Saturday, November 17, 2018

North American Stallion Sport Test 2018: Results

By Anna Goebel
Allie Conrad Photography
With results in from both the East and West Coast locations of the North American Stallion Sport Test, eleven of the thirteen stallions received passing scores. The quality of the stallions varied, but my personal opinion was that the quality was pretty high. According to Dr. Ludwig Christmann of the Hanoverian Verband, there were some "top stallions" presented. 

Dr. Christmann also emphasized the importance of the testing in encouraging breeders to keep colts intact and bring them up with an eye towards presenting them for evaluation, as part of the continuing development of quality breeding horses in the US.

The Stallion Sport Test East was held at Hilltop Farm in Maryland on November 1–3, with nine stallions presenting, seven in the Dressage division and two in the Jumping division. At Pollyrich Farm in California, the West Coast event was held on November 4–6, with three stallions in the Jumper division and one in the Dressage division.

Sole Mio High-Scoring Dressage Stallion

Sole Mio.
Allie Conrad Photography
The two stallions with the highest scores in the Dressage division were Sole Mio (Stanford/Donnerschwee) with 8.60 and Daily Show (Danciano/Stockholm) just behind him with 8.50. Both are owned by Leslie Waterman of Franklin, Tennessee and beautifully ridden in the Test by their trainer, Emily Miles of Kansas. Sole Mio received 9s for his trot (judges commented that it was "well-balanced with a lot of impulsion"), rideability ("naturally eager, willing, and he concentrates on the aids of from his rider"), and overall impression. 

Leslie Waterman's breeding and training program is performance oriented. Her strategy is to breed her own performance horses and also to purchase promising youngsters. "I decided my only chance to buy a great horse was to buy young—before I'd be in competition with Paul Schockemohle," she says. Sole Mio and Daily Show were both bred in Germany and purchased by Leslie as youngsters. 
Daily Show.
Allie Conrad Photography

Both have been started and trained by Emily Miles of Kansas, whose sympathetic riding was a highlight of the Stallion Test. One German expert commented, "That's what dressage riding should look like." Leslie's philosophy is that a horse gains confidence and has the best chance of being successful if he has consistent riding and trust in his rider, so Emily was the one to start Sole Mio, has been training and competing him, and will continue with him to FEI levels.

Jethro Tull.
Patty Wilding photo

Jethro Tull, High-Scoring Jumping Stallion

There were five horses presented in the Jumping division, two on the East Coast and three at the California location. The top-scoring jumper was Jethro Tull (I'm Special de Muze/Voltaire), owned and ridden by Lorrie Jamieson of Klondike Victory Farm in Alberta, Canada. Jethro Tull earned a final score of 8.23. He's a 16.3-hand black KWPN stallion who scored 8.5 for both canter and scope.

Stallion Sport Test 2018 Scores: Dressage Division 

Stallion Sire Trot Canter Walk Rideability Overall
Weighted Final
Dressage Score
Sole Mio Stanford 9.00 8.00 8.00 9.00 9.00 8.60
Daily Show Danciano 8.00 8.50 8.00 9.00 9.00 8.50
Davos CF Dante Weltino 8.50 8.00 8.00 8.50 8.50 8.30
Debonair MF Doctor Wendell MF 7.50 7.50 9.00 8.00 8.00 8.00
Fernandel of Hillock Franziskus 7.50 7.50 7.50 8.00 8.50 7.75
Frisantos Franziskus 7.50 7.50 7.50 7.50 8.00 7.55
Rohmeo Royal Prince 7.50 7.50 7.50 7.50 7.50 7.50
Joyride Worthy Opponent 5.50 7.00 7.00 6.50 6.50 6.50

Stallion Sport Test 2018 Scores: Jumper Division

Stallion Sire Canter Scope Style Rideability Overall
Weighted Final
Jumping Score
Jethro Tull I'm Special De Muze 8.50 8.50 8.00 8.00 8.00 8.23
[Centre Point]
Chambertain 8.00 8.00 7.50 9.00 7.50 8.03
Rip Tide Riverman 7.50 8.00 7.50 8.00 8.00 7.78
Baloujoie Bon Balou 7.00 8.00 7.50 8.00 7.50 7.63
F├╝rst Romantic For Romance 7.00 7.00 7.00 6.00 5.50 6.65

The 5-Year-Olds

The North American Stallion Sport Test is designed to fulfill the performance requirements for the American Hanoverian Society and the German Oldenburg Verband if a stallion completes the test with a passing score two years in a row. Three stallions returned this year and fulfilled their requirements, one at Hilltop Farm and two at the Pollyrich location.

Debonair MF.
Allie Conrad Photography
Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF/Rotspon) was the first stallion to successfully complete two years of the Sport Test, in 2017 as a 4-year-old and this year at 5. He received passing scores both years and has thereby fulfilled his performance requirements with the American Hanoverian Society, the German Oldenburg Verband, and the Westfalen Verband. Debonair MF was bred by Maryanna Haymon of Marydell Farm, who also bred his sire. Marydell Farm is known for producing competition horses that are internationally sought-after. 
Centre Point.
Hilltop Farm photo

The two stallions on the West Coast to complete their performance requirements by two successful years at the Stallion Sport Test are Rohmeo (Royal Prince/Lord Liberty G), bred and owned by Carol DiMaggio (California); and Centre Point (Chambertin/Cassini I), bred in Germany and owned by Darlene York (British Columbia).

About the Stallion Sport Test

The three-day testing format was developed for North America, and was held for the first time in 2017 at both the East Coast and West Coast locations. It was well-received, and in 2018 more stallions were entered, thirteen in all. Natalie DiBerardinis, of Hilltop Farm, says "I really like the format, in part because it emphasizes good training."

According to the Stallion Test website, "Testing requirements are specific to age and discipline. Each horse attends with their own rider and there is a Guest Rider component to the scoring as well. Stallions must attend two consecutive years of sport testing to fulfill their performance requirements with the AHS and GOV as well as achieve a minimum overall score of 7.5 at each testing."

The Judges

Judges Matthias Granzow, Gerd Sickinger, and Ulrich Henschke.
Hilltop Farm photo.

Read More

Coming soon: Stallion Photo Gallery!

North American Stallion Sport Test 2018: East Coast Overview [Part 1 of this series]

eurodressage: Sole Mio Wins 2018 North American Stallion Sport Test

The North American Stallion Sport Test website

The North American Stallion Sport Test Facebook page

Allie Conrad, Photographer (East Coast location)

Claudia Weeks, Videographer (East Coast location)
Claudia's YouTube Channel (including videos from the Test)

Patty Wilding, Photographer (West Coast location) 

Patty's Facebook page

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