CANADA(CWHBA/Chris Gould) At the recently held thirtieth anniversary annual general meeting of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association, delegates voted unanimously to impleent linear profiling over the next two years.
Founded in 1988 by a group of far-sighted and dedicated Warmblood breeders, the association's mission was, right from the beginning, to bring international standards of excellence and service to Canadian Warmblood breeders. In a few short years, with the advice and help from some of the best European horsemen, including Manfred Lopp, Gerd Lehmann and Ingvar Fredricson, the CWHBA was able to offer a full range of services to its members. This began with mare and stallion grading, followed by a stallion performance test and a very successful three-day breeders auction sale that is now into its 24th year.
Canada is a very large country with unique conditions; adapting European breeding traditions and methodologies was not simple. Nevertheless the CWHBA has been hugely successful by developing practices that are internationally congruent while meeting the particular needs of Canadians. The CWHBA linear profiling system will closely follow the essentials of many European studbooks, but it will be adjusted to give Canadian breeders the information they need to meet their breeding goals.