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Licensing of stallions 2020

by Ingvild Rydjord Hansen, translated by Jenny Wright Johnsen

Due to the corona situation it has been clear for some time that we cannot hold the stallion show at Eid like we normally do. The board and the breeding committee of NFL has made a decision on how to get the young stallions breeding, and to facilitate for a good breeding season.
At the end of March it was decided that stallions in class 1A and 2A automatically gets a license to 2021. Stallions of class 1B will not be judged this year but are welcome back next year.
Due to the importance of bringing young, new stallions into the breeding we have looked at a solution for stallions in class 2B (not licensed 4-5 years) and class 3 (3-year olds) to get a judge- and veterinary assesment. Both regional gatherings and judging of stallions at home have been options we have considered. NFL has been in close contact with Norsk Hestesenter (NHS) and the regional authorities about this way of running the licensing, but because of the situation concerning the corona virus this is not possible.
The board and breeding committee of NFL has decided to give license to all stallions signed in for class 2B and 3, unless they have been shown previously on Eid with the 0.pr. The stallions licensed this year will be asked to meet in class 2B next year for ordinary licensing.
The data we have on the stallions are very different and it would be unfair to look at previous results to judge them. The board of NFL has thus decided to grant all the license, to be fair.
Before the stallions gets the license, they must send information to NFL. All stallions must undergo a veterinary check of a local veterinary, measuring them, checking for white markings and defects, referred to the breeding plan. Nils Ivar Dolvik and vet Torbjørn Nes Hjelle will run the dialog with the vets that are doing the check on the stallions. They will also go through the schemes and make an assessment about whether the stallions fulfill the health standards referring to the breeding plan.
In addition to the vet check the stallions must be shown on video driving with a cart, a video showing the stallions standing, walking and trotting. Each video must last at least 30 seconds. In addition, a photo of the stallions must be sent in. This is for the mare owners to see in the stallion catalogue.
The licensed stallions get a quota of mares. It is 5 mares per stallions, and stallions rented or bought by local fjord horse associations gets a quota of 20 mares. The different quotas are due to the importance of a healthy financial situation for the local fjord horse associations, and we know that keeping a stallion is a major and important part of the local activity.
NFL are proud of the knowledge and skills of the breeders, showers and local associations around Norway. In such a strange year we must rely on the knowledge and wisdom of the local fjord horse people and hope that the local associations will choose the best stallions and the breeders to make the best mating combinations.
We would like for the mare owners to cover their mare this year. With the world affected by corona we can still keep together and find joy in breeding and keeping a fjord horse.
The board of Norges Fjordhestlag

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