2008 REPORT FROM THE NORWEGIAN ARAB HORSE SOCIETY (NAHF):
The current published stud book for NAHF is volume V, and it covers the period from 1991 to 1997. A supplement for the period 1998 to 1999 will be published beginning of 2009. Our plan is to publish the next stud book ( volume VI) in 2010, for the years 2000 – 2008. NAHF Registry will have a new database working from 2009.
60 foals were born in 2008. 24 horses have been imported in 2008, 7 horses have been exported. Estimated number of living Arabians is 900.
Our national authorities demand that every horse has a passport, and since 2007 all horses have to be micro-chipped. The micro-chips we use are ISO-standard, and NAHF have to get the micro-chip from the national authorities. The micro-chip is sent out to the owner of the foal, with the rest of the registration papers. A veterinarian has to chip the horse, and return a sign form to the Registry.
NAHF do allow use of artificial insemination, transported semen. We do not for the moment allow embryo transfer. But we will register imports produced by embryo transfer.
NAHF are now running two shows every year, one international show in June / July and one national show in August. At the national show it is also classes for riding, jumping and western. Futurity Cup for yearlings has been a popular introduction at the national show. The Arabian horse are used in ridden classes, jumping, driving, racing, endurance and western riding, but mostly the Arab horse in Norway are used as a ” family horse”. The Norwegian Riding Federation arrange all activities for ridden classes, jumping and endurance, this are classes open for all breeds. At NAHF national show the performance classes are only for the purebred Arabian horse. Racing is run by the Norwegian Jockey Club, and they have only a few races for purebred Arabians in Norway, but it is possible to go to Sweden – were they have races more regularly.
Fortunately we can see a growing activity, and the Society is working to encourage owners to use their horses in performance competitions.
The Norwegian Arabian Horse Society has arranged different seminar to educate their members in history, care and use of the purebred Arabian horse. The Society has a magazine, published 3- 4 times pr. year , with information an articles to educate our members.
REPORT MADE AT 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE:
In 2007, Norway registered 45 foals and processed 8 exports and 22 imports.
The current published stud book for Norway is volume 5, covering the period 1991-1997. A supplement for the period 1998-2005 will be published this year, our plan is then to publish the next stud book in 2009. We are working with a new database and we hope this will come into use at the end of this year.
In 2005 we registered 32 foals, but there are still some pending that will be registered this year. In 2006 we registered 28 foals and about 20 are still pending registration. The number of foals over the past 5 years has been between 40 to 60. In Norway we still have licensing for stallions being used for breeding, this is mostly because the National Authorities want to have the same system for all the different breeds in Norway. The Norwegian Registry will register all foals as long as they fulfill the requirements to be a purebred Arabian, even if the stallion is not licensed. Today we have about 50 stallions that have been licensed, about 15 to 20 have been used for breeding. The number of broodmares is about 200, normally 50 to 60 are covered in a year. The estimated number of living Arabians is 750. Numbers of imports are about 20 to 25 each year, and between 1 and 3 horses are exported each year.
Norway has been blood-typing foals and imports since 1985, from 2000 we changed to DNA, although for a period we had to use both systems. Our national authorities demand that every horse has a passport, and from 2007 all horses have to be micro-chipped, and it is an ISO standard system that we are using. We do allow the use of Artificial Insemination and transported semen, but we do not for the moment allow Embryo transfer but we will register imports produced by this method.
We run 2 shows every year, one international show normally in June or July, and our National show in August. At the National Show there are also classes for riding, jumping and western. Local shows are also arranged, one in the north of Norway, north of even the polar circle, normally this show is held every 2nd year. Our Arabian horses are used for riding, jumping, driving, racing, endurance and western riding. But mostly the Arabian horses in Norway are used as family horses. The Norwegian Riding Federation arranges all activities for ridden classes, jumping and endurance, these classes are open for all breeds. At the National Show the performance classes are only for purebred Arabians. Racing is run by the Norwegian Jockey Club, and they have only a few races for purebred Arabians in Norway, but the owners also have the possibility to race their horses in Sweden and Denmark. We can see a growth in the activities and the Society is working for encouraging owners to use their horses in performance competition.
The Norwegian Arabian Horse Society has arranged different seminars to educate our members in the history, care and use of the purebred Arabian horse, normally they have one course every year.