1995 (January/February) - Educating Judges and the Shape of the Andalusian Head

The following excerpts were taken from "Andalusian Dedicated to the Spanish and Lusitano Horse" Jan/Feb 1995 The Official Publication of the International Andalusian Horse Association (TIAHA)

Table of Contents of the Magazine

IALHA Office Members in 1996

Letter from the President

"EDUCATION - EDUCATION - EDUCATION ... this is the request ... A year and a half ago at our planning retreat, there was considerable unhappiness expressed about judges who lacked basic knowledge ... In response, our education seminars were initiated ... Barbara Currie and Graham Kaye-Eddie presented our judge education seminar to over sixty qualified judges ... this presentation has now been made to over one hundred judges."

Embryo Transfer Allowed

" ... TIAHA has approved the use of Embryo Transplantation in purebred and half-Andalusians ... The first foals eligible for registration will be foals conceived in 1995 and born in 1996. Only one foal may be registered from a mare in any given calendar year."

New Doma Vaquera Rules Adopted

"TIAHA Show Committee has recommended and TIAHA Board of Directors has adopted a full set of Doma Vaquera show rules for 1995 ... Appropriate dress, tack and equipment are fully described."

Quotes from Juan Llamas

"Cross-breeding with other breeds, often far back, is there under our noses, though Arab influence is the easiest to detect and the most frequent."

" ... we believe that the type and purity of the Spanish horse must be preserved."

"It is well known that a horse's breed characteristics are more clearly visible in its head than in any other part of its body, and that a 'prototype' head, in a purebred horse or any breed, will be accompanied by a series of correlated features in other parts of its conformation. Thus the subconvex face and forehead profile of the Spanish horse will always be found in conjunction with a sloping croup and a low set tail which is kept well tucked-in when the horse is moving, while the concave profile of the Arab is always found with a horizontal croup and a high tail carriage."

The first major debate on the shape of a Spanish horse's head was held in 1989. Those in attendance were show judges. "The decision ... was unanimously in favor of deleting the old definition of the straight profile and providing instead that the only admissible profile for the Spanish horse was subconvex in both forehead and nasal bone."

This decision was overturned after the breeders called their own meetings. "They had no difficulty in reaching agreement that the tail should follow the downward curve of the croup and stay tucked-in in action, but they could not agree to rule out the straight profile, and as a consequence it is still held to be acceptable in the Spanish horse".

"That is why in the most recent Seville championship, we saw prizes awarded to Spanish horses with small heads, bulging eyes, heavy jaws and ears whose tips pointed inwards towards each other, short foreleg cannons, open-angled joints and flat croups with tails carried high, all characteristics which point clearly to Arabian influence."

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