Genetics is the branch of biology that deals with heredity and the laws governing it. Genetics experts have their own unique vocabulary, just as horsemen do.
Say you said the following to a person with absolutely no horse experience: "My tobiano gelding has high withers and a collected canter." It would probably sound like Greek (or some other foreign language) to them! When you think about it, most of the words "tobiano", "gelding", "withers", "collected" and "canter" are most likely terms that they have never even heard of. Experienced horsemen, however, would understand the sentence completely.
Once the vocabulary that pertains to a specific profession is learned, it is no longer confusing and becomes second nature. Just as it is important for the horseman to learn to talk like a horseman, it is important for you to understand the basic terminology of genetics if you are planning to breed horses.
A good place to start would be this website. Check out the PintabianBiz Field Glossary and look up the definitions of the words you find confusing. Don't let genetics be bewildering...the "lingo" may just be the hardest part!
In the Pintabian Horse Spotlight
If you know of a particular Pintabian horse that you would like to see highlighted in the Pintabian Spotlight, go to http://www.pintabianregistry.com/contact.cfm and make your suggestion. If you wish, feel free to drop a line or two to explain your reason(s) why.
The PHRI received notice from Ford Program Headquarters that, thanks to IRS Section 179 of the IRS tax code, many businesses that invest in new equipment will be able to write off up to 100% of these purchases on their 2012 IRS tax returns. Normally businesses spread these deductions over several years. But now, the tax benefits provided under IRS Section 179 allow many businesses to write off qualifying new equipment in the first year it is placed in service. Many thanks to Ford for this timely reminder of the deadline. Note that this information was provided as a public service and should not be construed as tax advice by either Ford or the PHRI. For more information, consult with your tax professional and contact your local Ford dealer.
Photos Now Being Accepted
The PHRI staff has been hard at work entering the stud book details and is currently entering individual Pintabian horse photographs. If you would prefer to use a photo other than one the PHRI currently has on file, mail a hardcopy of the desired photo to: Foundation Studbook Photos, c/o Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc., PO Box 360, Karlstad, MN 56732. Be sure to include written authorization for its use. The deadline for a free photo change is December 31, 2012. Photos may be changed after that date for a fee.
Annual Stallion Breeding Reports, along with the regular annual filing fee of $10.00, must be mailed by stallion owners to the Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc., PO Box 360, Karlstad, MN 56732-0360 by December 31, 2012. Those postmarked after that date are subject to the late penalty of $25.00 per form, in addition to the filing fee. Contact the PHRI as soon as possible if you need forms.
Our Most Valuable Asset
The PHRI would like to thank "techies" Matt and Trav for their hard work in getting the new computer system up and running. All data has now been transferred and backed up. Getting back on schedule is now our number one priority. We apologize for any inconvenience our members may have experienced. We consider our membership to be our most valuable asset and thank you for your patience!
Fire investigators have determined that the cause of the County 27 fire near Karlstad, Minnesota was most likely arson and that other area fires may also be connected. A reward has been established and currently stands at $8,500.00 as of October 10, 2012. The fire burned approximately 4,400 acres in Marshall and Kittson counties and destroyed houses, mobile homes and outbuildings in the city of Karlstad and the surrounding area. Fortunately, no lives were lost.
The staff of the PHRI would like to sincerely thank all fire departments, agencies and individuals that put out the Karlstad area fires on September 30, 2012 and October 2, 2012. The evacuation of the PHRI went smoothly and no records were damaged or lost in the blaze. The power outage that followed was inconvenient but power is now restored and the resulting computer issues are expected to be resolved soon.
All legitimate breed registries eventually end the admission of hardshipped horses and the PHRI is no different. Effective December 31, 2017, the PHRI will no longer be registering or recording tobiano horses unless both sire and dam are registered or recorded. Individuals interested in introducing any new tobiano lines before the books are closed are asked to contact the PHRI office as soon as possible. Please note that this does not affect Arabian Outcross horses.
Minnesota artist, Nick Reitzel, received notice on April 17, 2012 that he had been selected to receive the 2012 Northwest Minnesota Artist of the Year Award. This was the eleventh year of this award program by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council. He received an engraved award and $500.00 to be used as he sees fit to further the arts in his life. Nick was the cover artist of the "A Star is Born" promotional post card used by the Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc. in 2011 and his work can be found at www.artbarbarians.com.
Bonnie Vollmer, the proprietor of Double Diamond Ranch and former member of the PHRI, knowingly attempted to register two horses not under her ownership, known as DAKOTA WALKASAW and DAKOTAA DAWN. Serious allegations also arose with regard to claims that Ms. Vollmer may have purchased ineligible horses and intentionally represented them as the offspring of PHRI registered horses.
Proving that DAKOTA WALKASAW and DAKOTAA DAWN are, in fact, Pintabian horses as Ms. Vollmer claims is a simple matter of providing said horses to PHRI representatives for physical inspections to verify identity via current photographs and parentage verification. Although parentage verification is routine in the equine industry, Ms. Vollmer has refused to cooperate, will not provide the name(s) of the actual owner(s), and has made certain that essential Pintabian horses surrounding this controversy are untraceable.
Major breed registries report that horses 'not available' for parentage verification when concerns arise are often not of the lineage stated on an application. Pintabian horses are among the most pure horses in the world today, carrying over 99% Arabian blood and spotted with a pattern known as tobiano. These characteristics make the Pintabian horse unique among equines.
As the official registering authority for Pintabian horses, the PHRI may, at its discretion, make physical inspections, require current photos, and/or require parentage verification in order to ensure the integrity of registration certificates and protect the purity of Pintabian horses. Some registries have gone to mandatory bloodtyping or DNA testing to prevent these types of registration difficulties; the fees for these services, of course, are passed on to the breeder(s) or owner(s), at the time of registration.
Effective June 15, 2009, the PHRI began refusing to accept registration applications for Pintabian horses owned or bred by Bonnie Vollmer (or her business associate, Lois Trevethan, also known as Susan Smestad) that were not already registered with the PHRI. This censure remains in effect until the name(s) of the current owner(s) of DAKOTA WALKASAW and DAKOTAA DAWN are provided and their parentage is properly verified. All pending applications were returned with full refunds.
The PHRI reiterates the importance of inspecting the certificate of registration (not the application) prior to purchasing or breeding to a Pintabian horse. If the certificate is not available for inspection, phone the PHRI office at 218-689-4439 to determine its status.