“We gradually moved from jumping horses to dressage horses. I was particularly impressed with Ferro so I looked for his offspring. We found one in Negro. But we also needed something else. I had quite a few regular customers so I eventually had many Negro-mares in my clientèle. I wanted something new, without Jazz or Krack C. There is nothing wrong with either, but at that time Jazz and Krack C were in 90% of all KWPN-bred horses, hence the decision.”
Gertjan first saw Lord Leatherdale as a two-and-a-half-year-old at the stallion inspection in Den Bosch. He was already approved in Westphalia. “I saw him, at the back of the group, and he was jogging along so nicely. That really caught my attention.” He decided not to approach the owner that day but called him the day after the inspection and drove to Germany. The horse was very green but had already been ridden. At Gertjan’s request the horse was saddled. “He trotted away and after ten metres I knew that I wanted him.”
Lord Leatherdale was initially purchased for fifty percent and approved after a good performance test. He proved to be a hit with the Negro offspring. “We hoped as much but that had to be proved. The qualities of both stallions compliment each other well. They are actually worlds apart but they fit together well.” He is now fully-owned by Van Olst.
Since then Van Olst Horses has produced many successful stallions such as Everdale, Glamourdale, Chippendale and Inclusive.