the governance and operations of foreign equine breed associations and
studbook societies is becoming more critical in the development of the
global market place for horses. Each foreign country operates under
different rules and regulations, although there is more unification of
breed associations in Europe under the governance of the EU. The
remainder of the world does not have a unifying governing body, hence,
each association organizes itself under a model from an existing breed
association and affiliation with their country’s governmental agency.
For example, in England all studbooks must be approved by DEFRA, while
in the remainder of Europe approval is made through a country’s
respective Minister of Agriculture’s office.
Unlike the United States, there is
usually, only one officially recognized breed society for each breed of
livestock within a foreign country. And, there is the continuation of
the age old tradition of inspecting and licensing only quality breeding
stock, thereby restricting the ability to officially breed and register
in a studbook any horse.
Each breed organization establishes its
own form of affiliation and reciprocity with corresponding associations.
Even the US horse based breed associations have foreign affiliated
organizations, providing registration services and approvals of horse
shows in the respectively foreign country. This is an attempt to
maintain a global standard for the breed and the respective performance
of their horses.
Hipsley & Associates has gained a great
deal of practical experience in communicating with foreign breed
associations and assisting them to establish links to the US based
breeds. Additionally, Hipsley & Associates has worked with foreign
studbooks to establish judging standards for uniformed adjudication of
horses of a single breed.
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