Horse Deals highlights the Anglo European Studbook

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Horse Deals highlights the Anglo European Studbook
Grading explained : Anglo European Studbook

Modern day British sport horse breeders are almost spoiled for choice as the number of internationally recognised UK studbooks continues to grow. Horse Deals highlights just a few of the best-known societies, with details on how to grade your stallion or mare.

ANGLO EUROPEAN STUDBOOK (AES) The AES was the brainchild of British-based Dutch breeder Henk Minderman and now has

almost 1,000 stallions covering all the Olympic disciplines on its books. It holds twice-yearly stallion gradings, before which stallions must pass a stringent five-stage vetting. Entries must be accompanied by a pedigree and proof of competition results.

The grading Stallions aged between 21/2 and three are assessed on conformation, movement in-hand and loose jumping over around 1m. Four-year-olds and above jump short courses at heights according to the horse’s age group. Dressage stallions perform a short test showing their level of schooling/competition. Graded stallions are DNA tested.

Grading levels Registered: the usual level for young stallions after they grade. They may cover up to 10 of their owner’s mares each season.

Licensed: the stallion should be competing in age classes and is allowed to cover up to 30 mares each year.

Approved: this usually applies to stallions competing or having competed at international level and with proven offspring. Approved stallions can cover an unlimited number of mares.

Approved Elite: stallions proven in competition and with offspring competing at the highest level.

The AES can also arrange private gradings.


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