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Studbook Office: The Last House, Keysoe Row West, Keysoe, Bedfordshire MK44 2JJ

Tel: 07703 566066    Email: 

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2017 SPSS MARE & STALLION GRADINGS & YOUNGSTOCK EVALUATIONS

 

For more general information about Mare/Stallion Gradings, please click here

For more information about the Youngstock Evaluations, please click here

 

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Grading & Youngstock Evaluation Tour

at each venue there will be a Regional Mare Grading

followed by Youngstock Evaluations for filly, colt & gelding foals, yearlings and 2 year olds plus 3 year old geldings and fillies

At selected venues, we will also be grading stallions (shown by red star on map)

 

Friday

8th September

South East

Toat Sport Horses, Old Helyers Farm, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 0DD

Saturday

9th September

South (including Stallion Grading)

Catherston Stud, Croft Farm Over Wallop Stockbridge Hampshire SO20 8HX

Sunday

10th September (am)

(pm)

South West 

Newton Stud, Zeal Monachorum, Devon EX17 6LL (am)

Fairlight Stud, New Farm, Clevedon Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano, N Somerset, BS20 7RJ (pm)

Monday

11th September

South Wales

Triley Fields EC, Upper Triley Farm, Llantilio Pertholey, Abergavenny NP7 8DF

Tuesday

12th September

(am)

Central (including Stallion Grading)

Bromson Stud, Bromson Hall Farm Stables, Ashorne, Warwick CV35 9AB

(pm)

Eastern

Maxted Massey Stud, Queenholme Way, Sponge Drove, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5JN

Wednesday

13th September (am)

North West (including Stallion Grading)

Sugar House Stud, Delamere Manor, Cuddington Lane, Cuddington, Cheshire CW8 2TE

(pm)

North Wales (including Stallion Grading)

Celt n Gael, Rhandir, Tyn Lon, Holyhead, Anglesey LL65 3DJ

Thursday

14th September

North East (including Stallion Grading)

Leamside Equestrian, Leamside, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear DH4 6QJ

Friday

15th September

Scotland (including Stallion Grading)

Sidewood Dressage, Lanarkshire, Scotland ML11 8ET

 

Click here to download an A4 dates poster

 

Judges:  Hans-Heinrich Bruening & Jacke Mathieson (all gradings & evaluations)

 

If you have any questions or queries, please call Philippa at the SPSS Studbook Office on 07703 566066

 

Qorum Photos will be attending all of our Grading and Evaluation days and photos will be available for purchase via their website as soon as possible after the Tour has finished (note that it is unlikely that there'll be time to upload the photos during the tour due to the need to travel each evening to the next location).  As a condition of their attendance, we are unable to allow any other commercial photographers at the event so, although family and friends are fine taking photos of ponies they are there to support, please limit your photography to this as otherwise we may be unable to secure such services in the future which would be a great shame.

 

If you have any questions or queries, please call Philippa at the SPSS Studbook Office on 07703 566066

 

A specialist equestrian photographer will be in attendance at all events (see note below)

 

 

Spectators welcome at all SPSS events – Free Entry

2017 Grading & Evaluation Tour Locations

(a red star indicates inclusion of stallion grading at that venue)

 

 

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Entry Forms

 

Closing Dates

 

Entries & Times

 

Stabling

 

Photographer

  

Supreme Champion Mare 2016

Wales Champion Mare

Donatella-Kick

Ridden by owner Amanda Castle

 Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

Mare Gradings

 

Hans-Heinrich Brüning & Jacke Mathieson will be the lead judges at all of the Mare Gradings and, after all mares have been inspected and marked at the last published venue of the day, the highest scoring mare of the day* will become the Champion Mare and the next highest scoring the Reserve Champion Mare for that day.  Both will receive an extra rosette (this will be posted if winning mare is not at last venue) and the Champion Mare will also get a sash.

 

* Note that if any mares are judged at private venues after the last published venue of the day then their scores will be carried forward to the following day.  The SPSS reserves the right to combine or split days/regions depending on entry numbers (we anticipate that a minimum of 5 mares need to have been judged for a Champion/Reserve to be declared)

 

Then, after the last mare grading, the mare with the highest score across all of the venues will be declared as the 2017 Supreme Champion Mare and receive an additional rosette & sash. The next highest scoring mare will become the 2017 Reserve Supreme Champion Mare and receive an additional rosette & sash.

 

Stallion Gradings

 

Click here to download an information sheet about SPSS Stallion Grading

 

Hans-Heinrich Brüning & Jacke Mathieson will be the lead judges at the Stallion Gradings. 

 

Provided that at least 5 stallions have been inspected on the day, the highest scoring stallion of that day will be declared as the Champion Stallion for that region(s) and will receive an additional rosette & sash. The next highest scoring stallion will become the Reserve Champion Stallion. The SPSS reserves the right to combine or split days/regions depending on entry numbers (we anticipate that a minimum of 5 stallions need to have been inspected for a Champion/Reserve to be declared).  

 

Then, after the last stallion grading, the stallion with the highest score across all of the venues will be declared as the 2017 Supreme Champion Stallion and receive an additional rosette & sash. The next highest scoring stallion will become the 2017 Reserve Supreme Champion Stallion and receive an additional rosette & sash.

Supreme Champion Stallion 2016

 Scotland Champion Stallion

Josie Jump

Pictured with Jacke Mathieson, Katie Lindsay-Brown, Geoff Glazzard & Hans-Heinrich Brüning

Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

 

2016 Supreme Youngstock Champion, Top Foal, Top Filly and Top Pony
Fairlight Rhiannon

Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

 

Youngstock Evaluations

 

The Regional Youngstock Evaluations are open to filly, colt and gelding foals, yearlings & two year olds (plus 3 year old fillies & geldings) bred to be competition ponies or small competition horses (up to 158cm unless SPSS passported when there is no height limit) regardless of breed, passport or colour.

 

Each entrant will be evaluated individually for conformation and paces (in-hand & loose) with loose jumping as an option (except at Newton Stud) for those 2 and 3 year olds destined to be show jumpers or eventers. With our regular grading judge, Hans-Heinrich Brüning, flying in from Germany for all of the regional evaluations, all participants will get a mark/comment sheet (sent after the event) and those gaining at least 7.0 will be awarded a Premium Rosette unless they score 8.0 or higher when they will get a Gold Premium Rosette. 

 

Youngstock do not have to be SPSS registered nor do owners have to be SPSS members.

 

After all the evaluations have been completed, the youngster with the highest score overall will be declared the 2017 Supreme Youngstock Champion with the next highest scorer being the Reserve Supreme Youngstock Champion.  Special rosettes will also be awarded for the Top Colt, Top Filly, Top Gelding, Top Foal, Top Yearling, Top 2 Year Old, Top 3 Year Old, Top Pony and Top Small Horse.  The judges will adjudicate if there are any cases of equal scores.

 

Entry Forms

Mare Gradings (all venues) - click here

Stallion Gradings (all venues) - click here

Youngstock Evaluations (all venues) - click here

 

Membership Application Form - click here

(Only members can enter a pony for grading;

Youngstock Evaluations are open to non-members

and ponies do not have to be SPSS passported OR overstamped))

 

Click here to download an information sheet about SPSS Stallion Grading

 

Note that members (as at 1st July) get £5 off per grading entry provided the entry and payment are received by 1st August

 

Closing Dates

All entries for September events close on 18th August 2017. Early entry is advised as spaces will be allocated in order of receipt of entries and once capacity is reached at each venue further entries will be placed on a waiting list. If there is space, late entries may be taken, please call the office on 07703 566066 to check.  Late entry supplement £10 per pony for grading entries and £5 per pony for youngstock evaluations.

 

We would appreciate early entries so we know that a venue will be viable.  Note that should a venue not be viable and be cancelled then a full refund (of all fees paid when entering) will be made.

 

Entries and Times

Each entrant will be allocated a time slot and these will be emailed out a few days before each event.  We plan to have lists of entrants available on the day for spectators and to also publish approximate start & finish times in advance.

 

Stabling

Stabling at the venues must be booked with each venue directly.

 

Rules

The SPSS Rule book can be download here.  Specific rules for the Youngstock Evaluations can be found in the schedule.

 

Withdrawals

See Grading Entry Forms & Youngstock Schedule for withdrawal policy

 

More information

For more information about the grading/evaluation process, turnout etc,  please see the Info & FAQ page (here).

 

Judges

The lead judges at all the stallion & mare gradings & youngstock evaluations will be Herr Hans-Heinrich Brüning and Mrs Jacke Mathieson.

 

Hans-Heinrich is a well known German judge and breeder of Hannovarian dressage and jumping horses at his family farm, Hof Brüning, which is well-known for its solid preparation work of horses for licensings, mare shows, stallion and mare performance tests as well as auctions, shows and championships.  Hans-Heinrich has judged at the SPSS mare and stallion gradings since 2010.

 

Jacke Mathieson is a breeder of warmblood horses and sports ponies.  She owns the warmblood Wolkenderry and competes him and his progeny in dressage.  Jacke also imported the SPSS graded pony Classic's Charmeur who initially stood at stud with her before being sold to a young rider, with whom Classic's Charmeur has competed at FEI Pony level internationally.  Jacke has been SPSS Chairman and judged SPSS Gradings & Evaluations since 2014.

 

Spectators are very welcome at all venues

 

Qorum Photos will be attending all of our Grading and evaluation days and photos will be available for purchase via their website as soon as possible after the gradings have finished.  As a condition of their attendance, we are unable to allow any other commercial photographers at the event so, although family and friends are fine taking photos of ponies they are there to support, please limit your photography to this as otherwise we may be unable to secure such services in the future which would be a great shame.

 

Outline Programmes

 

Available nearer the time! 

 

   

 

 

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Studbook Office:   The Last House, Keysoe Row West, Keysoe, Bedfordshire MK44 2JJ

Tel: 07703 566066    Email: 

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