National Stallion Show (English)

The NWPCS National Stallion Show 2024 is held Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th of February in Ermelo.

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Entrance fee:€ 12,50
Children up to 12€ 0,00

Welcome to the NWPCS Stallion Show

The Dutch Welsh Pony and Cob Society (NWPCS) is very happy to welcome the numerous foreign visitors to the NWPCS Stallion Show (CHK) at the National Equestrian Centre in Ermelo. Here’s a brief explanation of the NWPCS Stallion Show.

NWPCS Approved Stallion(Stamboekhengst)

All offspring (at least 12,5% Welsh) of licensed or approved stallions can be registered in the NWPCS studbook. At the NWPCS Stallion Show (Centrale hengstenkeuring) the stallions can get an additional NWPCS approval and become Stamboekhengst.

First round viewing (1e bezichtiging)

The first round viewing is open to three year old colts and older stallions. It takes place on friday.

The judges have the pedigrees of all stallions available and will also have looked at the breeding of the stallions before the Stallion Show takes place. They are assisted in this by a breeding committee (FTC).

At first, the judging committee and a farrier observe the walk and trot of the stallion on hard ground. This allows them to properly assess the movement and conformation of the stallion.

The first round viewing will take place in the main arena in front of a judging committee. The stallions will be shown in hand. At first they enter as a group for the judges first assessment of conformation and walk (rondstappen). After this the stallions are shown in hand individually and assessed on conformation, walk and trot.

After this, the stallions enter the arena as a group again for a final glance of the judges before they announce which stallions are referred to the second round viewing (2e bezichtiging) on saturday. The ones that are reffered, can walk on as the ones that are not, have to leave. The judge will explain why the stallion is not through to the next round.

The stallions that are referred to the second round viewing will be examined by a vet and officially meassured after their presentation on friday. The NWR- and WPBR-stallions that are reffered to the second round viewing, will also be lunged on the friday afternoon. This gives the judges some extra information on them.

Second round viewing (2e bezichtiging)

The second round viewing of the referred stallions will take place on saturday. The procedure of the first round viewing (enter as a group – individual presentation – enter as a group again) will take place. After this, the judges again decide if the stallion can walk on or has to leave the arena.

Sections A, B, C and D and Welsh Partbred

The stallions that are allowed to walk on, are either NWPCS Approved Stallions or are referred to the final round per class (section and age group) where the judges take a last look at the whole class walking round. Sometimes one or two stallions are still asked to leave the arena, thus they are not NWPCS approved. The ones that may stay in the arena, will be announced NWPCS Approved Stallions and get placed by the judges.

NWR (Dutch Welsh Ridingpony)

The Dutch Welsh Ridingpony (NWR, formerly known as Welsh K) is a ridingpony-type Welsh Partbred created through a specific NWPCS selection policy. They don’t get NWPCS approved straight away after the second round viewing. Instead they can get referred to/selected for (aangewezen or uitgenodigd) the performance test (verrichtingsonderzoek) which takes place in the autumn/winter of the same year. If the referred NWR stallion successfully passes the performance test, it is NWPCS Approved (Stamboekhengst).

Colt with the best trot (Hengst met de Beste Draf)

The 3 year old NWR colts that have been referred to the performance test, cannot participate in the NWR championship. However they have their own election. The judges appoint three colts for the election ‘Hengst met de Beste Draf‘. The public decides (loudest applauding and cheering) which of the three has the best trot and wins the election.

NWPCS approved stallions (Stamboekhengsten)

All NWPCS approved stallions (Stamboekhengsten) have to attend the NWPCS Stallion Show on Saturday the year after they have been approved, in order to keep their status as an NWPCS Approved Stallion.

All NWPCS approved stallions can be entered for the NWPCS Stallion show. They will compete in their own class. The stallions that are placed first and second in their class, are invited for the championship of their section. The section champions and reserves are invited for the overall supreme championship.


The NWPCS was founded in 1959. Along with the National Stallion Show (CHK) at the beginning of February each year, the NWPCS annually organizes six regional shows (RK) and the National Mare Grading Show (CMK) which is held in August.

Due to Dutch Horse Law, the NWPCS stallion licensing in 1959 until 1995 differed from the licensing in the United Kingdom. A stallion only received a licence if it was accepted by the national judging committee. Additional requirements included approval by a veterinarian and a correct pedigree confirmed by a DNA-test (both parents). In order for offspring to be registered in the NWPCS-studbook, this was obligatory, even if the stallion was already licensed according to the procedures in the UK.

An important change was made by us in 1995. From that point on, the licensing of Welsh stallions sections A, B, C and D became identical to the procedure in the United Kingdom. All offspring of stallions who obtaine a license in this way are registered in our studbook.

As a result, our National Stallion Show has become a show where stallions can additionally get approved as an NWPCS Approved stallion (Stamboekhengst). Thus, for a Welsh Pony or Cob to be registered in the NWPCS Studbook it is not necessary to have an NWPCS approved sire, but quite a number of breeders and owners prefer to use such an approved stallion over a licensed stallion.

However, when breeding and / or showing a Welsh, there is no difference between the offspring of a licensed stallion and that of a stallion approved at the NWPCS Stallion Show.

NWR: Dutch Welsh Ridingpony

Apart from the 5 regular sections of the WPCS, the NWPCS has added a sixth: the Dutch Welsh Ridingpony (NWR). This is in fact a Welsh Partbred with a minimum of 25% registered Welsh blood crossed only with Arabian, Anglo-Arabian and/or English Thoroughbred. The aimed height of the NWR is between 146 and 148cm (14.2hh).

Like the other NWPCS-approved stallions, in order for an NWR stallion to become an NWPCS approved stallion, it has to be accepted by the national judging committee, approved by the vet and DNA-tested. In addition, the NWR-stallion needs to have successfully completed a performance test.

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