International Assessor in NZ for Warmblood Classification Tour

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International Assessor in NZ for Warmblood Classification Tour

New Zealand owners of warmblood horses have the perfect opportunity to have their horses classified at HOY.

In an effort to increase the quality of national breeding stock, the New Zealand Warmblood Association are holding a classification day on Sunday, March 6, to coincide with the show.

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The Classification Tour 2016 includes accredited German assessor Gerd Kust, who has a long association with the Holsteiner Verband and ZDFP.

A classification is an approval of a horse for breeding purposes. The NZWA always bring international experts to the country for the classification process, which they strive to hold at least every three years.

The current tour will start at HOY before heading to other major sites around the country, ending at a classification event at the South Island Warmblood Championship Show at McLeans Island on March 13.

Having a classification is an indication of quality as well as adding value to the horse. Not every horse passes, ensuring the high standard is maintained.

The Warmblood Association was started in New Zealand in the 1970s and was initially focused on getting “desirable performance traits” into warmblood mares. The ‘modern’ warmblood contains warmblood, thoroughbred and Arab blood only.

“Way back when warmblood breeds were being started, they crossed a hot breed with a cold breed,” says Zielazo. “Centuries ago they were using draft horses for war but found they weren’t agile enough but when they crossed with a hot breed, they were better suited for war.”

The NZWA is the oldest and one of the largest breed associations in the country. They have around 400 members, but thousands of horses registered.

The HOY classification is the first time it has been run in conjunction with the show and Zielazo is hopeful competitors will take full advantage of the opportunity.

“Part of the classification is us looking at the quality of the horses and getting an understanding of where the breed is in New Zealand.”

Everything will be looked at – from foals to mature horses, as well as geldings, stallions and mares. Registered derivative warmbloods – with a minimum of 25% warmblood mixed wtih any other breed – are also welcome to be classified.

“There are such amazing bloodlines coming in, this is certainly the place to be at the moment!”

Anyone interested should email president@nzwarmbloods.co.nz .There is a cost involved in the classifying and horses need to be eligible for registration. Registrations are essential and can be done through  http://nzwarmbloods.co.nz/classification.php .

For more information, head to www.nzwarmbloods.co.nz .

 

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