|Cardento (Elite)||Capitol I|
|Wonder A.S. (Prestatie)||Heartbreaker (Preferent)|
Grand Slam is the all-time top scorer of the KWPN Stallion Test. Brought to this height with a sire lineage of only foundation performance stallions. Sire Cardento won silver medals at the WEG, the European Championship and the Olympic Games plus has many offspring competing at the top: Zacramento, Cue Channa and Cafino as examples. Grandsire, Heartbreaker, is recognized as one of world’s best sires. The third sire in Grand Slam’s pedigree is the legendary Mr. Blue, who jumped at Grand Prix level and produced top horses like Simon and Zirocco Blue. Numbers 4 and 5 in this pedigree are ‘Stallion of the Century’ Nimmerdor and top thoroughbred Erdball xx. They provide the base for top performers and producers like Apollo, Just Malone, Goldenbridge, Heartbreaker, Ahorn, etc.
Dam, Wonder A.S., foaled the approved stallion Dallas VDL, who jumps successfully under Jur Vrieling in Grand Prix and World Cup classes. Great-grand dam, Bonnette, is ‘Preferent and Prestatie’ and produced the Grand Prix jumper Annette. Bonnette is the full sister to the international jumper Drummer.
Grand Slam is a complete stallion with an amazing mentality. He stands out with his technique, reflexes and scope. Grand Slam achieved the all-time top score of 90 points in the KWPN Stallion Test and became convincingly the Champion. For technique and reflexes he earned a 9.5; for scope, rideability, attitude and talent as a jumper he received 9’s; for canter and balance he received an 8.
He continues to prove those points were well deserved as he continues his competition career. Grand Slam already won as a 7 year old the CSI1* Grand Prix in Zwolle and last year he continued with his international succes at 1.50m already.
1st GP CSI1* Jumping Zwolle
2nd 1.40m Vejer de la Frontera
3rd GP Hering
4th GP Valkenwaard
5th GP RWC Hellendoorn
5th 1.45m CSI De Wolden
5th Medium Tour finale Jumping de Achterhoek
5th GP Outdoor Tolbert
6e Championat van Veeningen
7th Medium Tour final Oldenburg
8th 1.45m Opglabbeek
9th GP Ommen
Although still young, his offspring look very promising – they show light-footed movement, good reflexes, quick take off and scope. Daughter Lannamieka VDL was the queen of the year at the KWPN Mareshow.
Some notable offspring:
Khan – Winner Monterrey 5 yo
Kirymanjaro Fortuna - Champion 4yo Polen
Lenn Slam L - Winner stallioncompetition Poland
Inspections, mare tests and championships:
G (Grand Slam x Sheraton) – Approved Westfalen
Goldstar W- Approved AES
Korinda W - Champion ONNK 4 till 7 yo
Kiverna - Champion jumpingbred foals CK Zeeland
Lannamieka VDL - Loose jumping 90 pnt. and Champion National mare championship
Lemmie - IBOP 83 points
Lea’s Pleasure – EPTM 85 pnt
Legend VDP - Approved KWPN
Lysandroretto - Loose jumping 85 pnt.
Liber T – 4th National foal championship
OH Harry HL - 7th National foal championship
Petit Slam JW - Winner loose jumping Belgium
Grand Slam: a true complete stallion
|Cardento (Elite)||Capitol I||Capitano||Corporal|
|Wonder A.S. (Prestatie)||Heartbreaker (Preferent)||Nimmerdor (Preferent)||Farn (Preferent)|
|Sonette||Mr. Blue (Preferent)||Couperus|
|Bonnette (Preferent, Prestatie)||Nimmerdor (Preferent)|
Marlon Modolo Zanotelli took Grand Slam VDL to the CSI 2 * in Bonheiden this weekend and achieved fantastic results. In the 1.45m Grand Prix they jumped a fantastic clear round and finished 12th.
ERMELO - Melody (by Etoulon) and Moi Vivi JR (by Grand Slam) passed their EPTM exam with excellent results. Melody scored 82.5 points, Moi Vivi JR received 81 points from the jury.
Grand Slam VDL has recently started training with the Brazilian top rider Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and last week they successfully made their first starts in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
WESTFALEN - The stallion inspection in Westphalia can be called the absolute highlight of the very successful inspection season in Germany for the VDL Stud. From the VDL descendants Arezzo brought the champion and 6 stallions were approved.
VDL Edgar M (Arezzo x Marlon) and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli became 5th in the 5* Grand Prix of Valkenswaard.
Glasgow van ’t Merelsnest and Jur Vrieling jumped double clear in the Global Champions League.
The 3-year old gelding Hermes de Riverland (Grand Slam x Argentinus x Quidam de Revel) was sold for € 36.500 at the Riverland Auction in France.
Lea’s Pleasure (Grand Slam x Great Pleasure), bred by J. Brinkman and R. Koopman, Hantumhuizen, received 85 points for her maretest in Ermelo.
Offspring of our stallions received good scores at several KWPN mare inspections in the country. Below you’ll find the highscores per region:
VERDEN - Grand Slam (Cardento x Heartbreaker), Inaico (Indoctro x Baloubet du Rouet) and Impressive (Douglas x Contender) are now also approved by the Hanoverian Studbook.
ERMELO (NED) - Sixteen VDL stallions have been selected for the 2nd round of the KWPN stallion inspection 2019 / 2020. The offspring of Inaico VDL and Impressive VDL is striking.
Grand Slam VDL and Alex David Gill 5th place in the 1.40m Medium Tour final and Dobbey (v. Zirocco Blue) 6th in Grand Prix of Jumping De Achterhoek
LESZNO - Lenn Slam L (by Grand Slam) has won the Polish stallion competition with an average final score of 8.6. On jumping under the man, Lenn Slam L achieved a 8.8. A 9 was even assigned to usability.
Dallas VDL finished in 5th place in the Oldenburg Grand Prix, halfbrother Grand Slam placed 7th in the final of the Medium Tour.
Our horses Goldenstar and Grand Slam finshed in the top five of the 1.45m Roelofsen Winter Classics Grand Prix at Hellendoorn
O’Zapatta (Zapatero x Numero Uno), bred by E.A. Gehlen from Wijnandsrade became Reserve Champion of the jumperfoals at the Central Keuring of Limburg in Panningen.
Grand Slam VDL, Carrera VDL and Arrezzo VDL provided great results with their descendants at the last studbook inspection of Overijssel in IJsselmuiden.
VDL Edgar M (Arezzo x Marlon) and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli placed 2nd in the 2* Grand Prix of Opblabbeek, Belgium.
Grand Slam VDL (Cardento x Heartbreaker) and Alex David Gill became 10th in a 1.35m young jumpers class.
Last week the KWPN foal show took place in Dalen and the top 4 of the jumpingbred foals were all offspring of our stallions:
The Championsribbon was taken by Nash (Johnny Walker VDL x Don Diablo), bred by Joh. H. Lufting from Dalen
At a freejump competition in Belgium last weekend Grand Slam sons Petit Slam JW and Penelope Castanoo placed 1st and 3rd.
p een tweede plaats eindigde Prioritta van 't Nief (v. Zirocco Blue)
The VDL Stud got today two more stallions selected for the 2nd round of the KWPN Stallionapprovals: 1 son of Grand Slam and 1 son of Glenfiddich
Champion of the 3 year old jumpingbred mares became Jadiene (Indoctro x Andiamo)and Champion of the jumpingbred foals was Champion became Miesarah van de Westerhoeve (Insider x Baltic)
The competition started with the 1.10m finals. In this class Cohinoor VDL, ridden by James Billington placed 3rd in the total standings and there was a 5th place for Hampshire VDL, ridden by Lennard de Boer. Both stallions jumped nice c...
Global Express (Orient Express x Laudanum XX) and Lennard de Boer won the stallioncompetition 1.20m class in Zuidbroek last night and are in second place in the ranking. With Grand Slam VDL (Cardento x Heartbreaker) Lennard jumped a dou...