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In the qualification process for Olympic Games, the rule is that the host nation does not need to qualify (all athletes must fulfil MERs). It would be better if host nation riders have to go through the same qualifying process as all equestrians.

The KWPN studbook has decided to test KWPN approved stallions on active stud duty for WFFS. The breeding season is in full swing and breeders are currently making partner choices for their mares. By publishing the WFFS status of approved KWPN stallions, the KWPN studbook wants to optimally inform its breeders.

Recently, there has been a stir in Europe over a condition in horses that is new to many horse owners and veterinarians; the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome. Recently is was discovered that three KWPN approved stallions carry the WFFS gene. At this moment it is not transparent which other approved stallions might also carry the WFFS gene, therefore the KWPN has decided to test all KWPN stallions on active stud duty. Stallion owners have been informed about these tests, which should take two to three weeks to complete. The results per stallion (either positive or negative for carrying the WFFS gene) will be published on www.kwpn.nl.

Recently, at the request of KWPN, a test has become available in the Netherlands through the Van Haeringen Laboratory in Wageningen. A foal with WFFS always has both a sire and a dam that carry the gene. The KWPN is starting by testing all KWPN approved stallions, and will then continue to investigate how to incorporate the screening of mares into its breeding programme. In addition, the KWPN wants to investigate possibilities for integrating the WFFS test into the spectrum of tests already employed by the KWPN studbook.

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