In a completely sold-out venue the just recently approved Jurre 495 (Maurits 437) was elected Champion of the Stallion Inspection, with the Reserve Title going to Nane 492 (Wimer 461). With great enthusiasm the audience cheered their favourite to his title.
The as ever spine-tingling Champion Inspection got underway with the race for the title of the older stallions. There were eight of them, all approved on offspring, who were presented to the jury. After one round in walk four were asked to leave the ring. The unlucky ones were Maurits 437, Tsjalle 454, Tymon 456 and Wimer 461. The thousands of spectators rooted for the remaining four Jasper 366, Beart 411, Mewes 438 and Alwin 469 when they did their rounds in trot. If the audience had been given their say the grand prize would have gone to 22-year-old Jasper 366. Head of Jury Bauke de Boer: ‘Jasper 366 presented himself in a super way, but the years are starting to show which was visible in the use of his hind leg. Beart 411 performed better in the long lines than in-hand. With his wonderful, youthful appearance and strong movement Mewes 438 definitely deserved the Champion Title and with his mighty trot Alwin 469 impressed the jury and won himself the Reserve Title.’
In the group of younger stallions which have not yet been approved on offspring nine stallions made a bid for the title. First to be waved out by the judges were Epke 474, Menne 496 and Bene 476, soon to be followed by Walt 487 and Fonger 478. Hessel 480, Markus 481, Nane 492 and Jurre 495 were left to battle it out for the title. Jurre 495 proved to be popular with both the judges as well as the audience. ‘We have chosen the stallion with the best trot and in our opinion that’s Jurre 495’, was Bauke de Boer’s comment. ‘Nane 492 gave a convincing presentation in walk and trot and became Reserve Champion.’
As always, the final moment of reckoning is the Overall Championship. Mewes 438, Alwin 469, Nane 492 and Jurre 495 were invited back in to make their bid for the ultimate title. Bauke de Boer: ‘For us there was no doubt that Jurre 495 would receive the Title, he trotted exceptionally well, firmly lifting his hind leg with a fine moment of suspension. After a round in trot the choice for the Reserve was obvious, after Jurre 495 it was Nane 492 who showed us the best trot.’