The British Falabella Studbook was established in 2002, after Mrs. Stella Dutchyn obtained the coveted ‘Daughter Studbook’ authorisation status from the Mother Studbook in Argentina, the Asociacion De Criadores De Caballos Falabella, the ACCF.
Prior to this Mrs. Susan Eckholdt had raised the subject of UK Falabella registration with Sra. Maria Luisa de Falabella on a visit to Buenos Aires in 1997, discussing the possibility of creating a British Studbook which would be run along the same lines as the Dutch Falabella Studbook which was established in 1995 and which later became the European Falabella Studbook/FSE.
We obtained ‘Passport Issuing Organisation’ Authority (PIO) from the Department for the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) shortly after that.
In 2011 DEFRA removed our PIO status in error.
They ignored our protestations for over five years, but then, during a fifteen month investigation involving the Advertising Standards Authority (between May 2017 and August 2018) and a subsequent Independent Review by Sir Hayden Phillips, this was proven to be down to a DEFRA office error by their Equine Identification team.
They had claimed that the Mother studbook, the Asociacion de Criadores de Caballos Falabella (based in Buenos Aires) had revoked its authorisation of the British Falabella Studbook.
In reality it was the International Miniature Horse and Pony Society's Honorary President Maria Angelica Falabella (based in the USA) who had revoked her authorisation of that society - not the British Falabella Studbook at all.
REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS APPLYING FOR RECOGNITION AS A BREED ORGANISATION OR ASSOCIATION UNDER COMMISSION DECISION
"The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the competent authority empowered under the legislation to recognise breed organisations or associations resident/situated in England."
"Organisations or associations can be recognised as either:
(a) A breed organisation or association which maintain the studbook of the origin of the breed, often referred to as the "mother studbook",
(b) An organisation or association, which does not-maintain the studbook of the origin of the breed, but operates in accordance with rules of the organisation or association that maintains the studbook of the origin of the breed, often referred to as the "daughter studbook"."
According to DEFRA's own regulations laid out clearly in their 'Application Pack' the International Miniature Horse and Pony Society should not be registering Falabellas at all, as they have no 'reciprocity' with the Mother studbook, and never did have.
"I hereby state that The British Falabella Studbook, held and managed by Ms. Stella Dutchyn,
is recognized by the Registry of the Minihorses Falabella and the Association of Breeders of Falabella Horses (ACCF in Spanish).
No other entity in the United Kingdom holds such status."
9th August 2018
Alejandro C. Gramajo
Official Registry Manager and Head of the ACCF in the Republic of Argentina.
The 'Rt. Hon.' Michael Gove has now written us four almost identical letters, none of which explain why DEFRA choose to flaut their own regulations, or why they are inviting us to 're-apply' for that which they stole from us.
They also have the temerity to state that our application will be 'judged on it's own merits'!
The rightful Falabella studbook has suffered loss of income, damage to our good name and professional reputation and the Falabella breed has been devalued, the market being populated by fraudulently described animals, which has affected buyers’ perception of the breed.
More information on this and any other aspect of Falabella registration, care, and/or purchase can be obtained from:-
Starlite Falabella Stud:- 01775 840859 or 07966 576061 (Lincolnshire)
Equuleus Falabella Stud:- 01953 718548 (Norfolk)
Fort Farm Falabella Stud:- 01959 533935 or 07880 664098 (Kent)