As a foal Jazz was strong headed, very active and lively. Tinie van Helvoirt, the wife of Huub, was the one who always named the fillies. In the year 1991 the name should start with a J. Because Tinie saw a lot of similarity between the behaviour of the filly and a good friend, photographer Jacob Melissen, Tinie decided to call the foal Jacob.
Although Huub van Helvoirt recognized the quality of Jacob (Jazz), he decided to sell him at the age of 6 months. Huub thoughts were that a colt is not easy to handle in the stables especially when there are a lot of mares.
Bob Rijsdijk bought Jacob (Jazz) when he was 6 months old and took him to his own stables where Jacob (Jazz) got the time to play in the field and grow.
When Jacob (Jazz) became 2.5 years, Bob prepared Jacob (Jazz) for the KWPN stallion selections. At that point he was convinced that Jacob (Jazz) was really a very special horse and gifted with a lot of talent. In 1994 the KWPN approved Jacob as a breeding stallion and at that moment the name was changed into Jazz.
KWPN Report in 1994 about Jazz:
Jazz was performance tested in 1994 and described as honest, reliable, temperamental, and likes to look at everything. Very willing to work and works well. His walk is easy with a long stride. He carries himself well in the trot, has very good use of the foreleg and has sufficient power. The canter is sufficient in scope and carriage but it should be more powerful. He rises in the forehand during dressage and he works well. He has a great deal of talent for dressage and gives his rider a good feeling. His scores were well above average with an 8 for his walk, an impressive 9.5 for his trot, 8.5 for his canter with three 9’s for trainability, stable behaviour and overall training.