USA-Bred & Owned Dressage Stallion Olivier Receives KWPN Recognition

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Olivier being ridden by Elisabeth Austin in the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5*. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Olivier being ridden by Elisabeth Austin in the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5*. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

HARDERWIJK, The Netherlands, Apr. 11–The USA-bred dressage stallion, Olivier, ridden at Grand Prix by Elisabeth Austin, has received recognition by KWPN, the Royal Dutch Sport Horse organization.

The 14-year-old stallion was bred by Madeleine Dammers Austin of Williston, Vermont, and has been competed at international-level Grand Prix by her daughter, Elisabeth, 26, for almost three years. The pair finished third in the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Special at Palm Beach in February.

Olivier was one of three stallions receiving KWPN recognition at the latest KWPN board meeting. The other two were the jumpers Arko III ridden by Nick Skelton and Peppermill ridden by John Whitaker, both of Great Britain.

The KWPN stallion selection committee regularly evaluate internationally renowned stallions which qualify for individual recognition. To receive KWPN recognition, a stallion “must clearly demonstrate excellence at the highest level of international sport, either through his own performance or that of his offspring, or a combination of both.”

The committee does not evaluate candidate stallions for conformation and correct movement and are not required to meet KWPN health standards such as radiographs and respiratory health, although any deficiencies are noted and radiograph results weigh heavily in the decision to grant individual recognition. Foals by recognized stallions are registered in the Foal Book, and from age three, they are accepted into the studbook without having to meet additional requirements.

The stallion selection committee deemed Olivier beneficial for Gelder horse breeding because of his pedigree and blood distribution. The committee considered the stallion’s show record and lineage sufficiently compelling in their recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Olivier measures 1.70 m/16.3 hands and is by Idocus (Equador x Zonneglans), and his dam Rowillie keur preferent prestatie, by Porter, was imported by Madeleine Austin in 1985. Rowillie’s dam Kowillie keur preferent is by Graaf Oregon. Farther back in Olivier’s pedigree are daughters by Graaf van Wittenstein and Ewald.

“The stallion is widely known for his good temperament, and he meets KWPN radiographic and respiratory requirements,” the KWPN said.

Semen from Olivier is available through Madeleinde Dammers Austin. Phone: +1.802.660.0401; URL: www.imajica.net.