HSI: Horse passport delays are the owners' own fault
Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has hit back at criticism from sport horse breeders who have requested the outsourcing of horse registrations.
The calls were made at a recent meeting of stallion owners, which was called to address the slow return of covering certificates for mares and the issuing of horse passports.
However, HSI claimed this week that breeders and stallion owners were to blame for the current delays.
HSI also argued that non-compliance with rules by breeders and stallion owners had resulted in a sharp increase in the number of non-pedigree passports or 'white books' being issued.
While many stallion owners say that they will not issue covering certificates until they have been paid by the breeders, HSI argues that it still has an obligation to issue passports.
"This non-compliance means that the studbook does not know which mares are in foal. This means that mare owners do not receive their foal kits in a timely manner," said Alison Corbally, director of breeding and programmes at HSI.
HSI had considered taking over the issuing of these covering certificates, but many stallion owners believe that the only solution is to get rid of the non-pedigree ID documents.
"If you want to give us all credit for our mares and our stallions, you need to get rid of these white books altogether. It will be the only way to ensure we get paid," said stallion owner Bill Kennedy.