SPORTS PONY STUDBOOK SOCIETY

  A DEFRA approved Passport Issuing Organisation

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

Tel: 07703 566066    Email: 

Normal office hours - Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30 pm

Note that the SPSS Office relocated in April 2014 and the contact details at the top of the page should now be used for all contact with the SPSS
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GRADING

& YOUNGSTOCK EVALUATION

Josie Jump

Supreme Champion Stallion 2016

By kind permission of Qorum Photos

 

 

Ardbear Spirit

Champion Stallion 2015

By kind permission of

Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

Taraco Fabrizio

Champion Stallion 2014

By kind permission of

Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

Woodlander Wales

Champion Stallion 2013

By kind permission of

Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

Bernwode Golden Delicious

Champion Mare 2013

By kind permission of

Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

WFS Top Red

Champion Stallion 2012

By kind permission of

Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

Wadacre Super Trouper

Champion Stallion 2011

By kind permission of

Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

Bernwode Broadway

Champion Stallion 2010

 

 

Bathleyhills Sea Spray

Champion Mare 2010

By kind permission of

Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

Desarbre Falcon

Champion Stallion 2009

 

 

Erwfforch Dewin Direudus

Champion Stallion 2007

 

 

Arnie de Burgh

Champion Stallion 2006

 

 

 Grey Palace

Champion Stallion 2004

and Graded SPSS Elite

 

Grading is the assessment of SPSS Registered ponies and small horses (up to 158cm) to see if they meet the standards for acceptance into the SPSS Studbooks.  At least one Grading is held each year, normally in October.  Progeny of SPSS graded parents can be registered with the SPSS and given either blue (2 graded parents) or cream (one graded parent) papers/passport.  Ponies must be at least 2 years old to be presented for grading; there is no upper age limit.

 

Click here to read about past gradings (including results)

 

Annual Grading & Youngstock Evaluation Tour

at each venue there is normally 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 hold Stallion Gradings

 

*** 2018 Dates ***

The SPSS Committee are already planning the 2018 Tour and an outline list of dates and areas will be available by Spring 2018.  If you have a mare or stallion you would like to grade in 2018, please email us (details at top of page) with information about your location and what you are planning to present as this will greatly assist our planning.

 

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

 

Qorum Photos we at all of our 2017 Grading and evaluation days and photos are available for purchase via their website.

 

Please see below for more information on fees and past gradings; see the Information & FAQ page for FAQs on Grading and the In-Hand Show - including on turnout and what will happen on the day.

 

If you require any more information or have any questions, please contact the SPSS Studbook Office (details at top of page)

 

Note that mares in foal or with a foal at foot are not required to loose jump or be ridden.  In addition, for stallions & mares, competition results are taken into account as well as performance on the day.

 

 

Donatella Kick - 2016 Supreme Champion  Mare

By kind permission of Qorum Photos

 

Mystique - 2015 Supreme Champion  Mare

By kind permission of Jennie Gilchrist

 

Ella - 2014 Champion  Mare

By kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

 

 

Madam's Miss Maria - 2012 Champion  Mare

Currently the highest scoring mare (88.85%)

By kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

 

Falaza - 2011 Champion  Mare

Team and Individual Champions 2011 Pony European Championships

By kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

 

Mademoiselle - 2009 Champion Mare

Currently the second highest scoring mare (87.1%)

Photo by kind permission of Rebecca Hoare

 

Y Matilda - 2007 Champion Mare

 

Wurlibird - 2006 Champion Mare

By kind permission of David Wisehall Photography

 

SPSS GRADING FEES

 

Stallion Grading Fees

 

Only stallions and colts already registered / recorded with SPSS are eligible to enter SPSS Stallion Grading - click here for Registration Guidelines, Forms and Fees

 

Entry fee for Stallion Grading:

£120.00 for stallions with SPSS passports or already registered/overstamped by the SPSS
£170.00 for all others (this includes the necessary non-refundable £50 initial registration fee)

 

Stabling at stallion grading (if required) will be payable directly to the venue and will be according to costs of location.

 

Veterinary requirements

 

All graded stallions need to be DNA parentage tested at the owner’s expense (£50.00) or provide evidence of an existing DNA test before any of their progeny can be issued with an SPSS passport. Stallion owners are also required to provide a veterinary certificate of freedom from hereditary disease/defects and must also sign & return the annual SPSS Declaration of Observance form to confirm that they have read and will observe and abide by the relevant Horserace Betting Levy Board Codes of Practise.

 

 

Mare Grading Fees

 

Only mares and fillies already registered /recorded with SPSS are eligible to enter SPSS Mare Grading - click here for Registration Guidelines, Forms and Fees

 

Entry fee for Mare Grading:

£75.00 for mares with SPSS passports or already registered/overstamped by the SPSS
£100.00 for all others (this includes the necessary non-refundable £25 initial registration fee)

 

Stabling at mare grading (if required) will be payable directly to the venue and will be according to costs of location.

 

If successfully graded, mares will need to provide a DNA sample and this will normally be taken from her mane by one of the SPSS team at the grading. The SPSS reserves the right to test the DNA sample at the owners expense (£50.00)

 

 

PAST GRADINGS

 

2016

2016 saw the SPSS repeat 2015’s successful initiative of taking our judges to our members, rather than expecting our members to come to us as in previous years - and we also held 2 stallion grading days for the first time in 8 years.  . So, Hans-Heinrich Brüning (an international judge & breeder of Hanoverian dressage and jumping horses) flew in from Germany to join SPSS Chairman & Director, Jacke Mathieson (a dressage rider, stallion owner and breeder of competition horses and ponies) and together they judged more than 100 gradings and evaluations over 7 days at locations from South England to West Wales to South Scotland. We were delighted that 10 lovely stallions (out of 13 presented) were licensed and over 40 magnificent mares were accepted into one of the SPSS Mare Studbooks with twelve of them scoring 80% or more to go into the Head Studbook. As in 2015, British breeders again presented some truly outstanding youngstock, with 18 of them impressing the judges with their athleticism, elastic gaits and modern sports type so that they scored 80% or higher and were awarded a coveted SPSS GOLD premium. More information about the events is given here.

 

2015

In 2015, a total of 10 new stallions (out of 12 presented) and an amazing 62 mares graded into the SPSS studbook via our main grading at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe, Bedfordshire on the 16th & 17th October and our earlier Tour which started in Cornwall on Monday 21st September and finished in Scotland on the Friday.  The mare grading judges at all venues were Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mrs Jacke Mathieson and they were joined by Mr Geoff Glazzard for the Stallion Grading.  More information about the events is given here.

 

 

2014

In 2014, a total of 5 new stallions (out of 15 presented) and 8 new mares graded into the SPSS studbook via our main grading at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe, Bedfordshire on the 10th & 11th October.  The grading judges were Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mr Geoff Glazzard assisted by Miss Teri England and Mrs Jacke Mathieson.

 

The SPSS 2014 Stallion Champion was the 2 year old, WPCS Section D, Taraco Fabrizio.  Bred by Miss T J Coppins of Taraco Stud, Fabrizio was bought by his owner, Claire Wyatt, as a weanling.  Fabrizio is by Danaway Flash Jack and has classic names like Pentre Eiddwen Comet, Nebo Black Magic and Nebo Brenin in his pedigree.  Reserve Champion was the 4 year old, Delaroche Brillanz. Another British-bred pony, SPSS passported "Brill" was bred by Lucy Sheldrake of Delaroche Stud in Wales and is still part owned by her.  Brill is by the established SPSS Elite graded sire Bernwode Brokat and his dam, Evelina-S (Prins Alfred x Merrie Moscan) was also imported to the UK by Bernwode Stud.  Brill is now part owned by 11 year old Amelia (known as Milly) Struel who backed him last year when he was 3 and she was 10.   

 

All 8 mares forward graded into one of the SPSS Studbooks depending on grading score, performance record and completeness of pedigree.  As at the previous day's stallion grading, the judges were Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mr Geoff Glazzard assisted by Miss Teri England and Mrs Jacke Mathieson.  The Mare Champion was the 5 year old British bred Ella who was presented by Kelly Oxtoby for her owner/breeder, Julie Lockley of Bramley Stud.  Ella, who is by SPSS Elite graded Caesar 171 out of the KWPN mare Ballarena FH (Santano x Democrat), gained a Futurity Elite score of 9.04 as a foal and also had a foal herself 2 years ago by FS Don't Worry.  The Reserve Champion mare, Wolkendance, was bred by Tina Patchcott (as Tina Burton) out of Bella Rose, who Tina believes to be by a Dales stallion out of a black cob mare.  Wolkendance has had Futurity First Premiums as a Foal, Yearling and Two Year Old (when she was the 2nd highest scoring nationally).

 

More information about the successful ponies is given here.

 

 

2013

In 2013, a total of 8 new stallions and 5 new mares graded into the SPSS studbook. In addition, a number of stallions graded by European sports pony studbooks were also accepted as SPSS Stallions.  The main 2013 grading took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre on the 12th October.  Eight stallions passed the assessment at the Main Grading and were either given permanent graded status or awarded a license for an initial period.  Licensed stallions have their performance and/or progeny monitored by the SPSS. Fourteen stallions were presented on the day and the grading judges were Mrs Celia Clarke, Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mr Geoff Glazzard.

 

The Stallion Champion was the 2 year old, Woodlander Wales.  Wales was bred in Britain by Lynne Crowden and is by the graded Hannoverian, Woodlander Wavavoom (Weltregent H x Longchamp).  Wales's dam, Drysiog Helen is a SPSS graded WPCS Sec C by Talon Teifion.  As a foal, Wales was the 2011 SPSS In-Hand Show Champion and was awarded an Elite premium (with a score of 9.25) at his futurity evaluation and was the highest scoring pony that year.  Wales was also presented at the 2013 Futurity Evaluation, where he was equally successful, scoring 9.30 for another Elite and again being the highest scoring pony.  Reserve Champion was the 3 year old, Higherspen Show Time. Another British-bred pony, Show Time was bred by Jane Dewhurst.  Show Time is by the Dutch part bred Welsh (NWPCS Sec K) and SPSS graded stallion Eindershof Jamai out of the SPSS graded NRPS mare Shannaya Bayloveny (Bayloveny x Casper).

 

At the main grading, all 5 mares forward graded into one of the SPSS Studbooks depending on grading score, performance record and completeness of pedigree.  The judges were Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mrs Celia Clarke. 

The Mare Champion was the 4 year old British bred Bernwode Golden Delicious, who was bred by Sarah Steggall and she is the second SPSS Mare Champion by the SPSS Elite stallion, Bernwode Brokat (Brillant x Diamant II).  The Reserve Champion mare, Escley Trump Card, is a 6 year old Welsh Mountain Pony (WPCS Sec A) and she was bred by Mrs R C Hunter and is owned by Kerensa Cobbledick of Trevoulter Barton Stud.

 

More information about all the successful ponies is given here.

 

2012

The main 2012 grading took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre on the 29th September.  Two stallions passed assessment and were awarded a license for an initial period of 3 years by the grading judges Mrs Jennie Loriston-Clarke, Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mr Geoff Glazzard.  The Stallion Champion was the 4 year old, WFS Top Red.  Bred in Britain by Yvonne Wood and Sarah Steggall, Top Red is by the SPSS Elite graded stallion Top Yellow (DRP, Till The Champ (DRP) x Kirby Cane Bugler (Welsh Sec B)) out of the SPSS graded mare Bernwode Poppy Red (SPSS, Pilgrims Red (DRP) x Viktoria's Chirac (DRP)).  Both Top Red's sire and damsire are past German Bundeschampions and Top Yellow also competed Internationally at Dressage.  Reserve Champion was the 3 year old, Rosewater Mr Darcy. Another British-bred pony, Mr Darcy is by the German sire FS Don't Worry (DRP, Dacapo Doro (DRP) x Golden Dancer (DRP)) out of the SPSS graded Rosewater Manakin (SPSS, Manitu N x Baledon Commanchero).

 

At the main grading, all 13 mares forward graded into one of the SPSS Studbooks depending on grading score, performance record and completeness of pedigree.  The judges were Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mrs Celia Clarke.  The Mare Champion was the proven International dressage pony Madam's Miss Maria (NWPCS, Woldhoeve's Silco x Wester Aikema's Norbert).  The Reserve Champion mare, Bernwode Celeste, also scored well over 85% and went into the Head Studbook.  British-bred by Sarah Steggall, Celeste is by the SPSS Elite sire Caesar 171 (DRP; Condor x  Askan) who was a member of the British Pony Dressage Team that won silver and bronze Pony European Championships medals.  Celeste's damsire, Bernwode Brokat (DRP; Brillant x Diamant II) is another Elite SPSS sire as he too has represented GB internationally as well as being the Futurity Leading Sire of Sports Ponies for 3 consecutive years.  A Mare-only Grading was also held in April 2012, judged by Celia Clarke and Gemma Robinson.  Six mares were presented and three graded into the Head Studbook while the remaining three went into the Main Studbook.  The highest scoring mare with 82% was Sue Halliday's 150cm KWPN, Carbon Copy (Mooiman x Brelades Ocean Starlight).  More information about the successful ponies is given here.  

 

 

2011

The 2011 stallion and mare gradings took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in their lovely new indoor complex on Saturday 1st October.  We were delighted that all 15 mares presented mares passed the assessment with German Judge, Hans-Heinrich Bruening commenting on their quality overall.  In addition, of the 16 stallions presented, 7 passed the assessment and subject to them completing the final requirements (eg vets certificate and DNA) they will be licensed by the SPSS for an initial period to allow their performance and progeny to be assessed.  The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.  The 2011 Stallion Champion was Jeanette Matthews-Griffiths's home-bred, WBS-UK registered 2 year old, Wadacre Super Trooper and the Mare Champion was the 11 year old, 2011 double Pony European Jumping Gold medal winner, Allyson Blagg's Falaza (SHB(GB) registered and bred by Jane Fowles). At the additional Mare Grading in December, 6 more mares were graded into the SPSS Mare Studbooks by judges Celia Clarke and Teri England.  The highest scoring mare was SPSS registered Ruby Rouge.  By the top eventing sire, Mill Law, Ruby Rouge is the first foal from SPSS Elite graded mare Sapphire Blue who was herself Mare Grading Champion in 2005 when she retired to stud after a successful career as an Event and Working Hunter Pony - including winning Team Bronze at the 1996 European Pony Eventing Championships.  Ruby Rouge had a foal in 2011 by the Selle Francais jumping pony, Jimmerdor de Florys and was bred by her owner, Anne Bosanquet.  More information about the successful ponies is given here.  

 

2010

The main 2010 grading took place at Heart of England Equestrian Centre (16th & 17th October 2010) by kind permission of the Ballantyne family.  A total of 7 new stallions and 8 new mares have graded into the SPSS studbook.  The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.  For the first time since the inaugural grading, a German judge, Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening of the Hannoveraner Verband - Vorstand, officiated at the Gradings. Herr Bruening is a respected German breeder who is a frequent judge of mares foals and young horses at both German National and Regional Shows for both the Hannoverian Verband and for other Warmblood societies or organisations.  The 2010 Stallion Champion was the 146cm SPSS pony Bernwode Broadway, by Bernwode Brokat and the Mare Champion was the 148cm Bathleyhills Sea Spray by Chateau de Brion.  More information about the successful ponies is given here.  There were 25 ponies forward at the In-Hand Show, with the yearling colt, Bathleyhills Monet, by Casino Royale K, being awarded the Championship.  The full show results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.

 

2009

The main 2009 grading took place at: Heart of England Equestrian Centre (10th & 11th October 2009) by kind permission of the Ballantyne family.  A total of 6 new stallions and 8 new mares have graded into the SPSS studbook.  The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.  The stallion champion was the 128cm Welsh Section B pony Desabre Falcon and the mare champion was the 148cm SPSS pony Mademoiselle, by Bernwode Brokat.  There were 27 ponies forward at the In-Hand Show, with the 9 week old foal, Godrics Campeggio, by SPSS Elite sire Caesar 171, being awarded the Championship.  The show results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.

 

2008

The main 2008 grading took place at Heart of England Equestrian Centre (18th & 19th October 2008) by kind permission of the Ballantyne family.  An earlier mare grading was held at Trevaulter Barton Stud in Devon by kind permission of Kerensa Pluess-Cobbledick.  The combined results of all 2008 SPSS Mare and Stallion Gradings are available here.  Overall,  a total of 8 new stallions and 29 new mares were graded into the SPSS studbook in 2008.  In addition, a further 2 stallions were awarded licences for 2 or 3 years based on their grading results from other studbooks.  Again, alongside the main Grading at Heart of England there was an In-Hand Premium Show and the results are are available here

 

2007

The 2007 SPSS Mare & Stallion Gradings were held over the weekend of the 13th & 14th October at Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire, by kind permission of Claire Ballantyne.  Click here for results.  After the Mare Grading, on Saturday 13th Oct, there was an In-hand Premium Show with classes for Mares and  Youngstock (foals to three year olds).  This was a chance to have for members and non-members to have their ponies assessed and for temporarily licensed stallions to show their progeny.

 

2006

The 2006 Stallion and Mare Gradings were held at Heart of England Equestrian on the 21st and 22nd October.  Of the 7 stallions forward, 5 passed and have been accepted into the studbook.  The highest scoring stallion was the 4 year old Thoroughbred, Arnie de Burgh, who was racing successfully on the flat until a few weeks earlier and was viewed by the judges as a good stallion for producing event ponies.  The other successful stallions were Salvador AP, Acado, Rughavens Jackpot and Magic Gold GF.  All 13 of the mares who attended the Mare Grading were accepted into the SPSS studbook and the judges commented on the excellent standard of mares forward.  The highest scoring mare overall was the 2 year old Wurlitzer filly, Wurlibird.  Unfortunately, as her dam is of unknown breeding, Wurlibird goes into the Preliminary studbook.  The next highest scoring mare was the 12 year old, former Dutch Team Show Jumping pony, Oude Tempels Micky who was graded into the Head Studbook and also awarded Elite status in recognition of her outstanding competition career to date.

 

2005

At the 2005 Grading, 8 stallions passed even though the mark required was raised to 75% - this shows the quality of stallions forward.  In addition, 9 mares graded including the European Eventing Team Bronze medallist in 1996, Sapphire Blue, who was awarded Elite status in recognition of her outstanding competition record.  This lovely mare is now in foal to Mill Law. 

 

2004

At the Spring 2004 Grading one stallion and 2 mares were graded.  At the Autumn Gradings, a further 7 stallions were graded or licensed including the 134cm BSJA pony Grey Palace who was awarded SPSS Elite Status in recognition of his outstanding jumping career.  Click here for article about the Heart of England 2004 Grading - including tips on how to prepare your pony for grading.

 

2003

In 2003 a total of 6 stallions and 16 mares were graded into the SPSS studbooks.

 

Full results from each year including breeding:

For 2016 Grading results click here

For 2015 Grading results click here

For 2014 Grading results click here

For 2013 Grading results click here

For 2012 Grading results click here

For 2011 Grading results click here

For 2010 grading results click here

For 2009 grading results click here

For 2008 grading results click here

For 2007 grading results click here

For 2006 grading results click here

For 2005 grading results click here

For 2004 grading results click here

For 2003 grading results click here

 

From left to right:

Binghams Celebration - winner of Grading at New Priory Stud 2001.

Westbrink Classic - winner of Grading at Heart of England 2001.

Maelor Midora - winner of Grading at Heart of England 2001, now an Elite SPSS mare having represented GB.

The 2001 Heart of England Grading was judged by Herr Timo Coldewey and Mrs Celia Clarke.

 

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