Import & Export


Information of importing and exporting horses


Import & Export

Information for importing and exporting horses

Great Britain

The Weatherbys International Team administers the import and export of all Thoroughbreds in and out of Great Britain. 

The transfer of information between Stud Book Authorities is vital for the purpose of integrity. Before a horse can race or breed in Great Britain, or in another country, the correct documentation needs to have been completed and lodged .

Any horse permanently imported into Great Britain must have an Export Certificate filed with Weatherbys within 90 days of their arrival, in order to be eligible to race or breed in Great Britain.  Further requirements for an imported horse to race in Great Britain are available on the British Horseracing Authority’s rules website here.

When a horse is being permanently imported into Great Britain, your shipper will need to apply to the country of export for the official Export Certificate to be lodged with Weatherbys.   

Similarly, where a horse is to be permanently exported from Great Britain, the shipper will need to apply for the Export Certificate to be sent from Weatherbys to the country of destination.  If travelling from Great Britain by sea, an Animal Health Act Certificate may also be required.
 
The administrative requirements for importing or exporting a horse are described in this document
 
If you wish to email an application for Export to us please download the appropriate form.

Once completed please email your application to Sue Bennett: [email protected].

Registered Shipper applications

If you are a registered Shipper you can log in and submit all export applications via the shippers web site: www.weatherbys.net/shippers

If you require any further information on any aspect of importing or exporting, or have any queries, then please email Sue Bennett, or call +44 (0)1933 440077.

Ireland

The Weatherbys International Team administers the import and export of all Thoroughbreds in and out of Ireland.

The transfer of information between Stud Book Authorities is vital for the purpose of integrity. Before a horse can race or breed in Ireland, or in another country, the correct documentation needs to have been completed and lodged .

Any horse permanently imported into Ireland must have an Export Certificate filed with Weatherbys within 90 days of their arrival, in order to be eligible to race or breed in Ireland.  Further requirements for an imported horse to race in Ireland are available on the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board rules website here: www.ihrb.ie/pdf.php?f=RuleBook.pdf 

When a horse is being permanently imported into Ireland, your shipper will need to apply to the country of export for the official Export Certificate to be lodged with Weatherbys.   Similarly, where a horse is to be permanently exported from Ireland, the shipper will need to apply for the Export Certificate to be sent from Weatherbys to the country of destination.

The administrative requirements for importing or exporting a horse are described in this document.

If you wish to apply for an export please download the appropriate form:

Once completed, please email your application to Annette Doyle: [email protected].

Registered Shipper applications

If you are a registered Shipper you can log in and submit all export applications via the shippers web site: www.weatherbys.net/shippers

Most Recognised shippers will ensure the correct procedures are followed, but if you require information on any aspect of importing or exporting, please email Annette Doyle: [email protected] or call +353 (0)45 879979

If you are unsure as to what you are required to do please look at the scenarios below and follow the instructions. If you are still unclear as to what is required, or your circumstances are not covered below, please feel free to call Annette Doyle on + 353 (0)45 879979.