|MEMBER REPORT FROM CHILE (Includes Peru)|
REPORT MADE AT 2011 WAHO CONFERENCE:
Mr. Fernando Saenz, Chile: My name is Fernando Saenz, and together with my colleague Mr. Rodolfo Pinilla who is in charge of our Registry, we come in representation of Chile and Peru. We thank first His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani and the authorities of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club for having us here in their beautiful country, together with WAHO's President Dr. Hans Nagel.
The population of Arabian horses in my country is approximately 2,800 horses. In 2010 we registered 200 foals, 10% of them from Peru, and imported 25 horses. This year we registered so far 182 foals, again with 10% from Peru, and we exported 5 horses. We hold 2 annual shows with approximately 70 to 80 horses participating at each. Endurance riding is popular, a ride is held every 2 months, this sport is growing fast with the participation of 100-150 horses. We are now preparing ourselves to come to compete in Dubai this December.
We do allow artificial insemination and embryo transfer, and all foals are parent verified by DNA. Our studbook is in printing and includes from 2007 to 2010. And last, but not least, I must do a heartily remembrance of an American Arabian horse breeder that made it possible for my country to enter to the WAHO family, way back in 1982, at the Calgary meeting. His name was Douglas Marshall of Gleannloch Farms. He will be always in my heart and mind. Thank you.
Chile reports that in the year 2008, 209 foals were registered. There are approximately 250 active broodmares and 40 active breeding stallions. No horses were exported, and 1 was imported from Brazil. Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer and multiple foals per mare per year by ET are permitted. Passports are not yet issued. Horses are not yet microchipped. The estimated number of living Arabians in Chile at present is just over 2,000. There are 2 main shows and 10 endurance rides each year.
Chile also registers the Arabian horses for Peru, in the year 2008 11 foals were born in Peru, from the farms of 3 different breeders were registered.
In 2009, The Asociacion de Criadores de Caballos Arabes del Peru (ACCAP) became an Associate (non voting) Member of WAHO. The Arabian horses of Peru are registered in a separate section of the Arabian Stud Book of Chile.
From 2007, Chile has been registering the Arabian horses of Peru.In 2007 Chile registered 218 foals and recorded 3 exports and 8 imports.
The current published Stud book is Volume IV. In 2006 Chile had 350 registered mares and 50 breeding stallions, and 288 foals were registered. All these horses are blood-typed and we are moving to DNA typing.
2 horses were exported in 2006 – one to USA and one to the UAE, and 19 were imported from Argentina. The use of Artificial Insemination and transported semen is permitted, so is embryo transfer.
The Chilean Arabian Association organises an 2 regional shows yearly. Regarding endurance races, they are very popular and 10 are held each year. Chile has taken part several times in international and world endurance competitions, at which they have always participated with Arabian Horses. Arabian horses are also used for jumping and dressage competitions. Arabian horse breeding is flourishing in Chile, since the last few years.
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