Stallions

STALLION GRADING:

The Stallion Committee reserves the right to alter or amend these rules and regulations from time to time as they see fit. The Stallion Committee also reserves the right to assess individual cases on their merit and in exceptional circumstances certain dispensations may be granted.
N.B. Thoroughbred stallions with a minimum timeform rating of 110 on the Flat or a National Hunt B.H.B. Official Handicap rating of 145 or above, may apply for Grading via an alternative system. For details please contact the Office.

BENEFITS OF STALLION GRADING:
● Stallions recognised by mare owners as being of a high standard and free from hereditary diseases and defects.
● Recognition with the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses.
● Graded Stallions currently registered for the year of covering are eligible to accept service vouchers valued at £500, £200, £100 and £50 awarded by this Society to brood mares.
● Promotion of all graded Stallions via membership, National and International advertising and a trade stand which attends major shows and events around the country.
● Accurate covering, foaling and fertility records maintained.
● Eligible to compete for the Society’s trophies.
● Eligibility to compete as an entire under BS rules.
● Stock eligible for SHB(GB) Stud Book papers.

ELITE STALLIONS:
Stallions will be granted the title ELITE if either they or their progeny fulfil the following criteria:
● DRESSAGE – Placed at CDI*** competition at Intermediare I/II or Grand Prix.
● EVENTING – Competed a CCI**** or placed in the top 12 of a CCI*** event.
● SHOW JUMPING – Placed in Grand Prix at SI or CSIO competition and/or competed on a Nations Cup Team.
● RACING – Have a BHB Timeform of a minimum of 110 on the flat or a minimum or 145 National Hunt.

GENERAL RULES APPLYING TO ALL STALLIONS:
Stallions will not be categorised into any particular discipline.
The inspectors reserve the right to have any stallion examined by the veterinary surgeon present at the grading.  These examinations may require the Stallion to be endoscoped, blood tested and/or X-rayed.
The Stallion Committee reserves the right to alter or amend these rules and regulations from time to time as they see fit.  The Stallion committee also reserves the right to assess individual cases on their merit and in exceptional circumstances certain dispensations may be granted.

1. ALL STALLIONS MUST:1) Be 153cms (15.0hh) or above2) Be 3 years old or over3) Stallions applying for Grading must have a minimum of 3 generations of proven pedigree or may come forward for assessment for the Approved Stallion Register.4) Sign a declaration stating that they agree to abide by the Levy Board codes of practice for the prevention of venereal diseases.5) Submit a sample of hair for a DNA test for which the owner is liable for the cost when passing the initial Grading.6) Be owned by a current member of SHB (GB).

PURE BRED STALLIONS GRADED OR REGISTERED WITH RECOGNISED BRITISH INDIGENOUS BREED SOCIETIES:
Stallions in this category (e.g. Irish Draught, Cleveland Bays, etc.) can only apply to come forward to an SHB(GB) Stallion Grading with the consent of their breed society.
ALL STALLIONS THAT WISH TO COME FORWARD FOR GRADING MUST: Submit a 5 stage Veterinary Certificate carried out by a recognised specialist equine veterinary surgeon issued no more than 3 months prior to closing date of entries. STAGE ONE – Stallions will be assessed on conformation, movement (in hand and loose), loose jumping, and be shown under saddle at walk, trot and canter. They may be jumped under saddle at the option of the owner. STAGE TWO – To become Life Approved stallions must present a group of progeny consisting of a minimum of 3 horses with SHB (GB) papers. If this progeny group reaches the required standard then the stallion will become Life Approved.

FOREIGN GRADED STALLIONS:
Stallions that are fully graded with any foreign society that is a full member of the WBFSH AND that have a performance test result of 100 or higher, or B.H.B. Official Handicap rating on the Flat of 80 or more or equivalent, or a National Hunt B.H.B. Official Handicap rating of 100 or higher, can apply to be accepted as SHB(GB) Graded Stallions. Proof of graded status, together with proof of vetting at time of grading must be submitted with a completed application form & the relevant fee. Please contact the office for an application form.
These rules also include stallions graded with daughter societies in the UK.N.B. Progeny foaled in the UK out of SHB(GB) Graded Mares and sired by fully Graded Stallions standing abroad with these qualifications who have applied for inclusion and submitted a sample to SHB(GB) for a DNA profile, will be automatically eligible for SHB(GB) papers on receipt of full documentation of proof of parentage without their sires having to appear at an SHB(GB) Stallion Grading.

STALLIONS GRADED IN THE UK BY OTHER SPORT HORSE / WARMBLOOD SOCIETIES THAT ARE FULL MEMBERS OF THE WBFSH:
Stallions that have attained the highest level of Approval/Grading within their Stud Book and have attained points or money at a minimum of Intermediate Eventing, Grade B Showjumping or Medium Dressage, or a B.H.B. Official Handicap rating on the Flat of 80 or more or equivalent, or a National Hunt B.H.B. Official Handicap rating of 100 or higher, or have progeny that have achieved the same level, can apply to be accepted as SHB(GB) Graded Stallions. Proof of graded status, together with proof of vetting at time of grading must be submitted with a completed application form & the relevant fee. Please contact the office for an application form.
Stallions Approved/Graded at lower levels or that do not have the required level of performance or that are approved with societies which are not full members of the WBFSH will have to come forward for SHB(GB) Grading at the level appropriate to their age.

OTHER STALLIONS BETWEEN THE AGES OF THREE AND SIX YEARS ENTERING THE GRADING SYSTEM:
The Grading is a three stage assessment but at any stage of the assessment the judges can reject the horse if it does not reach the required standard. To achieve Life Approved status the stallion’s marks and the marks of his progeny group will determine the horse’s suitability as an SHB (GB) stallion.

ALL STALLIONS THAT WISH TO COME FORWARD FOR GRADING MUST: Submit a 5 stage Veterinary Certificate carried out by a recognised specialist equine veterinary surgeon issued no more than 3 months prior to closing date of entries. STAGE ONE – The stallions will be assessed on conformation, movement in hand and loose and loose jumping and be shown under saddle at walk, trot and canter. They may be jumped under saddle at the option of the owner. STAGE TWO – The stallions will be required to return with a second five stage Veterinary Certificate to undergo a further assessment. Horses that come forward initially at three years old must return at five, those coming forward for the first time at four, five and six must return the following year. STAGE THREE – To become Life Approved stallions must present a group of progeny consisting of a minimum of 3 horses with SHB(GB) papers. If this progeny group reaches the required standard then the stallion will become Life Approved.

SEVEN YEAR OLD STALLIONS AND OLDER NOT COVERED BY ANY OF THE ABOVE CRITERIA:
1. Before being allowed to come forward for Grading, these stallions will be required to provide proof of: A) Successful competition record at Intermediate Eventing, Grade B Showjumping or Medium level Dressage ORB) A B.H.B. Official Handicap Rating on the Flat of 80 or higher, or a National Hunt B.H.B. Official Handicap Rating of 100 or higher ORC) Have run 15 or more times on the racecourse ORD) Have sired stock competing at the same level. N.B. Stallions who do not meet the above criteria may apply to come forward for Grading and each case will be assessed on its merit. Stallions must submit a 5 stage Veterinary Certificate carried out by a recognised specialist equine veterinary surgeon issued no more than 3 months prior to closing date of entries. STAGE ONE – The stallions will be assessed on conformation, movement in hand and loose and loose jumping and be shown under saddle at walk, trot and canter. They may be jumped under saddle at the option of the owner. STAGE TWO – To become Life Approved stallions must present a group of progeny consisting of a minimum of 3 horses with SHB (GB) papers. If this progeny group reaches the required standard then the stallion will become Life Approved.

APPROVED STALLIONS REGISTER:
The Approved Stallions Register is designed for those horses that do not have 3 generations of proven pedigree and/or cannot meet the performance requirements for a Graded Stallion.
Stock by stallions included on this Register will be eligible for registration in the SHB (GB) Stud Book. SHB (GB) Service Vouchers cannot be used for payment of Service Fees for mares visiting Approved Stallions.
Stallions must submit a 5 stage Veterinary Certificate carried out by a recognised specialist veterinary surgeon issued no more than 3 months prior to closing date of entries.
They will be required to come forward for inspection and will be assessed in exactly the same way as the Graded Stallions, appropriate to their age.
Note: Approved Stallions with 3 generations of proven pedigree will be eligible to upgrade to Graded Stallions if they or any of their progeny become Grade B Show Jumpers, Intermediate Eventers or Medium Dressage horses. Approved Stallions that do not have 3 generations of proven pedigree will be eligible to upgrade to Graded Stallions if they or any of their progeny become Grade A Show Jumpers, Advanced Eventers or Advanced Dressage horses.

NEW BRITISH SHOWJUMPING ASSESSMENT:
A preliminary inspection is available for 3, 4 & 5 year old horses whose owners wish to compete under BS rules.
Such inspections will incorporate a conformation and movement assessment together with loose jumping. There will not be a ridden assessment.
The entry fee is £150 + VAT (£176.25) and stallion owners must be members of SHB (GB) which costs £40. A veterinary certificate will not be required at this stage. No covering certificates will be issued for these stallions and they will not be promoted by the Society.
To be registered as a breeding stallion with SHB (GB), stallions will have to pass a full grading and at that stage, a 5 stage veterinary certificate will be required and payment of the full grading fee.