Saturday, April 5

AES gradings in Schijndel, The Netherlands

At riding school De Molenheide in Schijndel the Dutch stallion grading of AES was held on Friday April 4. It was a cosy event at which stallions got all the time to prove themselves if good enough. AES keeps on organizing on low budget profile, but improved many things and took care of the charisma of the studbook, after the problems they had last year. We can speak about an up-to-par stallion approval which is comparable to the grading at any other studbook in the world. Two new judges Bernard Demets from Belgium and Maikel Van der Vleuten talked about the quality of the stallions. ‘We have the same quality as anywhere else in the world’, they said. Together with Bert Van den Oetelaar and Koen Olaerts they named Black Bird (Street Hassle x Le Tot de Semilly) as the jumping champion 2014. Gletsjer (Apache x Prestige VDL) came out as the top dressage horse.

Black Bird, a French horse now named Gare du Nord, is a stallion of the three friends Aaldering, Van De Lageweg and Sinnack, born in France as a grandson of Quickstar and out of the same mother as Orient Express. Reserve champion was Gunnar EB (Acolord x Quite Easy) of Stud Enterbrook. Tallmann TN, a horse born in Belgium as Loreto vh Zorgvliet, placed third. Tallmann (Toulon x Colman) is born by Andre Braeckevelt and owned by Team Nijhof. Gletsjer, the dressage champion was put for sale by her owner Wilma Van der Steen. Gletsjer is a modern type dressage horse with four low white socks and a beautiful star on his face. He has an uphill body and moves the way he has to for a future dressage prospect.28 Stallions were licensed. Three older stallions got approved. There was the dressage horse Lincom’s Elton John CL (Johnson x Balzflug) and the jumpers Jiqueenturo di Luna (Canturano x Larome) and Empire (Calvaro x Erdbal xx).