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70 Days in Oklahoma

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When one thinks of horses in Oklahoma, what comes to mind is cowboys and Quarter Horses in vast open prairies, extensive trails to hack and electrifying rodeos to spectate. However, nestled outside of Tulsa is the town of Broken Arrow, home to the beautiful hunter/jumper stable Silver Creek Farms. Tis Warmblood

breeding and training facility on 140 acres now offers a unique opportunity for stallions nationwide to prove themselves worthy of licensing and accreditation with many breed registries: the 70-Day Stallion Test.

By Gigha Steinman

tallion testing is an important part of the stallion licensing and breeding approval process for most Warmblood and sport horse registries around the world. In order to be licensed or approved for

breeding, most Warmblood registries require stallions to either meet rigorous performance requirements, (which can take many years to accomplish), or they must complete a stallion test with a certain minimum score. The process helps to ensure that only the best of the best will go on to be licensed and approved for breeding. Stallion tests have typically been 10 days, 30 days,

70 days, or 100 days long. The length of the test and the minimum score requirement varies by registry. The 100 day test is no longer used in Germany and has been replaced by the 70 day test. Stallion testing is challenging physically and mentally.

One would assume the longer the test, the tougher the challenge. However, going from the 100 day test to 70 days can be a disadvantage for some horses since that extra 30 days of training time gives a less-prepared horse time to catch up. Regardless, the best plan for stallion owners is to bring the stallion well prepared! Silver Creek Farms recently hosted the North American

70-Day Stallion Test in Oklahoma—the first one to be held in the United States. Utilizing test experts from Germany to officiate, the testing began October 4, 2009 and finished December 12th. Sixteen American-owned stallions participated in the 70-Day Stallion Test, ranging in age from four to eight years old. Warmbloods Today followed two of the stallions at the test to get a firsthand look at the process.

Shakespeare RSF

Shakespeare RSF is a five-year-old dark brown Hanoverian

stallion by Sandro Hit. He is an American-bred stallion, bred and owned by Mo Swanson and Rolling Stone Farm in Pennsylvania.

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Shakespeare RSF.

Photo © Susan J. Stickle

Shakespeare RSF was named Top Colt at the 2004

American Hanoverian Society (AHS) inspection at Rolling Stone Farm, where he was first recommended as a stallion prospect. Later, he was provisionally licensed by the Oldenburg Horse Breeders’ Society (GOV), the American Hanoverian Society (AHS), and the Hanoverian Verband in Germany. After hearing good reports about the stallion testings at Silver Creek Farms, Mo decided to send Shakespeare RSF to the 70-Day Stallion Test in 2009, along with another of her stallions, Fhitzgerald (a 2004 bay Oldenburg by Florencio).

Baron Van Gogh

Baron Van Gogh is a seven-year-old steel gray imported

KWPN (Dutch) stallion by Burggraaf. He is owned by Edgar and Susan Schutte and Rainbow Equus in California. Baron Van Gogh had already completed the 30-Day

Stallion Test as a three-year-old, with the highest jumping score of all of the stallions in that test. He was approved for breeding with both the Belgian Warmblood Association (BWP) and Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) but needed to either meet certain performance requirements Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76
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