KFPS Members’Council

Most topics on the agenda at the KFPS Members’ Council meeting on Friday 20 May have been approved, except for the adjustment of the Performance predicate.
First the topics that the Council of Members agreed to.
• The term of office of board members can be extended by one year in exceptional cases.
• The tightening of the code of conduct, including restrictions on accepting donations above 25 euros, was adopted.
• The removal of hair in the ears of the horses and tactile hairs is prohibited for inspection horses. The Council of Members agreed (85.7%) that jurors should not only monitor, but also enforce this rule.
• Owners who do a risk mating with their mare (combining a carrier mare with a carrier stallion) first receive a warning letter, a second time a fine of 2000 euros follows, 57.1% of the Members’ Council voted in favour. It was suggested that foals should also be tested for carrier status as standard by determining the parentage on the basis of hair samples.
The proposal to increase the aptitude test score for eligibility for the Performance predicate from 75 to 77 points failed. 65.5% of the voting members’ council members rejected the proposal.

2021 Was Not That Bad Financially

Financially, 2021 was not that bad for the KFPS, despite the corona and the cancellation of events, the damage was limited to a loss of € 26,000. Board member Miel Janssen explained that the loss is a lot more positive than the € 360,000 loss that was approved in the budget by the Members Council. Thanks to TVL and NOW schemes, the KFPS received compensation for lost income related to corona. The budget for 2022 has been set at 100,000 negative.

Higher Volunteer Fees

The increase in compensation for volunteers within the studbook was also approved. Jury members receive an allowance of 170 euros per day, members of the HKC receive 250 per day, while ringmasters and chippers/measurement team can declare 100 euros per day, in addition to fixed annual allowances for further training and the like. These increases are more in line with the market, including an annual indexation.

Meetings New Style

The board also proposed to split the meetings that are scheduled twice a year into an ‘administrative’ meeting and a substantive meeting. The consultations in the regions provided food for discussion for the Breeding Council on breeding-technical topics. The discussion in the regions about research into hereditary defects – in collaboration with the Fenway Foundation – sustainability, well-being and character have provided good starting points for the Breeding Council to work on. However, with a total of 150 members, the turnout was meager, the same number of members attended the online (foreign) meeting. Numbers that don’t say enough about members’ opinions. The proposal is to organize three to four meetings in the country, possibly supplemented by a guest speaker to stimulate discussion about horses and breeding.

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