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|Mare Performance Test
Since 2000 the Registry offers Mare Performance
Tests for mares at a limited number of locations (see marked locations
in our Inspection Tour Schedule).
The Mare Performance Test is now called Sporthorse Performance
Test (SPT) and also open for geldings.
There are several good reasons for mare owners to
let their mare participate in the Mare Performance Test:
- The mare owner and the registry will gain information
about the skills and abilities of the mare to perform. The owner
will get to know which talents and - may be - weaknesses the
This information will help to select the right stallion for
- The successful completion of the Mare Performance
Test with at least 70% is one option to receive the third star
for performance of the ISR-Oldenburg Star Award System for Mares.
- Upgrading of Premium Mare Book (to ELITE Mares),
Main Mare Book and Mare Book mares:
If the mare passed the MPT with at least 70% and has presented
at least one premium foal to ISR/OLD NA. For further details,
check with the office.
There are several good reasons for owners of geldings
to let their gelding participate in the Sporthorse Performance
The scores and comments from the judges will give the owner and rider a fair evaluation
about the strength and weaknesses of the horse, its future potential and the best training.
The test certificate and the results (scores) will not only help owners and riders to get
an evaluation far from barnblindness but may also help as a neutral validation when it comes
to offer the horse for sale.
All four year old or older mares and geldings
which are registered with ISR/Oldenburg NA can participate in
the Mare Performance Test / Sporthorse Performance Test. Also
all mares that are in one of the ISR/OLdenburg NA Mare Books are
eligible. Mares should have been presented and approved for Mare
Book entry before. The Mare Performance Test is NOT the evaluation
process for Mare Book entry.
The Mare Performance Test / Sporthorse Performance
Test is an one-day event. At first the basic gaits (at free schooling)
and the free jumping will be scored by the judge.
At the free jumping, the judge evaluates the jumping
ability, style and technique. Mares and geldings should be schooled
to freejump several times prior to the test. This is followed
by the under saddle presentation. The judge will evaluate the
basic gaits again and the rideability. Mares and geldings should
be able to lengthen strides in each gait and to perform simple
dressage movements such as a three loop serpentine and free walk
on a loose rein. The under saddle test is not a dressage test.
However the mare or gelding should be able to walk, trot and canter
up to 15 minutes. The horses should be presented well balanced
and ridden forward. Up to two horses are allowed to be in the
arena at the same time. The riders will follow the judge's instructions
when presenting the horses in the three basic gaits.
Mares and geldings must be enrolled at
least four weeks prior to the inspection. Retrieve the
enrollment form ( PDF
) and send it in. Enrollment is mandatory! Only horses that have
been enrolled four weeks prior to the inspection are permitted