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Baron Van Gogh is jumped in the farm’s

indoor arena. Photo by

Reg Corkum

calculate the final score for each stallion. Scoring is done on a bell curve, with a score of 100 being the average. Final overall indexes at this testing ranged from 55.85 to 130.92. The highest dressage index was 136.01 (for Shakespeare RSF), and the highest jumping index was 140.07 (for a Belgian Warmblood stallion named Cielo B, owned by Ronda Stavisky and Rising Star Farm.) Out of the sixteen stallions that started the North

Shakespeare free jumping.

Photo by Reg Corkum

American 70-Day Stallion Test, fourteen completed it. The farm manager Barbara Sikkink was very pleased, saying it was a “lovely group of horses, with some really top notch stallions that would have been equally successful in Germany.” [To see the final results for all the stallions, go online to www.silvercreekfarms.

com/70DayStallionTest2009.htm.]

The 70 days concluded on the last night with a big

Gala celebration which included dinner, live music and entertainment in the arena with a variety of fun exhibitions. Awards and trophies were given to all the winners. Various representatives from different breed registries, including RPSI, Hanoverian, Belgian and Oldenburg, flew in for the festivities as well. Both our candidates, Shakespeare RSF and Baron Van

stallion owners. Unless there is a problem, it is unlikely they will be contacted by the testing facility, although they are allowed to call the testing facility at any time. This was Mo’s first time sending stallions to a testing, but she joked that she was “trusting Silver Creek and not calling every day to check on her two horses.” She did send a text message weekly just in case, but there were no problems gratefully. Edgar checked in about once a week and reports that there was never an issue physically or training-wise with Baron.

Final Testing Results

The final testing begins with the stadium jumping portion,

one week before the completion of the test. On the final three days of the testing, the stallions were tested on dressage (gaits and rideability), free jumping (scope and technique), and cross country (jumping ability, scope, and technique). Stallions are scored from 1–10, with half marks allowed. Stallions that are five-years-old or older receive a 5% deduction. At the completion of the testing, the scores are

calculated and the final overall index, dressage index and jumping index are publicly announced for each stallion. These three scores are combined with the results from the training period, which are not made public, to

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Final placing for Baron is sixth with a final score of

108.71. Photo by Reg Corkum

Gogh had very good results at their 70-Day Stallion Test. Shakespeare RSF was the highest scoring stallion overall including the highest score in dressage. Baron Van Gogh was the sixth highest scoring stallion overall and the second highest scoring jumping stallion. Shakespeare RSF is now fully approved for breeding

by the Oldenburg Horse Breeders’ Society (GOV), the American Hanoverian Society (AHS), the Hanoverian Verband in Germany, ISR/Oldenburg NA and Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI). Rolling Stone Farm’s other stallion Fhitzgerald had an impressive finish as well, finishing fifth overall and was approved for breeding by the Oldenburg Horse Breeders’ Society (GOV), ISR/Oldenburg NA and Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI). Baron Van Gogh is now fully approved for breeding by the Belgian Warmblood Association (BWP), Rheinland 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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