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Britain has been producing top class sport horses for many years and now the Society is able to emphasise the outstanding national and international influence our graded stallions have had. SHB(GB) is committed to supporting the British sport horse breeding Industry by providing incentives for breeders, education and high standard grading schemes.
We aim to promote the British bred competition horses in order to secure international recognition and enable Great Britain to take its rightful place in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses world rankings.
The Society is a Full Member of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. This is the only international federation of studbooks for sport horses in the world. The WBFSH is the connection between the sport horse breeding organisations and international equestrian sport (FEI).
The WBFSH provides official information on studbooks as well as pedigrees of the leading sires, breeding rankings, analysis and statistics.
SHB (GB) has consistently asserted its presence in the Individual Eventing rankings winning the WBFSH Individual Eventing Rankings Prize three years in a row with the following horses and achieved success in the overall stud book rankings out of 55 member stud books
2000 – Sleep Late by Kuwait Beach x Fast Asleep (Grade II) by Evening Trial
2001 – Winsome Adante by Saunter x Jus with Genoa by Bohemond
2002 – Winsome Adante by Saunter x Jus with Genoa by Bohemond
2004 – Winsome Adante by Saunter x Jus with Genoa by Bohemond
2000 - 4th in the Eventing Stud Book Ranking
2001 - 2nd in the Eventing Stud Book Ranking
2002 - 2nd in the Eventing Stud Book Ranking
2003 - 7th in the Eventing Stud Book Ranking
2006 - 6th in the Eventing Stud Book Ranking
The Society grades sport horse stallions of all breeds. The process is strict and standards are kept very high. Stallions are inspected for correct conformation, movement, soundness and ability over a jump. All stallions graded with the Society have at least three generations of pedigree on each side of their parentage. All graded stallions over the age of 6 must have some performance.
The Society grades mares of all breeds throughout the summer each year. The inspections are open to all mares over 14.2hh and are usually conducted in hand. Mares are assessed for correct conformation and movement. If the mare has any performance or if she has competing progeny this is also taken into account.
Mares are graded into one of three studbooks depending on their inspection marks and any performance they may have. Stock by graded mares become eligible for registration onto SHB (GB) studbooks providing certain criteria are met.
The Society is the governing body for affiliated hunter and sport horse classes held at major shows throughout the country. Horses entering these classes have to be registered with SHB (GB). All Show Hunter and Sport Horse results recorded and performance printouts are available for competing horses.
Our own “National Hunter Championship Show” is held annually.
As a Registered Charity any money we make is put back into achieving our aims.