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Please contact the Main office for grading dates and venues. Gradings take place throughout the summer. Entry forms are available in the Spring. If you have a suitable venue and can guarantee a minimum of 10 mares, we may be able to bring our graders to you. Please contact the Main office for more details.


BENEFITS OF MARE GRADING:


ELITE MARES:

Mares will be granted the title ELITE if either they or their progeny fulfill the following criteria:


GENERAL RULES APPLYING TO ALL MARES:

ALL MARES MUST:


1. Be 148cm or above

2. Be 3 years old or over

3. If attending a Grading submit a completed SHB(GB) Veterinary Certificate carried out by a recognised specialist equine veterinary surgeon, issued no more than three months prior to closing date of entries

4. Submit a sample for a DNA test for which the owner is liable for the cost once accepted into any of the Stud Books

5. Be registered on the SHB(GB) Basic Identity Register, or be in possession of a Passport issued by a recognised organisation

6. Be owned by a current member of the SHB(GB)


ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF THE STUDBOOK WILL BE DECIDED BY:


1. Grading status with the former NLHBS OR

2. Grading status with other breed societies OR

3. Number of proven generations of pedigree and marks awarded at grading.


Mares presented for a SHB (GB) Grading will be required to be shown in hand to assess conformation and paces following an initial trot up on a hard surface.

Mares owners also have the option of presenting their mares under saddle in addition to the in hand assessment. Mares who satisfy the judges as to their rideability in this way or can provide proof of ridden competition success in sport may be awarded the complimentary initial R (for Ridden) in front of their graded status.

Mares which are transferred from another Studbook may also be awarded the complimentary initial R if they can provide proof of ridden competition success.


HEAD STUD BOOK:

To be eligible for the Head Stud Book mares must:

Be a grade 1 NLHBS mare or

Have 3 generations of proven pedigree and be a Head, Select or equivalent status mare in a recognised Sport Horse or Warmblood Stud Book either in the UK or abroad or

Have 3 generations of proven pedigree and achieve a grading mark of 8 or above at a SHB (GB) mare grading

If less than 3 generations of proven pedigree, achieve a mark of 8.5 or above and have a BHB official handicap of 80 or higher on the flat or a National Hunt BHB official handicap rating of 100 or higher or be an Advanced Eventer, Grade A Showjumper or Advanced Dressage mare or have progeny competing at any of these levels.

Reach the required level of performance to be Elite or have progeny that meet the criteria and achieve a grading mark of five or above at an SHB (GB) Mare Grading.


MAIN STUD BOOK:

To be eligible for the Main Stud Book mares must:

Be a grade II NLHBS mare or

Have 2 generations or more of proven pedigree and be a Main or equivalent status mare in a recognised Sport Horse or Warmblood Stud Book either in the UK or abroad or

Have 2 generations of proven pedigree and achieve a grading mark of 6 or above at a SHB(GB) mare grading

Have less than 2 generations of proven pedigree and achieve a grading mark of 8.5 or above at a SHB(GB) mare grading


FOUNDATION STUD BOOK:

To be eligible for Foundation Stud Book mares must have:

Foundation Book or equivalent status in a recognised Sport Horse or Warmblood Stud Book either in the UK or abroad or

Achieve a grading mark of 5 or above at an SHB(GB) mare grading


NLHBS PREVIOUSLY GRADED MARES:

Grade I & II NLHBS mares will be transferred onto the appropriate SHB (GB) Studbook for a transfer fee of £10.00 inc. VAT. These mares do not need to appear at an SHB (GB) Grading, but must provide a sample for a DNA test with the relevant fee of (£40).


MARES ON THE BASIC IDENTITY RECORD:

Mares on Basic Identity record need to come forward to an SHB (GB) Grading. Gradings cost £58.75 inc. VAT. DNA will be taken and processed if the mare is successfully graded at the cost of £40.


MARES GRADED WITH OTHER SOCIETIES:

Mares graded with other societies can be transferred into the appropriate Studbook according to their current graded status. We will overstamp their recognised passport (£20) and process a sample of DNA (£40). Mares do not need to attend grading.


UNGRADED MARES:

Ungraded mares need to come forward to an SHB (GB) Grading before being entered into the appropriate stud book. If successful, they will be required to submit a sample of DNA (£40). The grading fee is £58.75 and the initial Basic Identity register fee is £22 or £20 to overstamp a recognised passport.

MARES GRADING: