Representatives of seven warmblood breed organizations met in Devon, PA in September of 1991 at the invitation of Lou Thompson of the American Hanoverian Society to discuss the concept of forming a stallion testing commission with representatives from all of the warmblood breed organizations. However, discussion soon turned to the many issues which the warmblood breed organizations in North America could address together rather than separately. The Federation was named and organized in its present form in Charlottesville, VA, in December, 1993. The stated purpose of the Federation was to act as an umbrella organization for the sport horse registries in order to sponsor stallion testing, to address the need for performance tracking in the U.S., and to work as a group to accomplish other goals. Eight North American studbooks named a representative and comprise the current membership of the Federation. The Federation has met on a regular basis since 1993 and the chairmanship is rotated semi-annually among member representatives. Collectively, the nine registries have in excess of 7,500 individual members and register approximately 3,000 warmblood foals annually.


The Federation has increased communication among the member registries, with accompanied sharing of pedigree information and blood type results. Information on registration rules and terminology was compiled for and distributed to all member organizations. A 100-Day Stallion Performance Test is now held under the auspices of the Federation, with the American Hanoverian Society and the Oldenburg North America Registry acting as co-managers. The test is offered every other year and alternates between Paxton Farm, located outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Rancho Murieta Equine Complex near Sacramento, California. Year 2000 testing was conducted from August 11 through November 18 at Rancho Murieta and 20 stallions representing a number of warmblood breeds participated. {Click here for results.} Year 2002 testing will be held at Paxton Farms in Batavia, Ohio - tentative dates are August 16 - November 23, 2002.

The Federation has made substantial inroads toward the elimination of duplicate registration. It is the stated policy of the Federation that no member registry will knowingly issue papers to a horse previously registered with another warmblood society. Accurate performance tracking, a priority of the Federation, is dependent on a "one horse, one number" system. With this in mind, breeders are strongly advised to research registration possibilities (this web site is considered a very useful tool in this regard).

The Federation supports and is a sponsor of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Breeders Championship Series. Many of its members are also individual sponsors of the USDF's popular year-end All Breeds Awards program. We also serve as a source of accurate pedigree information for this series and other USDF programs.

The Federation is a member of the American Horse Council (AHC) and has a representative on the AHC Health and Regulatory Committee. The Federation supported and helped develop the AHC Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) protocol and has helped distribute it widely. The Federation has taken a proactive position on EVA import testing requirements.


In the future, the Federation hopes to be instrumental in the development of an Interactive Database linking sport and pedigree information which would be accessible through the internet. With universal software, show managers could receive pedigree, owner and breeder information as well as submit results.

The Federation also hopes to be instrumental in developing a qualifying system for North American horses with the goal of competing in the World Breeding Federation Young Horse Championship in Europe. This competition, for 5- and 6-year-old dressage horses, has not, to this time, had entries from the U.S. or Canada.

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