The Stallion Performance Test is a breeding evaluation held in February/March on a yearly basis. Stallions 3-5 years of age participate as well as older stallions with performance merits from either competition or a performance test from abroad. Only the top stallions are approved for breeding in SWB. For more information regarding the approvals, please see The Stallion Performance Test Rules and Regulations.
The 2020 stallion took place February 25 – March 1 at Grevagården outside Skövde. The performance test winner in show jumping was Enelzkey SR (by Eldorado van de Zeshoek out of Penelza Z – Papillon Rouge) and in dressage Fortnite (by For Romance I out of Donna Salina – Don Schufro).
Welcome to the 2020 SWB Stallion Performance Test!
Welcome to the 2020 SWB Stallion Performance Test!
The winds of change are blowing, thus resulting in a new venue for this year’s stallion test; Grevagården in Västergötland county. This creates a need for new ways to cater to the judges, handlers, riders and grooms. We have worked hard in collaboration with our regional association Ädla Hästen in Skaraborg to ensure the very best conditions for a fair test will be fulfilled for the stallions that are participating. As usual the final evaluation of the stallions will be of great interest as the test week ends.
More drastic changes are in the pipeline however, more specifically regarding the rules and regulations surrounding our performance test. This topic has been discussed for quite some time, both within our own breed association as well as internationally and is now more current than ever. Times have changed and today is a far cry from yesteryear when Sweden placed appointed stallions strategically in the different regions to today where a breeder can choose a stallion irrespective of geographical boundaries. The information on performance and heritability is much better today. The availability is less restricted and a modernization that meet our present situation is both possible and plausible.
Is it time to let the mare owners decide what stallion to use, and for the breed associations to register the offspring regardless of pedigree? It may most likely be a step too far, but what restrictions should be in place to shape the future Swedish Warmblood horse? This is a discussion worth engaging in. Welcome to join the playing field!
One step on the road ahead is to examine this year’s candidates for future breeding stallions.
Welcome and Good Luck!
Three year old stallions complete a five-day test, with one day of rest, including veterinary inspection, conformation evaluation, free jumping and gaits under rider. The dressage stallions are shown twice in gaits, the jumping stallions only once. The jumping stallions are shown twice in free jumping instead where the dressage stallions likewise are shown only once.
Four- and five year old stallions complete a longer test divided into two phases. Phase I include veterinary inspection, conformation evaluation, free jumping or jumping under rider and gaits under rider. Jumping stallions must be shown under rider in the jumping test. Phase II has the stallions divided into dressage or jumping at stallion owner’s choice. The dressage stallions are shown in gaits under own rider and under test riders. The jumping stallions are shown in jumping under own rider and under test riders. The free jump moment is optional for four- and five year old stallions dressage stallions who have received G2 as 3 year olds.
Stallions with merits (6P) that meet the requirements to be evaluated as stallion prospects according to the SWB Rules and Regulations but do not have the merits to be awarded a breeding license directly are shown at a veterinary inspection and a conformation evaluation and otherwise perform the steps that the stallion committee has decided that they want to see the stallion in. Stallions with merits will only be shown in its specific discipline. An index is then calculated for each stallion (dressage – or jumping index). Three year old stallions must have an index of no less than 10 for approval. An approved stallion will be awarded the breeding merit class G2 which entitles the stallion to breed for two years. Four- and five year old stallions must have an index of no less than 18 for approval. Approved stallion will be awarded the breeding merit class G and awarded a lifelong approval for breeding.
Stallions automatically qualified (6DK) are stallions that are to be standing in Sweden and already meet the requirements for a breeding license. Mandatory events for these stallions are the veterinary inspection and conformation evaluation that need to be passed for approval. For stallions approved for their merits in international competitions and/or through their offsprings, participation in Swede Horse stallion show is optional, for other stallions mandatory. In order to be approved, they must pass the veterinary inspection, meet the basic requirements and participate in the stallion show if they belong to the category for which it is mandatory.
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