SWBA 2020 Bruksprov - update
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:new::new: Stragglers accepted until I get scoring of the rest wrapped up Sunday. That could be at 2 pm or it could be at 11 pm, so I suggest getting things in Saturday if you want to be safe.

:new: How are we doing? All good with entries or struggling for time? The official closing is at the end of today, but I'm not really doing so hot so the next event won't be ready to start and the scoring of this won't happen today/tomorrow either. If majority is feeling good and ready, this will close as scheduled, and the resulty bits will happen in a few days (most likely next weekend). If the majority is feeling struggly and would like a few more days to finish up, you can have a few more days to finish up and in the meantime I'll be preparing scoring and stuff regardless. Let me know!


Welcome to Svedala Farm, setting for the 2020 SWBA Bruksprov - the annual Swedish warmblood stallion performance test where aspiring stallions gather to prove their worth as future sires and competitors. Over three days, stallions are evaluated on their health and conformation, movement, and performance ability.

ClOSING DATE: Apr 19th

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The bruksprov is the real-life association's stallion performance test. In this event, it has been adapted to fit the HARPG setting; SWBA allows stallions to breed without passing inspection, so this event is instead an opportunity to show off your horse and participate in a test in an art roleplay setting. It is also a critical aspect of the Studbook Classifications, and a major step for non-SWBs seeking to be inducted in the SWBA studbook. The SWBA bruksprov is set up so that any member who puts in the work may get their stallion approved, regardless of artist skill level. The phases have been modified in comparison to the real-life bruksprov to make things more manageable to draw. For a better understanding of the real-life event and for inspiration (not as strict rules for this event), feel free to see links below:
Stallion Performance Test - swb.org - (as you can see here, in real life stallions complete more phases; in the SWBA event, we'll focus on your stallion's chosen specialty so you don't have to draw half a dozen images per horse)
SWB's young horse testing playlist - this isn't specifically Bruksprov but is essentially the same format. It's mostly talking but you can skim through parts 3-6 to get a general overview of how each phase is done in real life.

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General rules

General art rules: Entries must be new work created for this event. Commissioned entries not accepted. Phases may be submitted in the same deviation, but should be clearly separated - artsy "overlapping" entries may look fun but are a pain to judge and will be scored accordingly. Credit references and stick with stock if closely referencing/tracing. Uncredited references or close non-stock references will be docked three points per image, so if you didn't use any or only used them as general research/inspiration, remember to specify somewhere!

General behavior rules: Be nice and have fun. We're drawing pixel ponies in a pretend show. It's basically pony dress-up. If you're likely to rant to your friends about how stupid the judge is and snark about how crap the other entries are, perhaps consider saving yourself the stress of entering this "competition" and draw something you'll enjoy instead.

Eligibility: Open to intact males three years and up who are either: pure SWBs, SWBs carrying unapproved blood seeking full studbook admittance (see registration rules), or stallions of other approved studbooks seeking admittance to the SWBA studbook.

Tack and attire: Stallions should wear a leather bridle at all times when presented before a judge; starting number should be pinned to the bridle. Manes should be braided. Whips and double bridles are not permitted. Additional tack requirements listed in each respective phase. Handlers and riders should be dressed discreetly with white breeches and dark-colored polo shirt or jacket. Breeder logo or SWBA logo embroidering permitted.

Setting: New inside arena of Svedala Farm. Arena has whitewashed stone walls with thick wood beams - inside matches the exterior in the link above, with windows at regular intervals on the long side. Pinewood boards around the arena interior at a height of roughly 160cm (5'2"). Blue and yellow banners decorate the boards - example. Audience seating along one long side continues along one short side of the arena, situated above the boards for optimal viewing. No seating on the other short and long sides.

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Scoring and results

Each phase is scored against a rubric, see below. Each horse which achieves a minimum threshold score of 33 total (42 possible) is awarded a passing test. The highest-scoring horses in jumping and dressage (selected by judge if there is a clear subjective winner, RNGed between the highest scorers if the field is roughly even) are named Jumping Champion and Dressage Champion respectively; other participants are not ranked.

A completed, passing test is awarded 30 points in the Point Score system, which includes the art and results; tests are not counted towards Showing tallies in the Point Score system. Incomplete or failing tests may count the art for points in the Training category. A passing test counts as a bloodstock inspection in the Studbook Classifications and for horses who require a passing inspection for full registration.

1 or 3 points may be given in categories where only 4, 2, and 0 are described if something seems to be borderline.

The horse
4 - Full or nearly full body visible (includes rider in the ridden evaluation)
2 - Roughly half or less body (partial-body entries, or fullbodies at an obscuring angle, may suffer in correctness judging if the amount of horse depicted is not enough to distinguish breed type)
0 - Premade or reused lines

Additional goodies
4 - Moderately detailed shading and background are both present. Doesn't need to be hyperrealistic, but more than the next tier, see below.
2 - Either moderately detailed shading with simplistic background, or moderately detailed background with simplistic/flat shading.
0 - Simplistic or no shading and simplistic or no background. *Note: reusing the same background in multiple entries will give the appropriate score to the first entry judged and zero to the rest.

2 - Passably correct for intended breed/type (relative to artist experience level and style; this is NOT a strict score where you have to trace for perfect anatomy. It's a matter of the horse looking roughly warmblood, rather than being easily mistaken for a clydesdale or an akhal teke).
1 - Somewhat incorrect (for example, a Swedish warmblood with four legs and a tail but a heavily dished face, a horse which deviates far from the desired breed height, a horse with leg feathering, or a horse which is of a color not accepted in the studbook but otherwise correct in body type, or a horse listed as chestnut but drawn with obvious black points).
0 - Too stylized to distinguish any sort of breed type (unspecific chibis, extreme angles or contorted poses that make conformation very difficult to distinguish)
Style guide:
Stylized correctness: if you know the horses' breeds, they're still pretty recognizable (not ideal for judging, but passable)
Not so distinct: multiple breeds are represented but they're all drawn the same way and are very difficult to connect to their intended breeds

2 - Shown in the correct gait or stance for the task. Presented neatly in leather bridle with number attached; mane is braided, horse is appropriately groomed for show presentation.
1 - Shown in incorrect gait/stance for task, OR presented incorrectly (i.e. halter, no tack at all, missing number, forbidden tack).
0 - Shown both performing incorrectly for the task AND with incorrect presentation. Alternatively, horse is a mess, mud and leaves in their hair, grass stains, wasn't groomed at all (you drew this on purpose for story or for giggles).

2 - Setting is roughly accurate to given description (doesn't have to be detail perfect, but a reasonable interpretation).
1 - Setting has elements which directly contradict the given description, but overall also contains a few correct elements.
0 - Setting is entirely incorrect (such as outdoors, in a creepy basement, nonexistent).

If you're unsure whether for example your shading or background qualifies as simple or moderate, you can ask for clarification before submitting the entry.

A horse will be disqualified if it:
  • Is prevented from continuing the test at the veterinary inspection, due to existing injury or severe hereditary faults (state in story or in first image if you desire to be DQed due to this for your story reasons)
  • Would not be registrable due to not meeting the standards, for example by heavily deviating from the conformation standards (such as being of very typey arabian build, carrying too much unapproved blood, or carrying unaccepted colors) - you will be notified at registration if this is the case
  • If the owner is found trash-talking other entrants outside of an agreed-upon roleplay setting

Optional bonuses:
  • If so desired, your stallion may receive a score and written conformation evaluation for story purposes. In real life, stallions are scored in five categories - type, head/neck/body, extremities, walk, and trot - with a max of 10 points in each category and max 50 total, as well as a max score of 10 in jumping overall and per category (based on technique/ability and temperament) and max score of 10 in gaits under saddle overall and per category (walk, trot, and canter). They also receive a brief written evaluation on their conformation and movement. It's unfortunately mostly in Swedish, but here's an example that hopefully gives you a general idea. In this event, the score and written evaluation are optional, just for fun, and have no bearing on studbook standing. This score is not the same as the rubric score used in the judging; instead, it will be RNGed, though horses which place higher in the rubric will have a higher RNG range (i.e., a horse with very good entries may be RNGed 7-10 in categories, while a horse which mostly did the bare minimum to pass would be RNGed in a range of 6-9, for example). You may still request a score and written evaluation on a horse which doesn't pass, but keep in mind that they will reflect the non-passing result - this may be handy if you want a story focused on a horse being more flawed than the overeager owner had hoped, for example. The written evaluation will be mostly random with inspiration from a stallion catalogue I own, but may take inspiration from the way you draw and present the horse; you are of course also welcome to provide a description of the horse's particular conformational features. Just remember - no horse is perfect, as different traits may be more suited for different disciplines or aesthetic tastes, and a couple little flaws make things interesting ;) :new: If preferred, you can receive a more accurate non-random evaluation of your stallion's conformation based on what you've drawn, written by Jyynxx - be sure to specify if this is what you're interested in!
  • Passing stallions may also, optionally, be included in a stud catalogue compilation after the event if you wish to advertise the stallion for breeding.

Ribbon awarded to all stallions which receive a passing score. Sash additionally awarded to the Jumping Champion and Dressage Champion.

Swba Bruksprov 2020 by Helsinge  Swba Bruksprov Winners' Sash by Helsinge 

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Stallions are shown in-hand before the judges at a halt, walk, and trot. Handlers should be on the horse's far side so as not to obscure the judge's view. Horses are also examined by a veterinarian at this stage, and stallions with genetic defects are denied further participation in the test. Horses are also photographed in front of a light grey backdrop in preparation for the presentation of final results.

What to draw

Draw either the horse as it is being shown to the judges (in halt or in motion) by the handler, OR draw the photograph for the results compilation (example).



The stallion is turned loose in the pen (half the arena fenced off) and demonstrates movement in all three gaits in both directions, with a particular emphasis on canter, as well as trot which might otherwise have been hindered by the handler during the conformation evaluation.

What to draw

Draw the horse in motion in any of the three gaits. Handler is not required to be drawn; if shown, handler may instruct the horse's direction and gait with a lunging whip but may not strike the horse with it.



  • Jumping prospects 4 years and up are shown on a course of 5-8 jumps with a minimum height of 100cm and max height of 130cm, depending on age. Judged on technique, general ability and temperament. Martingales and breastplates are permitted; front splint boots are permitted; whips, bandages, bell boots, or hind leg equipment are not permitted. 
  • Dressage prospects 4 years and up are to demonstrate movement in all three gaits, as instructed by the judge over loudspeaker. Horses may be asked to extend or collect the gait to a reasonable degree (no passage or piaffe), ride in a circle, or perform simple leg yields. Advanced dressage movements are not performed; this test is to judge inherent gaits and temperament for future dressage ability, not to assess how far the horse has come in its competitive training. Double bridles, whips, boots, and bandages are not permitted.
  • Three year olds are not ridden in this event. Instead, all three year olds perform free-jumping in this phase; dressage prospects jump a maximum of 110cm, while jumping prospects jump a maximum of 130cm, according to current ability. Bridle required and front splint boots permitted; no other equipment permitted. (Plenty of three year olds, particularly dressage prospects, have a somewhat awkward technique; drawing this won't affect your result negatively).

What to draw

Jumping horses should be shown over the jump. Older jumping prospects should have a rider, while free-jumping three year olds should be at liberty in the free-jumping chute. Dressage horses should be shown performing any of the gaits or movements described above. An older stallion may choose to demonstrate both a jumping and gaits test under saddle, for a total of four phases, if desiring to prove himself as a multipurpose individual; the highest-scoring ridden phase is then used for the judging rubric tally. There is no point advantage to drawing four phases; the horse may be eligible for both Dressage Champion and Jumping Champion, but cannot win both.

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Registration and Entry

Preregistration is required in order to obtain a number. Reply to this comment with the following form:

Horse name: (include link to reference)
Studbook: (if registered SWBA, name the group; if an unregistered Swedish warmblood, or horse of other breed, list the breed)
Specialty: Dressage or jumping, should match the phase 3 you intend to complete (should still be specified for three year olds as well). "Dual" if doing four phases - remember to change this if you end up only having time to do three!

When entering, please submit all phases in the same comment. Partial entries (i.e. "here's my first phase") will be ignored. Reply to this comment with the following form:
Name and number: (include reference link and number received at registration)
Phase 1: (link entry)
Phase 2:
Phase 3: (include both images if doing a four-phase test)
Optional score and evaluation: (see "optional bonuses" above, write Yes or No. If yes, you may describe some of your stallion's conformation characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, and general attitude; otherwise I'll create some random descriptions loosely inspired by what you've drawn. Please specify if you want a more random group-generated written evaluation, or an art-based evaluation written by Jyynxx).
Stud catalogue: (Yes or No; if yes, stallion will be included in a compilation catalogue of passing entrants. Your entry images will be used in this if you say yes; please include a link or brief description of breeding terms for the horse in question. If long, they may be summarized with an added "Contact owner for details". Additional information such as breeder, owner, most notable show results, etc. are welcome but not required.)

The description of each entry image should also at least contain horse name and number, phase, and link to this journal.

ClOSING DATE: Apr 19th

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CaptainMaddiHobbyist Digital Artist

Any update when the results will be posted for this?

Cookie1992's avatar
I would definitely appreciate an extension so I can try and get at least a horse done, but then again I procrastinated like crazy all on my own so I definitely won't be upset if you decide to close anyways.
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AntiqueFyreStablesStudent Digital Artist
Just a touch more time would do me. I had some digital problems and I need to finish those up now that my new tablet has come in
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JyynxxProfessional General Artist

Would we be able to register a horse for this event if they don't have a formal reference yet? I'd love to get a designed horse of mine done for this but he doesn't have a ref yet and I'd like to eventually just reuse his confo evaluation for his ref cause I'm playing a dangerous game if I think I can draw a nice standing picture of the same horse twice

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I'll go ahead and say yes, because I absolutely feel your mood here (it's the basis for a future general in-hand show I'm planning lol, just use show motivation to draw a bunch of temp refs), just include some general reference info in the confo piece description (age, height, color, breed etc - unless you have an uploaded design with that info, then you can just link that). Also, idk if this is a horse you intend to register in SWBA later, but if you do, keep in mind that a bruksprov confo piece counts as a package deal with the rest of the bruksprov art in the point score system (a 30-point chunk), and if the image doubles as a ref image later, it doesn't get extra points for also being used as a reference.

(also dude if you complete everything you've registered for I will be very impressed and possibly a little concerned)
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shot-firedStudent Digital Artist

Question more for confirmation purposes: I'm intending to draw my handlers (when present) in dark polos, as requested in the Attire section. Are they still permitted to wear said polos in the jumping or gaits testing, rather than jackets?

Thanks! :)

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Yup that's fine!
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shot-firedStudent Digital Artist

Great, thanks so much! :)

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Murasaki99Student Traditional Artist
This sounds very neat!  While I don't have any "real" warmbloods, I do have my Jockey Club registered TBs like HM Musashi Steel (3 yr old) and HM Almost Black (8 years old). 
Is the SWB association OK with the pinto gene?   
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Short answer- "depends", since pinto is a description which covers a variety of genes. Long answer is also short for me, as I am lazy and will copypaste from the breed info page-

"White patterns: Sabino is present; Briar 899 is a good and typical example on how one can look. Swedish warmbloods that are tobiano usually have the stallion Samber in the pedigree, though there are others unrelated to him as well (one mare I found, Pentagram 11431 has a tobiano colored damline that ends in the "unknown"). This should be considered rare, however. Frame overo, splash, and dominant white pattern are either nonexistent or extremely rare in the Swedish warmblood breed, but could theoretically be bred in from thoroughbreds or other breeds approved by the SWB association that carry them (note, however, that these colors are exceedingly rare in their own breeds as well). Therefore they may be registered in this group; however, since frame overo carries the risk of Lethal White Syndrome (LWS), a deadly genetic defect, breeding for this color is discouraged."

So white patterns are a go, but a horse carrying frame overo may be docked a little in Correctness for carrying an undesirable trait. Does that make sense?
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That does make fine sense, thank you!  Mosty is sabino on black, while Musashi is tobiano, no frame overo.  :nod: 
I was sad to see the real life warmblood Art Deco had passed away recently, he was a Samber son and black and white, with beautiful markings. 
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JyynxxProfessional General Artist

Would you allow a (very large) German Riding Pony to take the test? The Oldenburg NA registry accepts them in their main studbook so I figured it would be worth asking if they fall under that umbrella :')

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Hmmm, I'm inclined to say no as while the Oldenburg registry tends to be quite open, SWB has generally been a bit more restrictive, and pony size (even large pony) would generally be considered an undesirable trait so it's unlikely such a small stallion would be licensed (which essentially is the purpose of the test; even if not all non-SWB participants of this particular event are going to end up registering in SWBA later, completing the test is a requirement for that).

What you could do is allow him to participate if you'd like to complete a test for him regardless, and in-story it's explained as him getting approved for breeding in the Swedish Riding Pony society, since in real life they have their own version of bruksprov and are generally aiming for similar goals as SWB, just on a pony scale. So he wouldn't be registrable in SWBA even if he passed inspection, but the story option of a parallel SRP test could be there?

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Oh rip, I would actually love to test him but I'll probably just leave the poor old man out of this so I can get more horses done :')

I also meant to offer earlier but if you're interested I'll volunteer to write out actual non random evaluations of the horses conformation and such if the owner requests it. In my keuring group we judge horses by how closely they adhere to the breeds real life standards in terms of proportions, angulation, etc so I'm pretty adept at it already (and taking the time to make sure horses are true to breed standards is like my favorite part of HARPG). I could even throw in a recommended to improve "blank" on mares and stuff like a real life breeder would to make it a little more realistic (an example of this is on Basilique's ref)

Helsinge's avatar
Sure! I originally settled on random so people didn't feel like art skill or style would wreak havoc on their stallion's "in character quality" but if people want some more hardcore realism, then it's great if they can get it.
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Last minute as usual :') 

Name and number: #53 BTs Black Sails

Phase 3Jumping ,  Dressage

Optional score and evaluation:Yes random
Stud catalogue: I guess I will say yes  - Limited breeding available to realistic warmblood mares contact owner for further information. 
I am hoping to have his breeding thing written up soon so hopefully its okay to include him. If not don't worry about it :) 
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ElantairProfessional Traditional Artist
Name and numberOBS Feel that Rhythm #55
Phase 2At Liberty
Optional score and evaluation: Yes - calm personality, long (and well-muscled) neck and back, large over-zealous gaits
Stud catalogue: Yes - warmbloods only, natural colours. 
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AntiqueFyreStablesStudent Digital Artist
Name and number: ALS Sky Pirate #13
Phase 1: Flying Entrance | Bruksprov 2020
Phase 2: Sky Pirate Bruksprov Phase 2
Phase 3: Thief | Bruksprov 2020 & Steal my Breath Away | Bruksprov 2020
Optional score and evaluation: Random please!
Stud catalogue: Yes, he is open to realistic warmblood mares, price is one fullbody image
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AntiqueFyreStablesStudent Digital Artist
Name and number: ALS Starman #15
Phase 1: The Starman | Bruksprov 2020
Phase 2: Rock n' Roll | Bruksprov 2020
Phase 3: Cosmic Dance | Bruksprov 2020
Optional score and evaluation: Random, but generally he's a little lankier looking, with a bit of a slimmer body type and thinner neck.
Stud catalogue: Yes, open to realistic warmblood mares. Cost 1 fullbody image
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Name and numberCT Anthear Bridge #11
Optional score and evaluation: Yes (random)
Stud catalogue: Yes

Limited available, 2016 chestnut SWB stallion

- European warmblood mares
- Natural coloration
- Preferably horses that are proven performers.
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Since Ive found some time, some lil additions for the score and evaluation.

- Young sometimes overly excited stallion
- Long legs and a still slightly finer body & head, both coming from his Trakehner dam.
- Definitely not yet complet done filling out his body.
- Friendly and very human oriented character.
- Obedient and well mannered, yet easily distracted.
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Name and numberLS London Bridge #07
Optional score and evaluation: Yes (random)
Stud catalogue: Yes

Limited available, 2010 chestnut SWB stallion
- Premium Elite
- HIEF 4 star 

- European warmblood mares
- Natural coloration
- Preferably horses that are proven performers.

Notable Results:
- 2016 AUSe Olympic triple gold winner
- 2019 AUSe Olympics dressage gold winner
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