ARABIAN MAKES HISTORY AT THE STALLION PERFORMANCE TEST
In a venue dominated by large warmblood stallions, there stood out a powerful gray Arabian. FCF Oberons Vanity, owned and bred by Dawn Jones-Low of Faerie Court Farm in Vergennes, Vermont, showed them how performance testing is done!
The North American 70-Day Stallion Performance Testing is a time-tested method, based on the European system, for evaluating a breeding stallion's character, rideability and athletic ability. They are ridden by test riders in dressage, jumping and cross-country in addition to utilizing the jump chute. At the end of the testing, judges issue each stallion an index score in Rideability/Gaits, Jumping, and Overall. Stallions over the age of 5 receive a penalty of 5%.
FCF Oberons Vanity finished 5th out of a field of 14 stallions with an overall score of 103.75. His exemplary performance made him the highest scoring and the highest placing Arabian or Arabian-bred stallion ever to attend the North American 70 day Stallion Performance Test, including the age penalty. His scores from the training director included a 10 for Character, 9 for Willingness, 9.5 for Constitution, 9 for Rideability, 8 for trot, 8 for canter, and 8.5 for cross country jumping.
Arabians are the oldest pure breed of horse and their blood is found in every modern breed. Their durability, endurance, intelligence, responsiveness and athleticism makes them a popular choice for sport disciplines.
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