Saturday, February 20

AES Stallion Grading Spring Series 2016

The AES is supporting the 2016 breeding season with another highlight of public stallion gradings in the UK.

We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed two dates and venues for this year’s spring gradings, 13th April at Northcote Stud, Lancashire and 14th April at Crofton Manor, Hampshire.

These public gradings are a wonderful opportunity to showcase and assess up-and-coming young talent, presented for licensing for the first time and comprising some of the very best in modern performance bloodlines.

Older, more established stallions are invited to be presented for an upgrade to Approval Status, awarded to horses that have proven themselves in competition and breeding.

Offering these gradings at several venues across the UK is making it easier for stallion owners to travel to the venues, and for breeders to see horses available for stud in their region.

The horses will be evaluated by a panel of judges from Britain and abroad, thus providing that all important national and international perspective to ensure the AES provides its breeders with the very best selection of stallions to choose from.

Studbook director Kees van den Oetelaar sees the stallion gradings as something close to his heart. He himself is well known in the industry for having a keen eye for spotting and nurturing talent and has discovered show jumping and dressage stallions alike that later became legends in their own right:

“These public stallion gradings are always a highlight of the season, giving everyone and our judges the opportunity to see some of the very best. We believe in giving our breeders a fantastic choice.”

In order to qualify for AES licensing, stallions need to be presented with full verified pedigree and clean veterinary assessment and x-rays.

On the day, they will be assessed in hand on hard and soft ground and loose in the arena. Ridden stallions will also be assessed under saddle.