By Jan Pedersen
The 2022 edition of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horse’s General Assembly took place in Dresden, Germany, from October 9-12. Although further reports will follow next month, hereunder we publish the Presiden’t report from Jan Pedersen.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends and colloques. It is time to open the WBFSH GA 2022. It is so nice and liberating that we can finally meet face to face after two years,although the Corona ghost is once again raising its ugly head. It is probably a situation we will have to learn to live with.
In spite of that 2022 will be a year to remember in a positive way – at least with regard to the equestrian world. The FEI World Championships in Denmark brought together the best horses and riders in the world – for breeders, riders and all horse sport enthusiasts Denmark was for 10 days the land of milk and honey. It was an enormous window from the world of horse sport and breeding to the rest of the world.
The integration of breeding and sport has always been a clear goal for the WBFSH so it was really great that the starting lists contained pedigree information. That has not always been the case but it certainly has been part of our Annual Plans for many years. Sport data are the most important tool for the breeding.
Another positive observation in Herning was the demonstration of the correlation between top sport at the highest level and our young horse championship. It was clearly demonstrated by Glamourdale and Hermès, respectively world champion and bronze medalist at Herning with Charlotte Fry and Dinja Van Liere.
Glamourdale was world champion for seven-year-old horses at Ermelo 2018, while Hermès won the bronze medal for six-year-old horses the same year. It is evidence that our world championships for young horses are an incubator for future medalists.
I will now touch on the reports of our departments and try to give a brief summary. Parts of my report will be direct extracts of the various reports. I hope you have read them. They have been accessible on our website for some time.
Department of Scientific Collaboration
To reflect the increasing importance of science and research in sport horse breeding, the Department of Scientific Collaboration was created in 2021. This department aims to strengthen the knowledge exchange among studbook members and the scientific community.
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
Last year our CIGA Committee was renamed the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). This committee works closely together with the Department of Scientific Collaboration. The intention of SAC is to serve as a meeting point and inspiration forum and to share information about the advances in new technologies related to evaluating horses and their inheritance.
Unfortunately, more of the SAC members have left their positions with their respective studbooks and so they have also left SAC. The new manning appears from the report of the committee... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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