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Grading Information

CHAPS(UK) run a Grading scheme for stallions and mares. Ungraded stallions 4 years old and over may not compete in CHAPS classes; are not recognised as breeding stock and will not be issued with covering certificates.

CHAPSUK run a series of Youngstock Evaluations throughout the year and at various venues around the country. (see Youngstock Evaluations page).

Colts (3 years old and under) that do not fulfil the pedigree requirements as laid out in the Grading Rules and Guidelines booklet may be put forward for Grading if, in the opinion of the CHAPS UK Grading Committee, they have demonstrated they are worthy of consideration by:

  • Their own exceptional performance
  • Progeny performance or
  • Attaining a First Premium in Youngstock Evaluations – at least one of these must include a BREEDING evaluation as a 3 yr old

Mare Only Gradings
In an attempt to facilitate the future grading of mares, CHAPS have put in place a format specifically designed to cater for an “area-gradings” facility. If you are able to locate a suitable venue within easy reach of your location, and are able to assure us of a minimum of 6 mares forward for grading, CHAPS will send 2 assessors to evaluate these animals.
Mares MUST be CHAPS Registered.

For full details of Mare Grading requirements please contact CHAPS UK Admin.
FEES: Mares/Fillies 3 years old or over    £60.00 (Fees shown include VAT at current rate)**
** An additional fee of £30.00 inclusive of VAT will also be required for DNA sampling if the mare is not already profiled. 

Entries for Mare Grading MUST be made directly through CHAPS (UK) Admin, 1 McLaren Cottages, Abertysswg, Rhymney, Tredegar, NP22 5BH.

All mares  entering  MUST provide a 2-stage vetting certificate which was carried out not more than 21 days before the date of the Grading


ATTENTION ALL GRADED STALLION OWNERS: The Spring issue of a World of Colour is THE place to advertise your Graded Coloured Stallion. DOWNLOAD FORM HERE


SPRING 2018 STALLION AND MARE GRADING: Sunday 8th April 2018, South View Equestrian Centre, Nantwich, Cheshire.  The Spring 2018 Grading will be held in conjunction with the Spring Festival Show (Saturday, 7th April) and the CHAPS(UK) AGM on Saturday evening followed by a Members' Social evening.

Grading Entry can be Download Here


2017 Covering Certificate Application Form download here


Revised Grading Rules & Guidelines now available to download. These will be applicable for all 2017 Gradings onwards



CHAPS(UK) are delighted to confirm the following grading days:

25th March 2017 (mares only), Rest Harrow EC, Woodman Lane, Burrow, Carnforth, LA6 2RL
1st April 2017 (mares only), CHAPS NE Regional Show, Leamside EC, Co. Durham
6th May 2017 (mares only), CHAPS Scottish Regional Show, Morris EC, Fenwick, KA3 6AY

Mare grading entry form can be downloaded HERE

The CHAPS(UK) spring stallion and mare grading day will take place

9th April 2017, South View EC, Nantwich Cheshire, CW7 DL

Entry form can be downloaded HERE

Please note the full requirements for entry, including the new conditions that all horses entered into the grading must have an up to date flu vaccination record and must be microchipped.  As the grading is specifically aimed at potential breeding stock, no horses holding a passport issued by an id only PIO will be accepted


All stallion exhibits coming forward for grading under CHAPS(UK) will be required to be vetted on the day. CHAPS(UK) have established, experienced vets whom they invite to the grading to inspect animals, both stallions and mares. Results of any other previous vettings will no longer be accepted, automatic cross-overs from other societies have not been accepted for some time and is noted in the Grading Guideline booklet.

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