• Welcome to the WBFSH

    Breeding Department

    We are a very vibrant department overseeing a range of projects that support the breeding of the best sport horses, one of the key objectives of our organisation.

    We are delighted to lead initiatives for breeding development and to safeguard the industry through use of “Good Breeding Practice”, which will give us an opportunity to share knowledge and to recognise excellence in our member studbooks through our prestigious Quality Label. You can find out more about the Good Breeding Practice project here [link to Good Breeding Practice project page].

    Creating and maintaining trust in the industry is vital for its long term success. Together with our working group of studbook representatives and stallion owners we are developing a new Implementation Tool for Traceability of Genetic Material that will create transparency and consistency.

    Many of our member studbooks also know us as the team behind WHIRDEC, which we run in close collaboration with the IFCE. You can find out more about this important initiative here [link to WHIRDEC project page].

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  • WHIRDEC
    World Horse Identification Registration and Data Exchange Committee (WHIRDEC)
  • Bérengère Lacroix
  • Bérengère Lacroix

    I am Bérengère Lacroix and I have been working with the WBFSH since 2008. In my time with the organisation I have been working with one of its founding fathers and honorary members, Xavier Guibert, on many groundbreaking projects, such as the creation of the UELN and in WHIRDEC. As studbook director of the Selle Français and prior to that in 10 years of working for the IFCE, I have gained a lot of industry experience. I am passionate about bringing together all the different agencies involved in the breeding industry, from studbooks to regulatory bodies, to help us cooperate in leading breeding into the future.

  • Paul Hubert

    I am Paul Hubert, a Vice President of the WBFSH and founding member of the Stud-Book Selle Français (SF) since the transfer of management of the SF breed from the French Ministry of Agriculture to a Breeder Association. As a veterinary surgeon specialising in Sport Horse Breeding, supporting the WBFSH has been my passion for many years. In my work with the Breeding Department I have been and still am involved in many interesting projects, from topics such as X-Ray harmonisation to semen traceability. I am a passionate breeder myself, my horses carrying the "des Isles" suffix. This, as well as me being a member of the SF Licensing Commission, allow me to appreciate the need to nourish the talent, great care and commitment that go into sport horse breeding across the world.

  • Paul Hubert