Stallion Inspections

Please contact the National Office for information. Also scroll to the bottom of page for applicable forms as well as inspection criteria.

Stallion Inspections

Date: February 18, 2014

Location: Calgary, AB

Contact: Barb Jackson -  or National Office -

Inspection for Sport Ponies

Date: Sept 7, 2014

Location: Ulterra Farms, Carstairs, AB

Contact: Barb Jackson - 403-239-9273 /

Please submit inspection application to National Office no later than Sept 1, 2014

Criteria and Guidelines for Stallions

 The Canadian Sport Horse Association has been inspecting horses for breed improvement since its incorporation in 1933.  Canadian Sport Horse breeders, through the use of Thoroughbreds and warmbloods from other sport horse registries, along with established Canadian Sport Horse lines, strive to produce sound, sensible, athletic performers.  Horses should be of sport horse type; defined as a horse that is built to succeed in the hunter, jumper, dressage or eventing disciplines. They are preferably between 16.0 and 17.0 hands high at maturity with a minimum of 8” cannon bone circumference and 72” heart girth.  Smaller horses will be considered if other attributes are above average; eg: movement, quality, substance or verifiable performance record.  Qualities looked for are good body depth and substance and a well-defined head with large, expressive eyes.  Joints should be strong and clean with knees and hocks low to the ground and pasterns well angled with appropriate length.  The neck should be well set on with suitable length, withers well defined with a long, sloping shoulder and a smooth, strong top-line.  Hindquarters should be strong and well rounded and able to provide balance and impulsion.  The movement in all gaits is very important and should be sequentially correct, straight, balanced, ground covering and have impulsion.  Rounding out the ideal sport horse stallion is a horse with good character, pride, intelligence, courage and a masculine, athletic presence that leaves a good impression on the observer.

Undesirable qualities include cribbing, weaving, bone spavin, ring bone, side bone, curbs, wind sucking, parrot mouth, navicular or predisposition to navicular, or any such unsoundness which would be detrimental to a breeding program.  In cases where a question may arise regarding the presence of a heritable unsoundness, an independent veterinary examination may be requested, at the owner’s expense. Stallions must be 2 years of age or older at the time of inspection




Submit Stallion Nomination form to National Office to confirm stallion eligible to be presented for inspection.

Once accpeted the following MUST be received by the National office 5 business days prior to inspection date.  

  • Inspection and Membership Applications completed and signed
  • Photocopy of registration paper (breed of origin) showing four generations of pedigree. Proof of ownership to include details of all owners.   If the horse is a Canadian Sport Horse, include ORIGINAL registration paper with application.  
  • A completed DNA test form.  The hair sample will then be taken with inspection personnel during the inspection process and attached to the form.  If the horse already has DNA results (external), a copy of the results must accompany the Inspection Application
  • Veterinarian Report
  • Applicable Fees Payable to “Canadian Sport Horse Association”

Once a stallion is presented for inspection, all fees are non-refundable.  Registration of existing offspring of stallions receiving approval can be made at the “foal rate” if the application for offspring’s registration is made within 30 days from the time of inspection. 




All horses are to complete each phase, in a designated order before moving on to the next phase.  Horses are to be well turned out and presented in a snaffle bridle with detachable reins.  Handler is advised to wear comfortable running shoes.

  •  Height, heart girth and cannon bone are measured. Colour and markings are verified. Mane hair sample is pulled for DNA testing if required.
  •  Conformation evaluation and presentation of stallion in hand at the walk and trot on a hard surface.  Handler will walk and stand stallion up for the panel and when instructed will walk and jog the stallion, in a straight line, away from and then toward, the panel.  Conformation, way of going and correctness of movement are assessed.
  •  Evaulation of Movement -  The handler will walk the stallion into the arena and stand him  up for the panel.  The handler will be asked to walk and then trot the stallion clockwise around the perimeter of the triangle.  This should be practiced prior to the inspection in order that the stallion leads properly and moves forward freely and straight.  The handler will then be asked to detach the reins so that stallion can be presented at liberty.  Strength of movement in all gates will be evaluated at liberty.
  •  Evaluation - Jump Chute - Details of the free jumping format and evaluation points will be provided in advance of the inspection.
  • Final group assessment.  Handlers will be asked to walk the stallions into ring as a group. Final decision of panel will be made and announced.


  •  3, 4 & 5-year-old stallions: Completion of Phase II – All performance requirements of stallions are due by December 31st of the six-year-old year.
  •  6 year old and older stallions: Completion of Phase II – Performance requirements of stallions are due by December 31st of the year following inspection.


  The CSHA will consider stallions for approval provided the stallion has permanent breeding approval, based on conformation and performance testing with an accepted registry.

            The following is a list of the required documents:

·         Application Form

·         Copy of Registration papers indicating Full Breeding Approval

·         Copy of Full pedigree

·         DNA report for Stallion

·         Performance Record

·         Proof of Ownership

·         Membership Application

·         Payment of applicable fees


Stallions approved ‘sight unseen’ on the merit of their stallion performance test are given a ‘Bronze Premium’ status. Application for premium upgrade may be made with proof of completing required performance criteria. 

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