According to johan Knaap, Kwpn director, “Kwpn horses are so successful at the top levels of international dressage thanks to strict selection by both our studbook and our breeders. This has resulted in strong dam lines, in which performance is deeply rooted. The predicate system is unique: no other studbook distinguishes the qualities of their mares in this manner. every predicate has a different meaning and entails different requirements to receive the predicate.”
predicates reflect various aspects of the Kwpn breeding goals. Some are earned by the horse, others are earned through offspring. For example, at the time of inspection, a horse can be awarded a ster predicate, indicating the horse has above-average conformation and movement an door jumping ability. Liwilarda, Verdades’ dam, is distinguished with a ster predicate. Awarding of this predicate is based on the number of points the horse has earned in these categories and requires a minimum height of 160 cm (15.S hands). wilarda, Verdades granddam, earned three predicates: keur, pref and prest. Keur indicates conformation higher than for ster and the completion of performance testing or equivalent sport requirements. Pref is a predicate awarded to Kwpn-registered mares who have produced three offspring who have earned the ster predicate. Prest is a predicate awarded to Kwpn-registered mares who have three offspring earning a combined minimum of five points in various performance tests Oopen competitions. Pref and prest predicates can be awarded posthumously.