Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - Stallion Performance Test 2001


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Second Stallion Performance Test a Success

Index Results | Article | Background | Individual Test Results

Joe Cocker, Champion of the 2001 SPT with Chris Pratt up. Photo courtesy: Clix

The second Stallion Performance Test (SPT) was held at Saddlewood Equestrian Center near Bethany, Ontario, from September 7 to September 15, 2001. In spite of lower than expected numbers of participants, everyone concerned was pleased with the overall results. The facility was ideal - with multiple sand rings, an indoor arena, a dining room and comfortable accommodation for people and horses, it was a self contained unit.

Although the SPT is sponsored and run by the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association; it is open to stallions of all breeds and tests the horses for suitability in the Olympic equestrian disciplines. At this year's SPT five warmblood stallions from Quebec and Ontario, ages four to nine were put through their paces. Champion stallion was JOE COCKER, a four year old Westfalen stallion, imported to Canada by Augustine and Christine Walch. Sired by Julio Mariner xx, this young stallion impressed the judges with his elegant modern type, excellent gaits and good jumping technique. Ranking first in the dressage index and second in jumping, he finished with an overall index of 134.74.

Reserve Champion stallion was also a four year old, POPEYE K (pictured above). Bred in Canada, by Peter Karneef and owned by Peter with Darlene and Paul Morgan, this son of the famous Hanoverian stallion Voltaire, easily won the jumping phase with a jumping index of 141.98. A tall stallion with substance and good looks he received perfect scores of ten for his scope and technique in the course jumping.

The judging panel was once again international in composition. Chairman, Professor Ingvar Fredricson (pictured at left with CWHBA Chairman, Chris Gould), retired manager of the Swedish National Stud at Flyinge, was assisted by Hendrik Gaebel, riding master and trainer from Germany; Eve Mainwaring, Vice Chair of the Stud Book Committee and Jennette Coote, President of the Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA and a Stud Book Committee member. The test was managed by Colleen Embree-Jay, President of the host province, Ontario.

An important aspect of the SPT is the test riding by guest riders. For the ability on the flat Canadian Three Day Event Coach and former Olympian, Peter Gray shared the duties with Daisy Palmer, an accomplished dressage trainer and competitor with test riding experience in Germany. Guest riding over fences were Chris Pratt, well known Grand Prix jumper competitor and short listed team rider and Erynn Ballard, former Young Rider Championships Gold medallist. All the riders gave thoughtful and detailed adjudications on each of the horses which will be of benefit to the future development of these stallions.

Rounding out the excellent group of stallions were:

ROYAL SENNA, 1994 Black Hanoverian by Rubinstein, owned by Guy Rivard, an attractive stallion, typical of the Rubinstein offspring, he showed good elasticity in his gaits and good ability with positive comments from the judges and test riders regarding his potential in dressage
HOLBERG , 1992 Dark Brown Swedish Warmblood by Rolls Royce, owned by Don and Vicky Hepworth, a smaller stallion with competitive experience, he scored high in Character and rideability with a good canter. One test rider did not want to stop riding. Clearly a nice all round talent.
PERCEVAL, 1993 Bay Canadian Warmblood by Shirrocco , owned by Les Ecuries du Petite Village. A jumper specialist, tall and brave, he was not tested to the limit of his show jumping experience. Although his gaits were his weakest point he received good rideability scores for his flat work.

Throughout the test there developed a strong sense of camaraderie amongst everyone involved, riders, owners, judges and the staff at Saddlewood. The cooperation, friendly atmosphere and hard work resulted in a well run test which is encouraging for the future of breeding in Canada.

L to R: Dr Fredrickson; SPT Manager, Colleen Embreed-Jay; Eve mainwaring; Jennette Coote; Hendrik Gaebel. Photo courtesy: Clix

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
Joe Cocker
Julio Marinier xx / St.Pr. Paola
Popeye K
Voltaire /Ronald
Royal Senna
Rubenstein I / Argentina
Rolls Royce / Electron
Shirrocco / Zevenaar

Individual Indexed Results

See background article on the development of stallion performance testing.

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