On Friday November the 11th the final assessment in the discipline riding horse yielded five stallions who received the green light to continue the Central Examination. The in-harness part is scheduled for Saturday December 10th.
Harrie Draaijer: ‘It was all quite straightforward for us: some of the stallions that were refused lacked self-carriage whereas others lacked scope in movement and use of the body.’ With 81 points top performer was 4-year-old Mees van Rijnwoude (Tymon 456 x Dries 421). Draaijer: ‘Mees is an impressive appearance with a great work attitude to boot. He shows ample forward go, has a fine walk and moves with a lot of shoulder freedom. The only remark would probably be that he could still improve a bit on activity of his hind leg.’
The 5-year-old Jorbert fan ‘e Sûderleane (Maurits 437 x Jasper 366) scored 80 points. ‘From beginning to end Jorbert has made a positive impression. He is a strong mover with good use of the hind leg. He has shown steady growth in training and throughout the examination process. Working in a closed outline comes easy to him, which is a great asset.’
Also 80 points for Siert fan Wadway (Dries 421 x Sape 381) who demonstrated steady progress in his way of moving. ‘Engagement of his hindquarters has gradually improved while retaining good suppleness in his body.’
Menno fan Oostenburg (Norbert 444 x Beart 411) attracted positive attention. ‘He has a strong, uphill canter with great capacity for placing his hind leg far under the body. He is blessed with strong hindquarters and a good silhouette but could improve the roominess of his walk and move with more suppleness.’
Because of an injury Rick van de Noeste Hoeve (Norbert 444 x Jasper 366) has run up a delay in training, but still managed to collect 79 points. ‘He is a stallion with a lot of capacity, achieving deep bend in the hock. For a 3-year-old he is easy to work in a closed outline but he should move in a slightly more uphill frame.’