Survival Campaign for the Cleveland Bay
the breeding season gets underway, concerns over the future of the
Cleveland Bay have prompted an appeal by its Society to encourage
all pure bred mare owners to breed only to pure-bred stallions.
Cleveland Bay features on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust's 'Critical'
list. In 2001, only 39 foals were registered with only 14 of these
Numbers prior to 2000 had been approaching 80 per year on average
but the sudden decline has been a major cause for concern.
in 2002 were again well below the average. Some of this may be attributable
to the F&M epidemic when mares were not travelled to stallions.
there are only 400 pure-bred mares of breeding age but over half
of these have never bred a pure Cleveland Bay foal.
owners of all pure bred mares are the target of the Cleveland Society's
do not face the future with optimism," says President Charles
Medforth. "I would like to see every member with a mare trying
to breed a pure bred foal.
encourage the breeding and registering of pure bred foals the CBHS
in conjunction with the Horse Race Betting Levy Board have increased
the premium to £200 for each pure bred foal registered.
more information on the Cleveland Bay Horse contact the Society
on 01904 489731