PRE Breeding Approval – GRADING Stallions & Mares
2017 – We have CHANGED the format of the UK Grading. This year there is just ONE Venue in the Centre of the UK with THREE Days of Grading Evaluations on the 26th, 27th & 28th JUNE 2017. The central Venue will allow more horses to be Graded each day.
(The next Basic Grading will be late summer/autumn 2018)
Please Download the 2017 Basic Grading – Event Details & Procedures for more information.
Purebred Spanish Horses (PREs) must be Approved for Breeding (referred to as ‘APTO’) by the Spanish Studbook at the Basic level and entered into the Permanent Register before they can be bred from. Any foals that are born from PRE horses that are not approved for breeding (NON-APTO) must be registered either as Partbred PREs or as Non-pedigree Register IV horses, depending upon the status of the other parent
The process of Approval for Breeding is referred to as the Basic Grading and in Spain it is called Valoracion Basico. The evaluation of the young horses is done by an ANCCE LGPRE trained equine veterinary surgeon (referred to as the Delegate) who is in the full time employment of ANCCE LGPRE. Most of these vets spend every day working with PRE breeders in Spain, Inscribing foals or evaluating horses for Basic Grading. The Delegate is a different person each year; we don’t know who is coming until a few days before the event starts.
CURRENT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BASIC GRADING
1.Horses must have actually reached their THIRD Birthday or be older, ie. all horses born on or before 22nd MAY 2014 or earlier are eligible.
2a. The horse must be owned by a person who has an LGPRE BREEDER CODE. This ownership must be correct on the ANCCE LGPRE studbook (on www.lgancce.com) and should be correctly registered with BAPSH Ltd.
2b. If you need to change the LGPRE ownership of your horse to your Breeder Code via the LGPRE Service 619 process then you MUST now allow 4 weeks to do so before you can book your Grading slot – NEW LGPRE Rules.
3.There are a number of conformation faults, any one of which will lead to automatic Failure of the Basic Grading. These are known as DISQUALIFYING FAULTS and are detailed in the accompanying article on GRADING CRITERIA, along with the VERY SERIOUS FAULTS, and the SERIOUS FAULTS. Please read through the GRADING CRITERIA and then have a good look at your horse and try to make an objective assessment of him or her regarding the presence/absence of any Disqualifying Faults before you apply to get your horse Graded. If you need any help or advice regarding Disqualifying faults please email the BAPSH Registrar with your question/s.
VENUE & DATES
The Annual Grading in the UK has historically taken place in the last week of May and has been located in several venues but for 2017 we have CHANGED the format of the UK Grading. This year there is just ONE Venue in the Centre of the UK with THREE Days of Grading Evaluations on the 26th, 27th & 28th JUNE 2017. The central Venue will allow more horses to be Graded each day.
The next Basic Grading will be late summer/autumn 2018. We expect the Basic Grading annual Autumn Event, allowing breeders and owners to spend all summer preparing their horses for this important event in their horse’s lives.
Applications for the Grading are open now, and there are only 4 weeks to get your Grading applications sent to BAPSH Ltd for the standard fee rate. Later applications may be accepted on a case by case assessment and are charged at a higher fee.
NEW FAULTS ADDED TO TO THE DISQUALIFYING FAULTS & THE VERY SERIOUS/ SERIOUS FAULTS LISTS
APRIL 2017 – A NEW PRE BREED STANDARD HAS BEEN PUBLISHED by the Spanish Government. It has increased the seriousness of many faults, and added some new ones. Currently there is no access to the new 2017 Grading Assessment document so we have amended this Grading Criteria with the new information available from the new PRE Breed Standard, but the information below must be taken as a Guidline and not Definitive.
Melanomas in the perineum have been added as a SERIOUS FAULT
In April 2016 EIGHT NEW VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS and FOUR NEW SERIOUS DEFECTS were added to the Basic Grading assessment parameters. These defects are all related to loss of pigmentation and can be found highlighted in BOLD TYPE further down this page – the 2017 Regulations appear to have changed the Very Serious Defects into Disqualifying Faults. The Indication of an Incipient Fallen Crest has also been increased in the severity in which it is viewed, and these changes have also been put into BOLD.
WHITE MARKINGS & BLUE EYES – Breeders, and Buyers of youngstock intended for Breeding, please TAKE NOTE that the majority of these New Faults relate to the longer WHITE Leg Markings found on some PREs (see details below) which are currently being marketed by some Spanish Studs as highly desirable, but a PRE with 4 long White Stockings will FAIL the Basic Grading under the new criteria.
WHITE MARKINGS MUST NOT INVADE THE HOCK & KNEE JOINTS.
ANY size WHITE PATCHES on the body, or WHITE spreading over ONE or Both Eyes or covering the whole FACE are NOW classed as DISQUALIFYING Faults.
BLUE EYES that are NOT associated with a Cream Dilution will now be classed as A DISQUALIFYING FAULT, also EYES of two Different Colours.
CHANGES to the Basic Grading Criteria were being discussed in November 2016 at the SICAB PRE Studbook meetings, but the details for 2017 Basic Grading Assessment Forms are not yet available but will obviously reflect the NEW Breed Standard.
Watch this page for Updates.
General – Your horse should be clean BUT NOT COVERED IN SHOWSHEEN or similar product! It is difficult to measure a very slippery horse !!
Trimming – Manes and Tails -Stallions and riding mares should have their manes and tails worn loose as shown by the young stallion on the left wearing the correct Spanish in-hand showing headgear called a ‘Serreta’, and the riding mare on the right who is wearing a sturdy but elegant Headcollar.
Hairy Fetlocks & Heels – should be neatly Trimmed. Long tufty hair sticking out of the ears should be trimmed short level with the ear edge, and any long winter hairs left on the jaw line should be removed .
Feeler whiskers do NOT need to be trimmed off – they are important to a horse’s sensory input.
More Manes and Tails – Potential Brood mares should have their manes and tails clipped in the traditional manner as shown in these three examples below of beautifully prepared traditionally clipped mares who have attended UK Basic Gradings over the past few years.
Hooves should be well shaped, and may be grown a little longer and deeper if there might be a height issue for your horse. You may also present a horse fully shod or shod in front only. Extra thick shoes are not acceptable and will be deducted from the wither measurement. It is preferable NOT to oil your horse’s feet.
Mares should be presented wearing a suitable strong Headcollar /Halter with a fixed ring attachment for the lead rope that gives good control or a Spanish Serreta as demonstrated by the two mares in the left and right photos above. Please do NOT use any form of rope halter such as the one shown in the middle photo above – to comply with health and safety requirements.
Stallions should be presented in a Spanish Serreta with a long leadline. Do not use a show halter with a chain under the jaw – these destroy the correct outline of a PRE.
You will need a 20ft Lunge line to clip to your horse’s headgear for the Movement Section plus a lunge whip or similar.
Handlers – Please wear smart but sensible clothes yourself – you are representing the UK breeders/owners of PREs to our visiting Spanish Delegate. BAPSH recommends that both male and female handlers wear smart but comfortable trousers, and jackets that do NOT flap about in the wind or when you are moving. Footwear should be sturdy and easy to run in.
TRAINING YOUR HORSE
It is IMPORTANT to give your Horse every advantage for the Grading by presenting your horse in good condition, nicely muscled with a smooth covering of fat to give the typical firmly rounded outline that we love in the PRE. Good manners and good behaviour are also very important – any horse behaving badly/dangerously can be dismissed un-graded by the Delegate.
There are 2 sections to train your horse for.
The Movement Section for the Grading process comprises walk, trot, and canter. It is VERY important to spend plenty of time practising with your horse in order to do this section as well as possible – you need to get 5 or more points out of 10 for each pace (less than this will count as a serious fault)
The Grading Delegate will be looking for the following
Walk in a straight line showing a four-beat walk that is active and tracks up well, PREFERABLY OVERTRACKING
Trot in a straight line showing good elevation, flexion, extension, and drive, and tracking up correctly, overtracking better. Some Delegates permit the horse to be trotted on a circle so it is advisable to practise both.
Canter on a lunge line in a circle – 3 or 4 well balanced circuits, ideally performed in a calm, WELL-BALANCED, but energetic manner, rounded and uphill.
In 2014 – some of the horses that failed their Grading would have passed if they had been trained and presented well for their movement section, ie., IF your horse collects 2 or 3 unnecessary ‘Serious Faults’ on its movement due to laziness, and then also gets 2 ‘Serious Faults’ in Conformation (which cannot be avoided due to the horse’s natural conformation) it will FAIL unnecessarily – all due to lack of training/presentation. NB:- 2015 & 2016 horses showed a much higher standard of movement training and their good scores reflected this.
b)MEASUREMENT SECTION –
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Your horse must be trained to stand quietly and calmly for around 30minutes whilst this section is completed.
The measurements will be made using an expanding metal measuring stick with one or two sliding callipers attached which project from the stick at right-angles.
This can be a bit unnerving for a horse if you haven’t practised measuring it with a stick, so it is very important that you spend time accustoming your horse to having a solid stick placed all around his/her body, head, and neck. I suggest that you start your training with a short piece of lightweight wood, eg., dowelling, and progress to longer pieces as your horse’s confidence grows.
The LGPRE are quite clear about the requirement that the horse being assessed must stand quietly and calmly whilst being measured. They state that any horse that cannot be measured will be dismissed and have to come back another time with a brand new application and full fee.
Here are the measurements that will be made and a description of where they are taken to and from on the horse
Height at the withers: Measured from the highest point of the withers vertically down to the ground where the horse is standing.
- Height at point of croup: Measured from the highest point at the croup vertically down to the ground where the horse is standing.
- Scapular-isquial length: Horizontal distance from the point of shoulder to the point of buttocks (ischial prominence).
- Length of head: Length of the straight segment between the highest point of the poll and the edge of the upper lip.
- Width of head: Length of the straight segment between the most laterally extended points of the zygomatic arches. This requires the stick to be across the head with the callipers measuring the outside edges of the eye orbit bones.
- Length of neck: Length of the straight segment between the scapular spine (shoulder-blade) and the base of the ear.
- Width of chest: Distance across the front of the breast between the points of shoulder.
- Length of shoulder: Straight distance along the shoulderblade from the highest point of the withers to the point of shoulder.
- Length of forearm: Vertical straight distance between the line, parallel to the ground, traced from the elbow down to the middle of the carpal joint (at accessory bone level).
- Dorsal-sternum diameter: Vertical distance between the highest point of the withers and the underside of the sternum along the plane immediately behind the elbow.
- Bi-costal diameter: Horizontal distance between the widest points of the rib arches along the plane immediately behind the elbow. We don’t know if this measurement is taken from above or below the horse so advise practising both.
- Length of back: Horizontal distance between the low point of the withers and the end of the thoracic region.
- Length of loin: Horizontal Distance between the end of the thoracic region and the point of croup.
- Width of croup: Horizontal distance between the most lateral and caudal points of the tuber coxae. (the widest distance between the outer edges of the hipbones)
- Length of croup: Horizontal distance between the most cranial point of the tuber coxae and the most caudal of the tuber ischii. (ie. From the point of the hipbone nearest the head to the bit of the ischial prominence farthest away)
- Point of hip-stifle distance: Distance between the dorsal point of the tuber coxae (top of the point of hip) and the stifle.
- Buttock-stifle distance: Distance between the ventral point of the tuber ischii (underside of the point of buttock) and the stifle
- Length of gaskin: Distance between the stifle and the point of hock.
- Length of buttock: Distance that links the central point of the tuber ischii (point of buttock) and the start of the tendon (end of the muscle).
- Thoracic perimeter: The reference points are the lowest point of the withers and the sternum along the plane immediately behind the elbow. Ie circumference of the horse around girth area – this is measured with a steel tape measure.
- Perimeter of knee: Maximum perimeter of the transversal plane of the carpal bone.
- Perimeter of anterior cannon bone: Perimeter of the upper third of the metacarpal region.
- Angle of shoulder: Angle formed by the line of the length of the shoulder with the horizontal.
- Angle of croup: Angle formed by the line of the length of the croup with the horizontal.
- Proportionality index: Quotient between the height at the withers and the longitudinal diameter multiplied by 100 . This is a mathematical calculation taken from the previous measurements.
HORSES WLL BE DECLARED APPROVED FOR BREEDING (APTO) If they have:-
NO SERIOUS DEFECTS + NO VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS
NO SERIOUS DEFECTS + 1 or 2 VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS
1 SERIOUS DEFECT + 1 or 2 VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS
2 SERIOUS DEFECTS + 1 VERY SERIOUS DEFECT
3 SERIOUS DEFECTS + 0 VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS
4 SERIOUS DEFECTS + 0 VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS
HORSES WLL BE DECLARED NOT-APPROVED FOR BREEDING (NON-APTO) If they have:-
1 DISQUALIFYING FAULT
3 OR MORE VERY SERIOUS FAULTS
5 OR MORE SERIOUS FAULTS
4 SERIOUS DEFECTS + 1 or MORE VERY SERIOUS FAULTS
3 SERIOUS DEFECTS + 1 or MORE VERY SERIOUS FAULTS
2 SERIOUS DEFECTS + 2 or MORE VERY SERIOUS FAULTS
1 SERIOUS DEFECTS + 3 or MORE VERY SERIOUS FAULTS
1.Height at Withers
LESS than 152cm (59.85inches or a fraction under 15.0hh) Females,
LESS than 154cm (60.63inches or a ¼” under 15.1hh) Males
- Too Long in body in proportion to height at wither – ie., a Proportionality Index of <90 or >110
- Fallen Crest – class 6 & class 7 – Crest Falling, 8 – More than Falling, 9 – Crest Fallen
- Ewe Neck – class 7 – Inverted neck, 8 – more than Inverted, 9 – Very Inverted
- Head Front Profile – class 1-Ultra Concave, 2- more than Concave, 9-Ultra-Convex
- Poor Fidelity to Breed Type – Awarded Less than 3points
- Monorchid – not accidental (Only One Testicle descended)
- Cryptorchid – not accidental (NO Testicles descended)
VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS
- Fallen Crest – class 5 – Incipient
- Ewe Neck – class 6 – Between Slightly Inverted and Inverted
- Head Front Profile – class 3 – Concave
- Poor Fidelity to Breed type – Awarded only 3 points
- Angle of Knee Side View – class 9 – Back at the Knee
- Angle of Knee Front View – class 9 – Knock Kneed
- Angle of Hock Side View – class 9 – Very Open, & class 8 – More than Open
- Angle of Hock Rear View – class 9 – Very Divergent, & class 8 – More than Divergent
- Dorsal-Lumbar line (backline) – class 1 – Convex (arched) , & class 9 – Very Concave (hollow)
- Direction of Front Hoof/s – class 9 – Very Turned In, & class 8 – worse than Turned In
- Direction of Rear Hoof/s – class 9 – Very Turned In, & class 8 – worse than Turned In
- White marking on Front Right Leg – class 5 – To the Knee through to class 9 – up to the elbow
- White marking on Front Left Leg – class 5 – To the Knee through to class 9 – up to the elbow
- White marking on Hind Right Leg – class 5 – To the Hock through to class 9 – up to the flankfold
- White marking on Hind Left Leg – class 5 – To the Hock through to class 9 – up to the flankfold
- Blue Eyes not appropriate to the genetic blue
- Eyes of Different colours
- White Marks on the Body (not accidental)
- White Marks that Invade the Orbital arcade (arch)
- Height at Withers Greater than 170cm (67inches or 16.3hh) Females, 172cm (67.7inches or 17hh) Males
- Fallen Crest – class 4 – between Not Straight and Incipient (about to fall)
- Ewe Neck – class 5 – Slightly Inverted
- Head Front Profile – class 4 – Between Straight and Concave
- Poor Fidelity to Breed type – Awarded only 4 points
- Poor Overall Harmony – Awarded Less than 5 points
- Angle of Knee Side View – class 8–Somewhat Back at the Knee, 7–Slightly Back, 1–Over at Knee, 2–Somewhat Over.
- Angle of Knee Front view – class 8 –Somewhat Knock Kneed, 7–Slightly Knock Kneed, 1–Bench Kneed, 2–Somewhat Bench Kneed.
- Angle of Hock Side View – class 7 – Open, 1 – Very Closed, 2 – More than Closed
- Angle of Hock Rear View – class 7 – Divergent, 1 – Very Convergent (cowhocked), 2 – More than Convergent
- Dorsal-Lumbar line (backline) – class 8 – More than Concave (hollow), 7 – Concave.
- Direction of Front Hoof/s – class 1 – Very Turned Out, & class 2 – worse than Turned Out
- Direction of Rear Hoof/s – class 1 – Very Turned Out, & class 2 – worse than Turned Out
- Quality of Walk – Less than 5 points (out of 10)
- Quality of Trot – Less than 5 points (out of 10)
- Quality of Canter – Less than 5 points (out of 10)
- Height of Croup – croup more than 5cm higher than the wither
- Melanomas – class 9 – A Large Number present.
- White marking on Front Right Leg – class 4 – from half way up the cannon bone to just below the Knee
- White marking on Front Left Leg – class 4 – from half way up the cannon bone to just below the Knee
- White marking on Hind Right Leg – class 4 – from half way up the cannon bone to just below the Hock
- White marking on Hind Left Leg – class 4 – from half way up the cannon bone to just below the Hock