Groundbreaking Survival Effort By Cleveland Bay Horse
a groundbreaking effort to ensure the survival of the Cleveland
Bay, a unique initiative has been launched by the Rare Breeds Survival
Trust (RBST) and the breed society.
is to be collected from a carefully selected cross section of Cleveland
Bay stallions and then frozen to assist with the survival and growth
of the breed.
10-year programme will see the Cleveland Bay Breed Society working
in conjunction with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) to ensure
that stallions submitted represent the broadest genetic diversity
in the live population.
stallions will need to be registered and have an accurate minimum
Medforth, President of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society said: "We
are delighted to be working with the RBST and feel very fortunate
to have their technical expertise to help us with the survival of
RBST National ReGENEration Appeal has been set up in direct response
to the FMD outbreak. Although horses and ponies were not susceptible,
the devastating effects of the 2001 epidemic highlighted the need
for adequate reserves of genetic reserves for all species and breeds
listed by the RBST.
the RBST has no equine genetic material in store and funds have
been made available to start collecting semen this year. The long
term aim is to collect semen from 25 stallions from each of the
equine breeds currently listed by the Trust.
RBST has enrolled two studs where each stallion, which has been
approved by the Trust, will stay for four weeks during which time
semen will be evaluated and collected. They are Twemlows Hall (Genus
Equine) in Shropshire and West Kington Stallion Stud in Wiltshire.
will be asked to make their stallions on a no cost basis and the
semen collected will be divided into three different portions:
55% will go into a National Archive stored by the RBST
" 30% will be stored for use in Conservation Breeding Programmes
" 15% will be stored by the RBST but belongs to the owner of
the stallion at the time semen is donated to the project.
more information on the Cleveland Bay Horse Society, contact Chris
Ogilvie on 01904 489731.
more information on the Rare Breeds National ReGENEration Appeal,
contact Susie Craddock, projects manager on 024 7669 6551.