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We are pleased to announce that at a recent National Stallion Association Performance Test the following stallions both achieved full passes with the status of Class 1 Elite:

CONTIS by Interconti o/o SPS,PS & ES Contessa V by EH Michelangelo
Graded in Neumünster 2006, bred by Dr Elka Sochtig
Owned by Godington Stud

SINGING HORATIO by Arentino o/o Holme Grove Hawaii by Pascal
Graded in the UK 2006, Bred by The Singing Stud
Owned by Keatinge Trakehners

The full lifetime covering licence for these stallions is now confirmed as a result of these results, for breeding in the Main Trakehners UK Stud Book.


A stallion that is ‘Graded’ ( selected for breeding purposes) is required under Trakehners UK rules to successfully complete an approved performance test within two years of the grading, otherwise its covering licence is suspended. There is, however, provision under the rules for either a total, or partial exemption ‘under exceptional circumstances’.
Chabrol was graded in Germany, and purchased by the Singing Stud, who left him in Germany to be prepared for the German State Performance Tests. He successfully completed the 30 day test, but was withdrawn when injured during his 70 day test. He was re-submitted for a 70 day test, but was lame throughout, and failed to meet the required standard by a few marks. At the end of two years his covering licence was suspended, and his foals were placed in the Preliminary Register.
An application for exemption from further performance test requirements has been approved by the Committee of the TBF, having obtained documentary evidence of the history outlined above, and full veterinary reports which clearly state that Chabrol is not able to be ridden properly in the future.
These circumstances are viewed as ‘exceptional’ under the rules, and it should be noted that the re-activation of the covering licence of this stallion comes with a condition that the following statement must be made on all stallion cards, advertisements etc., as a partial warning to mare owners:

“30 day performance tested in Germany then seriously injured in 70 day test. Exempted in the UK to further performance testing due to exceptional circumstances”.

Note: this is only the second time that such a decision has been made. The first was Achtermann many years ago.