Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - Stallion Performance Test 2000
 

2002 - Stallion Testing in Canada comes of Age

Index Results | Article | Background | Individual Test Results

Pandoer with rider Sanna Hodgson, 2002 SPT Champion.


The third Stallion Performance Test (SPT), while not the largest, was the most convincing, demonstrating not only that we have the personnel, the management ability, the facilities and the horses but, that Canadian breeders can prepare their stallions to an international standard. Run from August 23 to September 1, at Milner Downs in Langley B.C., the test featured representatives of some of the worlds top bloodlines. Two sons from Voltaire, and others from the likes of Indoctro, Krack C and Damiro B.

The weather was nearly perfect throughout. Gail & Gary Schell and their staff at Milner Downs answered every need as the facility proved to be ideal. From day one with the vet check through to the final demanding test rides the atmosphere was very positive as stallion owners and organizers cooperated closely. Although the evaluation process is serious, the short test format brings people together in a way that is enjoyable and at times relaxing. Like the 2001 SPT in Ontario, this test produced good friendships and was a tremendous learning experience.

Milner Downs courtyard set up with tents
and seating for meals and socializing >

The Champion stallion at the test is something of a Cinderella story. Test Champion and Champion Dressage stallion, Pandoer (pictured at left) by Krack C/ Saluut/ Jagermeester was originally presented for licensing as a three year old, in 2000 shortly after arriving from Holland. Under developed and not in top condition, he was turned down at that time. His owners not prepared to give up easily, put him in full training and represented him a year later. Then his expressive gaits and brilliant free jumping convinced the inspectors. Now in 2002, high scores in rideability added to his athletic gaits pushed him to the top of a competitive field of eight stallions.

Competitive is certainly the operative word describing this year's group of stallions. The quality was so consistent that no one horse stood out amongst the others. Consequently the index scores show a narrow range when compared to previous years. This is in no way a negative reflection on the calibre of stallions but rather is proof of a consistently good group of horses, very well prepared.

Reserve Champion was Palmar (at right), a five year old black Voltaire son (Voltaire/Le Mexico/Irco Polo), scoring the highest jumping index with high rideability over fences. Reserve dressage stallion was the Inspekteur son Odilon and reserve jumping stallion was Lubek by Lascadell.

The owners and trainers of these stallions are to be congratulated. Preparation was excellent and the horses were all well turned out. Once again Hendrik Gaeble, from Germany, acting as Supervising Trainer, was able to get the best from each stallion. His enthusiasm and encouragement were appreciated very much by owners and riders.

The validity of the SPT ultimately rests with the judging commission. This is not in doubt with Manfred Lopp, retired manager of the Hanoverian Stallion Test Station in Adlehiedsdorf, acting as chairman of the commission. His 30 years experience coupled with the second European guest judge, Professor Ingvar Fredricson's 15 years as manager of the Swedish National Stud in Flyinge, brought continuity and an international perspective to the proceedings. Representing Canadian breeders were CWHBA Stud Book Committee members Eve Mainwaring and Jennette Coote.

Guest Test riders this year were drawn from the B.C. Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Christine Jacobson (Howes) and Brenda Vestergaard for the Flat component together with Andrea Strain and Kendra Best for the Jumping, provided competent and skilled rides to every stallion. Their thoughtful adjudications, which were well received by the owners and riders, revealed valuable insights into the riding qualities of each stallion.

Finally, the test could not happen at all without the work and dedication of volunteer local organizers. Marilyn Powell, SPT Manager, Julie Pilon as assistant manager and the B.C. Chapter members and volunteers are to be congratulated for the smooth way in which everything ran and for setting the tone with their positive cheerful presence throughout the test.

ODILION

VDL ARCTIC

VAULTAIR

LUBEK

DAIMLER

Hendrik Cabel in the Riding Horse evaluation Clinic


Following the German format, indexes were calculated within the group to provide for an overall general index (GI), a dressage index (DR I), and a jumping index (JU I). A total of 20 different scores covering Interior Characteristics, Gaits, Rideability and Jumping were used.

Please note that indexes are specific to the year and the horses participating - they cannot be compared from one year to another.

Name
Sire/Dam's Sire
Breed
General Index
Dressage Index/place
Jumping Index/place
Pandoer
Krack C/ Saluut
KWPN
116.78
124.71/1
95.68/4
Palmar
Voltaire/
Le Mexico
KWPN
111.79
104.31/3
121.74/1
Odilon
Inspekteur/ Calypso
KWPN
99.65
115.00/2
75.79/8
VDL Artic
KWPN
89.60
84.68/6
96.52/3
Vaultair
Voltaire/
Calypso II
Hann
85.29
87.43/4
81.57/5
Lubek
Lascadell/
Carneval
Holst
84.88
78.78/7
102.10/2
Daimler
Damiro B/
Lemgo
CWHBA
77.16
86.43/5
80.52/6
Arthos
Acord II/
Aloube Z
Holst
56.25
54.58/8
80.28/7

Individual Indexed Results

See background article on the development of stallion performance testing.

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