Sutherlin, OR-The Dutch Warmblood Studbook of North America (KWPN-NA) is pleased to announce the line-up of speakers at its 21st Annual Meeting to be held in Del Mar, California, March 19-21, 2009. This year's three-day event features some of the biggest names in sport, including Cor Loeffen, Janko van de Lageweg, and Olympian Steffen Peters. This line-up of luminaries, along with exclusive workshops and a demonstration ride by Peters on his Olympic partner Ravel, are just some of the educational opportunities and festivities offered.
"Our goal is to provide useful information and the chance for breeders, trainers, riders and owners to ask a lot of questions of our European and North American experts," says Annual Meeting organizer Silvia Monas. "There's lots of time for discussing our favorite subject--KWPN horses--in a fun and relaxed setting!"
The Annual Meeting kicks off on Thursday evening, March 19, with registration and introductions, but the fun really begins with a welcome reception that evening. This icebreaker event allows everyone to enjoy the food, libation, and atmosphere as they mingle and meet distinguished guests.
Friday morning, speaker presentations and practicum begin with breeding and conformation expert Cor Loeffen, who will offer his insights on how linear scoring works, why it is important and how it can be used. Loeffen, an instructor at the Equestrian Training Center in Deurne and a former member of the KWPN Stallion Committee, will explain how to assess a horse.
Participants will move to Steffen Peters' farm for hands-on demonstrations where Loeffen will offer insight into conformation and its impact on performance. He'll explain how to evaluate the horse, first impressions, and explain which characteristics are most important for athletic success. Loeffen's demonstration will also include how he assesses a jumper and what he looks for in conformation and movement for both types. He'll also divulge the essential qualities for a breeding horse. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate a few horses themselves.
Workshops continue on Saturday, March 21, with numerous demonstration horses for evaluation. Loeffen will offer tips and ideas for how to evaluate horse under saddle, including rideability, character and temperament. Among the topics: expectations of certain types of conformation-- square versus rectangular, and uphill versus downhill build.
Renowned sport horse breeder and handler Janko van de Lageweg from the world-famous VDL Stud in Holland will also share his expertise as he discusses how he selects stallions for particular types of mares and what traits may compensate for certain flaws. Using the demonstration horses, he will explain what type of stallion he would pick for each mare, and why.
Saturday's activities will include collaboration between the various speakers on what distinguishes a great dressage horse. Olympic medalist Steffen Peters will ride several three-year-old horses. He will comment on different training techniques he uses on different types of horses, how their conformation could help or hinder their performance, and how to enhance their natural ability. He'll share how he picks a horse to ride and what he looks for in a performance horse, from character traits to specific movement traits, as well as how to spot Grand Prix ability in young horses. The activities will culminate with an exciting ride by Peters on Grand Prix champion Ravel.
Other speakers scheduled throughout the course of the meeting include Dr. Deborah P. Harrison, who will share news from the AAEP Convention about the latest developments in breeding, and Dr. Lisa Metcalf, who will speak about optimizing mare pregnancy rates, doses, and international CEM issues. Dr. Metcalf is board-certified in theriogenology, the specialty practice of animal reproduction. She has spoken throughout the world and authored numerous articles, papers and textbook chapters on equine reproduction.
"I hope that there will be many messages conveyed and that breeders enjoy being on the forefront of advances in equine reproductive medicine," said Metcalf about speaking at the KWPN Annual Meeting. "The entire horse industry benefits tremendously from continual learning about the veterinary aspects of breeding both mares and stallions. It is, of course, at the very heart, the beginning, the roots of our trade," she added.
The Annual Meeting wraps up with the awards dinner and silent auction on Saturday evening. The recipients of the Gert van der Veen Member of the Year, Breeder of the Year and the Horse of the Year awards, among others, will be honored.
Members and non-members are welcome for all events. The cost is just $150 for all three days for pre-registered members or $225 for non-members and walk-ins. An optional dinner on Friday night is also offered. A full schedule and sign-up forms are available at the website http://www.kwpn-na.org
About the KWPN-NA
In 1983, the Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America was established as the North American Department of the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN) in order to promote breeding and enjoyment of the KWPN horse in North America.
To learn more about KWPN-NA membership, stallions and breeding, visit http://www.kwpn-na.org
Photo Caption: Steffen Peters & Ravel
Photo courtesy: KWPN-NA
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