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Grading day at Durham.

A sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain mare grading day has been held for a second year at Billy & Joanne Moran's Homer Hill Farm, Durham, home to their successful Hunter breeding/sport horse youngstock.

Like many other areas within the equestrian industry, the SHB (GB) mare grading scheme has gone through a radical change since the old Hunter Improvement Society double graded system ceased six years ago. Now potential mares are assessed to be entered into three stud books.

Chief assessor Peter Warcup summed up the 12 potential mares brought forward. He said: "We've seen some very nice mares this time ( some of which have been Head Stud Book mare in their markings but have not achieved this status because they don't have the relevant pedigrees.

"It's a throwback from days gone by when people were not inclined to keep passports and therefore these mares suffer.

"We wish they did have good pedigrees and that we could get them into the Stud books which they are really desined for. Sadly we can't do that."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2005
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