I’m pleased to announce that, contrary to current political events, CHAPS has successfully negotiated a partnership agreement with the Institut Français du Cheval et de l’Equitation (l’IFCE) in France, creating a new ‘entente cordiale’ between the two countries. This will enable coloured horses and ponies born in France, and which meet CHAPS’ criteria, to be registered with CHAPS in the UK and to have existing passports over-stamped, or in the case of foals and those without passports, to apply for CHAPS passports.
This has been a long and sometimes complex process that was begun before Britain’s Brexit referendum. Both parties recognise that the exact terms of the agreement may be subject to change, depending on how Defra responds to Britain’s exit from the EU with regard to the issuing of horse passports, but we are confident that with a strong will to make things work on both sides of the channel, the collaboration with the IFCE will continue in the years ahead.
For the time being, and until numbers in France warrant the creation of additional website services, the service offered in France is being made available via a Facebook page, where information and application forms for owners and breeders will be provided in French. The resources necessary to create the forms and the page are being kindly provided by Elektra Media Ltd at no cost to CHAPS, and I would like to thank Abbie Hurst for taking time out of her busy work to create some super designs to represent CHAPS France.
I will provide updates from time to time depending on how things develop and how many owners come forward to register horses with CHAPS. In the meantime, if you do happen to know anyone with horses in France, please help to spread the word and share the Facebook page and email details, and don’t hesitate to email me on the address below if you have any questions, suggestions or comments.
Au’revoir et à bientôt, Linzy Dickinson