Longspring backs NZ Sport Horse
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Longspring stud has just updated all existing mares, stallions, young stock and related horses with the newly relaunched NZ Sport Horse Register. That amounted to over 100 horses. Anne Vallance is the Registrar and current spokes person for the organization.

Purpose  

“We have been in the business of breeding sport horses for a long time and had considerable success over the years due mainly in part to our foundation sire Distelfink. He was the top sire of showjumpers for over 14 years until his death in 2003. That was a really sad day! But we are still producing some top young prospects from our broodmares. Just look at the videos of the 3 year olds we have for sale.”

“We have been watching what is going on overseas and now feel that with breeders here having access to top bloodlines through frozen semen, the world is now our market. The sires that are known overseas will attract new buyers to our shores.”

NZ needs to be seen as more professional 

“But they have to be registered and have papers before anyone will look at them – especially in Europe. And they need to be part of a collective breeding program that is aiming to produce a better horse with each generation.”

“While there are a number of existing breed organizations that record warmbloods – there is a real gap where you want to breed that perfect event horse that is 7/8 thoroughbred. We happen to feel that NZ is already known as a country that can produce top eventers, so this angle to a national breeding program is important. It is interesting to see how valued thoroughbred blood is in refining the existing warmblood breeding programs in Europe.”

“That is where the NZ Sport Horse Register comes in. This open studbook has applied for Associate membership in the FEI World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) and intends to make the NZ Sport Horse one of the most sought after commodities in the equestrian market. For a country that prides itself on selectively breeding stock, most breeding of sport horses has been pretty haphazard. That won’t do for international sales.”

Selective Breeding Programs 

“The chairman of the organization is Dr Chris Rogers from Massey University whose special interest is in marketing NZ Sport Horses. Dr Rogers is developing a selective breeding program based on performance records with the Equestrian Sport New Zealand that will over time make great genetic gains for breeders who are involved.”

“We urge other studs to take up the challenge and register stock with the NZ Sport Horse Register so we can collectively make a name for our horses. Chris is busy preparing this country’s first Stallion Rankings based on EBVs (Estimated Breeding Values). Watch for it.  Some interesting statistics are showing up where you wouldn’t expect. Mind you it is hard when most stallions have less than 5 progeny in equestrian sport!”

You can read more on the website www.main-events.co.nz