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Champion Stallion 2013
By kind permission of
Bernwode Golden Delicious
Champion Mare 2013
By kind permission of
WFS Top Red
Champion Stallion 2012
By kind permission of
Wadacre Super Trouper
Champion Stallion 2011
By kind permission of
Champion Stallion 2010
Bathleyhills Sea Spray
Champion Mare 2010
By kind permission of
Champion Stallion 2009
Erwfforch Dewin Direudus
Champion Stallion 2007
Arnie de Burgh
Champion Stallion 2006
Champion Stallion 2004
and Graded SPSS Elite
Grading is the assessment of SPSS Registered ponies and small horses (up to 158cm) to see if they meet the standards for acceptance into the SPSS Studbooks. At least one Grading is held each year, normally in October. Progeny of SPSS graded parents can be registered with the SPSS and given either blue (2 graded parents) or cream (one graded parent) papers/passport. Ponies must be at least 2 years old to be presented for grading; there is no upper age limit.
The 2013 Grading took place on the 12th October and is written up (with full results) here.
*** 2014 Date ***
Main Grading (Mares & Stallions) - Saturday 11th October
Location: Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Mill Road Slapton Bucks LU7 9BT
The Mare Grading will be in the morning, followed by the Stallion Grading. The stallion grading include a British Showjumping stallion assessment if required.
Entries open mid August.
Invited judges: Hans Heinrich Bruening, Celia Clarke & Geoff Glazzard
Please see below for more information on fees and past gradings; see the Information & FAQ page for FAQs on Grading and the In-Hand Show - including on turnout and what will happen on the day or refer to Salima Keswani's article "A Guide to Grading" in the 2012 SPSS Year Book or the article can be downloaded here
If you require any more information, wish to discuss grading your pony or if you would like to put a pony forward for grading but can't attend at Bury Farm in October, please contact Head Office (details at top of page)
Click here to read about past gradings (including results)
Note that mares in foal or with a foal at foot are not required to loose jump or be ridden. In addition, competition results are taken into account as well as performance on the day.
Mademoiselle - 2009 Champion Mare
Currently the second highest scoring mare (87.1%)
Photo by kind permission of Rebecca Hoare
Y Matilda - 2007 Champion Mare
Wurlibird - 2006 Champion Mare
Stallion Grading Fees
Entry fee for Stallion Grading: £120.00
Stabling at stallion grading (if required) will be payable directly to the venue and will be according to costs of location.
Mare Grading Fees
Entry fee for Mare Grading: £75.00
Stabling at mare grading (if required) will be payable directly to the venue and will be according to costs of location.
If successfully graded, mares will need to provide a DNA sample (cost around £15.00). The SPSS reserves the right to test the DNA sample at the owners expense (cost around £40.00)
British Showjumping Assessment Fee
Entry fee for a stallion attending a SPSS organised British Showjumping Assessment only: £100
The main 2012 grading took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre on the 29th September. Two stallions passed assessment and were awarded a license for an initial period of 3 years by the grading judges Mrs Jennie Loriston-Clarke, Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mr Geoff Glazzard. The Stallion Champion was the 4 year old, WFS Top Red. Bred in Britain by Yvonne Wood and Sarah Steggall, Top Red is by the SPSS Elite graded stallion Top Yellow (DRP, Till The Champ (DRP) x Kirby Cane Bugler (Welsh Sec B)) out of the SPSS graded mare Bernwode Poppy Red (SPSS, Pilgrims Red (DRP) x Viktoria's Chirac (DRP)). Both Top Red's sire and damsire are past German Bundeschampions and Top Yellow also competed Internationally at Dressage. Reserve Champion was the 3 year old, Rosewater Mr Darcy. Another British-bred pony, Mr Darcy is by the German sire FS Don't Worry (DRP, Dacapo Doro (DRP) x Golden Dancer (DRP)) out of the SPSS graded Rosewater Manakin (SPSS, Manitu N x Baledon Commanchero).
At the main grading, all 13 mares forward graded into one of the SPSS Studbooks depending on grading score, performance record and completeness of pedigree. The judges were Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening and Mrs Celia Clarke. The Mare Champion was the proven International dressage pony Madam's Miss Maria (NWPCS, Woldhoeve's Silco x Wester Aikema's Norbert). The Reserve Champion mare, Bernwode Celeste, also scored well over 85% and went into the Head Studbook. British-bred by Sarah Steggall, Celeste is by the SPSS Elite sire Caesar 171 (DRP; Condor x Askan) who was a member of the British Pony Dressage Team that won silver and bronze Pony European Championships medals. Celeste's damsire, Bernwode Brokat (DRP; Brillant x Diamant II) is another Elite SPSS sire as he too has represented GB internationally as well as being the Futurity Leading Sire of Sports Ponies for 3 consecutive years. A Mare-only Grading was also held in April 2012, judged by Celia Clarke and Gemma Robinson. Six mares were presented and three graded into the Head Studbook while the remaining three went into the Main Studbook. The highest scoring mare with 82% was Sue Halliday's 150cm KWPN, Carbon Copy (Mooiman x Brelades Ocean Starlight). More information about the successful ponies is given here.
The 2011 stallion and mare gradings took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in their lovely new indoor complex on Saturday 1st October. We were delighted that all 15 mares presented mares passed the assessment with German Judge, Hans-Heinrich Bruening commenting on their quality overall. In addition, of the 16 stallions presented, 7 passed the assessment and subject to them completing the final requirements (eg vets certificate and DNA) they will be licensed by the SPSS for an initial period to allow their performance and progeny to be assessed. The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding. The 2011 Stallion Champion was Jeanette Matthews-Griffiths's home-bred, WBS-UK registered 2 year old, Wadacre Super Trooper and the Mare Champion was the 11 year old, 2011 double Pony European Jumping Gold medal winner, Allyson Blagg's Falaza (SHB(GB) registered and bred by Jane Fowles). At the additional Mare Grading in December, 6 more mares were graded into the SPSS Mare Studbooks by judges Celia Clarke and Teri England. The highest scoring mare was SPSS registered Ruby Rouge. By the top eventing sire, Mill Law, Ruby Rouge is the first foal from SPSS Elite graded mare Sapphire Blue who was herself Mare Grading Champion in 2005 when she retired to stud after a successful career as an Event and Working Hunter Pony - including winning Team Bronze at the 1996 European Pony Eventing Championships. Ruby Rouge had a foal in 2011 by the Selle Francais jumping pony, Jimmerdor de Florys and was bred by her owner, Anne Bosanquet. More information about the successful ponies is given here.
The main 2010 grading took place at Heart of England Equestrian Centre (16th & 17th October 2010) by kind permission of the Ballantyne family. A total of 7 new stallions and 8 new mares have graded into the SPSS studbook. The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding. For the first time since the inaugural grading, a German judge, Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening of the Hannoveraner Verband - Vorstand, officiated at the Gradings. Herr Bruening is a respected German breeder who is a frequent judge of mares foals and young horses at both German National and Regional Shows for both the Hannoverian Verband and for other Warmblood societies or organisations. The 2010 Stallion Champion was the 146cm SPSS pony Bernwode Broadway, by Bernwode Brokat and the Mare Champion was the 148cm Bathleyhills Sea Spray by Chateau de Brion. More information about the successful ponies is given here. There were 25 ponies forward at the In-Hand Show, with the yearling colt, Bathleyhills Monet, by Casino Royale K, being awarded the Championship. The full show results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.
The main 2009 grading took place at: Heart of England Equestrian Centre (10th & 11th October 2009) by kind permission of the Ballantyne family. A total of 6 new stallions and 8 new mares have graded into the SPSS studbook. The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding. The stallion champion was the 128cm Welsh Section B pony Desabre Falcon and the mare champion was the 148cm SPSS pony Mademoiselle, by Bernwode Brokat. There were 27 ponies forward at the In-Hand Show, with the 9 week old foal, Godrics Campeggio, by SPSS Elite sire Caesar 171, being awarded the Championship. The show results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.
The main 2008 grading took place at Heart of England Equestrian Centre (18th & 19th October 2008) by kind permission of the Ballantyne family. An earlier mare grading was held at Trevaulter Barton Stud in Devon by kind permission of Kerensa Pluess-Cobbledick. The combined results of all 2008 SPSS Mare and Stallion Gradings are available here. Overall, a total of 8 new stallions and 29 new mares were graded into the SPSS studbook in 2008. In addition, a further 2 stallions were awarded licences for 2 or 3 years based on their grading results from other studbooks. Again, alongside the main Grading at Heart of England there was an In-Hand Premium Show and the results are are available here
The 2007 SPSS Mare & Stallion Gradings were held over the weekend of the 13th & 14th October at Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire, by kind permission of Claire Ballantyne. Click here for results. After the Mare Grading, on Saturday 13th Oct, there was an In-hand Premium Show with classes for Mares and Youngstock (foals to three year olds). This was a chance to have for members and non-members to have their ponies assessed and for temporarily licensed stallions to show their progeny.
The 2006 Stallion and Mare Gradings were held at Heart of England Equestrian on the 21st and 22nd October. Of the 7 stallions forward, 5 passed and have been accepted into the studbook. The highest scoring stallion was the 4 year old Thoroughbred, Arnie de Burgh, who was racing successfully on the flat until a few weeks earlier and was viewed by the judges as a good stallion for producing event ponies. The other successful stallions were Salvador AP, Acado, Rughavens Jackpot and Magic Gold GF. All 13 of the mares who attended the Mare Grading were accepted into the SPSS studbook and the judges commented on the excellent standard of mares forward. The highest scoring mare overall was the 2 year old Wurlitzer filly, Wurlibird. Unfortunately, as her dam is of unknown breeding, Wurlibird goes into the Preliminary studbook. The next highest scoring mare was the 12 year old, former Dutch Team Show Jumping pony, Oude Tempels Micky who was graded into the Head Studbook and also awarded Elite status in recognition of her outstanding competition career to date.
At the 2005 Grading, 8 stallions passed even though the mark required was raised to 75% - this shows the quality of stallions forward. In addition, 9 mares graded including the European Eventing Team Bronze medallist in 1996, Sapphire Blue, who was awarded Elite status in recognition of her outstanding competition record. This lovely mare is now in foal to Mill Law.
At the Spring 2004 Grading one stallion and 2 mares were graded. At the Autumn Gradings, a further 7 stallions were graded or licensed including the 134cm BSJA pony Grey Palace who was awarded SPSS Elite Status in recognition of his outstanding jumping career. Click here for article about the Heart of England 2004 Grading - including tips on how to prepare your pony for grading.
In 2003 a total of 6 stallions and 16 mares were graded into the SPSS studbooks.
Full results from each year including breeding:
From left to right:
Binghams Celebration - winner of Grading at New Priory Stud 2001.
Westbrink Classic - winner of Grading at Heart of England 2001.
Maelor Midora - winner of Grading at Heart of England 2001, now an Elite SPSS mare having represented GB.
The 2001 Heart of England Grading was judged by Herr Timo Coldewey and Mrs Celia Clarke.