By Jarosław Lewandowski / PZHK
Photography: Hanna Bagniewska, Tomasz Bagniewski, Katarzyna Boryna,
Anna Deszczynska, Joanna Kruk
Since 2007, the Polish Horse Breeders Association has maintained files on the results of performance-tested mares upon completion of the 60-day stationary training. Up to the present time, 1,453 mares have been evaluated in terms of their breeding (genetic) value in seven training centres.
On April 2, 2020, an interesting summary was posted on the Polish Horse Breeders Association website: a classification entitled ‘General genetic index based on the results of mares trained in years 2007-2019’ (Genetyczny indeks ogólny na podstawie wyników klaczy trenowanych w latach 2007-2019) produced by Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Animal Biotechnology in Jastrzębiec.
The overall result of a tested mare following statutory ridden training includes scores for walk, trot, and canter under saddle, free jumping, rideability – assessed by a test rider – plus points for temperament, character, and training aptitude awarded by the head of the respective training centre.
Basing on this classification, I have elaborated the characteristics of the best mares in the ranking and formulated some general conclusions.
The highest classified mare in the ranking (index 158.4) was Gala Hit-LA (Quaterback - Gwiazda Hit x Samba Hit) born in 2013, bred by Adam Lachera of the Dębno Stud, owned by Leszek Garstka (Biadki, Wielkopolska voivodeship). The mare completed her test at the Bielice Training Centre on December 26, 2016, with the following scores: free jumping 7.7; walk 8.8; trot 9.0; canter 9.0; rideability 9.0.
Here high scores for movement were not a matter of chance because Gala has a strong dressage pedigree. Her Brandenburg (now DSP) sire, Quaterback, was the winner of his körung in Neustadt/Dosse in 2005. The following year, as a three-year-old, be became Bundeschampion with scores at the 9.5-10.0 level, and subsequently won the 30-day test with a 9.14 score for dressage characteristics. He placed highly in 22nd place on the WBFSH sire rankings... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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