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Ireland: Registrations

How to register a horse in Ireland

Ireland: Registrations

How to register a horse in Ireland

Horse Passport Legislation 

The current legislation relating to horse passports means it is a legal requirement for equidae in Ireland to be issued with a passport by an authorised Passport Issuing Organisation. 

Please note that the Legislative requirements on Equine Identification (passports etc) are actively enforced by the official authorities (DAFM)

Please click here to view  the legal requirements for Horse Owners.

Please click here to view the guide to buying and selling


Stallion registration

Initial Stallion Registration

Before covering certificates can be issued for a stallion, an Initial Stallion Registration form needs to be submitted with the stallion’s passport and indicated fee. A DNA sample will be required before the registration can be completed. Annual Stallion Registration forms are sent out for all registered stallions at the beginning of each year.

Annual Stallion Registration

Covering certificates may be applied for by completing and returning the Annual Stallion Registration form with the relevant fee. The form requests the covering fee and number of certificates required.  For all stallion queries please email Clare Kehoe or call +353 (0)45 879979.

Internet Covering Service

Coverings may be recorded online and lodged electronically by using the Internet Covering Service. If this service is chosen, login details will be provided once the form has been returned with the relevant fee.

Change of Ownership

To change the ownership of a registered stallion, please download, complete and return the form below with the stallion’s passport and the indicated fee.

Stallion Change of Ownership (PDF)

Useful Links

Internet Covering Service
Stallion Book Online


Broodmare Registration

A foal can only be registered in the General Stud Book or Non-Thoroughbred Register, if the sire and dam have first been registered as breeding animals with Weatherbys. Once a broodmare has been registered, a foal registration form will automatically be sent out each year to the owner of the mare.

If you would like to register a broodmare, please download, complete and return the form below with the mare’s passport and the indicated fee.

Broodmare Registration Form (PDF) 

Requirements for Broodmare Registration

DNA Sample - A DNA Sampling kit will be sent upon receipt of an application form if a DNA type is not already held. A sample will only normally be required for mares which are not microchipped or were born before 2000

Correctly Endorsed Passport for Imported Mares - all mares who have travelled to Great Britain or Ireland from another country will need their passport to be endorsed by the relevant Stud Book Authority. 

(For more details on Imports and Exports please visit the International section)

Broodmare Change of Ownership

If you acquire a mare that has already been registered as a broodmare and wish to continue breeding to Weatherbys registered stallions, please download, complete and return the form below with the mare’s passport and the indicated fee.

Broodmare Change of Ownership Form (PDF)

If you have acquired a registered broodmare but do not wish to continue breeding or do not intend to register progeny with Weatherbys, please visit our Equidae Change of Ownership  section.

Notification of Dead, Sold or Retired Broodmares

If you have received a foal registration form you may notify Weatherbys if a mare has died, been sold or has retired via the Internet Foal Service. You may also record a negative result using this service.

 (Passports for dead mares must be returned to Weatherbys or if sent to the abattoir, state this). 

Foal Registration

Before you can register a foal, ensure your mare is correctly registered as a broodmare. Please see the Mares section above for more information. 

A Weatherbys covering certificate will also need to be obtained from the stallion owner, unless it is lodged electronically.

Once you have received your Foal registration form (usually in March or April each year) from us, you must complete and return it to Weatherbys with the indicated fee and covering certificate. 

Registrations can also be made on the General Stud Book Online Registration System.

DNA Sampling and Microchipping

Once born, a foal should be DNA sampled and microchipped within four weeks. Sampling kits and microchips are sent directly to vets each year. Please contact your vet to make an appointment.

Registration Deadlines

The initial foal registration deadline is 31st July within the year of birth. Any applications received after this date will be charged at a higher rate. Please note the HRI Statutory Foal Levy must be paid with the foal registration fee and registration documents in accordance with regulation.

For full details on Foal Registration fees please click here.

For a complete list of key dates click here.

Late Returns

If you would like to register a horse outside its year of foaling, please email Kym O’Brien or call +353 (0)45 879979.

Additional information is provided in these guides:
Veterinary Instructions (PDF)
DNA Sampling Guidelines (PDF)
Identification of Horses Booklet (PDF)

Useful links