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I just got the pedigree on the horse I bought but my name isn’t on it. How do I get my name on the pedigree as owner?

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The original owner and breeder will always remain on the front of the pedigree. Turn the pedigree over. Transfer history is recorded there with the most current owner listed last.

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Do I have until my horse is one year old to register him?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in FAQ | 0 comments

No – Horses must be registered in the calendar year of their birth – no later than December 31st of their birth year.

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Must I DNA test my stud colt if he is gelded prior to registration?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in FAQ | 0 comments

No – not unless he is the result of AI using frozen semen or he is not registered prior to December 31st of his birth year.

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Isn’t this DNA testing requirement just another way for the AHR to make money off its members?

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No – and in fact, for the first two years the testing was done at the same cost as the University of Kentucky charged the AHR. AHR absorbed the cost of printing the forms, mailing the forms and then mailing the results to the horse owner. DNA testing is intended to keep the studbook pure.

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How does DNA testing keep the studbook pure?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in FAQ | 0 comments

Parentage proof of foals has caught a few rare cases of human error such as the wrong sire or dam name being written on the application for registration. It also catches those sneaky foals that live in a herd and that swap dams with another foal born on the same day to a different mare just to fool their unsuspecting owners. It also confirms when the 2-year old stud colt jumps the fence and “visits” the mares in the next pasture. In most cases, parentage qualifies on the first test.

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On the DNA form, there are check boxes for “Original Identification” and “Parentage Proof”. Which box should I check?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in FAQ | 0 comments

The check box for original identification should be marked for horses that are already registered and DNA testing is being done in order to establish a baseline to compare any future offspring. Parentage proof should be marked for all foals or overage horses that require parentage proof in order to be registered.

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I’m considering buying a registered yearling colt as a stallion prospect. Should I have him DNA tested?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in FAQ | 0 comments

DNA testing would not be an AHR requirement for transfer, however, beginning with all colts born in 2004, parentage proof DNA testing will be required when the stallion license application is submitted. It may be beneficial to DNA test so that any discrepancy in the results can be resolved now rather than when the colt is 2 years old.

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