Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - Stallion Performance Test 2000


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Date: August 28, 2006
Contact: Barbara Daley

Bratt Z Declared Champion of 2006 Canadian National Stallion Performance Test

Index Results | Article | Background | Individual Test Results

Bratt Z and Test Rider Angela Covert-Lawrence
All Photos by Andrew Bailini

Following the Stallion Licensing, which was held earlier this week at the Orangeville Fairgrounds in Orangeville, Ontario, seven stallions were granted full breeding approval with the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association. Bratt Z, a five-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Southshore Farm and presented by Laurie Bucci, stood out as Champion with a distinguished General Index of 122.14.

This bright copper chestnut horse achieved a remarkable score of 10 in both scope and technique for free jumping. This was supported by high scores for jumping under saddle by both the ground jury and the test riders, resulting in a General Index of 131.46 for jumping. Bratt Z's pedigree is a testament to these strong jumping traits. His sire, Baloubet du Rouet has won several world cup titles and two Olympic medals with the Brazilian team, while his dam sire, Capitol, is one of history's greatest show jumping sires.

Runner up to Bratt Z was Sir Wanabi (pictured at left), a four-year-old Hanoverian bred by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and owned by Sandra Laprise. By Santorini and out of a Lortzing mare, it is no surprise that Sir Wanabi had the highest dressage index at 123.10. Also tested and approved were Pegase de Hanomar, Beaulieu's Coolman, Beaulieu's Conquest, Excalibur and Royal Mount DVM.

The Stallion Performance Test is an 8-day program, which is held annually, and alternates between Eastern Canada and Western Canada. It follows Stallion Licensing where horses are assessed for conformation, jumping ability and movement, and includes several days of riding under the supervision of Test Manager, Hendrik Gabel. Judging is done by a panel of ground judges as well as test riders - two each for dressage and jumping.

The test riders for dressage were Curtis Barbour and Scott Ottewell. Hyde Moffatt and Angela Covert-Lawrence were selected as the test riders for jumping. All riders have a great deal of experience in the show ring and in the development of young horses. This is an important ability, as the Stallion Performance Test is geared toward younger horses that are still early in their sport careers.

'I am happy to be able to participate in this program.' commented Hyde Moffatt, Grand Prix rider and multiple time winner in the Canadian Jumper Development Series. 'I ride young horses that are making their debut in the show ring regularly.' Providing breeders with feedback from the perspective of North America's most competitive sport market is important for the growth of Canada's breeding industry.

The ground judges for the Stallion Performance Test were Fritz Von Blottnitz, Senior Inspector with the Stallion Licensing Committee of the Hanoverian Verband; Cord Wassmann, President of the Young Horse Competitions for the German FN and Senior Instructor for German Stallion Licensing and Approval Judges and Sport Judges; Eve Mainwaring, Senior Inspector and Stud Book Committee member of CWHBA and long-time participant of horse sport in Canada; and Jennette Coote, Senior Inspector and Stud Book Committee member of CWHBA and President of the Alberta Chapter.

Judging Commission at Licensing Day in Ontario
during the Stallion Performance Test:
L-R: Jennette Coote, Stud Book Committee (SBC) member, AB;
Ruth Armstrong, Volunteer, ON; Volunteer, ON; Fritz von Blotnitz, senior
inspector, Germany; Colleen Embree-Jay, SBC member, BC; Corde Wassman,
senior inspector, Germany; Eve Mainwaring, SBC member, ON.
Photo credit: Photos by Bailini

When summarizing the week's event, Fritz Von Blotnitz commented on the stallions presented. 'We saw some very different qualities in these stallions, with some big talents in jumping which were true to pedigree. There was a great deal of improvement, especially of the younger horses, under the supervision of Hendrik Gabel.' Joining the program for the third time, he commented on the improvement in the standard of horses presented year-over-year. Concerning the outcome of any breeding program, he was quick to remind everyone 'that it is not only the stallion, but also the mare'.

The Canadian National Stallion Performance Test, which is a national, all registry program, is funded in part by the Canadian Breeders' Initiative Fund (CBIF). CBIF supports Canadian breeders of horses for the FEI disciplines, providing financial assistance to initiatives which profile multiple breed registries, with a preference to Canadian organizations. The CBIF is administered by Equine Canada and funded with charitable donations made through the Banyan Tree Foundation.

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
Bratt Z
Baloubet du Rouet /Capitol I
Sir Wanabi
Santorini /Lortzig
Pegase de Hanomar
Popeye K / Cannonade
Beaulieu's Coolman
Quidam de Revel / Pluspunkt
Selle Lux.
Beaulieu's Conquest
Corrado I / Calandro I
Escuso I /Furioso
Royal Mount DVM
Regazzoni / Archipel

Individual Indexed Results

See background article on the development of stallion performance testing.

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