1. How will my registrations be affected by the new Articles of Incorporation?
Registrations will go on as before, however the percentage of trace back to foundation Warmblood horses will be calculated and shown on the papers.
2. I have a Main Mare Book mare (pink papers), that is part Thoroughbred. Will she and her foals still get pink papers?
The Stud Book levels are not affected by the percentages. Advancement through the Stud Books is and will continue to be based on the inspection and approval system.
3. How did the Board decide which influential stallions to use?
We traced back all 500 plus stallions (living and deceased) that are in our Stallion Book, to a small number of late 19th century stallions. We then identified the key stallion lines as far back as was reasonable. There may be more stallions added as time goes on, but for now these lines have been found in every Warmblood horse, which we have investigated, regardless of the registry of origin.
4. Will the new Articles of Incorporation affect reciprocity with our counterpart European registries?
We believe the confirmation of our status as a distinct breed in Canada will in fact enhance our credibility with the international breeding community. The CWHBA is recognized for its high standards and thorough understanding of Warmblood history, pedigrees and practise. We are very warmly received within the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses.
5. How does one determine the percentage of those foundation bloodlines, in one's horse? Do you have an automatic software that scans the pedigrees and comes out with a percent number?
The calculation will be done by the CWHBA office and shown on the CLRC database and on all new papers. It will be based on a trace back to foundation animals, which are in the process of being identified. These animals will be deemed to be 100%. The rest will follow from them. This will take a little time. We will gradually add percentages to all the horses in our Stud Book. Once an animal's parents have a percentage it will be easy for all new horses to be calculated.
6. Will horses currently registered with the CWHBA, that don't meet this bloodline requirement be grandfathered in?
It should not be necessary. We have done extensive research and we believe all the horses currently registered with CWHBA trace to at least one of these bloodlines. Should there be an exception, we will seek Ministerial approval to add the appropriate progenitors to the foundation population.
7. Will there be less emphasis on inspection, and more focus on parentage?
The balance between pedigree and inspection will remain the same. Our registration process has always been pedigree driven. Our Stud Book levels and breeding approvals are inspection and performance driven and will remain so.
8. What about efforts to encourage performance animals?
Every thing we do is oriented to performance. Pedigree is only valuable if it can be related to characteristics that are meaningful in our breeding programs. Currently we have Premiums and Life Time Achievement awards that recognize performance starting with inspections and including competition results and offspring achievements. These are given out regardless of pedigree or stud book level. Last year we gave out our first Elite Mare awards. We think this is very important.
9. I thought we always were a distinct breed why do need to have this vote?
Yes we are a distinct breed and have been since 1991. The original Articles which contained a list of European stud books has resulted in two problems.
1. The list was incomplete and as a result there has been some confusion regarding Warmblood horses from unlisted registries, so there was a need to replace the list with a better more comprehensive system.
2. Since Warmbloods are registered in regional and national registries, the different names create confusion in the general public. The government official responsible for administering the Animal Pedigree Act, therefore needed clarification of the definition of the Warmblood horse to help him carry out his responsibilities under the Act. The extensive research and documentation done by the CWHBA has been important in bringing clarity to our breed status within the department.
For these reasons it is important to replace the old Articles with the new ones. The APA is very specific on the procedure to change the Articles and it requires a direct vote by the membership. This ensures the full membership a voice in what could be a major decision.
Added: January 22, 2009