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Foals are presented at AHS inspections for registration and branding, and to enable the inspection commission to evaluate the offspring of AHS stallions. Outreach branding and mail-in registration options are also available for foals unable to attend a scheduled inspection.
In order for a foal to be presented, it must be pre-entered in the inspection through the Central Office – meaning inspection Enrollment Forms and the appropriate fees must be received by the Central Office prior to the inspection. A comprehensive fee of $185 covers the $125 registration fee and the $60 charge for DNA typing. Mare dues must be paid for the year of conception and the year of foaling when registering a foal. Also, when using a foreign sire (approved stallions standing outside the United States that are not Elite Stallions), a $150 foreign sire fee will apply.
Once the Enrollment Form and fees have been received, a Registration Application will be e-mailed or mailed from the Central Office. Among the information needed to complete the application is the foal’s name, date of birth, color, markings, sex, the signature of the recorded owner of the dam, and the registration numbers of the sire and dam. A minimum of four photographs clearly showing the foal’s markings (shots of each side plus views from the front and the rear) must also be submitted. All foals should be registered by the end of their yearling year.
In agreement with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), AHS registered foals will automatically become USEF life recorded as part of the regular AHS registration fee, provided all paperwork is submitted by December 31 of the year of birth. The AHS is pleased to offer this added value to our membership at no additional cost. This partnership between the AHS and USEF will allow both organizations access to accurate data for both pedigree and performance. The AHS will provide USEF with full breeding data on each foal and, in return, the USEF will provide the AHS with a USEF life recording number for each foal that will be noted on AHS registration papers. In addition, the owner will also receive a life recording certificate from the USEF.
DNA Typing Kit
The parentage of all foals registered with the AHS must be verified by DNA typing. A DNA kit will be sent from the Central Office once the foal’s comprehensive registration fee and the appropriate paperwork have been received. It will contain instructions for obtaining a hair sample from the foal that includes the roots. If the dam has not been DNA typed, then a hair sample will need to be submitted from her as well. Parentage verification through DNA typing must be performed before a foal’s AHS registration papers are issued.
Effective 2017, the AHS Board voted that all registrations (AHS, ARS, and Certificate of Pedigree horses) now require microchipping as part of their registration process. The AHS office sends a microchip and microchip certificate with each registration kit. The owner has their vet inject the microchip and sign the microchip certificate. The certificate must be returned to the AHS office with the rest of the registration requirements. The certificate must be received prior to papers being issued. AHS microchips are USEF compliant and we can search our database by microchip numbers. We are pleased to include microchips as part of our registration as it will be an additional method for horse verification.
Inspection Day Paperwork
Upon the office’s receipt of the enrollment form and appropriate fees, the actual foal registration application will be e-mailed or mailed to you along with other relevant material. Plan to e-mail or mail the completed application directly to the AHS office as it is no longer a requirement to have this documentation at the inspection site. (In the case of early-born foals, some foal owners may have already submitted the completed registration application to the central office. A proof of the foal’s papers will be sent by AHS to the inspection site). The original (white) Stallion Certificate of Service must also be on file at the AHS office for registration to proceed. AHS will require the original Abfohlmeldung for foals conceived in Germany and subsequently imported en utero. Registration fees must be paid prior to inspection day. The foal should be presented at the dam’s side. When this is not possible, a photograph showing the dam and foal together should be given to the inspectors.
Presenting the Foal at Inspection
The foal is presented in hand for an evaluation of its conformation and is shown free at the side of the dam for an assessment of its gaits. When showing a foal, it is important to keep the mare positioned to the outside so that the inspectors have a clear, unobstructed view of the foal. Take care to regulate the mare’s speed to best show the foal’s trot movement. Recognizing that foals are presented at various stages of age and development, the AHS does not officially grade them during inspections.
Once the paperwork has been completed, the appropriate fees and photographs showing the foal’s markings have been received by the Central Office, and the foal has been parentage verified through DNA analysis, its registration papers will be issued and mailed. All fillies, colts and gelded weanlings are entered into the Registry. Final studbook placements are made when the mares and stallions are presented for inspection at three years of age or older.
2020 Inspection Tour Enrollment and Foal Registration Forms
Stabling forms and payment must be sent directly to the site host. Please see the "Stabling" section below for link. If you prefer to print and mail your entries, please use the pdf forms provided at each section below.
Note: The Inspection Enrollment forms are used to initiate all 2020 foal registrations for foals attending an inspection. For foals which are to be registered by mail, please use the "Foal Registration by Mail" form online or at the pdf link below. Registration papers will be issued when all requirements are completed.
• Due to the contractual agreement between the AHS and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), foal owners are hereby advised that in order to obtain complimentary USEF lifetime recording as part of the AHS’s comprehensive $320.00 registration fee, all registration requirements must be delivered to the AHS central office by December 31 of their year of birth.
2020 AHS/ARS Foal Registration by Mail - (Hanoverian/Rhineland) (For 2020/19 foals not attending an inspection)
Inspection Enrollment2020 AHS/ARS Inspection Enrollment Form - (Hanoverian/Rhineland) Complete and mail or fax to AHS Office
All horses must be pre-enrolled and all fees must be paid in advance as entries are not taken on inspection day. The deadlines have been set a little earlier this year in order to permit the central office staff to process entries in a timely manner. This year there are five deadlines for mare and foal entries without incurring a $50.00 late fee. Entries must be postmarked as noted above.
Please note that all non-Hanoverian warmblood mare pedigrees must be submitted to the AHS Central Office for pre-approval. Copies of registration papers may be emailed to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (859) 255-8467. When faxing, be certain to include a contact number so we may call you with an answer regarding your mares eligibility.
2020 AHS/ARS Stallion Entry Form - Stallion pedigrees MUST have been pre-approved by the AHS and the German Verband. Please contact the AHS office at (859) 255-4141 for addition information, including x-ray requirements.
2020 AHS/ARS Yearling/Two-Year-Old Futurity Enrollment Form - Complete and mail or fax to AHS Office. Registration is open to all AHS-registered yearling colts and fillies and two-year-old colts and fillies. The cost is $45 to participate. Horses will be judged using a scale from 1-100 on conformation/type, movement and legs. $3,000 will be shared by the top five yearlings and top five two-year-olds at the conclusion of the inspection tour.
2020 Inspection/Stabling Registration for the Site Host Stabling forms and payment must be sent directly to the site host. DO NOT send stabling forms or payment to the AHS Office.
Inspection Evaluation Form
Online AHS/ARS Inspection Evaluation Form To submit an optional site evaluation for an AHS/ARS inspection you have attended, please click on our link to fill out a short inspection evaluation form. By taking just a few minutes to offer your feedback, you will help our efforts to continue to improve on all aspects of inspections.