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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. 

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


21st March 2020
Thompson House Eq. Centre, Chorley,  WN6 0PP

Form to Follow


2019 Covering Certificate Application Form download here


Effective as from 03/05/2018

Page 11, CHAPS(UK) Grading Scheme Guidelines Remove: "To retain graded status and also continuity of supply of covering certificates it is stipulated that the stallion owner's/manager's membership must be maintained which is renewable on an annual basis" Insert: "Covering certificates will be available free of charge to owners/managers of CHAPS(UK) Graded stallions who are current members of CHAPS(UK) (Membership number must be quoted on the application form), and to non-members at the fee of 5.00 each


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



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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