By Britt Carlsen / DWB
The Danish Warmblood licensing of three-year-old stallions in March was completed with an inspection of 20 in this age group under saddle. Stallions must now undergo ten days of observation before they can be granted final breeding approval.
The three-year-old stallions showed exemplary behaviour under riders at the Danish Warmblood's stallion licensing in Herning. Following the licensing selection where 11 showjumping and 21 dressage stallions were approved for testing, 20 were shown under a rider before the judges. Prior to breeding approval being granted for this season, the young stallions must undergo a 10-day observation test. If successful, stallions are passed for servicing mares this season, then must submit to a further 35-day stallion test at the end of the year, in October or November.
The Danish Warmblood's 10-day observation test is conducted as an extension of the stallion licensing, where the stallions are lightly trained according to recognized principles for the training of young horses. It is a short test, so that the young stallions can quickly return to their regular environment. At the same time, the 10-day stay at the station within a uniform environment and training methods provides important information.
The Danish test model is also found in the German system, the difference being that the test in Germany is 14 days. Since some of the newly licensed young stallions in Danish Warmblood are also approved in German studbooks and must be available to the German breeders, Danish Warmblood has offered to stallion keepers that the foreign-bred young stallions can be tested over 14 days.
No marks in the Danish system
The stallions tested within the framework of Danish Warmblood are not awarded marks, but a training description. However, the stallions that participate in the 14-day test must be given marks for their stable behavior, their loose jumping (technique and capacity), their gaits under a rider (walk, trot, canter, rideability), as well as with a test rider (rideability). The tallied marks are sent to Germany, and do not appear on the stallions' licensing description in Danish Warmblood... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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