At the meeting of the Member Council in Putten Sieneke Mekkes was officially appointed as the new KFPS Board member. Mekkes effectively succeeds Pascale Drijfhout who took his farewell after completing the maximum term of eight years.
The agenda item concerning publication of carrier status dwarfism- and/or hydrocephaly gene proved to be so controversial that in the end the item was not put to the vote. The Board intends to come up with a new proposal in the spring which will be based on the present proposal but seeks to include the mare keepers’ obligations with regard to testing of their mares.
Along with the appointment of Sieneke Mekkes treasurer Peter Bazuijnen has been re-elected. Jan Vriend has traded his place on the Member Council region North- and South Holland for a position on the Breeding Council and his place on the Member Council has been taken by Anouk Glas. Brandt Schaap has also joined the Breeding Council and Petra van Vliet has become a member of the Disciplinary Committee. Jury member and former inspector Jan Hendriks has given notice to resign his function as KFPS jury member as per January 1st. Also on January 1st, Fetze Veldstra will no longer continue as an inspector but as a senior jury member.
The budget for 2017 shows a modest plus of €17,800.-. The number of stud services has gone up and especially in foreign countries membership numbers are also on the increase. A solid financial reserve has been built up which the KFPS wishes to use by allowing it to flow back to the members by lowering the registration rates for foals by €5.-. With Leeuwarden Cultural Capital 2018 in mind the Faderpaard Foundation is working on a theatre production called ‘The Storm Rider’. The Board asks the Member Council to support a KFPS surety for €250,000.-. The Member Council has unanimously accepted this financial guarantee.
The Member Council has also approved the introduction of classes for 1- and 2-year-old stallions at inspections. The Elite-Sport predicate will be introduced for horses with a minimum of five winning points at Prix St. Georges level in dressage or horses that have earned the Sport predicate in the three disciplines dressage, driving and show driving.
Progeny Testing of stallions approved in North America currently takes place at the end of their seventh stud season. Stallions that were selected for the Central Examination in the previous year but have not taken part are now also eligible for a second chance. Additionally, the Member Council has also given its support for a Short ABFP Test for horses of 4 years and older which have undergone adequate basic training.