The Warmblood Studbook of Ireland (WSI), in collaboration with its recently-announced new partner, the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN), has announced dates and venues for autumn assessments, inspections, and selections. These will be as follows:

October 10th: Tralee Equestrian Centre
October 11th: Duffy’s Equestrian Centre (Claregalway)
October 12th: Tubberbride Equestrian Centre (Collooney, Co. Sligo)
October 24th: Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre (Kilkenny)
October 25th: Mullingar Equestrian Centre

The WSI has said that the assessments and inspections of mares, foals, and young horses will begin at 10 am each day.

They add that all Irish Warmblood, Irish Sport Horse, foreign-born warmblood, Thoroughbred, Weatherbys Non- Thoroughbred, Anglo Arab, and Shagya Arab mares, foals, and young horses will be welcome to be informally assessed or formally inspected.

Farmers participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Equine Discussion Groups can fulfill the requirement to have their mares inspected through WSI’s formal inspection.

Owners of foreign-bred mares can fulfil the eligibility requirement for the RDS young horse show jumping classes by having their mares inspected and approved.

Foals will also be selected for the WSI Online Foal Sale, which will be run in collaboration with the KWPN using their software and global network. All assessments, inspections, and selections will be conducted by Claire Wood and/or Tom Reed from WSI and Arnold Kootstra from the KWPN. Assessments and inspections cost €20; mares and foals can be assessed or inspected together for a total price of €30.

Also invited on those days in October are stallions (minimum age is two) for the Stage 1 inspection, which focuses on conformation and in-hand movement in the walk and trot. Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the Stallion Inspection will be held on consecutive days in early November at the Millstreet Green Glens Arena. The price for the Stage 1 stallion inspection is €30. In the coming weeks WSI says it will organise a free information meeting for stallion owners where they can meet with WSI and KWPN officials to learn about the stallion approval system and have all their questions answered.

Owners will be asked to book and pay for all assessments, inspections, and selections before October 5th. Entry forms may be obtained from the WSI office or from the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland’s Facebook page.

According to Tom Reed, WSI’s Breeding Director: “The assessment, inspection, and selection days will be very useful for breeders and owners. For example, if you have a young gelding or filly and are not sure whether you should start them in sport, the WSI and KWPN inspectors can give you impartial and informed advice.

“If you have a mare that needs to be inspected for the Department’s Equine Discussion Group or to meet the RDS’s eligibility requirements for the young show jumping horse classes, WSI inspections will tick those boxes. If you want to have your mare become an Approved Mare in WSI, or instead all you need is independent suggestions on what type of stallion you should use with her, the experienced inspectors can be of service.

“And if you have a stallion, whether it is a young prospect or a mature stallion successful in sport, the Stage 1 selections will put your stallion on the path to WSI approval.”

WSI and the KWPN will be holding a Reception & Information Evening on Monday  September 12th at 7pm at the Osprey Hotel in Naas. Speakers will include Mr. Johan Knaap, the KWPN Director and His Excellency P.W.A. Schellekens, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Everyone is invited, and RSVPs may be made to or by phone to 087 222 9701.

Jack Burns