Performance horses in spotlight at ‘Breeding for Gold’ symposium

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Performance horse breeding is the focus of next month’s ‘Breeding for Gold’ symposium in Britain, with presentations from several experts in the field.

The Equine Breeding Symposium is a joint venture between Beaufort Embryo Transfer, West Kington Stud, B&W Equine Vets and Saracen Horse Feeds, and will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on Thursday, March 9. ‘Breeding for Gold’ is aimed at all breeders, stud owners and those who wish to learn more about breeding for performance.

With the continued improvement of British breeding in mind, the symposium is intended to inform and encourage better standards of breeding, particularly within the UK sport horse industry with a view to producing successful British-bred equine athletes.

Seven presentations will cover a range of equine breeding topics delivered by an expert panel of speakers. The event will be chaired by Professor Chris Gaskell, Vice Chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University.

Guest speakers Jennie Loriston-Clarke, Jan Rogers and Carole Mortimer aim to summarise current and recent developments in the UK breeding sector. Dr Emmeline Hill, founder of Equinome and a prominent equine geneticist, will speak about “Selective breeding for the avoidance of inheritable conditions”. Dr Ludwig Christmann, International Director of the Hanoverian studbook, will join the line up to discuss “The success of the Hanoverian studbook”.

Ollie Crowe, a European specialist in Equine Surgery, will be speaking about the “Management of Youngstock for optimal conformation and performance” while Richard Lancaster, the Director of the famous Shadwell Stud, will give an insight into breeding for sport with Arabian bloodlines. The day will also include a panel discussion – an interactive question and discussion session between the speakers and delegates.

The symposium starts at 9am and will finish at about 4.30pm. Tickets cost £60 per person including lunch and refreshments. Contact Tessa Clarke or Annabel Croll on 01249 782050 or westkingtonstud@aol.com.

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