from Gideon Reisel
PRIMEVAL KOSSACK, Chestnut Stallion, 2012 (Stival / Pribaltika)
Owner and Breeder: The Kossack Stud B.V.
Strain: Hamdani Simri (Selma)
“A modern Show Arabian who also proves to be able to perform great under saddle !”
The Dutch Arab Horse Society (AVS) is pleased to announce that their WAHO Trophy for 2020 has been awarded to the outstanding stallion, PrimeVal Kossack. Born in 2012, he is by the well-known Stival (by Gazal al Shaqab) out of the Russian *Elite mare Pribaltika, a daughter of the legendary Balaton, “Horse of the Century” in Russia, out of Pantomima by Naftalin. Pribaltika is the full sister to the top Russian sire Pobeditel. Further, she is tracing back to Palomna (by Aswan), the three times US Top Ten mare and Canadian Top Ten mare Poznan (by Nabeg), and Palmira (by Salon).
Tara den Hartog with Primeval Kossack photo: Jan Kan
PrimeVal Kossack has already had an impressive show career with many National and International titles at his young age, only 8 years old. Dutch National Champion as Foal, as Junior and as Senior stallion, Dutch Best Bred Foal, several Best of Show titles, Bronze Medal Champion Overall Yearlings at the Arabian Futurity Europe 2013 in Aachen, Gold Medal Champion Junior Stallions at the International Show in Salzkotten and Gold Medal Champion Senior Stallions at the European Show in Ströhen. As a highlight, PrimeVal Kossack won the Gold Medal Senior Stallions at the European Breeders Championships in Chantilly, France in 2017.
Primeval Kossack photo: Jan Kan
After these show successes his sport-career started and within less than three years, PrimeVal and his rider Tara den Hartog have been promoted to the advanced 4th level dressage (ZZ Zwaar in the Netherlands) through many victories.
In addition to winning the 2019 Dutch National Championship Dressage and the Freestyle to Music with an impressive percentage of 73.215% at the National Championships in Ermelo, this year he won again the Freestyle to Music with 73.500% and the prize for the best combination at the Allround Arabian Festival. However, he mainly achieved the promotion points and victories in competitions between Warmblood horses!
The fact that PrimeVal Kossack can compete with Warmblood horses, in combination with his size, impressive gaits and stunning appearance, makes him a true ambassador for the Arabian horse.
Trophy presentation for Primeval Kossack photo: Jan Kan
The WAHO Trophy was presented at the Dutch National Championship show in Exloo on 13 September 2020, to breeders and owners Mr. Robbie den Hartog and his wife Mrs Erny den Hartog representing the Kossack Stud, and to their talented daughter Tara den Hartog who, in the footsteps of her mother, achieved this exceptional level of dressage with PrimeVal Kossack.
D-PRODIGY – 2018 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
D-PRODIGY, Grey Gelding, 2001 (Primo / Dolce Vita)
Breeder: Amber Bruijs-Leylayan of La Dolce Vita Arabians
Owner at time of award: Theo and Erica Heldens
Strain: Family of Murana I, 1808.
In the picture, holding the WAHO trophy are Theo and Erica Heldens, owners at time of the presentation and of course Prodigy-D himself, ridden by his current owner Georgette Zeijen.
The Dutch Arab Horse Society (AVS) is pleased to announce that their WAHO Trophy for 2018 has been awarded to the outstanding endurance horse, D-Prodigy. Also known as ‘Prody’, he was born in 2001 in the stables of Amber Bruijs-Leylayan of La Dolce Vita Arabians. His sire is the Swedish-bred stallion Primo [Engano/Polka) of all Polish bloodlines, his dam is the Gil daughter Dolce Vita, several generations Dutch-bred on the female line who carries Polish, Straight Egyptian and old Marbach bloodlines.
As a 3 year old, Prody was sold to the Heldens family from Meijel, Limburg, the Netherlands. After a short but successful dressage period ridden by daughter Erica Heldens, Prody started in the sport of endurance in 2005 with father Theo van Helden. Some highlights of their joint endurance achievements were the 100 milers in Most, Czech Republic and Florac, France, the World Championship for 8 year olds in Compiegne and the 2 day competition at the Alpe d’Huez.
In 2014, Prody faced physical problems which brought international competitions to a halt. Prody was however successfully treated and expectations lifted.
Georgette Zeijen then became Prody’s new rider and with Theo as coach, she rode her first endurance race in 2015 on a fully recovered Prody. In 2016, Georgette became Hippiade champion in Endurance class III and in 2017 she rode her first CEI* race in Ermelo, the Netherlands. In May 2018 all the hard work pinnacled where this combination became Champion at the Dutch CEI*** National Endurance Championship.
Theo and Erica Heldens still cheer Georgette and Prody on at all their races, although Georgette has recently become the proud new owner of Prody.
D-Prodigy is now 17 years old but it seems he is still in his prime. He has accumulated more than 2,700 race-miles and is therefore an excellent ambassador for the Arabian breed.
The Dutch WAHO trophy 2018 was awarded during the National Championship show 2018 in Ermelo, the Netherlands by AVS president Mrs. Sandra Boogaard (not pictured).
YA KARMA – 2017 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
YA KARMA, Bay Mare, 1994 (Karnaval / Kormangal)
Breeder: Family de Jong-Reijnders, Yaccaranda Arabians
Owner: Femke Maat and Frans Mons, F&M Arabians
Strain: Kehaileh Dajanieh (Mlecha, ca. 1840)
The AVS is pleased to announce that YA Karma, one of the Netherland’s top producing broodmares, was named as their WAHO Trophy winner for the year 2017.
L-R: YA Karma, Femke Maat, Sandra Boogard
Herself a 1st Premium and therefore “Star” mare based on her conformation and exquisite type, YA Karma is also an Elite broodmare, the highest breeding predicate possible based on the performance of her offspring. Of predominantly Russian bloodlines, with some Polish and a touch of Crabbet, this lovely mare produced 16 foals between 1999 and 2017, and several of her daughters are now broodmares themselves. The following offspring contributed to her Elite mare status:
A.F. Baya by Kubay Khan. Mare, 2000. Multi-champion mare at shows, 1st premium and preferent broodmare.
A.F. Karimah by Aparan. Mare, 2003. Multi-champion mare at shows, 1st premium and preferent broodmare.
A.F. Kamaraj by Massimo Ibn Mirokan. Stallion, 2006. Multi-champion stallion at shows.
A.F. Kamariaa by Papillon. Mare, 2009. Show winner.
A.F. Kayode by A.F. Cupido. Stallion, 2007. Show winner.
F&M Karmaya by Kubay Khan. Mare, 2013. Class winner, 1st premium mare.
F&M Dhior by BB Escondhio. Stallion, 2014. Class winner.
The prestigious WAHO Trophy was presented by Sandra Boogaard, AVS Treasurer, to the proud owner Femke Maat of F&M Arabians on the occasion of the Dutch National Championship Show in Ermelo, the Netherlands.
OOSTERVELD’S MARSAZ, Grey Stallion, 1978 (Rissaz/Maid Marion)
Breeder: J.M.C.G. v.d. Berg, Owner: Alice Westerveld and Eddie Sticke
Strain: Seglawi Jedran of Ibn Soudan (Ghazieh)
The AVS have announced that their 2016 WAHO Trophy was awarded to Oosterveld’s Marsaz, who was born on the 29th June 1978. He now holds the record as the oldest horse to be awarded the WAHO Trophy in any country, and the Netherlands could not have chosen a more deserving winner than this grand old stallion.
L-R: Mrs. Eveline Calis-de Wit, Registrar of AVS; Owner Mrs Alice Sticker-Westerveld and her mother Mrs. Greta Westerveld; Mrs Toto Modderman, member of the AVS Stud Book committee
This mostly Crabbet bred Arabian horse, whose sire Rissaz (Indriss / Kazra, bred by Mrs. Joanna Maxwell) and dam Maid Marion (K of K / Good Friday, bred by Thriplow Farms) were both imported to Holland from Great Britain, is a licensed stallion for both the AVS and NRPS (Dutch Arabian Partbred Riding horses and Pony Studbook). His own sport performance includes Jumping level M (1.20m), Z1 dressage and 120km endurance. He is also frequently used at home on the farm by his owners as a learning horse for beginning riders and in a branch of equestrian sport in which few Arabs are active: Vaulting.
Marsaz has 35 registered Purebred foals and a multitude of Part-bred offspring, who are all known for their great athletic achievements and their outstanding characters. Ms. Toto Modderman, member of the AVS committee that evaluates the WAHO trophy nominees, writes about this particular stallion: “Oosterveld’s Marsaz has been awarded the WAHO Trophy 2016. With his age of 38 (!) he shows to be tough, has successful progeny and is himself a very versatile horse. We should be proud that we have such a great ambassodor of the breed in our studbook. Also owner Alice Sticker-Westerveld deserves to be put in the spotlight; her horses reach old age, while still worked wisely to their ability!”
On August 14th 2016 Oosterveld’s Marsaz came to the AVS National Championships, neatly braided and groomed to perfection, to receive his award personally with owner Alice by his side. The affection and respect for this horse in the audience was palpable. There, this majestic classic king trotted with his tail up and ears forward, fitter than many twenty year old peers. His shining eyes and alert look showed his enjoyment for the attention on a well-deserved victory lap in the AVS National Championship show-ring.
ABAKANA KOSSACK, Bay Mare, *2001 (Balaton / Amunitia)
Breeder & Owner: The Kossack Stud
Strain: Kehaileh Moradi (Sahara, ca. 1840)
The Dutch Arab Horse Society (AVS) has awarded their 2015 WAHO Trophy to the outstanding mare of ‘straight Russian’ pedigree, the lovely Abakana Kossack. She is the last daughter of the outstanding Aswan daughter Amunitia, who died when Abakana was only 2 weeks old.
ABAKANA KOSSACK – 2015 WAHO Trophy Winner for the Netherlands
Recognized as one of the best broodmares in the Netherlands, Abakana Kossack is the pride and joy of her home stud. She has 1st premium mare and Elite broodmare status in the AVS categories. She is the queen of the current Kossack Stud breeding programme, among the best of Balaton’s daughters and a full sister to the successful breeding stallion, Abakan. She herself has an excellent show record, having been a regular class winner over the years, often with a prize winning foal at her side, as well as claiming three Silver Champion titles, and two Bronze Champion titles at the major shows in Holland – including National Silver Champion Senior Mare in 2009 and Bronze Champion Senior Mare in 2010.
L-R: Robbie Den Hartog, owner of the Kossack Stud; his daughter Tara, his wife Erny, & his sons Tjerry and TomPhoto: Jan Kan
She is the dam of 9 foals to date, here are some of their best achievements:
2005 Abadras Kossack (by Madras Kossack), bay stallion, exported to Germany. Gold Medal at ZSAA stallion show in Germany in 2008, Winner of endurance rides over 80, 100 and 120 KMs in Germany in 2012 and 2013. Awarded 95.31 points at 2013 stallion licence test for endurance.
2006 Abapana Kossack (by Marcipan), bay mare, broodmare at Kossack Stud. Class winner 3yo fillies National C-Show 2009; Class winner and Bronze Medal Champion Senior Mares Dutch Nationals 2011 and 2014; Sold to Iran
2007 Adream of Kossack (by WH Justice), bay, broodmare at Kossack Stud. Gold Medal Champion Filly Foal 3 times in 2007 at Regional Show Exloo, International B-Show Lowland Cup and Dutch Nationals. Class winner and Gold Medal Champion Junior Fillies, National C-Show 2009; Class winner and Bronze Medal Champion Junior Fillies, Dutch Nationals 2009; Class winner and Gold Medal Champion Junior Fillies, Dutch Nationals 2010; Liberty Champion Dutch Nationals 2011; Class winner and Gold Medal Champion Senior Mares and Best in Show, National C-Show 2012; Class winner and Gold Medal Champion Senior Mares, Dutch Nationals 2012, Best Dutch Bred Horse in 2012; Top 5 Senior Mares, European Breeders Championship, Chantilly 2013.
2009 Agolden Girl of Kossack (by WH Justice), chestnut mare. Twice Gold Champion Filly Foal including Dutch Nationals, 2009; 2nd place 2yo fillies International C-Show in St. Lo, France, 2011; Class winner Bronze Medal Champion Junior Fillies, International Show Salzkotten, Germany 2011; Class winner and Bronze Medal Champion Junior Fillies, International C-Show Assen, 2012. Exported to Belgium
2010 A Lady of Kossack (by WH Justice), grey, broodmare at Kossack Stud. Silver Medal Champion filly foals, Dutch Nationals 2010; 2nd place yearling fillies and Bronze Medal Champion Junior fillies, National show West 2011; Gold Medal Champion Junior fillies, Dutch Nationals, 2011, Best Dutch bred horse 2011; 2nd place in 2yo filly classes three times at international shows in 2012; class winner and Silver Medal Champion Junior fillies, Dutch Nationals 2012; Class winner and Bronze Medal Champion Junior fillies, Int. B-Show Deurne, Tulip Cup, 2013; Gold Medal Champion Junior fillies, Nat. Show Alkmaar 2013; Top 5 Junior Fillies, European Breeders Championship, Chantilly 2013; Gold Medal Champion Junior fillies, Dutch Nationals 2013; Class winner and Gold Medal Champion Senior Mares and Best In Show, National Show Alkmaar 2014; Top 3 Junior Mares European Breeders Championship, Chantilly 2014; Class winner and Gold Medal Champion Senior Mares, Dutch Nationals 2014. Sold to Iran with her 2015 champion colt foal, A Wise Guy of Kossack (by ByStival Kossack)
2012 Ashaella Kossack (by Shael Dream Desert), bay mare, sold to Kuwait
2013 Aspen Kossack (by HK Krystall), chestnut colt at Kossack Stud
2014 Akanza Kossack (by Kanz Albidayer), chestnut filly. Bronze Medal Champion filly foals, Dutch Nationals 2014. Gold medal champion / Best in Show, National Championship Raalte 2015. Sold to Iran.
2015 A Quality of Kossack (by Kanz Albidayer), chestnut colt at Kossack Stud
FABANCO, 2014 WAHO Trophy Winner, Netherlands(Photo: Jan Kan)
The AVS is pleased to announce the winner of their 2014 WAHO Trophy. Fabanco is a 13 year old gelding of all Russian bloodlines, who once again proves the athletic ability, soundness and trainability of horses from the Tersk Stud foundations which have been so popular in the Netherlands for very many years.
In the past four and a half years, Fabanco and his owner/rider Paulette Zorn took the title of Dutch National Champion multiple times in the various disciplines of Western Pleasure, Trail, Western Horsemanship and Hunter under saddle. They also participated in two ECAHO European Championships. In 2013 in Denmark they were placed 2nd in Western Pleasure and got the Bronze medal in the category Western Allround.
In 2014 they won the Western Ridden Class at the Tulip Cup in Deurne.
At the 2014 Dutch National Championship show, in Raalte, the Netherlands, Fabanco and owner Paulette Zorn were awarded the WAHO Trophy in front of a large audience. The trophy was proudly presented by Fabanco’s breeder, Kees Veldt.
The Dutch Arab Horse Society is pleased to announce the winner of their 2013 WAHO Trophy. The award has been presented to the Straight Russian gelding Vestival, whose parents were both imported to The Netherlands from Tersk Stud. With some of the greatest names in Russian breeding in his pedigree, Vestival was born out of an ideal Tersk combination of performance and beauty. He won show championships in The Netherlands as a foal and for some years went on to a successful career as a breeding stallion. His own foals were very successful as well, for example his colts A.F. Parsifal, Rih-Al-Rayyaan (recently sold to Martinique) and Vestikay all became foal champions at shows. His daughter, the 1st premium mare Lima Juny, was Dutch National Champion and best moving horse of 2010. Her new owner the Al Safir Stud showed her in the spring of 2013 at the Kuwait International Arabian Horse Festival where her movements were rewarded with 96%
In 2010 Vestival proved to be a carrier of CA and it was decided to geld him and break him in for riding. In October 2010 Marijke Slok Soede started riding him and in February 2011 he instantly won two first prizes at his first dressage competition ever. Two months later, at the Dutch Championships Dressage, he obtained the highest score of the day and became Dutch National Champion. At the Regional Championship Show he was presented in hand for the first time as a gelding, which resulted in a Gold Medal. During the National Championship Show in The Netherlands he was winner under saddle and 3rd in hand with perfect scores. His elegant appearance was noticed by the judges during dressage competitions with many top 3 achievements against warm blood horses. His qualities as a riding horse are very special. He has flexible and powerful movements, a beautiful long neck, much front and natural setting. Within a very short period of time Vestival achieved his sport predicate for dressage from the Dutch Arabian Studbook.
He is certainly a very worthy winner of the Dutch WAHO Trophy for 2013. The award ceremony took place at the Dutch National Championship Show, where Mrs. Toto Modderman presented the WAHO Trophy to Vestival and his owner, Marijke Slok Soede.
Vestival competing in dressage
WAHO 2013 Trophy presentation.
PENTHOR – 2012 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
PENTHOR, Grey gelding, *1994, (Abakan x Pengona HT), Breeder: Kuijf Family, Owner: Angela van Duyvenbode.
Strain: Hamdani Simri (Selma)
Penthor and Angela van Duyvenbode
Penthor and his owner and rider Angela van Duyvenbode have been a well known combination in Western All Round competitions for quite a couple of years with many astonishing results. For a period of nearly 10 years Penthor was the only Arabian horse in The Netherlands who obtaining three sports predicates and his all round sports predicate. Angela and Penthor booked many successful results, at both “standard” competitions as well as Dutch championships and European championships.
In 2005, they won a silver and bronze medal in a large open competition with many contestants, but the highlight came in 2006 when they won the gold medal. This was achieved during the trail between 28 participants with all kind of breeds, followed by an all-round championship for all breeds. It is not feasible to mention all achievements, there are simply too many.
At the age of 5 Penthor was class winner geldings at a National Show, at the age of 17 he proved he still was undefeatable when he became champion geldings at as well the Regional as the National Championship Show in The Netherlands with 2 x 20 for movements and 1x 20 for type. Penthor proves that beauty and performance go very well together.
Penthor is a horse who performs with Angela at competitions time and time again, a horse Angela can trust 100%. Angela and Penthor also competed at the European Championships in 2013 in Denmark. At the age of 19 and still young at heart Penthor again won the GOLD Medal Western riding all-round.
POULAIN KOSSACK, Bay Stallion, *2006 (Nougatin / Pengalia Kossack).
Breeder: The Kossack Stud. Owner: Mr. Huub Ottermans.
Strain: Hamdani Simri (Selma)
The Dutch WAHO TROPHY 2011 is awarded to the very successful racehorse, Poulain Kossack, bred by the Kossack Stud and proudly trained and owned by Mr. Huub Otermans.
Poulain Kossack has an impressive racing record, starting as a 3-year old and staying sound and enthusiastic for his racing over the next years. From 14 races he has won 4, and been placed 9 times, taking nearly 60,000 euros in prize money during his career to date. His main successes include:
Winner Doha Cup, Hamburg Germany 2009
Winner Futurity Cup, Duindigt Holland 2009
Winner North European Derby, Duindigt, Holland 2010
2nd in the President of the UAE Cup group II, Baden Baden, Germany 2011
Winner of the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayyan listed cup, Duindigt, Holland 2011
2nd in the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayyan listed cup, Hoppegarten, Germany 2011
WAHO Trophy Presentation
L-R: Mr. Huub Ottermans; Mrs. Linda Ottemans; Robbie Den Hartog Jr.; Mr. Bérend Blaak.
The WAHO Trophy was presented to the owner Mr. Huub Otermans by Mr. Bérend Blaak, President of the Dutch Society and member of the Dutch WAHO Trophy Award Committee. Also present was the breeder, Mr. Robbie den Hartog Jr. of the Kossack Stud. The presentation was made during the ECAHO Dutch National Championship Show 2011, Poulain Kossack himself was in training at the time of the presentation and could not appear at the ceremony.
Poulain Kossack winning the North European Derby in 2011
YAKIMA – 2010 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
YAKIMA, Chestnut mare, *1991 (Nizjni/Yakouta II).
Owner and Breeder: Kuijf Family, Forelocks Arabians.
Strain: Not Recorded (Milordka, 1816)
The WAHO trophy 2010 for the Netherlands was awarded during the National Championship show 2010 in Ermelo the Netherlands to Yakima, the outstanding broodmare of Forelocks Arabians.
The trophy was given to the owners of Forelocks Arabians, Mr. & Mrs. Kuijf by Mrs. Toto Modderman and Mr. Berend Blaak on behalf of the WAHO trophy committee of the Netherlands in honor of their mare Yakima for creating her own legacy in producing the successful “Y” line for Forelocks Arabians, a family which is now into several generations and which can be found in many countries around the world.
Yakima with her owner-breeders, Mr. Adriaan Kuijf and Mrs. Henny Kuijf- van der Zwet, at the WAHO Trophy presentation ceremony.
1991 YAKIMA -* STAR *ELITE mare (Nizjni x Yakouta II) – 1991
Direct offspring in NL
Grand Offspring in NL
1995 Yarra – *Star *Elite – mare (by Abakan)
1999 Yamesco stallion
2001 Yaris stallion
2002 Yakchina ‘F’ mare
2003 Yokosuka ‘F’ mare
2005 Yes ‘F’ stallion
2006 Yarnec ‘F’ stallion
2007 You-Tou ‘F’ mare
2008 Yokidoki ‘F’ stallion
2009 Marjolie HDM mare
1996 Yavar stallion (Abakan)
1997 Yallas stallion (Menes)
1998 Yulia mare (Elton)
1999 Yannah mare (Elton)
2000 Chatar Aamar gelding (Elton)
2001 Yourka mare (Elton)
2006 Youp ‘F’ stallion
2007 Yonorr ‘F’ gelding
2008 Yolina ‘F’ mare
2002 Ymea ‘F’ mare (Elton)
2003 Ytadella ‘F’ mare (Psytadel)
2007 Ystan ‘F’ gelding
2008 La Macarena HDM mare
2005 Yzy ‘F’ mare *Ster (Psytadel)
2010 Yusty ‘F’ mare
2006 Younique ‘F’ mare (SA Movin’Star)
2007 Yack ‘F’ stallion (Honorrs)
2008 Yulius ‘F’ stallion (Valerio Ibn Eternity)
2009 Yta Donna ‘F’ mare (Psytadel)
2010 Forelock’s Yessy mare (Psytadel)
SHEIKAN STAR – 2009 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
SHEIKAN STAR, Grey Stallion, *1992 (Shereik / Anouk).
Breeder and Owner: Mrs. Margje van der Starre.
Strain: Hadban Enzahi (Elsissa I).
In his birth year of 1992 Sheikan Star became Reserve-Champion colt foal at the Dutch National Championships. His best international placing in halter was a 3rd place in his junior stallion class at the Salon du Cheval World Championships in Paris.
Sheikan Star then went on to have a fantastic career as a racehorse himself, and later as a sire of many sporthorses. On the race-track he took first place 14 times, second place 9 times, and he also has 11 third place finishes on his impressive record. With this list of achievements he made it up to 71 kg of General Handicap and earned himself a Studbook Sporthorse Achievement Award for racing.
Furthermore Sheikan Star has been presented under saddle in dressage, showjumping and eventing at several National Federation competitions. In 2000 Sheikan Star became Dutch National Champion Endurance level II. At the age of 7 Sheikan Star was awarded a 2nd premium at the Dutch Stallion licensing of 1999. He is now a proven sire of sporthorses. A few of his best performing offspring are:
Shamor Star, out of Aronda Star, born in 1995: Winning racehorse and 2002 Dutch National Champion Endurance level II.
Nibbles Ben Star, out of Grimston, Anglo-Arabian born in 2001: 2001 Reserve Champion Belgium National Championships and currently Endurance level III.
Nib Karaskan Star, out of Agar’s Haracha Star, born in 2001: Winning racehorse and champion level III Endurance, currently competing in level IV.
Shakaan Al Jarra, out of Hamasa Fasiha, born in 1999: Currently competing in Endurance level III.
Kain, out of Hamasa Fasiha, born in 2004: Currently competing in Endurance level II.
Pure Nature Jair, out of Maropz van de Pakop, born in 2004: Currently competing in Endurance level II.
Nib Kannie Star, out of Rachanie, born in 2003: Currently competing in Endurance level I.
Shadibh Star, out of Zadibah Star, born in 1998: Winning racehorse.
This impressive list of achievements and his well-performing offspring earned him the WAHO Trophy for the year 2009. The Trophy was presented by Mr. Gideon Reisel, Registrar of the Dutch Studbook, to Sheikan Star’s owner/breeder Margje van der Starre, on the occasion of the Dutch National Championships, 12 September 2009.
L-R: Breeder and owner Margje van der Starre; Aurid Muskee; Marjo Scholts.
ANTHAL – 2008 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
ANTHAL, Bay Stallion, *1983 (Komplekt/Olympia Dennenoord by Sadat).
Breeder: Liberty Arabians. Owner: Abigail Ligthert, Arabian Fantasie Stud.
Strain: Kehailan Ajuz (Gazella).
The Dutch Arabian Stud Book Authority is pleased to announce their 2008 WAHO Trophy winner. Anthal is a Dutch 1st Premium licensed breeding stallion, and an “Elite producer”, a studbook breeding status that is for the most part achieved by the breeding, show and sports achievements of his offspring. Anthal’s pedigree combines well known horses from the famous state studs of Tersk and Marbach. He is a multiple National and International Showchampion and has been ridden to the Dutch dressage level M. For more than 20 years the pride and joy of owner Abigail Ligthert, he is the horse which started “Arabian Fantasie”, one of the biggest show and breeding stables in the Netherlands. At 25 years of age he is still looking as strong and as healthy as ever!
1st place & 1st premium Dutch stallion licensing 1991
2nd place Int-B-show Wells, Austria 1992
1st place & Reserve Champion Int. A-show Aarhus, Denmark 1992
1st place & Reserve Dutch National Champion 1992
Top 5 All Nations Cup Aachen, Germany 1992
1st place European Championships 1992
1st place & 1st premium Dutch stallion licensing 1992
3rd place World Championships Paris, France 1992
1st place & Regional Champion 1993
1st place & Dutch National Champion 1993
Honorary Champion Dutch National Championships 1993
1st place, Champion and Best of Show – Int.B-show Aarhus, Denmark 1994
1st place & highest points Senior Stallions Int.Show Luxemburg 1994
1st place, 1st premium and Champion Dutch stallion licensing 1994
Reserve Dutch National Champion 1995 & 1996
Ex-equo 1st place European Championships 1998
1st place Dutch National Championships 2002
ECAHO one star stallion
The WAHO Trophy was presented to Abigail Ligthert by Mrs. Marianne Dijkman, Vice-Chairwoman of the Dutch Registry, in a special public award ceremony at the Dutch Arabian National Show on the 31rd of August 2008.
A popular and proud winner of the WAHO trophy, this gentle stallion is now retired from active breeding and will continue to enjoy the love and care of his owner at the Arabian Fantasie Stud.
SALOMO (DJINTI), Grey Gelding, *1991 (Niznji/Strelitzia).
Breeder: John vander Zwet. Owners: Anita and Eric Lamsma.
Strain: Hadban (Balkis).
The Dutch Arabian Stud Book Authority is pleased to announce their 2007 WAHO Trophy winner. Salomo – whose competition name is Djinti – is a top international Endurance star with more than 2000 km on the clock including 10 successfully completed 100 milers, totalling over 1600km. He has already been awarded with a special Endurance Achievement Title by the Dutch Studbook and he is multiple National Endurance Champion in the Netherlands.
His successfully completed 10 x 100 milers are:
1998 Hoenderloo (Netherlands)
2000 Veluwe Trail (Netherlands)
2000 Compiegne World Championship (France)
2002 Fasna Trail National Championship (Netherlands) – 1st Place / National Champion
2002 Jerez de la Frontera World Equestrian Games (Spain)
2003 Fasna Trail National Championship (Netherlands) – 1st Place / National Champion
2003 Punchestown European Championship (Ireland) – 3rd Place National Teams
2004 Fasna Trail National Championship (Netherlands) – 1st Place / National Champion
2004 Dubai World Championship (United Arab Emirates)
2005 Compiegne European Championship (France)
The WAHO Trophy was presented to Djinti and his proud owners by Mrs. Hannie Wehkamp-Onvlee, Chairwoman of the Dutch Registry, in a special public award ceremony at the Dutch Arabian National Show on the 15th of September 2007. This very special athlete has certainly earned such a prestigious additional Trophy. Recently retired from active competition, Djinti will spend his recreational days in the loving hands of the Lamsma family!
(left to right) Eric Lamsma (Endurance Rider and Organizer of the only Dutch 100-miler, the Fasna-Trail), Djinti, Anita Lamsma (Endurance-rider and Dutch Equestrian Federation Endurance Board member) and their daughter Imke Lamsma (also endurance rider at youth level) Website: www.teamdjinti.nl
RIGONA – 2006 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
RIGONA, Chestnut Mare, *1993 (Abakan / Ragonka).
Breeder: Mr. G. Struik. Owner: Mr. Luut Schutrups.
Strain: Kehaileh Rodanieh (Rodania 1869)
Bred by Mr. Struik when he himself was over 80 years of age, Rigona was bought by Mr. Schutrups, the proud owner, as a filly-foal in 1993. In 1994 she won the filly championships in the Dutch regionals and in 1996 she captured the National title as Junior Champion Mare.
Awarded ‘First Premium mare’ status a few years later by the Dutch studbook authority, she was broken to ride and then took on the task of breeding mare with very successful offspring, of which her two ‘First Premium’ daughters Kupona and Karona are still owned by Mr. Schutrups himself.
In 2005 she earned the highest studbook breeding title of ‘Elite Mare’, which she received based on the show and sport results of her progeny. Under rider Marloes Leeman she herself moved up to the “Z” level of Dutch dressage in 2006 for which she received a title-certificate in recognition of her achievements.
This impressive mare, through her own achievements and those of her progeny, is an excellent ambassador for the breed in the Netherlands. Being such a successful performer herself as a show horse, in performance under saddle and as a broodmare, it was not hard for the Dutch Registry to select Rigona to receive their 2006 WAHO Trophy!
PHOTO Left to right:Hannie Wehkamp (President of the Dutch Registry);
Marco Hoebeke (Trainer); Marloes Leeman (Rider); Mr. Schutrups (Owner) & Mrs. Schutrups
AMAL – 2005 WAHO Trophy Winner – Netherlands
AMAL, Chestnut Stallion, *1980, (Abdullah / Naomi).
Breeder: Mrs. H. De Ruiter- van Eyndthoven. Owner: Mr. Mokveld.
Strain: Kehailan Rodan (Rodania 1869).
For the AVS the year 2005 was a year of celebrations: the AVS celebrated its 25 anniversary and it was also 70 years ago that an Arabian Horse Registration Office was founded in the Netherlands. On these occasions, it was even more special that WAHO gave us the possibility to adjudge this prestigious award in our celebration year. We asked our members to nominate horses for this special award, and we received many suggestions.
A committee of 3 persons finally decided which horse should be the first WAHO Trophy winner of the Netherlands. It was the famous chestnut stallion Amal, born 25 years ago in the stables of Mrs. H. De Ruiter-van Eyndthoven. He is by World Champion stallion Abdullah [Patron / Psikhea]. Both sire and dam were born in the Netherlands, although his dam Naomi [Darjeel / Zelda] was imported in utero from Britain and the sire and dam of Abdullah were from Russia. Just four years later, Amal was to follow in the hoof prints of his father: he became World Champion Stallion in 1984! As a breeding stallion, he was also in demand, being leased to the United States in the mid 1980s, and later to Great Britain. In Springfield USA he became Reserve Champion in 1987, in 1994 he was National Champion in GB and in 1995 the International Champion of Towerlands. His quality is clear, he really was an ambassador for the Dutch Arabian Horse breeding!
Then his offspring went on with this success formula: he is the sire of many good broodmares, who also became champions on the national level: Lestokada (x Lekbira ), Langani (x Lekbira); Lady Amal (x Lekowitsca ) and on an international level: Vicuna (x Safiry), and Elounda (x Chadiga) National Champion in GB in 1989. His son Rabhar became Reserve Champion at the World Championships in 1987 and another son, Armani became National Champion. In sports we can mention his offspring: Amach (x Emucha) on the racetrack in GB, and the very talented western and dressage horses: Karami (x Romea van Dennenoord) and Makkeda (x Marosha) who both nearly reached Prix St. George Level. Amal’s grandson Ibn Armani achieved the distinction of European Champion in Western Riding.
Because of the quality and important place of Amal and his offspring in the Arabian horse history of the Netherlands, the commission decided to present the WAHO Trophy to this exceptional stallion’s proud and happy owner, Mr. Mokveld. We honoured them at our special celebration on the occasion of the Jubilee of the AVS, so it was a very festive evening! Amal was presented by his trainer, Mr. Chris van Schalkwijk and the WAHO Trophy was handed over by Mrs. Hannie Wehkamp, President of the AVS.
Owner Mr. Mokveld with WAHO Trophy; Amal; Trainer Mr. Chris van Schalkwijk & Mrs. Hannie Wehkamp, President of the AVS. (Photo copyright Jan Kan)