Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - Stallion Performance Test 2000

2000 Stallion Performance Test Names First Champion

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Carthago Sun I, Champion of the 2000 SPT with owners, Josef & Edda Selinger

Fourteen Canadian bred and imported stallions, between the ages of three and thirteen, completed the first CWHBA Stallion Performance Test (SPT), September 5, 2000 in Olds, Alberta, under the watchful eyes of an international cast of judges. Participants included five Canadian Warmbloods, four Dutch Warmbloods, two Hanoverians and one each Canadian Sport Horse, Holsteiner and Canadian. The results were very exciting for Canadian bred horses.

With due consideration of many factors, the membership at the 1999 CWHBA AGM mandated the Stud Book Committee to develop a Canadian Stallion Test based in principle on the 30 day Alternative Test proposed by Dr. Axel Brockmann. The 30 day test is designed to give an early evaluation on three year old stallions prior to the first breeding season. Scores given for the test would be indexed as they are for the 100 day test.

In the Canadian context there were several conditions to be factored in, not least of which was the large distances involved in bringing stallions to a central test which, coupled with the still relatively small numbers, could potentially limit the level of participation. The Directors knew that the stallions participating, particularly in the first test, would be of varying ages and levels of training. Also of significance was the fact that training methodology in Canada is not as standardized as it is in Europe, therefore many owners might find it difficult to prepare their stallions.

It was very important that this test meet the needs of the members in terms of a fair evaluation with reliable information for breeders to make intelligent choices in their selection of sires. It must expose strengths and weaknesses without eliminating potentially useful stallions. At the same time it must try to remove stallions which would not be likely to make a positive impact on the overall breeding program and it must weed out those that will negatively affect our breeding population.

Development of the criteria for this test was a monumental task for the Board. Ultimately it was decided to host the test at the Olds College facility in Alberta where there was good access to quality stabling, a large arena and accommodation for training personnel since the students were on summer recess. This was also a fairly central location since many of stallions to be tested were from B.C., Alberta and the prairie provinces. For stallions already at a relatively advanced level of training, the option of participating only in the final ten days of the test was offered. Under this option the owners were required to supply their own rider and have their stallion be able to demonstrate at a higher level in dressage and or jumping.

L to R - SPT Judging Commission: Mr Manfred Lopp, Germany; Mrs Eve Mainwaring, Canada; Mrs Colleen Embree-Jay, Canada; Dr Ingvar Fredrickson, Sweden.

Staff requirements included the senior supervising trainer Mr. Gerd Zuther from Massachusetts, who with many years experience performance testing stallions both in Germany and at November Hill Farm in the U.S.A, supervised the training team and scored the Interior characteristics as well as contributing marks in the other categories. The training team consisted of trainer riders and grooms, including many 'younger' members. The role of association liaison and primary on site organizer was very capably filled by Stud Book Committee member Jennette Coote.

In addition to an excellent training leader and top test riders; the CWHBA was fortunate to assemble an international caliber judging commission. Chairing the commission was Manfred Lopp; retired manager of the Stallion Performance Test Station at Adelheidsdorf. As manager for thirty years; there is no other individual who has had greater influence on warmblood breeding in Germany today. Also on the commission was Dr Ingvar Fredrickson, currently Vice President of the Swedish Warmblood Horse Breeders Association. He has had a long and distinguished career as a researcher; teacher and from 1983 to 1998 was manager of the Swedish National Stud at Flyinge. The consequence of his guidance over fifteen years has been the recent rise to prominence of Swedish horses and riders in international jumping competition. Representing Canada on the commission were CWHBA Vice-Chair Eve Mainwaring and Ontario Chapter President Colleen Embree-Jay.

The test riders came with equally high credentials. Two test riders scored rideability on the flat and two over fences. On the flat scores were provided by Mr. Albert Kley; Spruce Meadows riding Master and recent recipient of the German Equestrian Federation Gold Medal for Riding Achievement; and Ms Liz Hopps from Vancouver; an international dressage competitor who represented Canada at the World Equestrian Games in Rome. Well known international jumper rider Dayton Gorsline and former CET member Lisa Carlson tested the stallions over fences.

Top stallion was CARTHAGO SUN I (pictured above), owned and bred by Joe and Edda Selinger of Calgary. This four year old Canadian Warmblood stallion, by the International 2000 Olympic jumper Carthago Z out of Davos by Schampus xx, received a general index score of 124.66. A compact grey stallion, with good basic gaits, a nice top line, and excellent balance with good technique and scope in jumping, he typifies the modern warmblood. His quality was further confirmed by good scores from all four test riders.

Second ranked horse was KINGSTON (at left with training rider Amber Astil), owned by Mirrabook Farms of Langley, B.C. and bred by Summerside Farms also of B.C. Sired by Martin's Worry xx out of the ster Dutch mare Ariena by Naturel (Lucky Boy), this eight year old Canadian Warmblood stallion received a general index score of 117.65 after the deduction for age. An elegant bay stallion, he showed all round versatility, scoring well in gaits, jumping and rideability and high marks for interior qualities.

Following closely behind were the imported stallions, NOVALIS (pictured at left with training rider Andrea French), a Dutch Warmblood by the 1996 Olympic Gold medallist Jus de Pomme with 117.53 owned by Dorsch Farms of Saskatchewan, and BONAPARTE, a chestnut Hanoverian by Buenos Aires with 117.06 owned by the Hanoverian Sport Horse Farm of Enderby, B.C.

Novalis, a 1995 bay stallion, completed the ten day phase and achieved the top jumping index of 130.89 while Bonaparte (pictured below right), a seven year old chestnut with previous competition success, received the second highest dressage index and the highest marks for interior qualities with three perfect 10's.

The next two places went once again to Canadian bred stallions. Licensing champion at two in 1998, ZANZIBAR II, by Zeoliet, bred and owned by Touchstone Farm and Peter Karneef indexed at 115.91 receiving highest over all rideability scores. BEAU SOLEIL, by Bajazzo, bred and owned by Gould Ranching Ltd of Consort Alberta, was the highest scoring three year old, completing the test with 96.38 while still recovering from an earlier hock injury.

Of special interest was the Canadian stallion, CALYPSO FERARI by Choiniere Julio Calypso, owned and bred by Beckett's Creek Farms in Ontario. In spite of his smaller stature, which is characteristic of the breed, he performed satisfactorily along side the larger warmbloods. Coming all the way from Ontario, he was without doubt the least prepared of all the candidates. He was very green and all his prior training had been western. He certainly qualified as the most improved over the course of the thirty days.

The farsighted stallion owners are to be congratulated on their vision and dedication to the improvement of breeding in Canada. The number of registered Canadian Warmbloods in this pilot test that were in the top six (four including the Champion and Reserve Champion) proved that the process put in place 10 years ago by the CWHBA is already reaping positive results.

In the end, the benefit to Canada of this pioneer event will be long term. Professor Fredricson congratulated the CWHBA on the test and said 'No country can expect to be a successful equestrian nation without a strong national breeding program'. Mr. Lopp added that since his first experience in Canada as a senior inspector in 1995; he 'has noticed an increase in the number and quality of horses being presented'. Both agree that we are on the right track setting high standards for quality stallions; using many of the top bloodlines in the world. They further agree that Canadian breeders must make a similar effort to improve our mare base.


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.

Sire/Dam's Sire
General Index
Dressage Index/place
Jumping Index/place
Carthago Sun I
Carthago Z /Schampus xx
Martin's Worry xx /Naturel
Jus De Pomme /G. Ramiro Z
BuenosAires /Delano
Zanzibar II*
Beau Soleil
Bajazzo /Godewind
Idocus /Kristal
Nimmerdor /Lucky Boy xx
Burggraaf /Voltaire
Cheops Z
Crack Z /Locato
Western Star *
Widukind /Brisant
Calypso Ferari
Choiniere Julio Calypso /Gauvin Coco Ulysse
Lucid /Traunstein

Individual Indexed Results

See background article on the development of stallion performance testing.

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