KFPS College Tour 11: A fine test result leads to a higher predicate



April 8, 2021

‘Good results in aptitude tests can help to achieve a higher predicate at inspection’, as pointed out by Jury member Wil Thijssen during the 11th KFPS College Tour on Thursday evening the 8th of April. He argues in favour of riding IBOP- or ABFP Tests with the horses. ‘Good scores for walk and trot in the aptitude test will replace the marks of the in-hand presentation. That is, if the score in the aptitude test is better, otherwise we won’t consider it. Results in the sport are however, not factored in.’

Go for a good IBOP

He used this to exemplify how a 4-year-old Studbook mare could be declared Star via this route. ‘If you believe such a horse would do well at the IBOP then my advice is to do it.’ The aptitude test can also be of added value for potential upgrading. ‘If the test shows good results for walk and trot this could just make the difference for that horse.’ In case of a Preliminary Star horse an average score of 6.7 for walk and trot in the aptitude test will make the horse Permanent Star.
Thijssen pointed out that Preliminary Crown mares with an AA score in the aptitude test, so a minimum of 77 points with an average of 7 and a minimum of 6 for walk, trot and canter, will be upgraded to Permanent Crown. In this case a Sport predicate can also be reason for upgrading to permanent. ‘With an AAA score the horse has so much extra in movement that shortcomings in exterior can be compensated and the horse can also become Crown or even Model.’

Movement 60%, exterior 40%

With the inspection season just around the corner, Jury member Wil Thijssen uses the KFPS College Tour to take another close look at scores, premiums and predicates as well as inspections. He emphasised that a horse’s movement counts for 60% in the assessment, exterior for 40%. ‘Giving scores is not an aim in itself, but a supporting tool’, he explained in between calculations. ‘If the horse is just half a point short but as a whole is considered to be Star-worthy, then the Jury looks for aspects that can be valued slightly higher.’ He emphasised that the average score of every aspect is a 6.5 at the inspection. ‘That represents the average Friesian horse and is enough for a third premium, but at the same time, this is also a very good Friesian horse.’ By the way, this is a uniform system that prevails for all Friesian horses, all inspections in all countries and for all Jury members. ‘A Star mare second premium in South America is comparable to a Star mare second premium in Friesland.’

Extra number for Preferent mares

At the end of his presentation Thijssen reacted to a few questions of viewers, one dealing with the Preferent status of mares. Is there a way to put Star offspring of a Preferent mare in relation to the total number of offspring by the same mare? That would be a good addition, Thijssen agreed, and promptly came forward with a possible solution: ‘This could be done by adding a number which indicates how many Star offspring and how many total offspring a Preferent mare has. For example Preferent *6/6, so six Star mares out of six offspring or *6/12, meaning six Star out of twelve offspring. All in all that makes quite a difference.’