Below is a communication from the Danish stud Blue Hors who tested all their stallions for WFFS .
The AWR supports their decision. The future of sport horse breeding depends on the honesty and integrity of the warmblood owners.
We again urge all breeders to have their broodmares and stallions tested for WFFS prior to actual breeding and to make sure that only horses not carrying the potentially lethal genetic defect are used for breeding.
“Blue Hors is taking 3 WFFS carriers out of breeding for the time being
May 20, 2018 14:10 (0) Pedigrees powered by HorseTelex
The leading stallion station Stoeterij Blue Hors decided on its own initiative to test its own stallions for the genetic defect causing WFFS. The test showed that three out of ten stallions at the Danish station are carriers: Blue Hors Veniziano (Vivaldi x Donnerhall), Blue Hors Emilio (Escolar x Lauries Crusador xx) and Blue Hors Londoner (Londontime x Danone I). The three stallions are temporarily withdrawn from breeding.
Blue Hors is until now the only European stallion station that the stallions tested entirely on their own initiative. Blue Hors chef Esben Møller is shocked by the results. “Three out of ten stallions is a lot. This can be an indication that the gene defect occurs more often than previously thought. That is why we decided to temporarily withdraw the three stallions from the stud farm. ”
No known WFFS cases
Blue Hors reports that breeders have not reported about foals with defects. Blue Hors Veneziano, a Vivaldi bred out of the full sister of Don Schufro, has four crops. Blue Hors Emilio (by Escolar) has one. Blue Hors Londoner, the audience favorite of the Oldenburg stallion and premium stallion at the Danish show, covered this season for the first time.
‘No stallions with the gene use’
Blue Hors veterinarian Jesper Møller Nielsen advises breeders and owners with offspring of the three WFFS carriers to test their horses. Blue Hors waits for the WBFSH or individual studbooks about WFFS. Until then, Møller Nielsen advises not to use WFFS carriers in breeding.”