For years, the Royal Dutch Warmblood Association of North America (KWPN-NA) has been renowned for its expansive awards programs for dressage and hunter/jumpers. Now, with assistance from the United States Eventing Association (USEA), the KWPN-NA has expanded these award programs to recognize Dutch horses competing in eventing.
The KWPN-NA awards program for eventing is two-fold: high-score awards for competitors at individual events, as well as a lucrative year-end recognition program.
For individual events held anywhere in North America, the KWPN-NA office offers beautiful best-score neck sashes and rider medals which competitions may offer for three divisions: Novice/Training; Preliminary/Intermediate; and Advanced/FEI. Best of all, these awards are provided by the KWPN-NA to events for free; organizers can easily apply using the KWPN-NA’s new and improved online show registration form here. In order to be eligible, events must be USEA-recognized; owners/riders must present a copy of their horse’s KWPN papers to the event secretary as proof of breed registration; and a copy of the competition results naming the recipients of the awards must be sent to the KWPN-NA office after the event.
In partnership with the USEA, the KWPN-NA will now also offer year-end awards to recognize accomplishments of the KWPN horse in eventing. Divisional awards for champion through fifth place will be determined at the end of the USEA competition year according to USEA rankings, and to be eligible, the horse owner must be a current member of the KWPN-NA (associate memberships are available for as little as $50). For complete year-end award requirements, click here.
“Dutch horses are prevalent in U.S. eventing competitions, and we are excited to see the KWPN-NA recognizing this point,” said USEA CEO Rob Burk. “The first horse that received the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers grant to send a U.S. horse to the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships was in fact a KWPN (D.A. Duras). We know that eventers competing KWPN horses in America will genuinely appreciate this recognition.”
For more information about the KWPN-NA awards programs for eventing, as well as easily apply for FREE KWPN-NA high-score competition awards to present at your event, visit http://kwpn-na.org/kwpn-na-competition-awards-programs/. Questions? Contact the KWPN-NA office at (859) 225-5331 or [email protected].
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