Government of Canada Certifies the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breed
Ottawa, Ontario, March 24, 2011 - The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) has received approval of amended legal authorities which recognize the Warmblood horse as a distinct breed in Canada, announced Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. This certification is key to ensuring that Canadian Warmblood breeders will be able to build on Canada's reputation as a supplier of high-quality performance horses.
Working together, the Government of Canada and the CWHBA have taken an innovative approach to further define the Warmblood as a distinct breed under the Animal Pedigree Act. Genetic improvement is a fundamental element of the Act, and this new characterization of the breed will enable the CWHBA to accurately reflect the genetic makeup of its animals, which is an important consideration in breeding superior animals.
National breed associations that agree to take on the responsibility of establishing a registry and representing breeders throughout Canada are incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act. Only one breed association may be incorporated in respect of each distinct breed, or evolving breed. Breed associations maintain pedigree records and issue certificates of registration as their primary responsibility.
For more information, media may contact:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz