Originally Posted by

**SilverCreek**
For the record, they now require 25 stallions for a test in Germany to start, but not 25 to run the calculations. Which means they start with 25, but can finish with only 12. This has happened under the new calculating system. Which, in reality can mean that when this happens, it could be possible for 6 (more or less) out of the remaining 12 to have insufficient scores to meet the requirements for licensing (since the new system does not include the bell curve), whereas when there is a bell curve only 1 out of the 12 (of the original 25) will not have sufficient indexes for licensing.

And also, the word we are receiving is that many of the breeders and many of the powers that be in **Germany are more unhappy with the new system and feel that it is more unfair since there is a breeding index (an index score according to the pedigree of the horse) that is used to weight the scores**. Some are happy with it, and some are not. So you can see no matter what the system is, there will always be things to critique. It's impossible to find a "fair" system, because everyone's definition of "fair" will be different. I can guarantee you that more Americans will challenge the "fairness" of the new system since it adds a weighted pedigree index and the pedigrees here in America contain many different bloodlines than in Germany.