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BREEDER: Dressage stable Patricia Jansen
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Two top mare lines united in 1 foal!

Sonic EPJ is a sharp foal that moves with great ease and flexibility. He is therefore a foal in which two top KWPN mare lines come together. The Landsvrouwe line in which we find Edward Gal's top Grand Prix horse Glock's Undercover, combined with the mare line 213, where great-granddam Vurona is the founder of the approved stallions High Five U.S. and Blue Hors First Choise.
Mother is the young Elite, EPTM-dr, D-OC, PROK approved mare Nurona (by Just Wimphof).  She scored a nice total of 78 in her EPTM mare test, where she received 2 x 8 for her suppleness and rideability and workability and an 8.5 for her walk.

Grandmother is the Elite, Sport-dr., IBOP-dr., PROK approved mare Hurona (by Jazz). She was entered in the sport at Z2 level herself.  In her IBOP test, she scored a total of 80 points. With 2 x an 8.5 for her Attitude & Balance and her trot. Besides Nurona she produced the Ster, IBOP-dr, D-OC mare Lahurona (by Charmeur).

Great-granddam is the Elite, Preferent, Performance, Sport-dr., IBOP-dr., PROK approved mare Vurona (by Negro). She was entered in the sport at Z2 level.  In addition to Hurona, she is also dam of the Elite, Preferente, Performance, IBOP-dr, Sport-dr., D-OC, PROK approved mare Belle Vurona STH (s. Fürst Heinrich), the Elite, Sport-dr. , IBOP-dr., PROK approved mare Charming Vurona (by Dreamcatcher), de Ster, PROK approved mares Darling Vurona (by Wynton) and Gorgeous Vurona (by Fürst Heinrich), de Elite, EPTM-dr., Sport- dr., PROK approved mare Kurona (by George Clooney), de Ster, provisional Keur, D-OC mare Olympic Vurona (by Millenium) and the approved stallions High Five U.S. (by Charmeur) and Blue Hors First Choise (by Jazz).
Merlot is one of the dressage talents of the VDL Stud; this three-year-old stallion was in the spotlight at the KWPN Stallion Inspection and was honored as one of the KWPN premium stallions. With only progenitor stallions in a row in his pedigree and bred from the famous Landsvrouw line, Merlot is also genetically a valuable stallion for dressage breeding.

Merlot's sire Bordeaux can be seen as a true foundation stallion; the stallion released in the Grand Prix by Isabel Freese and Akane Kuroki combines the genes of Krack C son United with the top progenitors Gribaldi, Donnerhall and Rousseau. Merlot's grandfather Florencio I is also one of the best sires of his generation with at least 35 offspring that perform at Grand Prix level. Great-grandsire Vivaldi can be counted among the most influential dressage stallions of recent decades, with offspring such as Dream Boy, Desperado N.O.P., Cennin, Expression and many others.

The damline of premium stallion Merlot has also been very successful. Dam Hyacinth-Vrouwe is a provisional keur mare out of the preferent mare Dolce Vita Vrouwe - also the dam of the KWPN-approved stallion Incognito. Great-great-granddam Mimosavrouwe is the mother of the world-famous Glock's Undercover N.O.P.; Edward Gal's top dressage horse, winning team bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and team gold at the European Championships in Aachen in 2015, as well as team silver at the 2013 European Championships in Herning.

Merlot fell from the start off on. He confirmed this in the performance test where he was crowned Champion with a high score of 85.5 points. In the stallion competition Merlot shows his qualities under the saddle of Bart Veeze, he walks with a lot of flexibility, good use of the foreleg and hindleg, has good rideability and a fantastic attitude. According to rider and trainer he has all possibilities for the highest work. 
Performance figures
Step (2x) 8.00
Trot (2x) 8.50
Canter (2x) 8.50
Suppleness 9.00
Posture and balance 9.00
Drivability and workability 9.00
Ability as a dressage horse 8.50
Total 85.50


Sire Merlot VDL
Premiehengst, D-OC
Sire of sire Bordeaux
Grand Prix
s.s.s. United
PSG/Inter I
m.s.s. Venna
Ster, Preferent, Prestatie
Dam of sire Hyacinth-Vrouwe
Ster, voorl. Keur, PROK, D-OC
d.s.d. Florencio I
PSG/Inter I
m.m.s. Dolce Vita Vrouwe
Mother Nurona
Sire of dam Just Wimphof
PSG/Inter I
s.s.d. De Niro
Grand Prix
m.s.m. Rastede
Elite, IBOP-dr. Sport-dr. PROK
Dam of dam Hurona
Elite, Sport-dr., IBOP-dr
s.d.d. Jazz
Grand Prix
d.d.d. Vurona
Elite, Preferent, Prestatie, Sport-dr. IBOP-dr. PROK