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1. The inspection of stallions is conducted by at least two members of the Inspection Committee.


2. The minimum age of a stallion for the inspection is 2 years.


3. The stallion inspection decides about the use of a stallion as part of the Association’s breeding program and in which section of the Stud Books the stallion will be registered or recorded. The decision includes the evaluation of the conformation, movement and aptitude for performance as well as the results of veterinary findings, in particular, the X-ray results, as far as these criteria can be determined from the information at hand.


4. The inspections take place at regional locations in North America, which are determined by the Board. These dates and locations are officially announced in the publications of the Association.


5. There is a possibility for stallions in justified exceptional cases to apply for a special inspection. This application is decided on by the Board, who must pay particular attention to the decision and the extent to which the implementation of such a special inspection serves the advancement of the breed. If the decision is positive. The Board decides the place and time and the nature of execution of this special inspection.


6. In principle, all owners of a stallion are entitled to participate in an inspection. The owner of a stallion, intending to present his stallion at an inspection must be a member of the Association and shall make a written request for inspection to the Association's office. 


7. Not permitted for inspection are stallions that have received a doping substance or a forbidden drug or have been subjected to manipulation for the purpose of influencing performance, ability to perform, willingness to perform, development or growth. The Inspection Committee for stallions is entitled to at any time, to order medication checks by veterinarians appointed by the Association, the costs of which the stallion owner must bear.


If the medication or manipulation tests are positive the stallion must be excluded from the inspection. In case of subsequent proof of forbidden medication or manipulation prior to the inspection, the approval is revoked.


After exclusion from an inspection or withdrawal due to forbidden medication or manipulation, renewed presentation of the stallion is permitted no earlier than 12 months later.


The owner of the stallion is entitled to appeal the exclusion from the inspection or the withdrawal of the approval.


8. A stallion shall be approved only if he has no health defects which would impair his breeding suitability and his value as a breeding animal.


Health defects generally include:


a) roaring

b) cribbing

c) periodic ophthalmia

d) deficiencies of the reproductive organs which justify significant concerns about breeding use

e) findings that lead to the conclusion of hereditary dispositions for unsoundness

f) significant radiographic findings

g) Other health criteria set by the Board of Directors


The respectively applicable health requirements will be published in the conditions for acceptance for inspection. The veterinary assessment of the stallion or the veterinary report submitted for the stallion is carried out by a veterinarian of the owner’s choice.     


9. The inspection is concluded with a decision which reads:


- approved

- conditionally approved

- temporarily not approved

- not approved


The inspection decision may be subject to conditions or restrictions, the decision of which the entire Inspection Committee decides.


10. A stallion is approved, if he has at least 60 total points, an average mark of 7.5 of the evaluated criteria.


11. A stallion is conditionally approved, if he completed Inspection for approval with 57 to 59.5 total points. Within three years he must sire 5 offspring that complete an inspection with an average mark of at least 7.0.


12. The inspection decision of the stallion is "temporarily not approved", if the stallion does not yet meet the requirements for approval, but it is to be expected that he will meet them in the future (i.e. late-maturing or late-born young stallions). This decision must include the conditions and the deadlines by which the stallion may be presented again for inspection.


13. The decision "approved" must be entered in the pedigree registration certificate.


14. The decision of the inspection shall be publicly announced at the licensing event.


15. A stallion may be re-inspected without objection at the earliest after one year. The last result is final.

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