IBOP Performance Test
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IBOP Performance Test

If you have more insight into the functional value of a mare you can make better breeding decisions. This should include an evaluation of aptitude for performance.

The IBOP (Individual Suitability Test for Horses) is a one-day performance test. Horses have their own rider or driver. The goal is to gain insight into a horse’s natural talent for sport. The IBOP is open to mares, geldings, and unapproved stallions aged 32 months and older. The test provides breeders and owners with valuable information about the talent of their horses in their respective breeding direction. Horses are eligible to perform one IBOP per year.

Once horses are entered for an IBOP in a certain breeding direction, they are committed to that breeding direction for that year. They can do an IBOP in another breeding direction in another year.

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When entering horses for the IBOP, you are requested to name the rider for scheduling purposes (so that horses ridden by the same person will not follow each other directly). Once horses are entered for an IBOP in a certain breeding direction, they are committed to that breeding direction for that year. A horse can only do one IBOP in a year.


A maximum of 100 points is possible, with 75 points required to pass the test.

Scoring is on a scale of 0 to 10
0Not executed6Sufficient
1Very bad7More than sufficient
3Fairly bad9Very good
4Clearly insufficient10Excellent
Physical Requirements
Hard surface

The walk and the trot on a hard surface is always a part of a studbook inspection. The lane needs to be flat and hard (cement/asphalt) and needs to be about 5 meters wide and 30 meters long.

Preparation for Free Jumping

Free jumping will take place in a fenced arena (maximum 20 x 40 meters) or in a cage within an arena (15 x 30 meters). Mirrors and reflective surfaces must be covered. A line of jumps will be built along a long side. The last jump must be moveable from the side wall in order to be adjustable for distance. Poles need to be a minimum of three meters in length. The jumps need to be adjustable for all heights.

The jumping ‘chute’ will be approximately 25–30 meters long with side rails approximately two meters high. Spacing between the jumps will be one and two canter strides.

1st jump – cross bar; H 70–80cm
2nd jump – vertical; H 80–100cm
3rd jump – oxer; H 80–90, 95–100cm

Horses will be asked to jump this arrangement several times. Heights will be raised at the discretion of the jury. Jumps may not be moved except at the direction of the jury.

In-hand presentation

An oval should be laid out in a riding arena—indoor or outdoor—or on the grass. If a riding arena is used, the footing should not be too deep. The oval should be approximately 20 x 40 meters.