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Date: August 24, 2006
Contact: Barbara Daley
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.
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.
Added: November 1, 2006