inspections, or keurings, are held in the late summer and early fall of each year at host sites (link to map of keurings) throughout
North America. Inspections are judged by qualified representatives of the German parent registry, the
Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V.)
The same judges inspect German and North American foals
to ensure consistency, resulting in fair and ethical keurings. The Westfalen NA follows the same rules and regulations as
our parent organization in Germany. As in Europe, approved mares and stallions are entered directly into
the Mare Book and Stud Book and foals are given a registration number at birth. This number follows the foal's show results,
location, and breeding records, if applicable. Microchipping and DNA testing is required for registration.
Inspection days begin with paperwork, where the German Jury
will inspect and enter into the database all registration documents, and collect payments. Next, depending on the host site's
schedule, mares and mares with foals will be presented, with mares being shown in the bridle and foals beside their dams on a
leadline. After the evaluation of conformation, measurement, and drawing of markings, mares and foals (turned loose without the
halter) will be presented at walk in a straight line toward and away from the judge, and then on the
triangle. Finally, trot and
canter will also be judged at liberty. Following the mares and foals, stallion candidates will be presented in bridle, at liberty,
and free jumping
Mares must be at least three years of age to be inspected into a Mare Book, whereas stallions aged two and older may be presented for approval
into Stud Books I or II. Scores ranging
from 1-10 will be given in the following categories:
- Breed and Sex Type
- Quality of Conformation
- Correctness of Conformation and Elasticity of Gaits
- Free Jumping (for stallions)
- Overall Impression and Development
Stallions eligible for Stud Book I must have an average score of 7.5 or above, with no partial score lower than 6.0. Stallion
candidates must also meet Pedigree Requirements.
All stallions must fulfill Performance Requirements
as well, to complete their licensing. Stallions may be placed into Stud Book II if the Pedigree Requirements for a higher stud book
have not been met, if they have an average score of less than 6.0 at their inspection, or if performance requirements are not met.
To be eligible for the Main Mare Book, a mare must have an average score of 6.0 or above, with no single score lower than 5.0.
She must also meet Pedigree Requirements. Mares
entered into Pre Mare Book must have an average score of at least 5.0, with no single score lower than 4.0, and meet
the appropriate Pedigree Requirements.
Foals will be given two scores: 1). Conformation, Development and Overall Impression and 2). Movement and Correctness of Gaits.
The foal's total score will be the arithmetic median, with one point behind the decimal. Premiums will be awarded as follows:
Foal Premium for overall scores of 8.0 and above. Mare Premium for Mare Book 1 candidates with an overall score of 49 points or above.