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History

1791

 
James Weatherby published the first General Stud Book (GSB).
Still published by Weatherbys every four years the GSB records the breeding records for Thoroughbreds in GB and Ireland.
   

1913

 
Jockey Club Senior Steward, Lord Villiers, proposed admission to the General Stud Book be limited to progeny of horses already accepted in earlier volumes. Dubbed “The Jersey Act” this proposal was adopted and featured in Volume 22 of the GSB.  (Named the Jersey Act as Lord Villiers was in line to be the Earl of Jersey).
   

1949

 
“Jersey Act” abolished following consultation with other countries who the act impacted on – and application from the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.
   

1969

 
Volume 36 of the GSB contained wording to reserve the right to exclude and include horses and saw the introduction of the “blue pages” featuring Vehicle mares whose progeny were considered Thoroughbred.
   

1973

 
Weatherbys took over the Non-Thoroughbred Register (NTR) from Miss Prior the compiler of the Half-Bred Stud Book for the breeding of horses for racing who were not full Thoroughbred (published 1914 – 1972).
   

1974

 
First NTR publication, “The Register for Non-Thoroughbred Mares” was published.
   

1976

 
Weatherbys were appointed Secretariat to the International Stud Book Committee.
   

1986

 
Parentage verification for all Weatherbys registered foals through blood typing was introduced (blood typing technology was first trialled by the Stud Book in the 1970s).
   

1988

 
(GB) and (IRE) country suffixes were introduced behind a horse’s name to indicate country of foaling e.g. Sea The Stars (IRE).
   

1991

 
Foal Passports were introduced – prior to that Foal Identification Certificates were issued. Passports were issued for breeding and racing stock prior to 1991.
   

1994

 
Return Of Mares Annual included an NTR section, replacing the “Register for Non-Thoroughbred Mares” publication.
   

1996

 
The age limit for late returns for horses over three years of age was relaxed. A late return can now be of any age, but must meet the late return registration criteria including proof of age.
   

1998

 
Passport life numbers were introduced.
   

1999

 
From 1999, all foals in GB and Ireland registered with Weatherbys were microchipped.
   

2001

 
DNA parentage verification was introduced – replacing Blood typing.
   

2006

 
In response to a request from the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Volume 45 of the General Stud Book was split into GB and Irish sections. All mares continue to be sourced through the Index (Volumes 1 to 19 of the General Stud Book (1793-1901) contained an Irish mares section).
   

2008

 
First Stud Book Fact Book published featuring statistics not previously available to the industry.

 

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