Proposals sought on studbook inspections
A closing date of January 11 next has been set for submissions to assist with the review of the stallion and mare inspection system for the Irish Sport Horse and Irish Draught Horse studbooks.
Last month the HSI Breeding Sub-Board announced the suspension of the spring inspections, however at a meeting last week it was announced that some exceptions would be made for stallion owners in certain circumstances.
In the case of Irish Sport Horse stallions who met the requirements for Stage 1 of the Irish Sport Horse inspections, they will be facilitated with a Stage 2 inspection.
New applicants will also be provided with an opportunity to have their stallion undergo the studbook veterinary examination.
Should they meet the requirements of this veterinary examination, they will be classified as Class 2 in the case of Irish Draught Horse Studbook and Not Approved 1 in the case of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook.
Speaking after the meeting, chairman of the Breeding Sub-Board, Jim Beecher, said: "We will take in submissions and then make proposals about what assessment process to evaluate the breeding potential of stallions and mares we put in place going forward.
"Whatever proposals are devised will be discussed fully with all interested parties before they are implemented.