16th November – Horse Assessment & Evaluation Seminar for All Horse Breeders


Horse Assessment & Evaluation Seminar

For All Horse Breeders

Regardless of your breed or discipline, knowing how to identify the qualities of horses and ponies should be the number one priority of all breeders. Learning to objectively analyze and assess the qualities of your horses is vital to continually breed for improvement in quality for breed standards of your animals.

To assist in this learning process, the Haflinger Horse Association of New Zealand (HHANZ) is offering an education opportunity on Saturday, November 16th (immediately after the Canterbury A&P Show) to all who are interested, regardless of the breed you own or want to own. The location of the seminar is near Rangiora, at Ancova Farm.

The 5 hour seminar will be presented by Wayne G. Hipsley, BSc, MSc, an equestrian professor, evaluator and judge from Lexington, Kentucky. Wayne will be visiting New Zealand to serve as one of the official judges for the Canterbury A&P Show, and immediately preceding this event, he will be one of the instructors at Equitana-Sydney. Wayne is no stranger to New Zealand as he has conducted seminars from Invercargill to Whangarei. He has conducted exhibitor and judge’s educational seminars for many different breed associations and discipline groups in NZ, Appaloosa, Andalusian, Haflinger, Miniature Horse, Pinto and the RAS. In the United States, he has participated in the establishment of breed standards for the Norwegian Fjords and the Gypsy Vanners (Cobs), while working with the American Hanoverian Society and its evaluation program.

Although this seminar is focussed on breed evaluations for the Haflinger Horse, the content is applicable to all other horse breeds. Sound knowledge of general horse conformation is a prerequisite for attending this advanced seminar.  Participants can expect to gain knowledge on how to evaluate a horse in practice using a tried and tested evaluation scoring system developed by Wayne.

The day is planned as follows:

9am – 12 noon: Classroom seminar to review the basics and introduce numerical methods for assessment of horses and ponies.

12 – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 3pm:  Apply the techniques introduced in the classroom to live horse classification of Haflingers

All participants in the seminar will receive a certificate of participation for attending. And for those wishing to work as HHANZ evaluators, participation in the seminar is mandatory toward receiving the evaluator status. The registration fee for the seminar is: $50.

For more information and to book a place, please contact: Vidhi Marshall, HHANZ Secretary, 0274 313662, 03 3128987, vidhi@xtra.co.nz

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