Westfalen NA Stallions
The licensing of Westfalen NA stallions follows the same guidelines in North America and in Germany. Stallions of recognized
Warmblood breeds, as well as Thoroughbreds and Anglo-Arabians may be presented at
an inspection for licensing at the age of 2 years and older. Stallions may be
graded into Stud Book I (Approved) or II (Recorded), depending on scores and pedigree. Stud books also exist for German Riding Ponies, Kleines Deutsche Reitpferd,
Haflingers, Knabstruppers and Lipizzans.
Completion of a performance test is required for three year olds to maintain Stud Book I status. A new 3-day stallion performance
test is be offered on the east and west coast beginning in the fall of 2017 for 4-6 year old stallions. For full lifetime approval, stallions
must secure minimum show results in their discipline (dressage, jumpers, hunters or eventing) or complete the 70-Day test with a miniumum score of 90, or complete a combination of the short test/s and
performance results. Stallions older than six may gain lifetime approval based on
performance results. Call for more information on presenting your stallion, or on eligiblity.
Stallions presented for licensing are shown in hand in the bridle on the triangle at the walk and trot, and then at liberty, to
evaluate the basic gaits. Stallions are then free jumped in a chute composed of three jumps.
The stallion is scored for the manner in which he approaches and jumps in the jump chute. To show a good bascule he must be
relaxed. It is undesirable for the young stallion to jump much higher than is necessary. Required in the jump chute are two
small jumps to establish the rhythm and a larger one to show the jumping capacity. To gain confidence, begin training with one,
then two, and then finally three jumps. Eventually, the third jump should be built as an oxer.
jump 1: crossbar with ground line, distance to next jump approximately 7 m (23 ft)
jump 2: vertical with ground line, distance to next jump approximately 7.2 m (24 ft)
jump 3: vertical raising gradually to oxer according to ability of stallion.
For our first featured reference stallion, we will look back at the career of the illustrious Westfalen stallion Pilot, one of the
foundation sires that brought fame to the Westfalen breeding program and inspired the increased breeding of jumpers in Westfalia.
First turned down by breeders for his rather fiery temperament, Pilot later became the first showjumping stallion with progeny to
earn one million Deutschmarks – in fact by the end of 1999, Pilot progeny had earned a staggering DM6,250,000. Although Pilot's time
at the state stud was relatively short, he made a big contribution to the breeding of top class sport horses - in Westfalia and around
Pilot continues to be an enormously valuable sire of broodmares – the winner of the 2016 World Cup final was the Westfalen Corbinian,
who is by Cornet Obolensky out of a Pilot mare. Cornet Obolensky himself is considered another cornerstone of the Westfalen jumper
breeding program. While Belgian by birth, this dominating gray son of the Holsteiner Clinton first was licensed as champion stallion
in Muenster-Handorf, with top scores in his 30 day test. Cornet Obolensky stood in Westfalia, where his
reputation was made based on his many top jumpers and licensed sons (often with Pilot as damsire!) - three out of the top four in the World Cup Finals -
Corbiniat (Steve Guerdat), Cornet d'Amour (Danuel Deusser), Cornado I (Markus Ehning) - all Westfalens.