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04 Sep 17

2017 Performance Test Final Days

This year saw the latest development for the Performance Test when NaSta was asked by the Haflinger Society to manage its mare performance test.  This test ran alongside the NaStA stallion performance test but used different standards and undertook less phases.

The horses were evaluated by experienced Performance Test assessors Martyne Galland (BD List 3) and Peta Roberts (FBHS), together with new ride judge and three-star event rider Ed Eltham.

The one stallion taking the NaSta Final Days – an American Trakehner called Grand Marnier - was accompanied in his efforts by three lovely Haflinger ladies.  Grand Marnier passed his Final Days with a Class 1 result and went on to be considered for full breeding approval by the Trakehner breed society.

The three Haflinger mares all achieved positive results ranging from a Class C to a Class A pass.

07 Sep 16

The 2016 Performance Test Final Days on 30/31 August were successfully completed by three horses during two days of fine performance in hot weather. 

Beginning in 2016, approved breeding geldings are permitted to enter the Test. Following the late withdrawal of an overseas stallion entry, the participants included an Anglo-Arab mare, a Trakehner mare and a Part-Bred Arab breeding gelding. Both mares were awarded Class One assessments, with the gelding achieving Class Two. For detailed results, please follow the links to the lists of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

The horses were evaluated by experienced Performance Test assessors Martyne Galland (BD List 3) and Peta Roberts (FBHS), together with returning ride judge and four-star event rider Ian Wills.

The 7yo Trakehner mare Godington Pambula gained leading marks for her dressage, judge's ride, free jumping, ridden jumping and each of her paces, while the 10yo Anglo-Arab mare Annaliese excelled in the cross-country and gallop. The Part-Bred Arab breeding gelding Incognito gained the highest marks for his temperament. 

02 Sep 15

The 2015 Performance Test Final Days on 25-26 August were successfully completed by two stallions and two mares over a fruitful two days, happily untroubled by the frequent showers. All four horses were awarded a Class One assessment, with the Trakehner mare Godington Orinoco gaining the ‘Elite’ accolade.  For detailed results, please follow the link to the full list of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

The entry was of a high standard and saw interesting diversity, with an Arab stallion and mare, a Connemara pony stallion, and a Trakehner mare.  They were evaluated by experienced Performance Test assessor Martyne Galland (BD List 3 and showjumping owner/producer), together with two new assessors, four-star event riders Nick Gauntlett and Ian Wills.

All four horses showed particular strength in free-jumping, while the 6yo Trakehner mare Godington Orinoco also gained a high dressage index for her flat work.  The 7yo Connemara pony stallion Dunlewey Red Kite impressed with his wonderful character and temperament while the 14.2hh 11yo Arab stallion Mukhtar Ibn Eternity gained the highest marks for the ridden jumping.  Both the Arabs and the Trakehner gained high marks for their gallop.

Ian Wills was the ride judge and made useful comments about all the horses although again Godington Orinoco scored the highest marks in this phase. 

03 Sep 14

The 2014 Performance Test Final Days on 26-27 August were successfully completed by three stallions, during two days of exceptional quality performance in fortunately clement weather. Performance Class 1 Elite was achieved by the stallions Godington Parsifal (TBF) and FHS Diamond in the Rough (AES) and Class 1 was achieved by the stallion KL Omar (SHBGB).  For detailed results, please follow the link to the full list of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

As usual the standard of the stallions forward was high. They were evaluated by experienced Performance Test assessors Sabrina Jones and Martyne Galland, together with a new assessor, the four-star and National Open Champion event rider Francis Whittington, who pronounced himself enthused by the whole process as an important activity to promote British breeding.

All three stallions showed particular strength in jumping, while Godington Parsifal also gained a high dressage index for his flat work.  KL Omar impressed with his unflappable temperament while FHS Diamond in the Rough really showed his class in the ridden jumping.

Francis Whittington was the ride judge and found something to like about each of the stallions although again Godington Parsifal scored the highest marks in this phase. 

01 Sep 13

The 2013 Performance Test Final Days on 27-28 August were successfully completed by four stallions, during two days of exceptional quality performance in glorious late summer weather.  One other stallion had to be withdrawn following a late setback during preparation, and one stallion owner was unable to attend the Final Days for family reasons.  A number of further stallion owners had expressed early interest, but had to defer their participation until next year.

Performance Class 1 Elite was achieved by the stallions Godington Utah and Holme Park Kobalt (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity) and Class 1 was achieved by the stallions Craig (Anglo-European Studbook / Studbook for Irish and European Sporthorses) and Yawl Hillbilly (Arab Horse Society).  For detailed results, please follow the link to the full list of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

30 Apr 12

** A very useful description of the Performance Test experience from a participant's point of view is currently available at an American site here.  There is a full report and a selection of photos - our thanks are due to Judy Phillips for highlighting this. **

25 Aug 11

The 2011 Performance Test Final Days on 24-25 August were successfully completed by one mare, and one other horse completed the ridden phases but was unable to pass the second vetting.  Two stallions had to withdraw following setbacks during preparation, and two further stallion owners had expressed early interest, but had to defer their participation until next year.

Performance Class 1 was achieved by the mare Kamillah (Arab Horse Society).  For detailed results, please follow the link to the full list of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

26 Aug 10

The 2010 Performance Test Final Days on 25-26 August were successfully completed by two stallions, one further stallion having withdrawn following a knock to his knee during his final week of preparation. Several more stallion owners had expressed early interest, but had to defer their participation until next year.

Performance Class 1 was achieved by the stallion Cristobal (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity), while Class 2 was achieved by the stallion Ganton Mentor (Welsh Pony & Cob Society).  For detailed results, please follow the link to the full list of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

24 Aug 08

The 2008 Performance Test Final Days on 19-20 August were successfully completed by five stallions, two further stallions having withdrawn following minor setbacks during their preparation. Performance Class 1 Elite was achieved by the stallions Contis and Singing Horatio (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity). Performance Class 1 was achieved by the stallion Romarnic Ranger (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity). Performance Class 2 was achieved by the stallions Marcus Aurelius and Ibn Ajwaad (Arab Horse Society). For detailed results, please follow the link to the full list of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

31 Aug 07

The 2007 Performance Test Final Days on 21-22 August were successfully completed by one stallion and one mare, two further stallions having withdrawn following minor injuries during their preparation. Performance Class 1 Elite was achieved by the stallion Persiflage (Arab Horse Society) and the mare Godington Bangkok (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity). For detailed results, please follow the link to the full list of performance tested horses from the Performance Test page.

08 Mar 07

Breeders' views are invited on the potential value of recreating the NASTA Directory of Approved Stallions in Internet form. Please see the background discussion on the Stallion Directory page and let us have your views via the Contact page.

30 Aug 06

The 2006 Performance Test Final Days on 22-23 August were successfully completed by one stallion and one mare. Performance Class 1 Elite was achieved by the stallion Northern Inspiration (British Skewbald and Piebald Association) and Performance Class 1 was achieved by the mare Godington Tsavo (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity).

15 Dec 05

The 2005 Performance Test Final Days on 23-24 August were successfully completed by two stallions and one mare. Performance Class 1 Elite was achieved by the stallions All That Jazz (Arab Horse Society) and Masurenfürst (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity) and the mare Godington Barcelona (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity).

23 Aug 04

The 2004 Performance Test Final Days on 17-18 August were successfully completed by four stallions. Performance Class 1 was achieved by Icon (Arab Horse Society) and Godington Borsalino (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity). Class 2 results were achieved by Heritage Orion (Arab Horse Society) and Godington Tennessee (Trakehner Breeders Fraternity).

25 Apr 03

A complete list of all NASTA Performance Tested Stallions (and Mares) with their individual results has been added to the site. Please follow the link from the Performance Test page.