If I’ve owned a horse that was eligible for registration I’ve always registered it. Though I know many people who don’t, I’ve never understood why. Yes, it costs money but the benefits have always seemed to well outweigh any disadvantages. With the number of registered horses declining for most breed registries, let’s look at why I consider registration to be advantageous for you and your horse.
Registered horses can compete at recognized breed events. The bulk of my experience comes from Arabian horses. If I were the owner of an Arabian who I knew, beyond the shadow of a doubt, was a purebred I would nonetheless be unable to show him or her at events recognized by my breed registry without having registration papers for said horse. I do recognize that I could compete at various open events that do not require a horse to be registered however, registration opens just that many more opportunities.
Registered horses can participate in breed recognized incentive programs. Within the Arabian horse registry, I either currently participate or have participated in the following programs: Frequent Rider, Open Event Incentive, and Dressage Rider. I enjoy doing so. The Frequent Rider Program allows me to log toward a goal all non-competitive hours that I spend in the saddle. Once certain milestones are reached I earn an award. The Open Event Incentive Program for example, allows me to earn points toward recognition from awards won at open shows. Finally, the Dressage Rider Program allows riders to achieve recognition for earning two scores from two separate judges of 60% or better at Training through Fourth levels. These are only a few examples. Again, some of these opportunities are also available through open programs but I like having options.
By registering your horse, you can help make his or her foals eligible for registration. While I never intend to breed my mare it’s nice to know that, because she is registered, I can breed her to a purebred stallion to achieve a registerable foal.
Registered horses often carry a greater value. While not a guarantee, having a documented set of registration papers which prove your horse’s pedigree can often increase his or her value.
Registration often only requires the completion of necessary paperwork, much of which can be found on-line through a breed registry, sometimes the completion of DNA type testing, and the payment of a registration fee. Fees are often less expensive for younger horses and those individuals who are already members of a breed registry usually receive a discounted fee. Once a horse is registered it is important to keep registration papers current by recording the appropriate ownership transfers. Otherwise, additional fees may be incurred along with temporary losses of benefits.
The bulk of breed registries offer benefits like those offered by the Arabian Horse Association. If your horse isn’t registered, I encourage you to look at doing so. Even if your horse is intended to only ever by a pasture ornament or treasured trail riding companion events and circumstances can change. Registering your horse can provide yet another layer of protection to help make certain that your horse has a soft landing.