Rules & Regulations
Requirements Central Proving
The purpose of the proving is to judge objectively and without conflict of interest the character and the stall manners of the stallion; his potential as a riding horse and carriage horse and to judge his health. To make a fair comparison of the stallions in the same year, the environmental factors will have to be similar as much as possible. Only those stallions selected by the stallion judging inspectors will be able to participate. The results of the central proving will decide if a stallion will be entered in the stud book register.
The proving will take place at the place and time designated by FHANA/KFPS. This site is currently DG Bar ranch, Hanford CA.
3. Time of proving
The proving will take a period of 70 days. Starting date to be announced each year.
4. Arrival of the stallion
1. Arrival requirements
The stallions must be delivered by the time designated by FHANA/KFPS.
Clinical judging. During the clinical judging the horses will be judged in hand, on a straight line and in circle. The defects, faults and irregular movement will be written down. In case the veterinarian, the stallion judges or the training leader is of the opinion that the stallion’s health is of such that he would be a risk to the health and well-being of the other stallions in the proving station, that stallion would not be accepted for the remainder of the testing and will not be allowed to enter the proving station. Stallions will be examined by a veterinarian upon arrival, and after the end of testing. These costs are also the owner’s responsibility.
A stallion that is sick or injured, by the designated start date, must still arrive that day for the clinical judging (unless he has a contagious disease or cannot be moved because of his illness or his injury). If the stallion cannot come at the appointed time because of those reasons, you have to inform the FHANA office ahead of time. FHANA/KFPS reserves the right to inspect the stallion by their chosen veterinarian and he will determine if the stallion should be able to come for the clinical judging for their chosen date. This postponement will be no later than a time designated by FHANA/KFPS. If the stallion still cannot come at that date, he will be eligible for the following central proving. In case he cannot attend the following proving, he loses the right to attend the central proving and will have to be chosen again by the stallion judging.
If the stallion does not come for the central proving, and is not allowed to be seen by a veterinarian, this could result that he will not be allowed to attend the central proving. This will be decided by the Stallion Jury, with possible input from the Fhana Board.
1. Riding under saddle.
The stallion must be ridden, if possible, by the designated trainer. This is to show walk, trot and canter and a few moments of relaxing in a circle the stretch the neck in a trot, plus a few lead changes. This is to get an idea of the degree of training that the stallion has.
4.4. Exterior judging
The stallion judges will judge the exterior of the stallion. The stallions will get a grade for racial type, and conformation. These grades will be a part of final judging for the riding and driving. The owners will get a written report the week of arrival of the stallion.
The order of the stalls will be determined by the age of the stallion, with stallions lined up by age. If it appears later that for certain reasons the stallion should be moved, the training leader will be allowed to do so. The bedding will be chosen by the trainer.
During the testing the stallion will be fed a balanced ration suitable for horses in training. It will be adjusted as necessary. No supplements of any kind are allowed during the Central Proving.
7. Shoes and foot care
The owners will be advised to have the stallion delivered with shoes on. The shoes must be normal with 8 mm thickness and 22 to 25 mm wide on both the front and back shoes. If by arrival the shoes are not in good condition, this will be repaired and charged to the owner. During the proving the shoes and trimming will be done by a farrier of the training site. Those costs will be charged to the owner of the stallion.
8. Additional rules
The stallion will have to be delivered with a good headstall. The horse needs to wear an English bridle with flash-noseband, a snaffle bit, and reins that fits the horse well.
The horse has to be supplied with a good halter, and blanket. These articles will be used exclusively by the stallion they come with and will not be used by other horses, to prevent the spread of any possible fungus or disease.
9. Other requirements.
The stallion has to be current with Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis/Tetanus/West Nile and Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis vaccinations. A record of his vaccinations must accompany the stallion.
If he needs a booster the stallion owner has to inform the proving station so that he can get it at the correct time. All stallions must be on a regular deworming program, schedule must accompany stallion to training facility.
The stallion will not be allowed at the stallion station if his vaccinations are not current and up to date. Owners should check with the training facility to determine if regional vaccines are required.
10. Training, judging and Reports.
The stallion will be lunged, driven and ridden during the testing. He will undergo dressage work as well as driving work. He will be judged on his capabilities and his behavior during this training and a report will be made. Any medical problems will also be noted in this report. This report will be the responsibility of the inspectors as well as the designated veterinarian. FHANA will supply this report to trainer, and will only be shared with Inspectors, FHANA personnel, and owners. Owners will need to contact FHANA directly to obtain status updates of their stallions.
The training facility will keep a daily log of each stallion, noting anything out of the ordinary, and logging the stallion’s temperature at the same time, once each day.
The 70 days testing has two parts. The first 42 days will consist of riding under saddle, ending with judging on that ability. The last 28 days will consist of work driving and show driving.
The inspectors will judge the movements and behavior of the stallions in relationship to the following:
a. Basic movements (walk, trot and canter); regular and correct movement in the correct manner and suppleness.
b. Placement of head: the head and neck in the correct placement and the suppleness.
c. Transitions: changes in movement and timing.
d. Suitability for riding, driving and show driving.
e. Character: attitude towards people and other stallions. His mannerisms (attention, nervous, playful) will be very important aspects. His work attitude his dependability will all factor into this.
Reaction time, how fast does he react to outside factors?
Dependability: how does he react to outside influences?
Desire to work: does he want to do the work, and does he listen to instructions.
f. Stall Manners: how does he act in the stall during feeding and maintenance. This will also be included in the report (testing report) as well as his character and dependability.
The final report will be given in the following manners:
Walk Trot Canter HSW Transitions Suitability
2x 2x 2x 2x 1x 2x
HSW means: posture of head and neck, bending in the right direction and flexibility
Walk Trot HSW Transitions Aptitude to Work Suitability
2x 2x 2x 1x 2x 2x
Show driving suitability:
Self Carriage Suspension Use of front legs Use of back legs Aptitude to Work Suitability
2x 2x 2x 2x 2x 1x
11. Trainers: Willy Arts will be in charge of the testing. He will determine if additional riders are needed. The judgments of the riders will be part of the final determination.
12. Veterinarians. Any other veterinarian services will be restricted to illness and injury. These costs will be transferred to the owners of the stallions. If a stallion gets ill or injured during the testing, the veterinarian can ask for further advice and the stallion could be brought to a veterinarian clinic or hospital. These costs will al also be borne by the owner of the stallion.
13. All costs will be paid for by the stallion owners. The cost associated with the Central proving have to be paid in advance and will be billed in 3 separate installments. If the stallion gets accepted, there will be an additional cost to enter the studbook. This cost is $800 to enter the studbook. If the outstanding balance has not been cleared before arrival at the Central proving the stallion will not be accepted in the program. Costs are based on boarding and training costs at the training facility, airfare, hotel, and expenses for two judges, on two trips, three judges on one trip, and the cost of some oversight by FHANA. All costs will be determined prior to arrival of stallions and must be paid then. If the stallion is excused early, or if costs turn out to be less than expected, the overage will be refunded to the stallion owner. If ABFP testing is taking place in conjunction with the stallion testing, this will be billed as if it is 2 separate events between stallion owner and the owner of the stallion offspring meaning you will be invoiced and required to pay up to 50% of the judges expenses while the remainder will be paid by the stallion offspring owner. (see ABFP Addendum).
a. You will be paying $45.00 per day that your horse is at DG BAR pre or post training.
b. $1,700 for 30 days boarding and training and handling fees while the horse is at DG BAR. This fee will go into place starting XXXX. If your horse makes it through to the end you will be required to pay $4,100 for all of the Boarding, Training and Handling Fees. This will be broken down into three separate installments. The horses will be presented to the KFPS judges on XXXX, XXXX, and XXXX. The horses will be shown by Willy Arts or as designated by the FHANA/KFPS.
c. Additionally, you are required to pay for the traveling expenses for the KFPS judges. These expenses are broken down into 3 separate installments based on an average of previous years and will be billed in addition to the boarding, training and handling fees. If the expenses are more than the average amount, you will be required to pay the difference. If the expenses are less than the average amount, you will receive a refund at the end of the testing. Please keep in mind this portion of the expenses is split between you and other stallion candidates owners, if there are any.
i. First and Second round Hotel rooms-2 judges $500 each round
ii. First and Second round airfare-2 judges $3000-each round
iii. First and Second round car rental-$205-each round
iv. Third round hotel-3 judges $600
v. Third round airfare-3 judges $4500
vi. Third round car rental-$205
vii. Total for all 3 rounds $12,715 for judges travel
It is recommended the owners of the stallions have their stallions insured and the place of training should have liability insurance that would cover the visiting stallions. FHANA and the KFPS will not be responsible for any cost. FHANA and the KFPS will also not be responsible for results that come from the testing. By participating in the 70 day testing, the owner agrees to all requirements listed and agrees not to hold the FHANA or the KFPS responsible for any results.
15. Information about your stallion during training:
It is imperative that it is restful in the stalls during training. They are therefore, closed during the training. It is absolutely imperative that the stallions are trained in a peaceful environment. If an owner wants to see the training, they will have to make an appointment with FHANA. There will be no reports furnished during the training. In case of injury or illness the owner will be informed by telephone immediately.
16. Final determination:
The riding determination will take place after 42 days of testing. A stallion can be disqualified at the end of the riding test, if it is determined that his scores are not high enough. Those stallions that are approved for the riding can go on the driving tests. At the end of the 70 days both the scores for riding and driving will determine if he gets accepted.
17. Final Determinations
After the final judging, veterinarian advice and other professional advice, the inspectors will determine whether or not to enter the stallion in the studbook. The following facts will factor in the final determination:
• Pedigree (quality of ancestors and relationship percentage)
• Final riding determination
• Final driving and show driving
• Stall manners
A stallion that gets accepted must have qualifications above average and must show positive qualifications that will improve the breed.
1. The acceptance of a stallion is dependent on the following points: Suitability for each discipline, riding, driving and show driving. The total score will include exterior judging. A total is calculated from the scores awarded for each discipline plus: 2x the score for Racial Type, 2x the score for Conformation, and 2x the score for the Quality of Feet & Legs. Those stallions that have a total score of at least 122 points for at least two disciplines will be accepted. A stallion that has 115 point or lower for the three disciplines will not be accepted. All other stallions will be discussed on the basis on the above requirements.
2. Delayed final judging.
Those stallions who because of illness or injury a delay in testing of less than two weeks, are allowed to participate in a later final testing. This will be on a date determined by the KFPS. Those stallions that were passed the riding discipline will be allowed in a delayed judging. Those stallions that were delayed because of injury and or illness during the riding discipline and have to be delayed again during the other disciplines will have to discontinue their testing. The KFPS reserves the right to make exceptions during special cases.
18 Re-judging. If the owner feels that a serious mistake has been made during the testing, he has the right to ask for a re-judging. A re-judging is not possible of a perceived mistake by the inspection team in the final report. A re-judging request must be done in written form within three days after the final report has been made. The reasons must to be spelled out and has to be sent to the FHANA/KFPS secretary.
A re-judging will consist of at least 3 weeks and will end on the day when the stallion gets judged on his basis movements. The judging cost will have to be paid before any re-judging gets done.
19 Drug testing. A stallion can be tested two weeks before the start of testing, the final testing and a delayed testing. A stallion that tests positive will be disqualified. FHANA/KFPS will follow the United States Equestrian Federation Rules and Regulations GR 410 Equine Drugs and Medications, The Therapeutic Substance Provision.
20 Complaints: All complaints over the handling of the stallions during the testing will have to be made to the FHANA /KFPS offices.
21 Appeals: An appeal can be made after the final determination. This has to be done in writing within 7 days to the FHANA office and the KFPS. A new exam will be done at cost of a minimum of 6,600 euros. (dollar cost to be determined at the value of the euro.) This cost to be decided based on airfare, expenses of judges and additional time at training facility.
22 In case of a sale of a stallion, the above rules will apply to the new owner. You are required to inform the new owner of all the rules.
23 Owners of a newly approved stallion need to be aware that the stallion will have to produce foals in for offspring testing in order to obtain permanent approval for breeding. At present, this can best be accomplished by sending frozen semen to the Netherlands to get foals on the ground there without having to export the stallion. FHANA is committed to maintaining the breed here in North America and to do this, approved stallions must be available to our membership. Therefore, FHANA will reimburse the owners of newly approved stallions for a portion of the costs associated with freezing and exporting the semen if the stallion’s owners take steps to prepare and export frozen semen (a minimum of 250 breeding doses) to the Netherlands within 12 months of the stallion’s initial approval for breeding. The semen freezing must be performed at a facility licensed to export semen to the EU and approved by FHANA. If the stallion is exported prior to the completion of the offspring testing, any monies paid by FHANA under this provision will have to be returned.
FHANA will reimburse the owners of a newly approved stallion for 50% of the cost of obtaining and exporting properly prepared frozen semen (exclusive of horse transportation costs), up to $5000.00 maximum reimbursement per stallion. This money will only be paid upon completion of the freezing, receipt of the properly prepared semen in the Netherlands and presentation of appropriate documentation of the costs incurred by the stallion owners.
The director of the KFPS has indicated that he will assist in having the frozen semen utilized in the Netherlands, and the stallion owners can expect to receive some compensation from Dutch mare owners for the use of the frozen semen.
24 All stallion owners, by signing this agreement, agree to keep the horse in North America for two breeding seasons after approval. Failure to honor this agreement will result in a penalty fee of $100,000.00.
ABPF Addendum to Stallion Agreement
If ABFP testing is to take place during the 70 day stallion testing the following costs associated will be discussed prior to the start of the 70 day stallion testing and the ABFP testing.
The ABFP testing is 7 weeks and the KFPS judges will view the horses on 2 separate occasions. If the testing is taking place at DG BAR these viewings will take place during the 2nd and 3rd viewing of the stallions or as directed by the KFPS. We view the stallion testing and ABFP testing as two separate events. So if they happen together, the cost of judging expenses will be divided equally between any stallion owners participating and the owner of any ABFP stallion participating.
The owner of the stallion offspring ABFP testing horses will be required to split the costs of the participating stallion candidates travel expenses for the KFPS judges while attending their respective viewing, normally the 2nd and 3rd rounds. The owner of stallion candidate will bear the sole responsibility of the travel expenses for the 1st round of testing.
If the ABFP testing takes place at a different location in North America, the stallion candidates and the stallion owner of the ABFP horses will be required to split the airfare for the KFPS judges but will still be required to pay for the judges hotel and car rental fees during their respective stay at that location.
These guidelines will be discussed and established prior to either the stallion testing or the ABFP testing is to start. Each owner will be required to pay for these expenses up front based on the average amounts that are previously listed. If there is a credit, you will receive this money upon completion of the testing. If the expenses are higher than what was paid, you will be notified right away and expected to pay the additional amounts. If an owner fails to pay for their portion of the agreement, their horses may not be viewed or inspected.
Requirements Central Proving