1995 Dutch Warmblood Stallion
Black, 16.3 hands
Ferro – Variant – Gondelier

Owner: Van Olst Horses
Breeder: W. Borgers

2014 Breeding Fee: Book currently full


Performance Test:

Reserve Champion of Stallion Performance Test

Approved KWPN, KWPN-NA, VhW, GOV



About Negro

Negro was a brilliant performer living up to the standard set by the sport horses behind him.  At his Stallion Performance Test in 1998 he was Reserve Champion overall and was described as an ‘honest, reliable stallion that really likes to go. The walk is big and powerful, his trot has a lot of impulsion, and he has a scopey, powerful canter.”  Negro’s canter was awarded an exceptionally high 8.5 and his jumping ability also impressed with no score less than 7.5 for jumping.

As a 5 & 6 year old, Negro won the Stallion Show competitions in Holland in a highly convincing fashion.  He was the highest placed Dutch horse at the 2001 FEI World Championships for Young Horses.  By age seven he was a strong performer at Prix St. Georges with scores over 70% and Negro debuted at Grand Prix with a score of 74% the following year.  The piaffe and passage were especially easy exercises for Negro and Anne van Olst still calls Negro “the best horse I have ever ridden.”

Photo © Dirk Caremans

Negro’s sire, Olympic Ferro, has been one of the most successful international dressage stallions in history.  With rider Coby Van Baalen, Ferro captured the Team Silver at the 1998 World Equestrian Games, 1999 European Championships, and 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Ferro has also been a prolific breeder and has earned the “Preferant” title for the KWPN.  His offspring are known for their powerful hindquarters and ability to collect and find favor with both dressage and jumper riders.  Ulft, Le Mexico, and Farn are all cornerstones to Dutch jumper breeding programs and highlight the versatility behind Negro.

Negro’s dam, the Keur mare Fewrie, is by the successful international dressage stallion Variant and the highly decorated Keur Preferante Prestatie mare Mewrie. Mewrie was successful in national level showjumping, not surprising as her sire Gondelier was an international showjumper.  The talent for sport and the willingness to work are deeply rooted in Negro's pedigree.

No matter how well-bred or how successful a stallion himself may be, he will ultimately be judged by the quality of his offspring.  Negro's official foal report from the KWPN noted that his progeny “show ample walks and powerful, impressive canters. They hold themselves well in trot and show good balance, elevation, and remarkable self-carriage.”

As his offspring matured, they only became more impressive and his correctness, athleticism, and brilliance consistently transmit through.  The KWPN awarded Negro Preferant status in early 2012 due to his exceptional offspring.  While Negro offspring are competing successfully in jumpers and eventing, it is not surprising that it is the dressage arena where they dominate. One of Danish Olympian Anne van Olst’s favorite horses to compete is Taikoen.  Carl Hester has ridden many Negro offspring over the years and likes them so much he has a couple in his stable he is currently developing.  In 2011 it was the talented Negro son, Valegro, who was the rising star of the European Dressage scene. In his first year at Grand Prix, he consistently scored in the mid-70s at CDIs and won the Team Gold Medal. In 2012, Valegro continued to amaze and set a new World Record in April and made history with his Team and Individual Gold Medals at the Olympic Games.

In the US, Tornado was short-listed as a US Representative for the FEI World Young Horse Championships in 2006; Mette Rosencrantz’s Taison was the USDF Horse of the Year at Training Level in 2005 and in 2009 finished 6th at the US Developing Horse Championships. The talented mare Uforia competed at the 2008 Intermediaire I National Championships and was successfully competing in the Grand prix at age 8 and Unico G has been a consistent winner from Second Level through Grand Prix with Anna Marek. The young Negro offspring also impress. Got Rhythum (Negro - Donnerhall) was Champion Yearling for the KWPN-NA in 2012 and the full siblings Hierro and Ilana (Negro – Flemmingh) finished in the Top Five for the KWPN-NA Dressage Foals in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

The uniformity of type, uphill balance, and powerful gaits comes through strongly in Negro’s offspring as well as his intelligence and enthusiasm for work.  He consistently produces horses with all the qualities needed to excel in the FEI dressage arena and their character often makes them a favorite of their riders.

“We are happy to continue to offer this exceptional KWPN stallion to US breeders.  His stamp on his offspring is clearly recognized.”
~ Natalie DiBerardinis

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NegroCareer Highlights

2010: KWPN Dressage Index: 143
2009: Awarded Keur status by the KWPN ~ Click here for January 2009 Article
2002: Prix St. Georges debut
2001: Zwolle Stallion Show Champion 6 Year Old
2000: Zwolle Stallion Show Champion 5 Year Old
1998: Reserve Champion of Performance Test

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