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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Proposals sought on studbook inspections

Published 09/12/2015 | 02:30

Spectators at the stallion inspections at Cavan Equestrian Centre earlier this year
Spectators at the stallion inspections at Cavan Equestrian Centre earlier this year

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.

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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.

'Radical rebuilding'

"One of the key recommendations in Reaching New Heights is that we should have a radical rebuilding of our breeding infrastructure.

"We are about to embark on a 10 year strategy for the industry and we need to be sure that what we are doing is adding real value."

"It is clear that many breeders place a lot of store on the objective veterinary examination which is part of our stallion classification process.

"These arrangements mean that stallion owners can bring their animals out to meet the studbook veterinary requirements before the upcoming breeding season," he concluded.

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