Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 24, 2011 16:58 ET

Government of Canada Certifies the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breed

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) has received approval of amended legal authorities which recognize the Warmblood horse as a distinct breed in Canada, announced Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. This certification is key to ensuring that Canadian Warmblood breeders will be able to build on Canada's reputation as a supplier of high-quality performance horses.

"There is tremendous opportunity for the Warmblood horse breed both here in Canada and internationally," said Minister Ritz. "The Association has worked hard over the years to encourage the development of a top-quality, performance horse, and I congratulate everyone involved in this success."

Working together, the Government of Canada and the CWHBA have taken an innovative approach to further define the Warmblood as a distinct breed under the Animal Pedigree Act. Genetic improvement is a fundamental element of the Act, and this new characterization of the breed will enable the CWHBA to accurately reflect the genetic makeup of its animals, which is an important consideration in breeding superior animals.

"The importance of this approval cannot be overestimated. With this announcement the CWHBA has secured the assurance for Canadian breeders that the integrity of Warmblood horse breeding in Canada remains intact and that CWHBA members can continue to breed Warmblood horses in Canada to international standards," said Chris Gould, Chairman of the CWHBA. "Minister Ritz is to be congratulated for his leadership in directing the department to work with us to arrive at a workable solution to this long-standing situation." 

National breed associations that agree to take on the responsibility of establishing a registry and representing breeders throughout Canada are incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act. Only one breed association may be incorporated in respect of each distinct breed, or evolving breed. Breed associations maintain pedigree records and issue certificates of registration as their primary responsibility.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary