The BWP moto is “Bred to Perform” and the BWP Logo with the horse heads pointing to the North, South, East and West represents this breeding philosophy of combining top bloodlines from around the world. The BWP then in-turn successfully produces some of the best performing horses around the world. The list of approved stallions and mares past and present include some of the greatest names in equestrian sport including Darco who in 2011 was the Leading Jumping Sire in the World for the fifth consecutive year.

Stallions

The first stallion approved in North America was “Baron Von Rothschld” aka “Branco” (Rothschild x Amor), an imported Dutch-bred stallion, who was eventually purchased by one of the foundation BWP/NAD breeders, Allyn & Fletcher McCracken of Bannockburn Farm.

The Registry began with 8 approved stallions and has since grown to over 60 National & International performance stallions. There are now and impressive 29 “Elite” Stallions and 42 “Elite” Mares owned by BWP/NAD Breeders.  In 2014, the BWP/NAD was awarded our first “Ambassador” with “Rebozo” (Dollar de la Pierre x Ramiro) owned by BWP/NAD breeder Double H Farm. In 2015 our second “Ambassador” was awarded to “Imothep” (Indoctro x Calvados) owned by BWP/NAD breeder Vicky Castegren of Hyperion Stud, LLC and this year, in 2018, we were pleased to have the Olympic Gold Medal winner “Big Star” (Quick Star x Nimmerdor) owned by Gary and Beverley Widdowson, awarded as our third “Ambassador”.

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. This reciprocity sets the BWP/NAD apart from other breed registries.

History

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 and serves as the sole administrating office for promotion and breeding practices in North America.

BWP/NAD bred “Centurion B” (Rebel I Z x Indoctro) – Bannockburn Farm. Photo by Erin Gilmore for NoelleFloyd.com

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 US and Canada each year. These Keurings serve to guarantee the continued quality and success of BWP horses bred in North America.

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 ridability,  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 BelgianWarmbloods are getting the highest quality horse possible.

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. This reciprocity sets the BWP/NAD apart from other breed registries.