In September, the NED appointed Corrina Duncan, who founded Equine AI,and Julia Hodkin who runs Future Sport Horses as directors.
But critics called the decision “inappropriate”, saying they could gain from “inside information” — a claim the NED disputed (news, 16 October 2008).
But NED spokesman Jan Rogers said the recent appointments by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) were not in direct response to criticism.
“Corrina stepped down to have a baby and we felt Jane and Lynne’s skills complemented each other,” she said.
Ms Crowden, who is secretary of the Warmblood Breeders Studbook, said: “We have a lot of work to do to improve the pedigree data in the NED and I hope to be able to explain clearly and simply to British studbooks what this means and how by supplying data we can help breeders make better choices.”
The BEF hopes she will improve relations between the NED and horse owners.
Last October, John Shenfield, secretary of the British Hanoverian Horse Society, was critical about a lack of studbook representation at the NED.
Now he tells H&H: “It’s good to see the board being expanded.”
This article was first published in Horse & Hound (6 August, ’09)