The following general questions reflect those that we are asked all the time. If you have a new question, we will add it here (anonymised) to help other people with their queries. Don’t forget that there is a lot more detailed information available in the guidance documents on the links above.
I want to register my foal – what do I need to do?
Registration information is divided into three categories. For each category there are notes for guidance and an application form. DNA information is also available on this site.
An identity diagram is required to register all horses irrespective of the category they are in. This must always be completed by a vet, who will also insert a microchip. The Society does not have its own microchips, so this is supplied by your vet.
The first step is to choose which register you need:
· Purebred foals are registered in the Main Studbook. This is a daughter Studbook which, along with the Canadian Studbook, is harmonised with our parent Studbook in Ireland. As such, our Main Studbook in Great Britain complies with rules laid down by the Irish Government’s Department of Agriculture, represented by Horse Sport Ireland. Most of our Main Studbook rules, and hence the forms, are very similar to those in operation in Ireland. Click here to locate the application form and guidance.
· Sport Horse foals must have a minimum of 25% documented Irish Draught breeding. The Sport Horse Register should be regarded as of equal status to our Main Studbook register, because many of our members and other Irish Draught enthusiasts start with, or still own, sport horses. These horses are highly valuable to us as a Society, because they are often out there competing and attracting positive publicity, as well as giving their owners and riders a lot of pleasure.
We are developing our Sport Horse Register and encouraging breeders to provide much more detailed information as possible about their foals’ pedigrees. This is because we are keen to support the traditionally-bred Irish Sport Horse and identify animals that contain registered Irish Draught, Thoroughbred or Connemara blood, or Irish Sport Horse blood that contains only those breeds. Click here to locate the application form and guidance.
· Utility Passports are available for any equine, of any species, that has no documented pedigree. Separate forms are available for this purpose. Click here to locate the application form and guidance.
I already have a passport from another organisation, but want it overstamped by the IDHS (GB). Where do I find the form?
We now have separate forms for the three different registers, which are here. Overstamping (also known as endorsement) is easy and for purebred and sport horse owners, it will enable you to show your horse at our affiliated shows around the country, and at our prestigious Annual Breed Show. Click here to locate the application forms.
I have lost my passport, which came from Horse Sport Ireland. What do I do now?
Please go to Horse Sport Ireland’s website and click on the Breeding link: http://www.horsesportireland.ie/passports/
There are then various options and you should select the ‘replacement passport’ one. Irish passports can only be amended or replaced by Horse Sport Ireland.
I have lost my passport, which was an IDHS (GB) document. What should I do?
Please use our website to download an application form to request a replacement. There are very robust rules about replacement passports, some of which will cost you money, so please do try not to lose any passports, and before taking any action, read the guidance in that section very carefully. Click here to locate the application forms.
My horse’s passport has been stolen. What should I do?
· Write down everything that you remember which could shed light on the theft.
· Contact the police where the offence was committed, Trading Standards in your home area, and then our administrator immediately to report the theft.
· Obtain a crime reference number from the police.
Stolen passports may be used in passport fraud cases, and they also contain personal data, which could have major implications for you, so this is a serious matter. Prevention is better than cure, so keep your passports in a safe place (but not so safe that you cannot find them!).
The previous owner has retained my new horse’s passport. What should I do?
Unfortunately we cannot help you to retrieve this; you will have to take action yourself. There is detailed information about this on our replacement passport part of the website. Please click here to locate the application forms.
I have just bought a horse that needs to be transferred into my name. What should I do?
We have some transfer of ownership information in the following section of our site: please click here. You will either need to obtain the former owner’s signature OR a bill of sale. If there are special circumstances, such as death, court action or requisition of the horse, when the previous owner is not in a position to provide this information, please contact us for advice.
I have moved house and want to let you know about my new contact details. How do I do this?
Please complete the online form here, or download and forward the form here. Verbal messages about contact details changes cannot be accepted, for data security reasons.
My horse has died, but I want to keep the passport. Is this possible?
Yes, certainly. You must sent it to our administrator to be invalidated and enclose a s.a.e. that is large enough and has enough postage to return it to you.
Where can I find out more about the Horse Passport Regulations 2009 and the Minimum Operating Standards?
Our Minimum Operating Standards procedures are updated annually and are available to anyone who wishes to view them. Please click here.