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Organization's Membership Threatened?

Third Party Tells IALHA that Bloodlines & Terminology "Threaten to Divide the Organization's Membership"

In 2006, the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) hired a third party, DBM Consulting, to conduct a membership survey and make recommendations on how to move the IALHA forward. As a result, an article was posted in the Equine Journal March 2007. This article revealed that DBM told the IALHA that issues such as bloodlines and terminology "threaten to divide the organization's membership."

Following its research, DBM concluded that the strength of IALHA is that it has a long history and volunteer commitment "to the Iberian horse in America" and that planning and executive committees are "staffed with good leadership" and have a "high degree of commitment."

On the other hand, DBM concluded that the weaknesses of IALHA are associated with the governance structure which is "detrimental to long term stability". Furthermore, the lack of a clear planning process, strong strategic plan, and priority setting process cannot "even begin to be addressed given the current governance structure".

DBM suggested that IALHA should retain its current leadership for a second consecutive term, should appoint a task force to address the bylaws, and should obtain legal counsel. In addition, a task force should be appointed to "address the issues relating to bloodlines."

Note: When IALHA talks about "bloodlines" they are referring to the different breeds of Lusitano (Pure Portuguese), Pura Raza Espanola (Pure Spanish), and crosses between Lusitanos and Spanish horses. Bloodline issues also include "approved" bloodlines from Spain vs. American bloodlines which do not fall under the Spanish studbook. For many years IALHA has been straddling the fence on the issue of Spanish vs. Portuguese lines and promotes a "purebred" horse that combines both lines. In reality, the majority of serious breeders are focusing on either one breed or the other such as is done in the mother countries of Portugal and Spain. The terminology in Spain for a Spanish horse crossed with a Lusitano horse is "crossbred"; while the terminology in the U.S. for such a horse is "purebred". These issues are driving many Spanish horse owners to reconsider their support for IALHA and many are taking their money and support to the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse instead of IALHA.


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