NZ’s hackney registry to accept 25% partbreds

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2007 World grand champion hackney road pony, Free Willy, at the American Royal Horse Show in 2007.
2007 World grand champion hackney road pony, Free Willy, at the American Royal Horse Show in 2007. © Kersti Nebelsiek

Partbred hackney horses and ponies of 25% or more are to be added to the studbook of the New Zealand Hackney Society.

Westridge Heir Apparent, a yearling pony by a Welsh section A stallion and out of a Hackney pony mare. He is owned by Claire McKee, of Levin.
Westridge Heir Apparent, a yearling pony by a Welsh section A stallion and out of a Hackney pony mare. He is owned by Claire McKee, of Levin.

Delegates at the society’s last Annual Meeting unanimously agreed to introduce a new classification within the existing stud book for partbreds of 25% or more hackney blood.

Previously only partbreds of 50% or more hackney blood were eligible.

“It was felt by the membership that a number of outstanding animals were not having the unique inheritance of their hackney heritage recognised,” registrar Chas Cooling said.

All hackneys within a horse’s pedigree would need to be acknowledged on their application at the time of registration.

The hackney breed is on the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s watchlist, and is listed as Category 2, endangered, in Britain.

Enquiries and registrations should be sent to the registrar, Chas Cooling, 177 Normanby Road, Rakaia RD 14, or call 03 3035 094.  c.jcooling@xtra.co.nz 

 

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