Grading of the IBOP and ABFP:
Along with inspections, aptitude tests (ABFP & IBOPS) are an important selection tool for Friesian horses. For stallions, the Performance Test (Central Examination) is a key ingredient in the approval of stallions (Stallion Inspection Regulations). For mares, the results in ABFP and IBOP (Regulations ABFP, respectively IBOP) are contributory factors for awarding predicates. Furthermore, the results of aptitude tests will be added to the horse’s predicate in the following way:
i. 73 through to 76.5: A
ii. 77 through to 81.5: AA
iii. 82 and higher: AAA
ABFP Test and Explanation
The objective of the ABFP test is to provide an objective way to establish aptitude as a dressage and/or driving and/or show driving horse.
IBOP Tests and Explanation of Scores
IBOP tests, along with requirements for the arena, and horse. Explanations of requirements and scoring are included. This test includes Riding/Driving and Show Driving.
Ridden IBOP Attire and Tack Information
Here is a document that should answer any question you have regarding the attire and equipement allowed for a ridden IBOP test. Please remember that any time, while mounted at the inspection site, the rider must be wearing an ASTM certified helmet with the harness secured and properly fitted.
Inspection Special Awards
IBOP Cup Explanations
Iron Spring Farm and Dream Gait Friesians IBOP Cups. The IBOP Cup is an award that was established in 2011 and is available to all participants who enter the IBOP in either driving or under saddle. Please see the requirements below [ Under Saddle IBOP Requirements ] | [ Driving IBOP Requirements ]
The Friesian Magazine
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