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Studbook Mare Classifications

Premium B and AB Status
Registered SWB mares and non-SWB registered mares of approved breeds that are three-years-old or older, and that have had at least one  Book I registered SWB foal will receive either a Premium B or AB rating.

Premium B
The mare meets the requirements for the entering into the studbook.

Premium AB
The mare must meet the requirements for a Premium B and comply with any of following conditions:

  • Mares who received a Diploma in the 3 to 4-Year Test
  • Mares who have received a Class I can qualify for a Premium AB with one of the below additional requirements:
    Dressage mare with a 65% in 2nd level dressage at a USEF/USDF recognized show, or
    Jumping mare with a minimum of three clear rounds of 1.20 m jumps at an A rated show, or
    Event horse with placement at training level at a USAE/USEA recognized event, or that competes in a national or international 1 star event.
  • Mares who have received a Class II can qualify for a Premium AB with one of the below additional requirements:
    35 out of 50 points at mare grading, or 42 out of 60 points at 3 or 4 year old test, or
    Dressage horse with a 65% at Third Level Test 1-3 or Fourth level Test 1-2 at a USEF/USDF show, or
    Jumping horse with placement at a 1.30 m jumping class at an A rated show, or
    Eventing horse with placement in a 1-star event.

Upgrading a Studbook Mare to Premium A or Elite Status
Studbook mares may be upgraded to Premium A or Elite Status based upon the achievements of the mare and/or her registered, Book I offspring. The score is the sum of the points earned by the mare and by her offspring for their respective achievement levels. One level per horse (mare plus each of her offspring) is used for the point count.

Premium A Mares have borne a minimum of four registered foals with Book I papers. The combined score for the mare and her offspring must be at least 18 points (at least two of the mare’s offspring must reach the three-point level and at least one have to reach four-point level).

Premium Elite Mares are Premium A mares that have borne a minimum of five registered foals with Book I papers. The combined score for the mare and her offspring must be at least 26 points (at least two of the mare’s offspring must reach the four-point level and a third must reach the five-point level or higher).

Mares who are in the 1996 studbook (volume LI) or later are eligible to be ELITE posthumously.

ANNUAL DEADLINE: Applications must be sent to the office by July 1 of the year the owner requests the upgrade. All paperwork will be reviewed and a decision made by August 15. (Check the Fee Schedule for current fees.)

Point System for Mare Upgrading
1 point
    •    SWB-registered, Book I progeny
2 points
    •    Horses who performed and passed the three-year-old test or four-year-old test
    •    Premium B mare
    •    Dressage horse who has scored a minimum of 65% in 1st level  dressage at a USEF/USDF recognized show
    •    Jumping horse with a minimum of three clear rounds 1.10 m jumps at an A rated show. 
    •    Event horse with placement at novice level at a USAE/USEA recognized event.
    •    Driving horse who has completed a driving course at a recognized show
3 points
    •    Horse who has achieved Class I at the three-year-old test or four-year-old test
    •    Dressage horse with a minimum score of 68% at 1st level dressage at a USEF/USDF recognized show
    •    Jumping horse with a minimum of three clear rounds of 1.20 m jumps at an A rated show. 
    •    Event horse with placement at training level at a USAE/USEA recognized event, or that competes in a national or international 1-star event.
    •    Police Horse who has worked for at least five years.  This must be verified.
    •    Riding school horse that has been ridden in regular class activities for at least five years.  Documentation from the school director is required.
4 points
    •    Horse with a Diploma from the  three-year-old test or four-year-old test and has completed the riding requirement
    •    Premium AB mare
    •    Dressage horse with a 65% in 2nd level dressage at a USEF/USDF recognized show
    •    Jumping horse with placement at a 1.30 m jumping class at an A rated show.
    •    Horse who for the National Young Horse Championships in Jumping and Dressage and Eventing.
    •    Driving horse with placement in national championship
    •    Eventing horse with placement in a 1-star event.
5 points
    •    Premium B stallion or CRB stallion
    •    Premium A mare
    •    Horse who has competed in the final of the Young Horse National Championships in Dressage and Jumping.
    •    Eventing horse who has placed in an eventing final at a National young horse championship.
    •    Dressage horse with a 65% at Third Level Test 1-3 or Fourth level Test 1-2 at a USEF/USDF show
    •    Jumping horse with placement at a 1.40 m jumping class at an A rated show
    •    Eventing horse with placement in a 2-star event.
    •    Driving horse who has competed in an International Competition
6 points
    •    Premium AB  stallion
    •    Dressage horse with a 62% at Prix St. Georges dressage or a 65% 4th level:3 at a USEF/USDF recognized show
    •    Jumping horse with the placement in an official 1.45 jumping  class.
    •    Eventing horse with placement in a national 3-star event.
7 points
    •    Premium A stallion
    •    Premium Elite mare
    •    Dressage horse with a 62% placement in national dressage Intermédiaire I – Grand Prix.
    •    Jumping horse with placement in an official 1.50 show jumping class. 
    •    Eventing horse with placement in a international 3-star competition.
8 points
    •    Premium Elite stallion
    •    Dressage horse with placement in international dressage
    •    Jumping horse with placement at an international 1.60 show jumping competition
    •    Eventing horse with the placement in an international 4-star eventing


Last updated on: 4/6/2011