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2020 SPSS Stallion & Mare Gradings and Youngstock Evaluations


Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown, SPSS was thrilled that, following the small scale trial of grading mares at British Breeding Futurity events in 2019, the British Breeding Futurity team had not only offered to allow SPSS Mare Grading at all their 2020 youngstock evaluation events but also to allow us to run SPSS Stallion Gradings on the 3-5 year old days. Thus allowing us to offer events across the country with at least 11 different locations for mare grading and 4 for stallions.


However, as an announcement that the Futurity Tour wont happen due to Covid-19 is expected in the near future, the SPSS team are working hard on alternatives, including partnering with the anticipated "virtual" Futurity evaluations to offer Mare Gradings and also something to allow selected stallions to gain an initial pre-approval status so they can issue a limited number of SPSS covering certificates.


We will announce more details as soon as possible.


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Other 2020 Dates


British Breeders Dinner

Saturday 11th January at The Leonardo Royal London City Hotel, London.


Stallion Parades

The SPSS will be at the following stallion parades with our stand and information:

Competition Stallions - Saturday 8th March - Addington Manor EC 

Stallion AI / Twemlows Stallion Parade - cancelled due to Covid-19

Northern Stallion Parade - cancelled due to Covid-19


Pony European Championships

14-19 August at Strzegom, Poland - cancellation, or possibly rescheduling to late 2020, due to Covid-19 anticipated :(


Futurity Young Horse Evaluations

Open to all youngstock aged 4 weeks to 3 years, the 2019 series will include a re-launch of the Equine Bridge, specially tailored events for 3 year olds and a Futurity Graduate Programme.  It is anticipated that this will not be an actual tour in 2020 due to Covid-19 but will be done remotely.  Find out more at


Elite Foals Registration Tour

Cancelled due to Covid-19. The SPSS is continuing to support this initiative (new in 2018) which has been set up to not only simplify the registration of sport horse foals in Britain, but also to identify and promote the best foals bred in the UK.  The tour will visit locations in the UK throughout August. SPSS Passport Forms may be given to the SPSS judge on the day or sent to the Studbook Office in advance - with the ID section either completed by the vet on-site at the Tour day or by another vet beforehand.


British Dressage Young Dressage Pony Championships

On hold due to Covid-19.  Only one qualifier took place before Covid-19 lockdown and the remainder have been cancelled.  Plus the Hartpury Festival of Dressage (due to host the Final) has been cancelled. As at 7th May, BD are investigating the options for an alternative qualification structure and final for the Young Horse and Pony Championships in 2020.  Check the BD website for latest info.


British Breeding Celebration Ball

The inaugural British Breeding Celebration Ball took place on Saturday 9th November 2019 at the wonderful Grittleton House in Wiltshire and was a party to end the season and a fabulous celebration of the very best British bred young horses of the year.  Although this event was going to be repeated in 2020, nothing has been announced yet due to Covid-19 uncertainty.



The 2020 AGM will be arranged for late 2020 once it is clearer what will be possible (as it may be that Covid-19 restrictions are still in place)



SPSS Mare Grading and Foal Evaluation in progress











For more information and results from past SPSS and other pony events, please click on the year in the table below:




SPSS Gradings 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
SPSS In-Hand Evaluations   2018 2017 2016 2015 - - - 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006    
Young Dressage Pony         - - 2013 2012 2011 2010            
Young Jumping Pony     - - - - - 2012 2011 2010            
Young Eventing Pony     - - - - 2013 2012 2011              
Pony European Championships         2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010            
BEF Futurity           2014   2012 2011 2010     2007 2006    



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

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