Council Meeting Report
The Council met on Friday evening last for the final Council meeting before the AGM on Sunday 9th October.
The executive committee proposed that a third tutor would be sourced to allow all candidates on the Linear Profiling course the opportunity for further training.
The breeding and inspection committee selected the inspectors for the upcoming inspections. The committee agreed that all colts which are vetted will be tested for HWSD (Hoof Wall Separation Disease) on the day. The fee of €30 will be payable on the day. The result of the HWSD will be stamped on the passport. A discussion took place about the percentage of foals testing positive for HWSD and it was agreed that a subcommittee would be assigned to keep track of these ponies.
The marketing and education committee informed the meeting that they would have a stand at the Ploughing Championships. The CPBS would have their own personalised gazebo and the stand would be manned by member s of Council and Connemara Pony Society groups.
The show and grounds committee gave a report and recommendations for improvement for next year
A report from the safety officer Ms. Caroline Neville was read out regarding the show.
A number of issues came up under correspondence one especially which related to the leaking of information of members private business. The Council unanimously denounced this behaviour and further denounced the dissemination of this information on Facebook by society members.
A letter from Horse Sport Ireland told of a new and exciting genomic research project into the Traditional Irish Sport Horses (TIH). The project aims to identify the genetic differences between TIH’s and other breeds and hopes to ultimately result in the development of a genetic test to identify TIH horses. This project will involve genotyping DNA samples from Irish Draught Horses, Irish Sport Horses (TIH and non-TIH) and Connemara Ponies. This is a project that the CPBS hope to collaborate with.
The assistant secretary gave a report on the office and informed the committee that 500 HWSD results were reported earlier in the week and the staff are working through the passports.