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The official stallion expertise of Studbook SBS will take place on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017 on occasion of the International Selection Show, in the riding hall of the Provincial Breeding and Riding School at BE-5430 GESVES, rue du Haras 16.


The closing date for the subscriptions for the official stallion show 2017 of Studbook SBS is fixed on Friday 20th January 2017. The complete candidature file, together with an overview of the performances of the candidate-stallion and the performances of the dam's line, shall arrive at Studbook SBS the latest on this same date as well as the payment of the engagement.

The 3 year old candidate-stallions shall arrive on Friday 3th March 2017 the latest at 2 pm (reception desk open as from 12 am) to undergo the veterinary control, the height measure, the entries confirmation and the allocation of the boxes during the expertise days.

Two sections are available: Sport Horses with height higher or equal to 1m58 and Sport Ponies with height less or equal to 1m48.

All presented candidate-stallions must have an equine passport delivered by a recognized studbook member of WBFSH (World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses) or any breeding association recognized by the Royal Society "the Belgian Sport Horse", or thoroughbred. This document shall allow the identification of the stallion and mention his pedigree including minimum three generations for Sport Horses and minimum two generations for Sport Ponies.


All candidate-stallions must obtain, before the exhibition:

a favorable opinion from the Interfaculty Veterinary Commission of Studbook SBS, according to the rules detailed in the VETERINARY EXPERTISE.
a favorable opinion from the Judge Commission according to the evaluation of the file: analysis of the pedigree, parental sport performances, …

For the candidate-stallions of 5 year old, the performance results will be communicated, if they exist.

The candidate-stallions in option «Eventing» shall be at least 6 year old and the performances will be according to the point IV below.

At the age of 6 or 7 year, all the candidate-stallions have participated at least at one competition year according to the sport criteria as described in point IV below.

At the age of 8 year or older, the candidate-stallion shall justify remarkable offspring in Belgium or abroad or shall certify performances of a very good level in Belgium or abroad, as follows:

• in option «Jumping» : placings in national and international rounds of 1.40 m and more
• in option «Dressage» : obtain at least one note of 72% in Prix Saint-Georges
• in option «Eventing» : obtain two placings in M level (1.10m)

If a stallion realized performances abroad, his owner shall forward a certificate edit by a competent equine authority containing the results. This certificate will be added to the engagement form. The Commission will consider the results.


Only a snaffle bit is admitted for the stallions of 3, 4 and 5 year old. For the stallions of 6 year and older, a double bridle bit is allowed.

Horseshoes are allowed, also for the 3 year old candidate-stallions.

During the presentation in hand for model evaluation, leg protection is not allowed.

In the "Jumping" option, only the forelegs may be protected for loose jumping and jump under the saddle. Also, for the wellness of the candidate-stallion or to affine the judgment, the jury has the right to take decisions they consider being useful: reduce the height or the width of the obstacle, interrupt or postpone the presentation, ask a supplementary jump, …

In the "Dressage" option, all the candidate-stallions are presented in hand and/or free movements without leg protection, whatever their age.

For the ridden presentation of the candidate-stallions of 4 year and older, white bandages are allowed.

IV. APPROVAL (cfr annex 1)

a) First approval :
Only the candidate-stallions with three positive advices will receive a first breeding approval: for the veterinary control, for model (type) and for sport ability.

b) Definitive approval :

Sport requirements to obtain the definitive approval :
The stallions can obtain the definitive approval at the end of the year they got 6 year old, not earlier. If necessary at the end of the year they got 7 year old, on request of the judge committee. They will have accomplished two competition years according to the requirements below, at 5 and 6 year, at 5 and 7 year or at 6 and 7 year.
Furthermore the approval will only be definitive for the ponies if the height measure of the pony stallion is not higher than 1.48 m at the end of the year he got 6 year old.
All the cases that are not mentioned above will be of the exclusive jurisdiction of the official judges and the Board of Directors of Studbook SBS.

Stallions of the section «Sport Horses» :

At the age of 3, no performances are required from the approved stallions.

1) Option «Jumping» :
• At 4 year old, it is recommended to participate at minimum 5 official rounds, organized for Young Horses
• At 5 and 6 year, if needed at 7 year old, it is compulsory to realize 5 clear rounds in Belgium or abroad :
- In official competitions, exclusively organized for young horses : the national classic cycle for young horses, the winter competition for stallions, the CSI "Young Horses", the National and World Championships for young horses.
- In official competitions, not exclusively organized for young horses : only the official rounds, organized in Belgium or abroad, at the same level as the rounds organized for young horses will be taken into account.
The minimum height for the 5 y old is 1.15m, for the 6 y old 1.25m and if necessary, for the 7 y old 1.35m.

2) Option «Dressage» :
• At 4 year old, it is recommended to participate at minimum 4 official competitions for Young Horses
• At 5 and 6 year, it is compulsory to participate at minimum 4 competitions in official national competitions for Young Horses and/or in competitions at the same level organized abroad and obtain 72% of the points on minimum two competitions.

3) Option «Eventing» :
• At 6 year old, it is compulsory to obtain two placings in national competitions for Young Horses (level M : 1.10m) and/or in competitions at the same level organized in Belgium or abroad.

Stallions of the section «Sport Ponies» :

At the age of 3, no performances are required from the approved stallions.

1) In the option «Jumping», realize 5 clear rounds in official national or regional competitions, such as the Cycle for "Young Ponies" at 5 y, (1.05m to 1.10m), at 6 y (≥1.15m)
2) In the option «Dressage», at 5 year old, it is compulsory to participate at minimum 4 competitions in L level 2 and at 6 year old, it is compulsory to participate at minimum 4 competitions, specific for ponies MP3/MP4 level 3 and obtain a minimum note of 68% of the points.
3) In the option «Eventing», at 6 year old, it is compulsory to obtain two placings in national competition for "Young Horses" or in competitions organized at the same level in Belgium or abroad.

Also, for the stallions of the section "Sport Ponies" of all options, the official competitions organized in Belgium or abroad at the same level of the young horses competition, will be taken into account.

Communication of the yearly performances of the stallion to the Studbook SBS:
It is required to communicate the results obtained in Belgium and/or abroad, before the 10th of October of the concerned competition season, to the Studbook SBS. The performances that are not communicated to the Stud-Book before the fixed date will not be taken into account for the evaluation of the stallion.

Conditions for derogation based on veterinary reasons :
If a stallion, because of a veterinary cause, cannot meet the required sport performances, the owner must send the proving certificate to the Studbook SBS by registered letter within the week following the diagnosis.
The Studbook SBS has the right to ask a counter expertise on the stallion, done by a veterinary or a veterinary association of its choice and if necessary request a supplementary year of sport performances.
In absence of fulfillment of one of the preceding elements, the approval will be removed.


The Commission for Approval of Stallions is sovereign in order to the interpretation and application of the actual statement.



Studbook SBS has established an Interfaculty Veterinary Commission, named IVC.
This commission has authority concerning all matters relative to the health of the animals and particularly to the sanitary qualities of the stallions. The IVC has the responsibility to remove an animal from reproduction when it carries injuries in the legs (moving system) relative to a developed orthopedic pathology or an early degeneration (for ex. the presence of an osteochondral fragment, juvenile arthritis, bone spavin, navicular syndrome) and in the respiration system such as laryngeal hemiplegy (whistling) or any other conformation anomaly. The IVC edits for each stallion an official protocol in function of the actual medical knowledge, with the results of the researches and each objective element in its possession. The IVC can ask for any further clinical examination relative to the horses it is examining and also ask for any paraclinical examination it needs.

Each member of the Universities of Liège and Gent of veterinary medicine and the board of Studbook SBS choose an effective and a mandatory member among veterinaries with experience in the medical science for horses.
The IVC has three effective members indicated as above. If an effective member is unable to attend, he or she will be replaced by a mandatory member by the same instance of the absent effective member.
A representative person of Studbook SBS has also a legal seat in the IVC with an advisory vote.

The IVC has a meeting each time when necessary, on invitation of the board of Studbook SBS.
The meetings of the commission take place in the office of SBS, Avenue Prince de Liège 103, in BE- 5100 NAMUR, or elsewhere with agreement of the IVC and in function of the examinations to realize.
The costs relative to the function of the IVC (fee, indemnities of presence) are determined and on charge of Studbook SBS, being aware that the costs relative to the medical and paraclinical examinations are entirely on charge of the owners of the concerned horses.

The decisions, reports and advices from the IVC are collegially accepted on simple majority of votes. Every effective member or mandatory member has one vote.
Those decisions, reports and advices have to be motivated. Notice of appeal is not possible.
The secretary of the IVC forwards the decisions without delay to the board of SBS and also to the owner of the horse.

In view of the subscription of a stallion to the stallion approval relative to get the approval for breeding, the owner of the horse asks the veterinary medical examination in the veterinary university faculty of his choice, in Liège or Gent.
The veterinary protocol can also be edited by a university abroad, recognized by the IVC.
The veterinary protocol can be edited the earliest in the 1st of July of the year preceding the concerned stallion approval.
The veterinary protocol has to be complete and shall contain all information as described in art. 7 of this statement. If not, the protocol will be considered as non acceptable. The same sanction will be taken if the protocol is not edited according to the standard, approved by SBS, entirely fulfilled with the appendix documents as
described in art. 7. The standard documents to use in the veterinary examinations and the forms needed in the medical file, are available at the office of Studbook SBS and on its website (
The protocols edited by the recognized university clinics abroad (France: Maison- Alfort (Cirale included) – Lyon – Nantes – Toulouse; Holland: Utrecht; Germany: Berlin– Munich – Leipzig – Giessen – Hannover; Italy: contact Dr. V BUSONI - University of Liège 0032. - before any exam) must be transmitted together with the
appendix mentioned in art. 7, to the secretary of the IVC (SBS, Avenue Prince de Liège 103, bus 4 – BE-5100 NAMUR) by the owner of the horse and at least 60 days before the official stallion approval. The IVC gives a favorable or unfavorable advice based on the veterinary protocols, edited in Belgium or abroad. On explicit demand of the owner, the IVC can hear the veterinary indicated by the owner to clarify the file.
Before taking a final decision, the IVC can ask the owner of the horse for complementary information and examinations. The IVC can also implement the useful complementary clinical and paraclinical examinations, by a veterinary, laboratory or university determined by the IVC.
The secretary of the IVC is reporting the decision relative to the concerned animal to each stallion owner by personal letter. Only the stallions with a positive opinion from the IVC can be enrolled to the official stallion approval. Basically, a stallion will just have a veterinary balance at his first presentation for approval. Studbook SBS has the right to ask any new complementary veterinary examination when it thinks it is useful.
In this case the board of SBS presents the file to the IVC, who informs the owner. It is the IVC who will give advice after hearing the owner's veterinary, on demand of the owner, and after the complementary examinations. If this advice is unfavorable, the stallion cannot be presented at a new approval and his approval will be removed from the list containing the approved breeding stallions.

Art. 6 FEE
The fee concerning the veterinary examinations of the candidate-stallion is on charge of the owner of the horse and doesn't include the subscription.
This is also the case concerning the fee for complementary examinations, asked directly by the IVC, even if they are executed by a person determinate by the IVC.
These costs have to be paid before the final decision of IVC to be pronounced for the concerned horse.
If the IVC needs complementary examinations, the IVC secretary can ask a provision to cover these examinations. If the provision is not paid in the determined delay, the procedure will be cancelled and the stallion will not be allowed to the official stallion approval and in this case, the stallion will not be mentioned, even temporary if he was already mentioned, on the list of breeding stallions approved by Studbook SBS.

The veterinary examination concerns:
1) The identification of the stallion. This must be of absolute reliability: written and graphic descriptions have to be mentioned on the protocol; also the life number (UELN) and/or the microchip number have to be mentioned on the
radiographies and all technical protocols;
2) The general examination contains a cardiovascular examination, an examination of the eyes and teeth and of the reproductive system;
3) An endoscopic examination of the respiratory system with video;
4) A clinic examination of the locomotion system with video including the inspection in stagnation, in movement on hard ground, on a straight line and in a circle, a systematic palpation, flexion tests of several anatomic structures
(spavin, flexion, angle …);
5) Radiology examination of both forefeet, without horseshoes, of the fore and hind pastern joints, of the hocks and knees, and also of every other suspect part of the body;
6) Complementary examinations : during the presentation at the official stallion approval and during four weeks before and one week after the official approval, as well as during all performances, Studbook SBS has the right to ask for an examination at the home station of the stallion, to track the use of practices and products which are forbidden by F.E.I. The costs are entirely on charge of the owner of the horse









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