By Chris Gould / CWHBA
Photography: Shannon Brinkman, Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk
This past year has been busy for CWHBA as the Covid-19 restrictions gradually loosened, enabling us to look back at some of the main events. The first major change was the launch of the new database, Equis, utilizing equine studbook data management software from Delta Horse in the Netherlands.
Although the CWHBA had been well served by the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation for nearly 30 years, the time was right to offer members enhanced online services and facilitate data exchange with other studbooks. With this change came the renewing of an administration contract with Victoria Kendall, to operate our office out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
This year saw the first Stallion Performance Test since 2019, held at Old Gate Farm in Alberta and ably hosted by owners Katrina and Hans Van Den Bosch. Five stallions were approved by a panel of international judges, under a new format that for the first time included discipline designations.
The Alberta Chapter successfully continued the online format for both the Spring Riding Horse Sale and Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale. Buyers from across Canada and the United States took advantage of the convenience of online bidding with confidence engendered by accurate and high-quality video presentations and stringent pre-purchase veterinary examinations.
In September, as the Spruce Meadows Masters returned to its former activity, Canadians were thrilled to see the CWHBA rising star Ireland II (Zambesi), competing in the Six Bar competition under Daniel Bluman representing Israel. At the age of nine Ireland II is well established on the international circuit with multiple appearances in the United States, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands, as well as Canada... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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