Note: Throughout this document and where appropriate reference to the masculine gender applies equally to the female gender except where it applies specifically to equines.
The original Rulebook is superseded by these new rules and the 1996 Rulebook is invalid.
SECTION 1 – STUD BOOK REGULATIONS
1. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
All horses and ponies submitted for registration in the Stud Book must be microchipped and DNA typed and parentage tested. Part-Breds do not have to be DNA typed but must be micochipped. All must conform to the following conditions: -
Confirmed lineage tracing to foundation stock
STALLIONS: Registered Sire with a Permit and Registered Dam.
MARES: a Registered Sire with a Permit and Registered Dam
b Registered Sire with a Permit and Thoroughbred Dam.
c Thoroughbred Sire and Registered Dam.
The immediate progeny of Mares registered under b and c above is only eligible for registration in the Stud Book if it is by a registered Stallion with a Permit.
GELDINGS: Registered Sire with a Permit and Registered Dam.
Registered means registered in the Mother Stud book and Thoroughbred means registered in the General Stud Book. Where Thoroughbred Stallions or Mares are involved their references in the General Stud Book or their Passport Numbers must be given. The immediate progeny of Mares registered under b or c if by a Thoroughbred Stallion (or out of a Thoroughbred Mare) are not eligible for the Stud Book.
Part-bred. Sire or Dam must be registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book
a. An animal by a Registered Hackney Stallion out of a Non-Hackney or a non-Thoroughbred mare.
b. An animal by any Stallion other than a Registered Hackney or a Thoroughbred, out of a Registered Hackney Mare.
c. A Stallion by a Thoroughbred Stallion out of a registered Hackney Mare, or by a registered Hackney Stallion out of a Thoroughbred Mare.
d. The progeny of animals on a, b or c of the Part-Bred Register by or out of a Registered Hackney.
Progeny from Section B must be crossed with an animal from Section A, C or from a recognised studbook to be registered within Section B.
Animals registered in Section B cannot be upgraded to Section A.
HBLB grants cannot be given to animals within Section B
Un-confirmed lineage unable to trace to foundation stock
STALLIONS: Sire registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book with a Permit and Dam registered a recognised Hackney Stud book.
MARES: a. Sire registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book with a Permit and Dam registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book.
b. Sire registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book with a Permit and Thoroughbred Dam.
c Thoroughbred Sire and Dam registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book.
The immediate progeny of Mares registered under b and c above is only eligible
for registration in the Stud Book if it is by a registered Stallion in a recognised Hackney Stud book with a Permit.
GELDINGS: Sire registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book with a Permit and Dam registered in a recognised Hackney Stud book.
Thoroughbred means registered in the General Stud Book. Where Thoroughbred Stallions or Mares are involved their references in the General Stud Book or their Passport Numbers must be given. The immediate progeny of Mares registered under b or c if by a Thoroughbred Stallion (or out of a Thoroughbred Mare) are not eligible for the Stud Book.
Progeny from Section C can only be registered within Section C
Animals registered in Section C cannot be upgraded to Section A.
HBLB grants cannot be given to animals within Section B or C
2. FORM OF REGISTRATION
a. Direct Registration: - application for Registration must be made on the official form, fully completed, including name and accompanied by the appropriate registration fee by 31st December in year of birth or by 6 months after its birth, whichever is the later. The form incorporates a Breeder’s Certificate which must be signed by the breeder or his agent who should have written authority to act; if the breeder is dead, by an executor or qualified representative having proven knowledge of the pedigree tendered. The Breeder is the owner of the mare at the time of registration. Animals must be DNA typed and parent tested. Animals must also be micro-chipped and the relevant details included on the form.
b. Hackney Horse registration is confined to animals exceeding 14 hands, Hackney Ponies 14 hands and under. Where height is not required to be stated on the form of registration i.e. horses/ponies under four years old; owners must indicate which section the animal is to be registered. Subsequently altered height should be notified to the Secretary so that transfer to the appropriate section can be made.
The Breeder is the owner of the mare at the time the foal is to be registered.
HEAD Star – any white mark on the forehead. A few white hairs should not be described and not referred to as a star.
Stripe – a narrow white mark down the face. Where star and stripe are continuous it should be described as Star and Stripe conjoined.
Blaze – white covering whole of forehead and extending to muzzle.
Snip – an isolated white mark situated between or in the region of nostrils.
LIMBS Any white marking should be accurately described, e.g. white to fetlock; white to lower third cannon bone; white to knee; white to front of hock, etc. The term sock and stocking should not be used.
ACQUIRED Any permanent mark e.g. saddle, collar, girth or other harness marks. Firing, branding scars, tattoo, etc.
WHORLS Location where a hair stream changes. Frontal and crest whorls are ideal for identification purposes and should be shown with an “X”.
Members of the Hackney Horse Society should adopt these methods when registering their animals.
NOTIFICATION OF COLOUR CHANGE
A veterinary surgeon must confirm in writing to the Hackney Horse Society the animals new colour. The passport must be returned with the veterinary surgeons letter for the Secretary of the Hackney Horse Society to amend the colour details and to stamp and sign the amendment.
All horses and ponies submitted for registration in the Stud book must be named in accordance with the following conditions; -
a. No Stallion, Mare or Gelding will be accepted for registration with a name, which has already appeared in the Stud Book, or with numerals etc, attached.
b. No change in the name of a registered Stallion, Mare or Gelding will be recognised by the Society.
c. Members can reserve, subject to the consent of the Council, the exclusive right to use a word as a prefix or suffix, on payment of the appropriate fee and agreement from Central Prefix Register.
These may consist of:
i. a geographical name, or
ii. a distinctive name of not more than one word
iii. Initials will not be accepted, and no word or words likely to prove misleading, or in the opinion of the Executive Committee inappropriate. The exclusive right to a prefix or suffix lapses with the death of the holder, but once registered cannot be used again without the consent of the Executive committee unless the registered holder of the prefix or suffix wished it to be transferred to a nominee.
d. No name of a registered horse or pony shall exceed three words in length; a prefix/suffix being considered one word.
e. The Hackney Horse Society is a member of the Central Prefix Register, Council approved prefixes are submitted to the Register for listing and to check they are not already issued to owners or breeders in other societies. Prefixes are then lodged in both registers.
f. The prefix of the breeder (owner of the mare at time of registration) is to be used in the naming of any progeny. If a mare is leased as long as the Society has been notified in writing of any such lease then the person to whom she is leased will be known as the breeder of any of her progeny during the lease period. Prefixes and Suffixes are for use by breeders on their own home bred stock and not for use on bought in animals.
6. STALLION PERMITS
Applications for a Permit for Stallions aged three years old or over, must be made on the official form, accompanied by a Veterinary Surgeon’s certificate of freedom from hereditary diseases, unsoundness and the appropriate fee. If accepted they will be placed on the Stallion Register and issued with a passport and Permit number. Only Stallions, which have been DNA typed, will be issued with a Permit and may be used for Stud purposes.
7. CONFIRMATION OF COVERING
Mare owners should obtain a receipt confirming the name of the stallion used to cover their mare.
Horses and ponies must be re-registered when gelded and may be re-registered to show minor changes of markings or colour. Changes in marking or colour accepted only at the discretion of the Council. When a horse or pony, already registered as a stallion is re-registered as a gelding no further breeder’s certificate is required, only a letter from the owner at time of re-registration confirming the animal has been gelded is required.
All changes of registered keeper/owner must be registered with the Society on the official form and the animal’s passport must be returned for updating in order for the transfer to be completed. The last registered keeper/owner must complete and return the tear off slip to the Society’s offices at the bottom of the transfer form. The new registered keeper/owner to send the completed transfer form to the Society’s offices with the appropriate fee. If the last registered keeper/owner’s signature has not been obtained the Secretary of the Hackney Horse Society will write sending the form recorded delivery to the last known registered keeper/owner asking for them to complete the old registered keepers/owners section. If the transfer form is not returned within 28 days it will be deemed acceptable for the Secretary to complete the transfer as stated. Where unregistered foals accompany mares, this must be stated on the transfer. These transfers must be up to date before any progeny can be registered. The registered keeper/owner is responsible for ensuring the animal is properly registered. The registered keeper/owner is not necessarily the legal owner.
10. ANIMALS BRED BEYOND THE U.K.
The rules and conditions of entry for horses and ponies bred beyond the United Kingdom are the same as those for horses and ponies bred in the United Kingdom. Every horse and pony must trace back on both the sire’s and the dam’s side, in all lines to horses or ponies registered in the British Hackney Stud Book (Mother Stud-Book) and all previous back crosses must be registered in the Stud Book of the country concerned.
If the animal is already registered on another studbook, confirmation of the owner must be obtained from the studbook in question and a transfer form signed by the owner stated before the animal can be registered in the British Hackney Stud Book.
Entries must be parentage-tested in accordance with the Society’s rules above.
11. DNA TYPING
It is a condition of registration that all foals shall be DNA typed. Kits can be obtained on application to the Secretary.
Foals can be DNA typed at birth as long as the hair is obtained from the tail, but it is recommended that they be at least one month old. If they are one month old or over then the hair is to be obtained from the mane.
12. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION
Artificial Insemination shall be permitted. There is no restriction on the length of time Frozen can be used after the death of the stallion but the Society has the right to alter the length of time frozen semen may be used without prior notification. The number of registrations of foals conceived by Artificial Insemination by each stallion will be decided annually by the Council.
1. All stallions used for artificial insemination AI must be registered and have a permit.
2. Only 50 progeny to be registered from a stallion in any one year either by natural covering, AI or both.
3. All inseminations of mares are to be carried out and certified by a qualified veterinary surgeon.
4. Before a mare is accepted for insemination with transported semen, she must undergo a pre-breeding genital examination, which includes the collection, and examination of uterine swab and smear samples. The Results of this test are to be certified by a veterinary surgeon and notified to the stud supplying the semen.
5. The Society may wish to consider limiting the total number of mares inseminated by individual stallions during a breeding season, but, except for recording purposes, should not differentiate between the methods used to obtain a conception.
6. No applications for the registration of a foal conceived by AI will be accepted by the Society unless they are correctly certified. The intention to use artificial insemination must be notified to the Society –
a. The donor Stallion must be fully Registered with the Hackney Horse Society.
b. Mares must be entered in the Stud Book
c. The Semen to be certified by the Veterinary Surgeon or the Stallion Owner, or representative, concerned with the collection and preparation, as being the semen of the named Stallion.
d. A certificate stating the name of the Mare, and the required details, to be signed by the Owner. This certificate to be signed by the Veterinary Surgeon at the time of insemination.
e. The resultant foal/foals must be DNA typed before being accepted for registration.
7. The use of surrogate mares will not be allowed under any circumstances.
13. PREMIUM SCHEME
1. PREMIUM A STALLIONS/MARES: Those that have produced Champions in Hand or in Harness at the Annual National Breed Show with effect from 1984 (Amateur Championships and Pair classes do not qualify).
Qualifying Champions are: -
Junior Champion Stallion, horse and pony., Senior Champion Stallion, horse and pony, Junior Champion Mare, horse and pony., Senior Champion Mare, horse and pony., Novice Harness Champion, horse and pony., Supreme Harness Champion horse and pony Please note Champion Yearlings do not qualify
2. PREMIUM B STALLIONS/MARES: Those who have been Junior or Senior Champion or Novice Champion or Supreme Champion in Harness at the Annual National Breed Show with effect from 1984.
Qualifying Champions are: -
Junior Champion Stallion, horse and pony., Senior Champion Stallion, horse and pony, Junior Champion Mare, horse and pony., Senior Champion Mare, horse and pony., Novice Harness Champion, horse and pony., Supreme Harness Champion horse and pony. Please note Champion Yearlings do not qualify
14. USE OF PREFIX
Prefixes and suffixes are for use by breeders on their own home bred stock and not for use on bought in animals. Anyone who is leasing a mare and wishes to be able to use their prefix or suffix on any progeny she may have must have already informed the Hackney Horse Society by sending in a letter from the owners of the mare stating the period of the lease. The Breeder is then the person who is leasing the mare at the time she foaled the animal to be registered. Only progeny from mares where a lease has been obtained will be able to use their prefix or suffix.
If a prefix is registered with the Hackney Horse Society and the same prefix is registered with another studbook in another country then any animal which has been registered in the country concerned and is imported must have the initials of the country of origin prefixing the said prefix.
15. RECOGNISED STUD BOOKS
The following stud books are recognised with the Hackney Horse Society:
Under Section 92/353 our daughter studbook in Holland
Argentina, Canada, South Africa and United States of America