Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - Stallion Performance Test 2000

2005 Stallion Performance Test

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Cree, 2005 SPT Champion.

by Chris Gould

The Canadian Stallion Performance Test (SPT) was held, once again in Olds, Alberta, at the Olds Agricultural Society Complex. Five stallions took part in this the sixth annual SPT. All the stallions were well presented and prepared, and gave very uniform performances in all characteristics. The overall champion was the three year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion Cree (Come Back II / Strauss/ Pascal); owned by Laurie James of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Out of a Swedish mare, which through Strauss and Pascal is line bred to the famous Hanoverian stallion Utrillo, Cree, once again, proved that young stallions can excel in the current SPT format. His balanced performance garnered him top index in dressage and second place in jumping.

Canadian Warmblood stallion, Carthago Sun III, pictured above, (Carthago/ Schampus xx/ Landgraf I), full brother to the Champion of the first SPT held in 2000, received the highest jumping index and second place overall. Owned by Wachter Horses and bred by Joe and Edda Selinger, Carthago Sun III received uniformly high scope and technique scores as well as high ride ability rating.

Also Canadian bred, was five year old, Kenner (Kingston/ Best of Luck (Octrooi)/ Lotto), bred by Kingston Partners, and owned by Mirrabook Farms - pictured at left with test rider Erynn Ballard up. Of particular interest is the fact that his sire Kingston is a Canadian Warmblood stallion approved at the 2000 SPT, where he was Vice Champion, and therefore Kenner marks the first approved stallion, sired by a Canadian bred and tested stallion. This is a very encouraging early indication that the Canadian breeding and testing program is pointed and moving in the right direction.

In establishing a Canadian SPT it has been important to make adjustments and improvements while maintaining maximum consistency. To that end we have been very fortunate with the number of judges, riders and trainers who have been able to participate more than once. Returning for a second time, Hakan Wahlmann (Finland) and Johan Hamminga (Holland) made up the European guest portion of the judging panel. Both of these gentlemen are active full time trainers and instructors, bringing very valuable practical as well as theoretical knowledge to the process. Eve Mainwaring, who has judged at all six SPT, and Colleen Embree, CWHBA Vice Chair, rounded out the group. We are especially grateful to have the experience and continuity which Eve brings to these tests. Her generosity in sharing her wealth of knowledge is invaluable.

Jumper Test riders Erynn Ballard (left) and Rodney Tulloch (right) with Office Manager Brandy Yeager and volunteer.

Contributing to the continuity and professionalism of the test, was of course, Hendrik Gabel, Supervising Trainer from Nesselroeden, Germany. He has assisted and worked on behalf of the stallion owners, in getting the best out of each stallion, at all six tests. Erynn Ballard, one of Canada's top young Grand Prix riders returned for her fourth time as a guest rider and was joined by Rodney Tulloch, a well respected hunter/jumper trainer from Calgary. Testing the rideability in the dressage phase were Scott Ottowell and Ellen Schmidt. Scott, who rides out of the Toronto area, has extensive experience in test riding, having worked for many years in Germany at the Hanoverian Riding School and having participated in stallion and mare performance tests during this period. We were also fortunate to have Ellen Schmidt who is a former student of Hendrik Gable and was in Canada working with Lisa Carlson and Dayton Gorseline.

This year management of the test was coordinated by Katrina van den Bosch, who with assistance and oversight from Jennette Coote, did a fantastic job of keeping things running smoothly. Her efforts contributed significantly to making the experience for owners, judges and all participants, a very rewarding one. The new CWHBA office arrangements also facilitated the smooth flow of paper work and other details, through the efforts of Brandy Yeager.

The combined efforts of everyone involved, especially the stallion owners, whose commitment to excellence drives the performance testing, has produced a Canadian Stallion Performance Test which is adapting to Canadian needs, while maintaining recognized standards. It is a tribute to our commitment to international standards, that we have the respect and participation of many top international judges. In the final analysis, we cannot over look the atmosphere of friendship, conviviality and fun which is so much a part of the SPT experience. It is all about striving for the highest standards and doing it together.

Pik Kaiser Graphit

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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
Come Back II/Strauss
Carthago Sun III
Carthago /Schampus
Kingston /Octrooi
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Placido /Silvio I
Uri W
Kingston (Topas) /Nimmerdor

Individual Indexed Results

See background article on the development of stallion performance testing.

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