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Horse Racing: Horsebox - Owners can't hide delight as horses make the grade.

Byline: NEIL B JONES

ELEVEN horses brought to a Sport Horse of Great Britain mare grading day at Homer Hill Farm gained status in one of the society's three stud books this week.

Some of the mare grading benefits in stud book entry include five top annual awards, service vouchers to be used on any SHB graded stallion, recognition with the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses and progeny eligible to compete in BSJA age classes.

Mares can also achieve elite status if either they or their progeny are placed in CDI 3star dressage competition at intermediare I/II or grand prix classes. In other disciplines, eventing horses can complete a CCI 4 Star event or gain a top-12 placing at a CCI 3 star event.

Show jumping mares can also gain elite form if placed in a grand prix at SCIO competition or otherwise competed on a Nations Cup team.

Ruth Russell from Pickering who brought a 14-year-old bay brood mare Thyme for grading said: "She has primarily been hunted all her life and unfortunately sustained a tendon injury about 20 months ago so put her in foal for a second time.

"We've retired her now and hence brought her forward for grading all be it a little late in life. Thankfully we got the foundation grading we were after and that's because she has not got proven pedigree. She's by the TB stallion Totem that was standing at Beechwood Grange Stud, York and where we bought her as a yearling."

Another mare, Briony Horn's 15.2hh bay Calder Rising by the stallion Primitive Rising had sustained a point-to-point injury and came out of racing to be a brood mare.

Horn who had the mare four years said: "I had thought about grading her for awhile after her first foal had gained a first premium award. After inspection she's now in the main stud book with a seven grade.

"It will mean I can now register her progeny and then when I want to sell them on provide correct papers etc. We might also put the mare into the show ring for the first time." Two mares from Denise Richardson's Hesket Newmarket yard also found their way into the SHB stud books. Her classy competion mare Samone a 17hh eight-year-old chestnut by the Dutch warmblood sire Iroko has favoured form on her side.

A delighted Richardson said: "She's made it into the head stud book with an 8 grading. The mare has won just short of pounds 300 in the BSJA ring, has 19 British Eventing points, won the HOYS Working Hunter and national dressage final. I hope to put her to either Criminal Law or One More Tiger.

"My second mare, Cap It All a dapple grey six-year-old Dutch warmblood was graded into the Main stud book. She's had three foals already and a fourth is on the way. I bought her to breed because she'a lighter weight and put to my own graded stallion Maximillian Mali."

Event rider Zoey Davidson's own proven Intermediate and show jumper the 15.3hh 11-year-old Irish sport horse bay mare Face The Music picked up a nine grading and expects the mare will be head book material in the future after another year in competition.

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PROSPECT: Zoey Davidson's Face The Music.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2007
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