from the Eurodressage link provided earlier:
interesting - what do you folks think?
The commercial interest of selling a young stallion quickly at the age of 2,5 seems to have been favoured to letting mature the horse to the age of 3 before he gets licensed. Most young colts are professionally "prepared" to show off fancy gaits in-hand but as soon as a saddle lands on their back, they loose that flash, self carriage and bouyancy with which they were able to impress the crowds, licensing committee and eager buyers. Yet if all breed societies would agree to switch to the same format and synchronize their licensings to the spring, there would be no commercial competition amongst them and prices would no longer deflate.