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 10.30 am to 4 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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For more general information about Mare/Stallion Gradings, please click here

For more information about the Youngstock Evaluations, please click here


Mare 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.



12th September

Parwood Equestrian Centre

near Guildford, Surrey GU3 2JE


13th September

Stretcholt Equestrian Centre

Bridgewater, Somerset TA6 4SR


14th September

Bridgend College Equine Centre

Pencoed Campus, South Wales CF35 5LG


15th September

Bold Heath Equestrian Centre

near Warrington, Cheshire WA8 3XT


16th September

Rosewood Stud, near Newmarket

Cambridgeshire CB7 5QH


17th September

Moulton College (Pitsford Centre)*

Northampton NN3 7QL


20th October

Sidewood Dressage

Lanarkshire, Scotland ML11 8ET


* Note that youngstock & mare entries for Moulton College will be limited & accepted on first received basis, as stallion grading at this venue will take priority.

Judges:  Hans-Heinrich Bruening & Jacke Mathieson



Stallion Gradings


Saturday 17th September

at Moulton College (Pitsford Centre), near Northampton NN3 7QL


Thursday 20th October

at Sidewood Dressage, near Forth, Lanarkshire, Scotland ML11 8ET


Judges:  Hans-Heinrich Brüning, Geoff Glazzard (to be confirmed) & Jacke Mathieson


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


Jump to:


Outline Programmes


Entry Forms


Closing Dates


Entries & Times





Champion Stallion 2015

Ardbear Spirit


Supreme Champion Mare 2015

Shannon Stewart's Mystique

Mare Gradings


Hans-Heinrich Brüning will be the lead judge at all of the Regional Mare Gradings and, after all mares at that venue have been inspected and marked, the highest scoring will become the Champion and the next highest scoring Reserve Champion Mare at each venue.


Then, after the last mare grading, the mare with the highest score across all of the venues will be declared as the 2016 Supreme Champion Mare and receive an additional rosette, sash and SPSS Thermatex Rug. The next highest scoring mare will become the 2016 Reserve Supreme Champion Mare and receive an additional rosette & sash.




Stallion Grading


Hans-Heinrich Brüning & Geoff Glazzard will be the lead judges at the Stallion Grading. 


The Champion Stallion will receive an additional rosette, sash and SPSS Thermatex Rug. The next highest scoring stallion will become the 2016 Reserve Champion Stallion.  Note that if a second stallion grading takes place, the SPSS Thermatex Rug will be awarded to the Supreme Champion Stallion (decided as per the Mare Gradings)



Youngstock Evaluations


Click here to find out more about these events - note that foals at foot of grading mares are evaluated free and 2 and 3 year old mares (without a foal at foot) also get a free evaluation entry.  Please still complete and return an evaluation entry form for these foals/mares.

Champion Stallion 2015

Ardbear Spirit, his rider Jo Callwood and (from left) SPSS judges Hans-Heinrich Brüning, Jacke Mathieson and Geoff Glazzard


Entry Forms

September Mare Gradings (all English/Welsh venues) - click here

October Mare Grading (Scottish venue) - click here

September Stallion Grading (Central) - click here

October Stallion Grading (Scotland) - click here



Closing Dates

All entries for September events close on 22nd August 2016 and on 29th September for the October events. 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.

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

Available a few days before each event



Stabling at the venues must be booked with each venue directly APART from Moulton where they have asked the SPSS to coordinate the stabling.  If you wish to book an overnight or day stable at Moulton, please request a stabling form from the SPSS Entries Secretary by emailing



The SPSS Rule book can be download here.



See entry forms for withdrawal policy


More information

For more information about the grading/showing process, turnout etc,  please see the Info & FAQ page (here) or you can download a useful article on grading written by one of our members, Salima Keswani, after her Welsh Section A stallion graded successfully a few years ago (click here to read/download).



Spectators are very welcome at all venues


A specialist equestrian photographer will be attending all of our Grading and evaluation days and photos will be available for purchase via their websites.  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! 




The Sports Pony Studbook Society

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

Tel: 07703 566066    Email: 

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