The licensing of RPSI stallions follows the same guidelines in North America and in Germany. Stallions of recognized
Warmblood breeds, as well as Thoroughbreds Arabians 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 Sport Ponies and Knabstruppers.
Completion of the 30-day test is required for three year olds to maintain Stud Book I status. 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. Older stallions may gain lifetime approval based on
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 Hanoverian stallion Grande, sire of Grandus, an important foundation stallion in the Rheinland Pfalz-Saar district of Germany.
If Grande had been born today, he may never have been given a chance to breed. He was little (under 16 hands), and rather plain to look at, if truth be told. In today's breeding world, with so many popular stallions available by fresh shipped or frozen semen, this little chestnut horse would have been gelded and sold, most likely, and his genes would never have had the chance to work their magic on the Hanoverian, and Zweibrücker, breeds.
Luckily, back in the 1960's, German breeders were most likely to take the advice of their region's Stud Director on matters of stallion selection. More...