Breeding Approval & Grading for Hispano-Arab Horses

BREEDING EVALUATION (Grading/Evaluation/Assessment) for Hispano-Arab Horses aged 3yrs old or older in the UK

Hispano-Arab STALLIONS & MARES Breeding Approval STAGE 1 Reproductive Exam by Vet 2022  – Ready Soon !


Fill In ALL of This Form With Your Horse’s Conformation Measurements

Encantadora 75% – the last HA to be Graded in the UK (by FESCCR) back in 2006 before the whole system in Spain changed. Bred by Susan Disney and owned by Phyllis Haddu.

Kebdani Danita 37.5% – the first HA to be Graded in the UK for 15yrs. She is the 14yr old daughter of Encantadora 75%. Sire is Maryss Heraldo II (PRE). Bred & owned by Phyllis Haddu.

Stallions & Mares– Breeding Evaluation is compulsory for Stallions and Mares registered in the HA Main Studbook & the HA Auxillary Register before they may be used for Breeding.
Minimum age for Evaluation/Grading and for Covering/Mating is 3yrs old.

Evaluation for BOTH sexes of Hispano-Arab consist of Two Stages,
Stage 1 – the Veterinary Reproductive Examination including an Ultrasound of the reproductive tract in Mares. Plus DNA Typing and Certificate of freedom from any genetic diseases if not already completed when the Stallion was first registered.
Stage 2 – Grading Evaluation at the Either a central venue (COVID dependent) OR a Virtual Grading.

Stage 1Veterinary Reproductive Examination
The Owner contacts the BAPSH Office to obtain the Application For Breeding Approval – Stage 1 blank Vet Certificate, and a DNA Envelope if necessary.
An experienced Equine Veterinarian is booked by the Owner to assess the horse and to complete the BAPSH Stage 1 Vet Certificate for HA.
i) Static Physical inspection to determine the presence or absence of inheritable defects including the mouth, eyes, throat, limbs, and hernias  Stallions – Plus external exam of genitalia for abnormalities
Mares – Plus external exam of genitalia and internal manual & ultrasound check of reproductive tract
ii) Movement inspection at walk, trot & reverse to determine freedom from Locking Patella, Stringhalt, and Wobblers disease, and lameness.
iii) Hair Sample pulled out of mane or tail by the examining Vet to consist of 30 to 40 Hair Root Bulbs. The Hair Sample is placed into the labelled sample envelope provided by BAPSH, and the Vet signs dates and Stamps the envelope across the seal.
iv) The Owner sends the completed Stage 1 Vet Certificate, the DNA Sample, and the Application Form for Stage 2 Grading and the current Fee to BAPSH Ltd.
v) Providing the results of the Stage 1 Veterinary Reproductive Examination are of sufficient quality to be approved, the horse is booked into a slot for Stage 2 at the next BAPSH Grading Event or Virtual Grading Event.

Stage 2 – Grading Evaluation
i) Conformation & Type – around 30 to 40 conformation measurements are taken dependent on whether it is a virtual or central Grading.
The horse is assessed for overall type and conformation in relation to the HA Breed Standard using the Linear Conformation Assessment method developed by the ANCC-LGPRE, Spain and tested rigorously over the past 12 years.
ii) Movement and athleticism for Riding and Sport. Walk is assessed in-hand and loose. Trot and canter are assessed on the lunge line and again assessed in Freedom in an arena or field.
iii) The horse is assessed loose over a series of jumps down a short jumping lane with a video record made. The jumps begin very low and then are gradually raised to the maximum height agreed with the presenter/owner of the horse
iv) The horse’s temperament, behaviour and overall attitude is assessed throughout the Evaluation.

A minimum score of 5/10 for all parts of the Evaluation must be achieved before BAPSH will award the Approved For Breeding Stamp and Update the Passport and Database Records of the Studbook.
Horses which fail to achieve 5/10 on all sections can be re-assessed in 12 months time.

Awards Recognising Above Average Quality
Horses with an average score of 6/10 across the assessment are recognised with the Bronze Award.
Horses with an average score of 7/10 across the assessment are recognised with the Silver Award.
Horses with an average score of 8/10 or above across the assessment are recognised with the Gold Award.

The appropriate Breeding Approval Sticker is added to the Grading page of the horse’s Passport, overstamped, signed and dated. The Owner is issued with an Award Certificate that details all the horse’s physical measurements and the scores awarded for all sections of the Grading Evaluation.

All the data accumulated for each horse is recorded in the BAPSH Hispano-Arab Horse UK Studbook. The information gathered is used to monitor the development of the breed and to assist breeders to make informed choices when planning their own Studfarm breeding programmes.

 2.PERFORMANCE AWARDS for Competitive Sport.
Horses (mares, stallions, and geldings) that compete in Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Driving, and Endurance at the higher Affiliated levels can gain points for achieving specific scores or %. The number of points required to achieve the ‘Sport’ designation is dependent upon the Sport; points must be achieved across a minimum of 5 shows/competitions in a particular sport over a 12 month period. The Owner of the horse must submit documentation to the BAPSH at the end of the 12 month period to prove the achievements. The horse is then awarded the title of Sport-Drs, Sport-SJ, Sport-Ev, Sport-En, or Sport-Drv, or any combination of these titles.

Mare or Stallions who have four progeny (mares, stallions, and geldings) who all achieve a Sports Performance Award are given the title PREFERENT. This is shown on their online records and pedigree and assists breeders in designing their breeding programmes.

Retrospective Performance Awards
Applications from owners for BAPSH to recognise, retrospectively, Sports points achieved in previous years before this Performance Award Scheme was initiated will be considered on a horse by horse basis providing the documentation provided is solid.
The appropriate Award Sticker for any of the above Awards is added to the horse’s Passport, overstamped, signed and dated. The Performance Award achievements are shown on the online records and pedigree (Equidata system) for each horse and this information assists breeders in designing their own Studfarm breeding programmes

Epona Pandora 75%  being passed ‘Apto’ at the 2000 UK Grading. Owned by Richard Lust (handling her), bred by Anabel Jay.