By Dirk Willem Rosie

The World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) took a step at its annual general meeting in Saumur last week towards the re-establishment of ‘Interstallion’ and, thus, towards the development of international breeding values.

More than 10 years ago, KWPN and the German FN pulled the plug from this working group, and with it the ambition to drive a single cross-border and studbook breeding value system. Now, especially, the Scandinavian studbooks are trying to breathe new life into that laudable endeavor.
The question is whether all the benevolent words spoken in Saumur will actually lead to an International Breeding Value. There are still bridges to be crossed, and it is again the large studbooks that see the most problems. And KWPN will most likely not cooperate at all.

Nordic Breeding Value

Even the northern European studbooks (Swedish Warmblood, Danish Warmblood, Norwegian Warmblood and Finnish Warmblood), that have taken these new initiatives have not yet succeeded in achieving a Nordic breeding value. The Scandinavian pioneers want to be happy, but you can’t just throw data together from four different systems, and divide by four. It costs money to merge different calculations and distil a meaningful result, and the Scandinavian desire to achieve a cross-border breeding value estimation has, so far, run into a lack of money...To read the complete article you need to be a subscriberCLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

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