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The Appaloosa Horse Club UK has four breed registers:

A Register – which is for ApHC (USA) registered horses.

B Register – which is for British registered Appaloosas.

C Register – which is Characteristic for horses that have unknown or ineligible breeding.

P Register – which is Part-bred.

A (American) Register

The criteria for A register is simply to have a registration certificate from the ApHC USA. As we are a daughter society affiliated to them, we just require a copy of the registration certificate to comply. Please note you must apply directly yourself to the ApHC USA for a registration certificate.

B (British) Register

The B register is for the progeny of a licensed and registered B register stallion and registered mare or one of the following and must meet the criteria listed below:

One parent must be registered on the Main Register of:

  • ApHC UK
  • ApHC USA
  • Another recognised Appaloosa Society (including any European Society)

The other parent must be registered on any of the above breed registers or on the Main register of a permitted outcross, these being:

  • Arab Horse Society
  • American Quarter Horse Association,
  • or The Jockey Club or Weatherbys Thoroughbred register

C (Characteristic) Register

The ApHC UK C Register is for horses with an Appaloosa coat pattern or characteristics with unknown or ineligible breeding for any of our other registers provided they meet the following breed criteria:

  • Have a recognised Appaloosa coat pattern and/or
  • Recognised characteristics such as white eye sclera, striped hooves and mottled skin (eg nose, eyes and genitalia).
  • Make the minimum adult height of 14hh (143cm) unshod.
  • Must not have excessive white markings or be coloured/paint, draught or vanner type.

We reserve the right to inspect each horse that applies under this scheme. Each application will be considered on its own merits in keeping with our normal breed profile, as published in the ‘Allen Guide, Book 9 – The Appaloosa‘.

C Registration fees can be found here and include one adult membership. The decision to accept a horse onto the C Register is the final decision of the ApHC UK Board of Directors.

If your horse has unknown or ineligible breeding, you have two options in that you can either apply to register the horse in the UK under our C (Characteristic register) as set out above. Alternatively if you want to register with America directly you can apply under their Hardship Clause. The ApHC USA accepts geldings and spayed mares for registration under the Hardship scheme, provided they clearly display Appaloosa coat patterns, and are not paint, draught or vanner, or pony in type/colour. The ApHC UK will accept these horses on our A register provided they have first applied for and received a registration certificate from the ApHC USA.

P  (Part-bred) Register

For your horse to be eligible for the P register one parent must be a registered Appaloosa (A or B registers or registered with the ApHC USA) and the other parent may be of any other origin.

Solid or ‘Non-Characteristic’ Horses

Solid coloured horses who meet the breeding criteria will be eligible for the main register and will be given a Non-Characteristic prefix, shown as ‘N’ e.g A/N/0001. Solid coloured horses that clearly show mottled skin and one other characteristic will be issued with regular, main register registrations, in either Section A or B as appropriate.

Registration and Passports

To register your Appaloosa horse with us, and if the horse does not already hold a passport, you will receive an EU compliant hybrid passport that has a digital chip in the binding that can be accessed by a smart phone. You will be preserving the history and pedigree of your Appaloosa in the appropriate section of our breed registry and you will be supporting the club.

Please fully complete the registration form and check the form before posting it to ensure you have provided ALL the information needed including the date the horse was born etc. Very importantly, please ensure that you have paid the correct postage before sending the mail. We recommend that due to spiralling postal costs, that you pay online and send TRACKED 24 so you have proof of postage, ( Please also apply for your passport in plenty of time, because we add photos and certificates to the passport and we need time to process it.

If the horse already has a passport we will over-stamp that passport to confirm entry into the relevant breed register. The horse will continue to be registered with the original passport issuing office as well as the ApHC UK.

Before applying for any register, please refer to the document entitled ApHC UK Legal Responsibilities of Owners in relation to Equine Passports in the Documents and Forms section of our website which sets out the passport issuing regulations and our registrations complaints procedure.

In certain circumstances, if you have an ID only passport and are eligible for registration, or have a lost, damaged or outdated passport you can apply for a new ApHC UK passport. Please contact the registrar for details on how to apply.

Applying for Registration

Please fill out the registration application form. Your vet will need to implant a microchip and fill in, sign and stamp the silhouette and markings pages, these will have to be posted to the registrar.

You need to supply a photo of each side of the horse, and a front and tail view (including feet and ears) These can be digital and emailed to the Registrar on together with a scanned or good photo of both sides of the USA registration certificate if applying for the A register. Fees can also be paid online by Bank transfer, PayPal (via friends and family) or Stripe.

Overstamping a Passport

If your horse is a registered Appaloosa and you already have a current passport please send your passport for over-stamping along with an Overstamp form and a photo. Fees for over-stamping can be found here. Your horse must meet the appropriate registration criteria to be eligible for registration with the ApHC UK. Please remember that horses must not have more than one passport.

If your horse is a stallion please also send a photocopy of his Stallion Licence and a fee of £50 in addition to the registration fee. If your stallion already has a licence with another breed society or organisation, this may be acceptable to the ApHC UK provided the stallion has undergone a five stage vetting and meets all our pedigree, registration and testing requirements.

Stallion Licences

Stallion owners must obtain a stallion licence from the ApHC UK for stallions that are 36 months and over if they wish to register the stallion’s offspring. The stallion must pass a five stage vetting with an independent vet (not your own vet). A copy of the vetting along with the results of a DNA test must be provided to the ApHC UK to retain for reference purposes.

Once the veterinary report has been completed, send your Stallion Licence Form and ApHC UK Application Form for a Veterinary Certificate for a Colt/Stallion together with a current colour photo (taken side on) and the licence application fee (see our fees page) to the Registrar. A negative test certificate for the hereditary condition PSSM1 and a negative grey gene test must also accompany the application.

If your stallion already has a licence with another breed society or organisation, this may be acceptable to the ApHC UK provided the stallion has undergone a five stage vetting and meets all our pedigree and registration requirements, including all testing requirements. You will be sent a stallion licence certificate with the relevant stallion licence number.

Stallion Report Forms

All licensed stallion owners are required to complete a stallion breeding form each year giving details of the mares covered that year by 31 December. This form is to be sent to the registrar as proof of the mares covered. Please see our fees page for costs.

Stallion report forms must be sent in to the Registrar by 31 December of each year. Stallion report forms submitted after the 31 December will incur an additional late filing fee.

Please see our fees page for costs. In order to register a foal on the ApHC UK Appaloosa breed registers the stallion owner must submit an annual stallion report form along with the appropriate fee otherwise the progeny from that stallion cannot be registered with us.

Covering Certificates

Mare owners may request a covering certificate from the stallion owner as proof that the stallion has covered their mare. However, it is not necessary to produce this certificate to the ApHC UK as the proof of covering will be obtained from the annual breeding report form submitted by the stallion owner to the ApHC UK.

All registration forms can be downloaded from the ‘DOCUMENTS & FORMS‘ page or by contacting the registrar.

Passports & Microchipping 

Legislation came in to force regarding compulsory micro-chipping for foals born after 1st July 2009. The legislation EC No. 504/2008 states that for passports issued after 30 June 2009, foals (and adult Equidae not previously issued with a passport) must be implanted with a microchip containing a unique code number.

It is a legal requirement for all foals to have a passport by the age of 6 months.  Please note the cost of a passport increases for horses over the age of 6 months. Please see our fees page for details.

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