News from the breeding committee

  • It has recently been unanimously voted to no longer approve all stallions that carry the dwarf-gene and WFFS from 2025.
  • A proposal has also been made to give star stallions from 40 to 41.5 points a breeding license for 10 mares. These stallions are registered and are called registrated stallions. As mentioned, this group of stallions may not cover more than 10 mares and the owner of the stallion is responsible for this. No more than 10 foals per year of the stallion concerned are registered in the main book. These stallions fall under the regulations of the other stallions with a breeding license. So they just have to do an IBOP and are also inspected for offspring. After 5 years, these stallions are also discussed in the breeding committee meeting. There it is then checked whether or not they make a positive contribution.

These two points have been approved by the board of the Barock Pinto Studbook.

Chairman of the breeding committee,
Gerrit Stelwagen

New: Topsports-predicate

Dear (sport)lovers of the Barock Pinto Studbook,

The Barock Pinto Studbook appreciates breeding of Barock Pinto sporthorses. The Barock Pinto Studbook already knows the Sportpredicate. Horses with good sportresults can achieve this predicate. The minimum requirements for getting this Sportpredicate in the Netherlands are:

  1. Dressage: Z1 + 5 x 60%
  2. Driving(dressage): Z + 5 x 60%
  3. Driving (composed): Class 3 + 10 x 60%

Are you competing abroad with your horse? That is no problem, you can also achieve the Sportpredicate. The requirements are comparable. The BPS-commission will check if your horse qualified for this predicate. Just send an email to for more information.

From our Dutch and our abroad-members we got questions if horses with exceptional sportresults also get an extra predicate. The Barock Pinto Studbook has investigated several options. To stimulate the sport, to give an extra appreciation to the horses which have achieved exceptional sportresults and to meet the demand of our members, the Barock Pinto Studbook has decided to introduce a new sportpredicate named the Topsport-predicate. The predicate can be given to dressage horses which are registered at the Barock Pinto Studbook. The Barock Pinto Studbook will maybe introduce the Topsport-predicate for driving horses in the future. The minimum requirements for achieving the Topsport-predicate are:

  1. Dressage: Prix St George + 5 x 60%

Are you competing abroad with your horse? That is no problem, you can also achieve the Topsport-predicate. The requirements are comparable. The BPS-commission will check if your horse is qualified for this predicate. Just send an email to for more information.

You can request the Topsport-predicate at our studbook. You can send an email to with the achieved sportresults and a copy of the pedigree of your horse. The request of the new pedigree (with mention of the Topsport-predicate) and administration costs will be charged. Horses with the Topsport-predicate will be published on the Barock Pinto Website and the Barock Pinto Facebookpage.

Video Stallion Show 2020

It was a special inspection. Due to the corona measures in force on March 14, 2020, the inspection could not be attended by the public and we had a shortened program. Nevertheless it was a very nice day and new young stallions were inspected. To let you take a look, we have captured this day extensively on video with an explanation by jury chairman Gerrit Stelwagen. We hope that you can be present at a next inspection!

Video: Nando Dirksen

Reminder: News from our breeding commission

Reminder, the article below was published earlier at the beginning of december 2019. 

Like you know the Barock Pinto Studbook decided a few years ago to elliminate stallions who a carrier of the Hydrocephalic gene. As studbook we are the first who officialy decide this agreement. We also advice breeders to check their mares if they are carriers of this gene. In this way mare holders can make a consciously choice and preventing risks.

In 2020 we are also testing the new approved stallions on the Dwarf gene and WFFS. If stallions have this gene there are no consequences yet but we do make a notice on our website. Our advice is to check stallions before they enter the stallion inspection. If they get approved and they aren’t tested yet, they will be provisionally aproved untill they get the results from the test. If the stallions seems to be carrier of the gene he won’t get his breeding lisence. The costs for the investigation will be on count of the horse owner. If you got any question about this please let us know.

Reminder: Changes regulations per 01-01-2020

Reminder, the article below was published earlier at the beginning of december 2019. 

Last year, a number of adjustments were approved at the general members meeting that were proposed by the breeding committee. Below the changed regulations concerning some matters that apply as of 1 January 2020:

  • Horses may appear at the inspection for admission if they are 3 years in the relevant calendar year on 1 January of the relevant year. This also applies to all associations abroad.
  • The height will be increased from 1.53 m. to 1.56 m. for studbook admission;
    1.58 m. with star declaration and 1.60 m. for Elite mares, breeding permitted Star-stallions and breeding stallions.
  • Preferentship stallions. The better breeding animals should be given a faster chance to become preferent. If the animal breeds above average, it must be able to be valued more quickly. The number of points to be delivered will be as follows:
    • a first premium mare, star stallion and a sufficiently passed ibop test: 5 points;
    • sport predicate and Elite mare: 10 points.
    • An approved stallion will remain 25 points.
  • Stallions with the hydrocephalic gene will not be approved for breeding.

(video)report inspection Norway 2019

I thought it would be nice to take you to an inspection abroad, to let you know what preparations we make and how the journey itself takes place. For example, we have been in contact with our foreign associations about the inspections this season since the spring. Gerrit Stelwagen also maintains many contacts with organizations abroad. The inspection in Norway will take place at two locations, near Oslo and Stavanger. Marjolein de Jong-Betten and myself (Geertje van de Veen) will judge the horses here, Maarten Schraa for the presentation of the horses and Nando Dirksen will record this at the request of the Norwegians.

It is now Friday afternoon and I will be picked up by Maarten, Nando and Marjolein and then we will head for Schiphol. Maarten has brought ribbons and jury papers from the secretary. Ilse Schraa takes care of this and everything is well organized again. Everything is fitted within our hand luggage. It’s pretty cold in Norway but luckily it is dry, because the second inspection will take place outside. Marjolein and I wonder what looks somewhat representative when you have to judge, outside in a cold and rainy environment. Maybe a hat with ear muffs? We are now at Schiphol, nicely on time and as always at airports… waiting. For Marjolein this is the first time flight ever, we show her the nice things within the airport and drink a cup of coffee.

21:00, landed in Oslo. Had a great flight, though Marjolein had huge trouble with her ears, always annoying. Anyway, Jeanette Lid was ready to pick us up in Oslo and we went straight to the inspection location (Harkerud Hestesportsenter) where we already started collecting DNA from the participating horses and foals. At dark it already seemed like a nice accommodation but it was cold, we are not quite used to that in the Netherlands this early in the season! After collecting the hair samples we were taken to our hotel where we drank a drink and went to our rooms.

The next morning we were pleasantly surprised by the enormous and extensive breakfast in the hotel! We ate well, because you never know when you will eat something again during the day of inspection.  After we were picked up, Maarten was wearing his presentation clothes, and Nando was ready with the camera, we started with the judging the filly’s.

The racetypical and well-trotting Jazmin van Strandi (Albert BP 15 x Tietse 428) from Bjorn Engen immediately impressed by her beautiful appearance and proud carriage. She received 44 points and also won the day championship later at this location. After this, three more stallion foals were shown and Joey van MK (Albert BP 15 x Bontfire XX 06) was in the lead with 40 points. This high-legged foal by Majken Karlsen was very well developed and moved more than sufficiently. 1 yearling stallion was registered, Inferno FA (Albert BP 15 x Sonyo) by Lillian Muller and he was presented in very good condition. We are curious how this young stallion will develop because now he received a nice first premium with 43 points.

Among the three-year-old mare’s, five horses were on the list, but unfortunately one fell off after the part on the street due to an abnormal way of trotting. Always unfortunate when you have to send a horse away but these are the rules, the owner understood this decision. The beautiful and modernly built Diana van Soma (Bontfire XX 06 x Tsjerk 328) by Majken Solberg finished here with 43.5 points. She had three good basic gaits and was technically well put together, although she lacked some muscularity. This was not so strange, she was lactating. Later she even became elite by achieving the IBOP and scoring on her movement in such a way that she managed to upgrade. Baldwin Ster 51 was the master of his younger sex due to his impressive appearance and top condition. He was allowed to be stronger in the movement but he got an 8.5 on racial type! Later that afternoon he received a positive result for his IBOP test. His younger classmate Hannibal van Vale was not quite ready this day to obtain a breeding license, but we hope that he will develop in the future. kan

At this point of writing we are waiting in the canteen for our transport to the airport. We are provided with pizza and especially Maarten and Nando appreciated this very much! Traveling is always accompanied by waiting and then it is nice when you can spend your time useful. Tonight we fly to the west coast to go to our hotel from the airport in Stavanger. Once we arrived in Stavanger, Tonje Solberg picked us up and brought us to the hotel. Of course we walked around the coastal town for the night and took a little nightcap at a local pub. Unbelievable how quiet it is here on a Saturday evening!

Sunday, October 6, 10:00, start of the inspection at the location of Tonje. We are looking forward to it and we are lucky; a lot of rain has fallen here lately and now it is dry and the sun is shining! Twelve horses appear in the ring today and we start with the foals as always. Six mare foals show themselves above average. The easily trotting Jippi av Lykkeli (Elvis from Soma star 56 x Fetse 349) from Ragnhild Johannessen is in the lead. Among the stallion foals, Jackpot van Soma (Edwin BP 35 x Big Ben a Killa) was the best. This foal from our hostess achieved a score of 42 points.

The mare which is declared star with a first premium is Gloria van Soma (Elvis van Soma Ster 56 x Rypke 321). Owners of this beautiful colorful baroque mare are Hanne Kjersti and Albretsen Granbakken. Her way of walking stood out positively, her trot was correct, only we like to see more ‘jump’ in her canter. There was a stallion registered for the inspection. This well-developed (1.60m) young stallion from 2017, Hadwin van Soma (Elvis van Soma Ster 56 x Tsjerk 328) from Tonje Solberg appeared in sparkling health and is already well in line with a two-year-old horse. He showed himself very well and trotted the pasture in a gliding way. This friendly colorful stallion received no less than a 7 on his list of grades and we hope that he will grow into a beautiful father animal. From now on he will go through life as Hendrikus BP52.

After this success there was another participant for the IBOP test. The stallion Fernando XX 19, also from Tonje Solberg. He is only four years old but already showed as a well-trained horse. The stallion received more than sufficient marks and this resulted in a final total of 67 points; so successful!

The mare foal Jippi av Lykkeli was named day champion at this location. All participants received many extra prizes on behalf of the Norwegian Barock Pinto association, always a nice token of appreciation towards the owners! It were two nice inspections with fine animals. Nice to see that the owners who are attending the inspection are just very happy with their horse without having economic interests in mind.

After the inspection there was still time to make some nice shots of the area. We were taken to a nearby mountain and here we could enjoy a beautiful view after a long walk. We almost had to drag Nando back, because in his opinion he was not nearly finished filming! But yes, planes just don’t wait for over-enthusiastic camera men! Our flight to Amsterdam was through a transfer in Copenhagen. Once in Amsterdam we had to drive back to the north of the country and we were back in our own bed after midnight. It was a prosperous and pleasant weekend with nice people, nice animals and lots of traveling!

Geertje van de Veen

Video inspection Sweden

What a wonderful day in a fantastic environment in Sweden. On August 31, the Swedish Barock Pinto inspection was organized near Nörrkoping, which went very well. The jury was very enthusiastic about the number of entries and how the new generation of horses developed.

Day champion became Goliath af Sandbäcken (Ceasar ter Linden XX05 x Fabe 348), the video below shows how the day went, the jury report from this inspection follows. Barock Pinto Sweden, thanks! 👏

Video: Nando Dirksen

Paola Pedrazzini came back to her horses

Written by Barock Pinto Italy.

The famous Milanese breeder and driver kept us in suspense after her accident last May: but now she has returned to her beloved horses and talks about the latest successes achieved by the Barock Pinto made in Italy

Biella, 15 August 2019 – Paola Pedrazzini is back, yes: after the serious accident she was victim of last May while training one of her horses with the carriage, she has now been discharged from the hospital, and is able to join her family at Cascina Casone di Cavaglià.

A family composed of a husband, many dogs and many horses: among them also the Barock Pinto, fascinating with their spotted coat, selected in the Netherlands since the 1960s, combining the well known sweetness of Frisian horses with warm blood of sports subjects, characterized by the two-tone livery.

We take advantage of the happy conclusion of an adventure that could have been much more painful and of the tempered steel character of Paola, whose voice is now ringing and cheerful as always: for us it is a joy to know her again in shape, and as always a pleasure talk to her about horses.

How was La Cascina Casone born?

Since I was a child I have always had a great passion for all animals, especially horses and dogs. My dream has always been to be able to live with my animals in a farmhouse and to be able to treat them and love them at the best. We had the idea of ​​opening the farm with a breeding stable in 2008, but it was only in 2012 that I decided to move to live with my family in Cavaglià, in the province of Biella: we restructured a farmhouse and built the stables, and a bit for fun and a little for passion, the idea of ​​raising horses started, thus finally starting to fulfill what was my dream.

What horses did you start with?

At the beginning I had several PRE (pura raca espagnola), but then I discovered that magnificent breed, the Barock Pinto. From my first Friesian mare, Femke, and from the Kwpn stallion approved for the Barock Pinto Ceasar Ter Linden, in 2015 Florian, our first Barockpinto foal, was born. In 2017 two other foals were born from the same stallion, Hermann and Hanne del Casone, sons of  Femke and Zephyra respectively: they are the founders of our Barock Pinto breeding program, followed by five other foals up to now.

And Florian, meanwhile? …

In the meantime our Florian has grown, in 2018 he was presented in the official selection of breed in Austria and obtained the right of breeding, so according to the rules of the stud-book is classified as Ster.

But in the meantime the number of Italian fans of colored Dutch has also grown …

Certainly, so much that following these successes and in agreement with other horse owners of this breed, Silvia Ravanelli (who is the president of the Barock Pinto Italy association) and I, as vice president, decided to organize the first keuring ever dedicated to barockPinto in Italy, with an official Dutch jury, at my stable.

When was this keuring held, and how did it go?

Unfortunately, last June 22nd, when I was still in the hospital for therapies, but friends and colleagues worked well and success exceeded all expectations. There were 18 horses participating and,  according to the Dutch judges, worthy subjects; and it was a huge satisfaction for my breeding stable that brought home two first prizes, a second prize, a new qualified Ster mare and proclaimed the best subject of the day and for our stallion Florian, the passing of the IBOP Test.

Ibop test? …

Ibop is a test to understand the potential of the reproducing subject, to evaluate its movements and capacity in work; usually with a ridden  horse, rarely with long reins: but Florian is so well behaving with the carriage that we have chosen this mode. This type of evaluation is the second step on the road to final approval of the stallion, which is divided into three stages: the next one will be the analysis of the qualities of its products, if there are foals with excellent prizes he will definitely become BP. He is now qualified as Ster, in fact on the documents he is identified as Florian Ster 63. Another important test for these horses is the test for hydrocephalus: Florian is not carrier of this gene which could have very serious desease for the new born foals and comes from the Frisian component.

We remember well Florian at the last Fieracavalli in Verona: very alive, as exuberant as a stallion of nearly 4 years in that situation but also serious and concentrated once he was busy in work or in the ring. Is he a representative sample of the barock pinto family?

Florian, who turned 4 years old this year, carries 50% of Frisian blood and 50% of Kwpn blood, and is really a good example of the qualities of the Barock Pinto: sweet like the Frisian, but with a little warmer  blood that comes from the Kwpn.

What will its future be?

In practice his future will be ours: from 2020 the foals that will bear in my farm will all be his sons, we are a public mating station and we have Florian’s semen available for those wishing to inseminate their mares.

How difficult was for you to be far on that blessed day in June?

A lot, a lot: we had been working for years to reach this result. But the important thing is that everything went in the best way. And I would like to conclude by thanking many people: first and foremost the judges Gerrit Stelwagen and Rinze Van Teijen, who did a great job and made many compliments to my horses, declaring my breeding of great quality and my home a great location. I also dedicate special thanks to those who have made every effort to make this historical event possible: Danilo Ignazzi, Silvia Ravanelli, Giovanni Santi, Manuel Marquez Medina, Bruna Ballerio and Sergio Ghisi. If I did not escape from the hospital in the grip of anxiety it was only because I had the utmost confidence in their abilities.

And  it’s not hard to believe it: because Paola Pedrazzini is very, very difficult to stop!

New e-mail for registrations and inspections

To create a better service to our members we have an extra and new email adress.

    This email adress is specially made for registration issues and horse inspections.
    For general affairs you still can send your email to this regular emailadress.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments; we like to help you!

First Barock Pinto conference Slovenia

On May 4th 2019, the first Barock Pinto conference will be held in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.
The conference will address the following topics throughout the day:

  • The studbook and organization of the Barock Pinto Studbook:
    • The Barock Pinto horse:
    • health;
    • exterior;
    • movement.
  • Breeding a Barock Pinto.
  • The Barock Pinto in daily use and in sports.

A number of Barock Pinto horses will be presented by hand. They will subsequently be judged on their movements and exteriors.
Head inspector Gerrit Stelwagen will be the main speaker during the conference.

To express your interest in a conference, please contact