by CWHBA (Chris Gouild)
After several years hiatus, the Canadian Warmblood Horse Association Stallion Performance Test (SPT) returned to Saddlewood Equestrian Centre near Bethany, Ontario ,from September 3 to 9. This year’s test involved five nominated stallions ranging in age from three to 10 years, and it was an occasion when the Baloubet du Rouet line shone bright in Canada.
Test champion, Bon Baloubet and reserve champion Beau Balou were both sired by the Baloubet du Rouet grandson, Bon Balou (Balou du Rouet - La Belle x Agentinus). This unusual outcome confirmed the preeminence of the Baloubet du Rouet sire line in the Canadian performance test, marking the third time horses of this lineage have come out on top. Previous champions were Bratt Z (out of Manni x Capitol I) by Baloubet du Rouet, bred by M. van der Bruggen, and Bling by Bratt Z, out of Matterhorn dam, Viola-Rose, bred by Carousel Ridge Ltd.
With a General Index of 120 and a dressage index of 125, Bon Baloubet was first in both categories and second in jumping with 112, while Beau Balou, the only three-year-old, showed great potential as a jumper and came out with the highest jumping index of 115...
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