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WBFSH Annual Meeting 2007 Tuesday


From the 5th till the 8th of November, the KWPN hosts the WBFSH Annual Meeting in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. The majority of studbooks that are members of the WBFSH are represented. The foreign guests were welcomed on Monday with a visit to Team Nijhof and Resim Dressage to get a first impression of the horse and breeding environment in The Netherlands. Team Nijhof is specially known for their enormous diversity of world class approved stallions like Concorde, Clinton, Heartbreaker, two time WBFSH World Young Horse Champion Florencio, Lord Z and many others. Resim Dressage is the home stud of Olympic rider Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhout.

WBFSH president Jan Pedersen and KWPN representative Siem Korver welcomed the guests on Tuesday morning. A video message of the president of the FEI HRH Princess Haya was played specially for all WBFSH members to apologize her absence and to stress the importance of cooperation between the FEI and the WBFSH. Following this, Mr Delcourt spoke on behalf of the FEI to stress the importance of the UELN (Unique Equine Life Number) and the use of one single database worldwide. The data exchange between national federations, studbooks and the FEI is vital for tracing horses worldwide.

The second part of the broad and unusually interesting programme was reserved for Dr. Kathalijne Visser of the Wageningen University. She gave an insight in the results of a research program about the consistency of temperament and relation with behaviour during riding. The information is important for predictions of future behaviour and performance. Severine Henry from France added a lecture about the influences of genetic and environmental factors on behaviour. She stressed that young age is an important time period for the individual development in horses. In a research program with foals obvious differences in learning capacities and emotional reactions of foals came up.

The practical part of the seminar was held at the beautiful Roelofs Stud farm in Den Ham. The Roelofs Stud farm is famous not only for breeding top performance show jumpers like VIP, Velusinus R and Rubert R, but also for breeding the approved stallions Odermus R, Rash R, Germus R, Mermus R, Odermus R and many more. Mr. Roelofs proved himself an outstanding host for all international guests by showing all his broodmares and stallions at stud. Stud manager Arnold Kootstra talked very open about the way they have selected the foals in their breeding program over the last decades. They rate their young weaned foals a few times in the winter season by free moving and even some small jumps. Several foals were shown and their performances, conformation and abilities discussed afterwards. The discussing was led by a panel of Prof Rene van Weeren, KWPN judge Cor Loeffen, Dr. Kathalijne Visser, horse trader Egbert Schep and Rieke Teegen, scientist from Germany.