Johnnie Walker was the talk of the town at the KWPN Stallion Show. The son of Zapatero jumped sensationally at the second round viewing in ’s Hertogenbosch and was placed third in the Champions’ Ring. The pedigree of Johnnie Walker includes many foundation sires, both directly and indirectly. Sire Zapatero is developing into an excellent breeding stallion. His son Fernando V won the silver medal at the World Championships for 6-year-olds in Lanaken last year and other offspring like Dyango VDL, Datero H and Zapzerap perform successfully at international level as well. Through Zapatero, the bloodlines of both Chin Chin and Ircolando were added to the pedigree of Johnnie Walker. Grandsire Mermus R is a ‘Keur’ awarded stallion and can be found on the dam’s side of many successful show jumper. In addition, Mermus R is a son of the valuable Burggraaf out of a dam by Ramiro. Great-grandsire Upgrade brings in the genes of both Heartbreaker and Pilot, and Marlon is a son of the French foundation sire Zeus. Further back in the pedigree of Johnnie Walker is the ‘Stallion of the Century’ - Nimmerdor.
Johnnie Walker’s dam Elia was awarded ‘Elite’ and earned a score of 80 points in the KWPN mare test. For technique and willingness she received an 8.5, while her scope was given a 9. Grand dam Rianca received the ‘Prestatie’ predicate, due to numerous offspring jumping at 1.30m-level or higher. Additionally, great-grand dam Bianca produced the world-famous show jumper Liberty, who competed at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, and the Grand Prix-show jumpers Gravutell and Ocana. Bianca also anchored the performance blood of many international show jumpers, such as the well-known Baileys of Michel Hendrix, a current member of the Dutch Olympic squad.
In the KWPN stallion test, Johnnie Walker caught the eye again. For his scope, he attained an 8.5, while he received an 8 for all the other jumping aspects - finishing on a total score of 80.5. Johnnie Walker - the sensational jumper of the KWPN Stallion Show out of the dam line of Liberty and Baileys
Johnnie Walker is a regal, long lined, stallion with a ground-covering and lightfooted canter. The stallion shows a great commitment and jumps with good technique and unlimited scope.
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.
Zweeloo - the foal inspection for jumping foals held on 12 July was a unanimous success for the offspring of the VDL stallions.
Johnnie Walker and Jur Vrieling finished in 2nd place in the final of the stallioncompetition 1.10m level, he finished 4th in the overall rankings.
There were good results this evening at the 2nd round of the KWPN Blom stallioncompetition for our stallions.
In the 1.30m/1.35m class Hero Blue (Douglas x Indoctro), ridden by Biba Mc Caul, finished in 3rd place.&n...
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