British Showjumping (BS) has made an amendment to its stallion registration rules, allowing owners a year to get their animal graded.

Now stallions can be registered in their initial year at the same cost as a mare or gelding ( £73-161).

If they are not graded within a year, owners will have to pay an annual surcharge of £500 for four- and five-year-old stallions or £1,000 for six years and older when reregistering.

Previously, stallion owners had to pay the surcharge from the initial registration.

A BS spokesman said: “This is to allow stallions to gain experience in a controlled competition environment before grading.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (7 June 2012)