Belgian Warmblood: Bred to Perform

by Chris Sallee

BWP (Belgian Warmblood Paard/Horse) is proudly ranked #1 in the WBFSH Show Jumping rankings for 2021 claiming the #1 and #2 horse in the World for Showjumpers; #1 H&M Indiana (Kashmir van Schuttershof) #2 King Edward (Edward x Feo) and #6 Killer Queen (Eldorado vd Zeshoek) #17 Hello Jefferson (Cooper vd Heffinck x Irco Mena) #18 Hester (Wandor vd Mispelaere x Palestro vd Beginakker) #22 Mumbai (Diamant de Semilly x Nabab de Reve). For money won in 2021, the BWP has #1 Killer Queen and #3 Gazelle ter Elzen (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro).

Java van de Kleinheide, Elite mare (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Clinton), with owner, founding BWP/NAD member, Allyn McCracken. Photo: Erin Gilmore

The BWP has celebrated being a top 5 WBFSH showjumping registry for decades including the #1 Registry and #1 horse in the World for 2017, #2 Registry for 2018, #3 Registry for 2019 and #3 Registry for 2020 for WBFSH rankings and by prize money won in 2020.

The Belgian Warmblood Association North American District, was established in 1987 as a non-profit organization. It was formed by a group of breeders and owners dedicated to the recognition, promotion, breeding and preservation of the Belgian Warmblood in North America. BWP/NAD is a fully recognized district of Belgium, BWP/BE, and is a member of the WBFSH under BWP.

In 1988, the North American District hosted the first official Keuring Tour for the inspection of breeding stock in the United States by Belgian Judges. Since then, the annual event has grown to encompass more than two dozen Keuring inspection sites throughout the continental U.S. and Canada each year. These Keurings serve to guarantee the continued quality and success of BWP horses bred in North America. Through dedication, hard work, and strong breeding practices, BWP/NAD has grown to be one of the strongest & most respected breed registries in North America.

BWP/NAD fosters a unique relationship with our European counterpart in that all passports and papers are still generated by Belgium. The registry follows the rules and guidelines of Belgium for breeding, judging criteria and registration. All of the NAD Stallions that are approved in North America are Fully Approved and recognized in Europe. BWP/NAD follows the exact same vetting and performance criteria as Belgium. This reciprocity sets the BWP/NAD apart from other breed registries here in the U.S. All Foals are USEF Lifetime registered, optional branding, inspected for $5,000 Foal Futurity payouts each year for both the foals and stallion owners. We offer our annual Stallion Service Auctions for mare owners and to promote our Stallions for their owners. BWP/NAD has yearling and 2yo Futurities and has a robust Awards programs for all disciplines.

Omano BC, BWP/NAD bred stallion (Cumano x Sapphire/Darco), bred and owned by Chris Sallee and Blue Chip Bloodstock, ridden by Dirk Demeersman.

Only top quality horses are admitted to the registry through the visual inspection and evaluation of stallions, mares and foals. Using the same stringent judging criteria from inspections in Belgium, the Belgian Jury looks for modern horses that have correct conformation for soundness, athletic potential for the Olympic disciplines, proven bloodlines for performance, good temperament for ride ability, and above all, the potential to pass these traits on to their offspring. As a result, this selectivity ensures that buyers, riders, and breeders of Belgian Warmbloods are getting the highest quality horse possible.

The Registry began with 8 approved stallions and has since grown to over 60 National & International performance stallions. There are now and impressive 36 Elite Stallions, 58 Elite Mares, and 7 Ambassadors owned by BWP/NAD Breeders. In 2014, the BWP/NAD was awarded our first Ambassador with Rebozo La Silla aka HH Rebozo (Dollar de la Pierre x Ramiro). In 2015 our second Ambassador was awarded to Imothep (Indoctro x Calvados) and in 2018 we were pleased to have the Olympic Gold Medal winner Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) awarded as our third Ambassador.

In 2019 we had a record number of Ambassadors presented including ASB Conquistador aka Bush vd Heffinck (Clinton x Heartbreaker), Bull Run’s Faustino (Berlin x Darco), Flexible (Cruising x Safari), and Ultimo van ter Moude (Capitol I x Major de la Cour). We had our first BWP/NAD Stallions debut into the top 100 WBFSH Sires list for 2018; #39 Ambassador Dulf vd Bisschop (Heartbreaker x Libero H) and #94 Ultimo vt Moude. Ultimo’s offspring, Rouge de Ravel, reached #22 in the 2019 WBFSH standings. Bull Run’s Faustino de Tilli continues his over $1 million in career winning prize money and over 40 FEI Grand Prix wins with his rider Kristen Vanderveen.

Ultra Special B, 2020 filly (Emerald van’t Ruytershof x Branco), bred and owned by Banockburn Farm LLC.

We have our annual Keuring tours each summer with our Belgian Judge, Boudewijn Schepers, who was the Head BWP Stallion Judge for over 15 years. We visit many sites across the U.S. and Canada each summer and fall and if you are interested in hosting or participating in a Keuring, please contact us at info@belgianwarmblood.com.

The BWP/NAD Stallion & Breeding Guide has the latest Keuring results, BWP/NAD approved stallions, elite mares and other insightful information about the registry. The Guide is distributed throughout North America & Canada and available digitally around the World every spring, distributed at major show venues and available online on our website. It serves as a great resource for Breeders to advertise their breeding program, sale horses and businesses. The deadline for ads for the Guide each year is December 1st. We also welcome any pictures of your BWP/NAD approved horses that you would like to be considered for the Candid Breeder pages in the guide. Please send high resolution (300dpi) and photo credits to marketing@belgianwarmblood.com. Contact also for advertising rates for the guide, on our website, in our online newsletters or for keuring tour sponsorship opportunities.

For active members, the BWP/NAD will be giving out All Breed awards at the USDF convention each year as well as the Sally B. Wheeler hunter award. We also sponsor Lifetime Achievement Awards for all BWP/NAD approved horses for performance & breeding in hunter, jumper, dressage and eventing. For more information regarding our awards program, please visit our website or contact us at membership@belgianwarmblood.com.

Visit our website www.belgianwarmblood.com for more information on registrations, news and annual Keuring results.