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July 5, 2017





For many within a Studbook it’s all a bit of a grey area: the Inspection and its inspectors. In its most literary meaning, inspectors have been assigned positions for supervision or surveillance, but within the KFPS we have taken this task much further.
Both breeding goal and selection policy have been laid down in close consultation between the Member Council and the Inspection, from which the Inspection has drawn up the base lines that the Jury relies on and must comply with in its decision making. The Inspection ensures that uniformity in judging matters is largely guaranteed. We have spoken to Harrie Draaijer, Louise Hompe, Jaap Boersma and the two novice Inspection members Sabien Zwaga and Pieter Bergsma.

Staff development
‘The Inspection is continually on the look-out for new talent to start the education to become a jury member. Scouted talents are invited to join a selection day. Prior to this they are required to write a letter of motivation, they must assess four horses and support their evaluations with accompanying comments and only after that they are invited for an interview. Those who finish with a positive result are allowed in the ring as the ‘fourth person’ for the duration of one year. Next is a three-year training period to become a jury member. At a later stage options are open to specialise in linear scoring, the position of Head of Jury or promotion to the team of Inspectors.’
Current jury members are required to follow a yearly cycle of refresher- and standardisation courses. Additional evaluations are conducted with jury members, training stables and breeding chapters. Every year jury members are invited for individual appraisals to assess their performance.’
Since January 1st the Inspection has been extended with an executive committee consisting of Harrie Draaijer (chairman), Sabien Zwaga (secretary) and Louise Hompe (member). To establish shorter lines with the office organisation Sabien Zwaga works on location at the Studbook office two days a week. ‘The EC (Executive Committee) convenes once a month and feedback is communicated to the jury members in monthly newsletters.’

‘Judging, policy development, management of the Jury including assignments of jury members within and outside the Netherlands as well as drawing up reports are core aspects. Policy development concerning the requirements related to the assessment of exterior is done jointly by the Inspection and the Breeding Council. The Inspection has representatives both on the Breeding Council and the Sports Council.’
‘Taking stock is done at the end of each inspection season. Statistics over the past ten years indicate that we have more or less the same percentage of Star mares and first premium foals. A particularly marked progression is seen in the top segment. The percentage of 3-year-old Star mares has remained constant over the past five years but the share of first-premium mares has risen every year. The percentage of first- and second-premium foals has also gone up.’

The Inspection has pinpointed two areas of friction connected to quality improvement. One is the pool of low-quality mares that are used for breeding nonetheless. The other area is the pool of mares who represent valuable breeding potential but are not used for breeding. ‘The publication of lists stating the breeding values of mares has already stimulated the use of embryo transfer for some higher-placed mares. Many breeders prefer to postpone breeding until their mare has completed an ABFP- or IBOP Test. But this group of mares in particular is important for us to realise progression in breeding.’
The core values of the Inspection can be summarised as follows: To motivate, monitor and stimulate and these three fundamental aspects also serve to motivate, monitor and stimulate each other!

As posted in the July 2017 KFPS Newsletter