Wednesday, July 8, 2020

World Breeding News July Posted

by Anna Goebel

Another interesting issue of World Breeding News has been posted, presenting sport horse breeding on the world stage. Andrés van Daalen (page 7) reports that, world-wide, unlike during the financial crisis, breeding has not been down because of the pandemic. In his article, he also speaks as an advocate of much more cooperation between registries, something I've wanted to see for years.

This issue features individual horses (Opaline des Pins, Vivaldi, etc.) who are making names for themselves, and also breeders who have already done that (Harm Thormählen, Franca Zanetti). There are also reports on foal auctions, breeders in Brazil, Oldenburg summer festival, individual stallions, and more.

There is an interesting article by Hillevi Brasch about the Swedish digital foal inspections happening in 2020 due to Covid-19. They are using a video app called Ridesum developed in Sweden, which has great possibilities.

Also of special interest to North American readers: an article on Ontario's breeding presence. The seven CWHBA approved stallions are described, and I'm proud to say that three of the seven are featured on

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Also especially interesting to Americans is the article on the Irish Army horses. The Army Equitation School was established in 1926, and its mission is "to promote the Irish horse, support Irish breeders, and to advertise the Irish-bred sport horse through participation in international events in both eventing and showjumping at the highest level." What would American breeding be like today if there had been that kind of support, say half a century ago? How could we build that now?

One feature is Part II of "Warmblood Breeding" - a three-part series by Celia Clarke on its history. Part I covered the history up to World War II, and this part continues to the present day. Part III will look into the future of warmblood breeding in a post-Covid world.

Finally, Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM has written an article on what causes a mare to lose her pregnancy.

Much worth reading! Check out the issue here.

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