Esccord RGS Featured in the AHS

Katie and Garth were recently featured in the American Hanoverian Society’s newsletter highlighting successful breeding, and evaluation of mare lines. Please read below for more details:

Validity of Mare Performance Testing?

15 April, 2013

EM Arabella RGS & Esccord RGS Are Proof Of Success Through Generations

Esccord RGS & Katie Murphy At Fairhill (Photo credit: Shannon Brinkman)

Esccord RGS & Katie Murphy At Fairhill
(Photo credit: Shannon Brinkman)

New Hampshire, USA: Esccord RGS (Escudo I – EM Arabella RGS), a 5 year old Hanoverian gelding and Katie Murphy of Murphy Eventing won the 2012 Spalding Labs USEA Four Year Old Young Event Horse East Coast Championship and were 2012 National Champions in the Young Event Horse Division – AHS Year End Awards.  They are continuing this winning streak with wins and placings in 2013. Katie is a US eventer based in New Hampshire. She has competed on the US Eventing Area I Young Rider Eventing Team for the Junior Olympics and competes at Intermediate and CCI* level now.

Esccord RGS was bred by AHS members Dr. Terry & Jayshree Schrubb, Page Brook Farms, Hollis, New Hampshire. The dam of Esccord RGS, EM Arabella RGS (Acord II – Wendelin I), owned by the Schrubb family, was the 2006 Winner of the AHS MPT “Benchmark” High Score Award. This award is given annually to the mare with the highest combined score in the USA at a mare performance test. EM Arabella RGS had a combined jumping score of 9.5 (9 for technique, 10 for ability), the highest score in the USA in 2006. EM Arabella RGS also had a successful career in sport, winning many jumper classes at Spruce Meadows prior to retirement to the Schrubb broodmare band. Obviously, this jumping ability was passed on to her son, Esccord RGS!

Rajal Schrubb & EM Arabella RGS (Photo credit: Schrubb Family)

Rajal Schrubb & EM Arabella RGS
(Photo credit: Schrubb Family)

At the MPT, mares are awarded a score for “technique” and a score for “ability” during the free jumping part of the Hanoverian MPT. “Technique” refers to the form – the use of the body – the mare shows as she goes over the fences, especially the large oxer at the end of the chute. “Ability” refers to the innate talent and willingness of a mare to jump a fence of good size height and width. These two scores will be used to determine the winner(s). The winning mare(s) may have been born in any country, and do not have to be Hanoverian—Thoroughbreds, Arabians, or any of the other Warmblood mares that are taking completing AHS mare performance testing are eligible. The success of EM Arabella RGS and her offspring documents the importance of mare performance testing. AHS encourages and thanks all breeders for performance testing mares now and in the future!

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