ANCCE, the National Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders’ Association of Spain, has, by means of its annual audit, updated its quality management certificate for the management of the PRE Stud Book, according to UNE-En ISO 9001:2008 rules and regulations. Transparency, an increase in the services provided, the lab work and the application of a pioneer management program have all been essential to renew this certificate.
To this end, AENOR has borne in mind the measurement, verification and compliance of the established plans and objectives for the Stud Book. These aspects cover all areas of activity and services offered, including the registration of horses in the Stud Book, assessments of Basic Breeding Stock, the issuing of Certificates, requests for genetic analysis, issuing and changes in Ownership Cards, Change of Names amongst a multitude of related services.
The renewal of the quality guarantee consolidates ANCCE at the forefront of the equestrian sector in an effort to improve the services for PRE Breeders the world over. Thus, the ANCCE Stud Book office is the only equine entity to achieve such a recognition in Spain. Currently, the services cover 179,346 horses in 50 different countries, of which 85% are located in Spain.
This annual inspection has recognized improvements in the organizational structure of the Stud Book Office. These enhancements include veterinarian representatives and laboratories, the production of documents based upon Breeder requests, the new selection and assessment process for suppliers, the new controls to subcontract veterinarian representatives and laboratories as well as corrective actions for internal tasks such as the filing and registration of documents, the management of merchandise, etc.
Throughout 2010, the PRE Stud Book Office has processed 22,400 new registrations, which is 12.5 % over the previous year, and has reviewed more than 8,000 horses. Some 11,000 horses changed ownership. This is an important fact which indicates that the sales of horses continues. A total of 3,237 new Breeder Codes were issued, which is a 7 % increase of 2009.
Since ANCCE took over the management of the PRE Stud Book in 2007, a task entrusted by the government of Spain as the ultimate representative of the breed, indexes for quality, efficiency and dependability have increased. This has, in return earned the organization international recognition and is currently considered as a role model for other equine breeds, especially in Europe.