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Date: August 24, 2006
Contact: Barbara Daley

First Stop on Stallion Licensing Tour Sees Tie Breaker for Champion

On Thursday, August 24th, Canadian Warmblood made the first stop on its annual, cross country licensing tour. This year, it was held in Orangeville, Ontario at the Orangeville Fairgrounds.

This new location proved to be the perfect facility for the event, which attracted several stallions, predominately from Ontario and Quebec. With excellent footing in both indoor and outdoor arenas, and a bright, well circulated stabling area, stallions were presented to the Canadian and European judges in top form.

The stallion licensing is the first component of a longer format recommended for stallions seeking full breeding approval.  It assesses individual horses for their conformation, jumping ability and movement. The day starts with a trot up on a hard service, to assess correctness and soundness. They then are presented in a jumping chute. A standard layout is adjusted in height according to the individual horse’s age and ability. Finally the horses are presented on a triangle. This format allows the panel of inspectors to scrutinize the horse’s conformation and its movement at the walk and trot with relative ease. Following this, individual scores are announced to all in attendance, including mare owners shopping for their next breeding selection. 

There were seven stallions presented at the Ontario licensing. Of those, four were successful.

  • VDL Windsor H (Indoctro x Ahorn), a three-year-old Canadian Warmblood stallion bred by Hogendoorn Dutch Warmblood Sporthorse Imports and owned by Timothy Millard of Schomberg, Ontario was awarded a 7.55. This young stallion, the half brother of VDL Ulando H who was Ontario Licensing Champion and Reserve Champion of his Stallion Performance Test in 2004, and is shown under Beth Underhill in the Jumper Development classes. Notable in Windsor’s assessment were a 9 for gallop and 8s in correctness of gaits, jumping scope and breed & sex type.  He is slated to challenge the Stallion Performance Test in 2008 to obtain full breeding approval.
  •  Double Diamond (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin), a seven-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion imported and owned by KingRidge Stables of King City, Ontario was also awarded a score of 7.55. Double Diamond has had a strong performance career with several wins in Canada’s Jumper Development Series and the American equivalent, the Young Jumper Championships, under both Hugh Graham and Roberto Teran. Highlights of Double Diamond’s assessment included 9s for jumping technique and scope.  He will go on to seek full breeding approval through performance in sport.
  • Polyfax (Polydor x Grossadmiral), a fourteen-year-old Westphalian stallion imported and owned by KingRidge Stables is no stranger to either breeding or sport. Awarded a 7.33 overall score, his inclusion into the Canadian Warmblood Stud Book is a credential that allows more Canadian mare owners to benefit from his outstanding record. Not surprisingly, highlights for this stallion included 9s for jumping technique and scope.  Application for full approval has been made, citing Grand Prix victories throughout North America under Hugh Graham and Roberto Teran.
  • Piper B (Ilian de Taute x Elute) was the final successful candidate with a score of 7.0.  This attractive three-year-old is half sibling to the stallion Simply B, who was also bred by Beasley Farms and was licensed with Canadian Warmblood a few years earlier.  Piper, who is now owned by Larry Crawford, produced 8s for chute jumping in both scope and technique. Still early in his sport career, he will seek full approval at a later time.

Licensing Champion - VDL Windsor H
Photo by Andrew Bailini

A stallion is granted a license for a two year period, during which it must seek full approval.  While licensed, offspring by these stallions are eligible to be registered Canadian Warmblood.  Approval is generally done through the Stallion Performance Test, an 8 day program, which is held annually, alternating between Eastern Canada and Western Canada each year. The Stallion Performance Test for 2006 is being held in conjunction with the Ontario licensing, which means the seven presented shared accommodation with another seven who stayed on for the longer program.

The judges for both Licensing and Performance Testing were Fritz Von Blottnitz, Senior Inspector with the Stallion Licensing Committee of the Hanoverian Verband; Cord Wassmann, Past President of the Stallion Licensing Committee of the Hanoverian Verband; Eve Mainwaring, Senior Inspector and Stud Book Committee member of CWHBA and long-time participant of horse sport in Canada; and Jennette Coote, Senior Inspector and Stud Book Committee member of CWHBA and President of the Alberta Chapter.

Mr. Wassmann, who over the past 15 years has been an official for warmblood licensing in Germany, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States, commented on the horses presented. 'The stallions looked very well. Most were well prepared for the licensing in training, fitness and conditioning.' He further commented on the facility. 'The footing here is fantastic for jumping, the best I have found.'

Additional stops for this year’s licensing tour include Quebec, Alberta and finally, British Columbia.

More information on Canadian Warmblood, including breeding approval and registration, can be found at

Added: November 1, 2006