The approval requires the presentation of a mare or stallion
at the age of 3. It is the second step after the inspection
and registration as a foal. Mares are being approved for a
Mare Book, stallions will receive a Certified or a Lifetime
Breeding License. Mares or stallions can get approved by more
than one Breed Registry. A Hanovarian mare with Hanovarian
Registration Paper can get approved by ISR Oldenburg N. A.
for any of the Mare Books. Mares and stallions can be approved
by several Registries, whereas they are only allowed to be
registered with one Registry.
Breeding Certificate (BC)
For all foals, yearlings and older horses you’ll bring to an inspection for registration
you must bring along the original Breeding Certificate issued, signed and mailed to you by the stallion
owner. Please make sure that all breeding dates have been entered to the BC and your vet has signed it
as well. A "BC" is not required for mares which already have registration papers when they come for mare
A Breeding Permit can be granted by the stallion commission for a stallion which is
not on the list of approved stallion published in current Stallion Directory. The stallion must be
of superior quality and must have shown outstanding performance or outstanding 100-Day-Test results.
Breeders shall apply for a Breeding Permit before they use such stallion for breeding.
Breeding Permits are issued for one breeding (one mare) only.
Breeding Report (BR)
Stallions owners get a Breeding Report Form from the Registry every spring. Such form
must be completed for every stallion showing all mares bred during the season. The BR form must be
returned to the Registry before the end of each year (Dec. 31st). There is a late fee of $100.00 if
the Breeding Report is not on file with the Registry before the end of each year.
Certificates are issued for mares entered into any of the Mare Books. They show the
Mare Book the mare had been entered into and also the name and the registration-number of the mare
and the score received at the inspection.
Certificate of Birth
A Certificate of Birth can be issued if either the sire or the dam of a horse are not
approved by the Registry. The Certificate of Birth is not a Registration Paper, but it shows the
complete pedigree (as far as known), the color and markings of the horse. Fillies with a Certificate
of Birth will be eligible for the ISR Pre Mare Book at the age of three.
Letter of Parentage Verification (LOPV)
A Letter of Parentage Verification is a document that verifies the identity of sire
and dam based on DNA testing. A LPV is required for all yearlings and older horses as well as all foals
bred with frozen semen prior to registration.
Retrieve a DNA-form for the dam and a separate one for the foal from our website, complete them and send
both forms to the registry’s office. Some time later you will get hair sample kits by mail. Then follow
the instructions, pull hairs from mare and foal and mail the kits to UC Davis. The Registry will notify
you by mail about the result of the DNA-testing as soon as we receive it from UC. This postcard is your
LOPV and must be brought to the Inspection.
The Pedigree Paper will be issued for mares without registration documents but with
unconsolidated pedigree information and proof of parentage (letter of parentage verification).
The Pedigree Paper then serves as proof of pedigree and complete pedigree information for the mare.
Registration is the procedure when a foal or yearling are inspected and registered
with one Breed Registry. Registration requires that a foal (yearling) is presented at an inspection.
The registration document (paper) will be issued and mailed some time after the inspection.
Every horse can only be registered with one Breed Registry. A horse cannot change its breed after it
has been registered.
A Registration Paper is issued to all foals, yearlings and older horses which have been
inspected and registered by ISR or by Oldenburg N.A..
A Registration Paper from any approved Registry is required for a mare to be approved for the Main Mare
Book or the Mare Book and for a stallion to be presented at an inspection. The Registration Paper is also
required to participate in the USDF All Breed Awards Program or for the WBFSH Young Horse World Championships. The Registration Paper determines the
breed of a horse. If it is issued by ISR, the horse is an ISR bred horse, if it is issued by Oldenburg
N.A., the horse’s breed is Oldenburg N.A.
Each horse can only have one registration paper issued by one Registry. Double registration is not
accepted. Most Registration Papers don’t show the name of the horse.