In memorial: 2011 UK CHAMPION STALLION

Wouter Vb STER (Arjen 417 x Brandus 345) DOB: 14.04.2007

Wouter qualified for the finals of the BD Shearwater Young Dressage Horse competition by winning the Richmond Qualifier in 2011 but unfortunately we were unable to go to the finals at Hartpury. In 2012 he qualified for the same Championships in the 5yo class and made an appearance at Hartpury Festival of Dressage on Saturday 7th July

This young horse came over to England with us in October 2009 as a gangly 2yo. We were drawn to him because of his lovely temperament, beautiful head and most importantly his very elegant, easy paces. A winter spent living out in a 10 acre field on a slope did Wouter the world of good and allowed him to naturally build up his own strength. We took him to the UK Friesian inspections in 2011 where he was awarded the prestigious STER title and the Champion Stallion title. Wouter has always shown a very natural ability in dressage. He was sensible, willing and talented.

23rd September

Myerscough - P14 73.33% (1st) / N28 68.75% (1st)

6th April

Richmond Equestrian Centre - Shearwater British Dressage 5yo Young Horse Qualifier - 1st (Qualified for Hartpury Festival of Dressage)

9th March

Myerscough Premier League - 5yo Potential International Dressage Horse - 7.08 (12th)

18th February

Richmond Equestrian Centre - P14 70% (1st) / N34 69.58% (1st)

31st January

Richmond Equestrian Centre - P12 (1st) / N28 67.08% (1st)

Wouter's papers were very interesting. His mother, HEDWICH L Stb Ster, is from Stam 1, the oldest bloodline for the Friesians. He has full papers (Ster, Ster Sport, Ster, Ster Pref) and has inherited his dressage ability from his sire Arjen 417 who competed with great success at Prix St George in the Netherlands. Arjen 417 was approved on his offspring in 2009 which have proved to be of a consistently high quality with particular note being made of how easy his offspring are to work with.

This was certainly the case with Wouter. He had immaculate manners both in and out of the stable. He was very straightforward to back and has always been willing and quick to learn. Wouter was very laid back but by no means was he lazy. He hacked out alone, with geldings, stallions or mares without any trouble. Travelling was never a problem, alone or with others and he was happy loading and unloading.

We have had the pleasure of working with a couple of Arjen offspring now who have been naturally athletic and willing. Because of this we have now brought Wouters two full sisters over to the UK.

Unfortunately, we lost Wouter on New Years-eve 2014 due to colic. Wouter was a real gentleman, very sweet and kind natured and we miss him dearly. Fortunately, we do still have Berber and Doutzen, the two full sisters of Wouter, who will hopefully continue his good bloodline and who will always remind us of their brother: One of the sweetest and hard-working horses we have ever known.

Wouter's memorial video