RULEBOOK Section 2 Rule 4 through 12

Rule 4 Fees to Register, Genetic Health Panel, and Parentage Verify a Foal
A. Foal registration fees are assessed according to a Registry Office Fee Schedule. Copies of this Fee Schedule are available on the US Arabian Horse Registry website and are periodically included in Registry Office mailings.
B. The fee to register a foal as stated in the current Fee Schedule also covers: 
1. Naming, provided a valid attempt to claim a name is received prior to the eighteenth month from birth; 
2. The correction of a Certificate of Foal Registration, within six months of the date of issue, if necessary. 
3. Subsequent transfers of ownership; 
4. Reissuance of a genetic typing kit for un-testable samples; 
5. And such other matters and services as US Arabian Registry shall, in its sole discretion, from time to time determine. 
C. Fees are not refundable, including if a foal dies and the death is reported prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Foal Registration.
D. All fees must be paid by cashier’s check, money order or debit credit card payable to US Arabian Registry.   No personal checks will be accepted. 
E. It is specifically prohibited to freeze/suspend an owner at time of foaling until their membership dues are paid in full when a new owner of a foal is not able to register a foal because of the unpaid membership.

Rule 5 Variant ( Genetic) Health Panel Testing Requirements for Stallions, Geldings, Mares and Exported Horses, including Lethal Testing for SCIDS, LFS and for CA
A. In addition to genetic testing and parentage verification of all foals as outlined in Rule 2, the following horses must be genetically tested: 
1. All stallions, geldings and broodmares if not previously genetically tested for verification of parentage; 
2. All stallions and broodmares for foal crops of 2001 and thereafter must be DNA tested, either from DNA samples extracted from a blood sample already on file with the genetic laboratories or, if none is available, from DNA samples submitted in accordance with this Rule; 
3. Foals of 2023 and thereafter who enter the stud for the first time as stallions may be required to have a second DNA test performed which must match the originally submitted DNA test results and may be required to have additional genetic DNA testing. Should the stallion have already been tested, the owner may request the laboratory to forward copies of his DNA results to the US Arabian Registry office, otherwise the owner needs to request the paperwork either from the US Arabian Registry office for his additional genetic DNA testing or complete the paperwork necessary for his testing with the laboratory; 
4. The conditions listed below and commonly considered undesirable traits or variant disorders by the Board of Trustees will be indicated on the registration certificate for horses, if within accepted rules, and if not then will be placed on the software database records, Records, which are public, once the condition is known. Upon discovery, the owner shall immediately report such condition to US Arabian Registry as noted below. Failure to timely report these conditions may subject the owner to possible disciplinary action. The results of CA, LFS, and SCID must be sent by the owner or any party as the testing facility cannot send results to US Arabian Horse Registry; there is a release of liability form which must also be included; and
5. All stallions and all broodmares entered into breeding from 2022 forward may be be required to have a second DNA test performed which must match the DNA test results from the time they were registered as a foal.  

Genes come in pairs; each parent contributes one copy to the offspring. With respect to the autosomal recessive variant disorders listed below (CA, LFS, SCID), only one defective variant is necessary to express the variant disorder in question. Such gene can be inherited from either of the parents or from both of the parents. Testing for Cerebellara Abiotrophy (CA), Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS) and Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCIDS) is required for all breeding stallions Additional variant (genetic) disorder testing may be required. If said breeding stallion has been tested, the owner can request the testing laboratory to submit copies of these tests to the Registry office for inclusion with the stallions file, otherwise testing must be done with reports submitted from the laboratory to the US Arabian Registry office.
6. Foals which carry a variant (genetic) disorder as a carrier or affected will not be required to be gelded or spayed; however, the Records will carry such information and the Certificate of Registration will also state any variant (genetic) disorder.
B. Since there may not be any testing laboratory who still does blood typing, contact the US Arabian Horse Registry requesting a blood typing kit. If this request can be accomplished, USAHR requires a written request and the following: 
1. Cashier’s check, money order or debit credit card with an additional three (3) per cent convenience fee added to costs, payable to US Arabian Horse Registry for the prescribed fee (see Fee Schedule);
2. The Certificate of Foal Registration (copies are not acceptable); and
3. The fully completed Identification forms, along with a set of four color photographs of the horse (front, both sides and rear views) clearly showing the color and markings (or lack of markings) on the head, legs, hoof color and body markings. If either of these requirements are not timely met, the owner may be required to restart the process by obtaining a new variant (genetic) typing kit from US Arabian Horse Registry, and a restart fee may be assessed (see Fee Schedule). Do not request a DNA typing kit at this time.  
C. To correctly identify a horse, an Identification form may be required to be fully completed each time a variant sample is submitted. 
D. US Arabian Horse Registry shall have the right to require that any horse be genetically typed or re-genetically typed at any time to establish or investigate a horse’s identity or pedigree. If at any time US Arabian Horse Registry determines that the genetic type of a horse is inconsistent with the genetic type of either or both of its reported parents, US Arabian Horse Registry will notify the owner and the Certificate of Foal Registration will be revoked unless the owner provides an explanation satisfactory to the Registrar (or any other person designated by the President of US Arabian Horse Registry Board of Trustees) within 30 days of notice. In the event that an explanation from the owner is timely received and establishes parentage to the satisfaction of US Arabian Horse Registry, a corrected Certificate of Foal Registration may be issued. 
E. US Arabian Horse Registry will not respond to inquiries, other than pursuant to legal process, Court Order, approved Foreign Stud Book Authorities, recognized State Racing Commissions, Racetrack Authorities or law enforcement agencies with respect to genetic typing information as to specific horses, except upon written request, from a person whose name appears in US Arabian Horse Registry records as having an ownership interest in that horse, stating why this information is needed. In these instances, US Arabian Horse Registry will state in writing, if requested, whether, based upon information on file, the horse qualifies as an offspring of its reputed parents.

The DNA type of all Purebred Arabian stallions and Purebred Arabian mares used for breeding resultant Purebred Arabian foals must be on permanent record with the AHA [AHR] Registry or with the US Arabian Horse Registry. The DNA sample must be obtained and typed in accordance with procedures prescribed by the AHA [AHR] Registry or the US Arabian Horse Registry. The required fee must be paid to the AHA [AHR] Registry or the US Arabian Horse Registry at the time the DNA typing is requested. 
1.  Any questions of true parentage may be resolved by any means available to the AHA [AHR] Registry or the US Arabian Horse Registry, including DNA type testing or any other variant testing method of the horses involved.
2. Any recorded owner of a horse agrees to permit such tests, which will be at the expense of the owner and must be paid in advance. 
3. Random DNA and blood typing (if available) programs to verify parentage may be conducted by the AHA [AHR] Registry or the US Arabian Horse Registry at its expense and recorded owners of horses agree to permit such DNA and blood typing. 
4. Refusal by an owner to permit DNA or blood typing under paragraphs 2, 3, or 4 of this Article may result in cancellation of registration certificates and in the imposition of penalties as stated in this Rulebook.

Rule 6 Naming:
General Statement on Naming: This gives a new owner purchasing a registered but unnamed Purebred Arabian the opportunity to select the name. If the naming attempt is not made USAHR will assign a registered name to the foal.
A. A name may be claimed on the Registration Application.  Name selections should be listed in order of preference. Names will be assigned based upon availability and compliance with the naming rules as stated herein. Names may not be claimed or reserved by telephone or email separate from the submission of the “bundle” of registration application documents. When a foreign language name is submitted, an English translation must be furnished to US Arabian Horse Registry. An explanation must accompany “coined” or “made-up” names that have no apparent meaning. Horses that were born in the United States and currently reside in another country must be named by their registration through the Stud Book Authority of their country of residence to include those under AHA [AHR] or the US Arabian Horse Registry in the United States. 
B. If a valid attempt to name a foal is submitted to US Arabian Horse Registry by the end of the thirteenth month of the yearling year and such a name is determined not eligible for use, no fee is required for a subsequent claim of name for that foal. If a valid attempt to name a foal is not submitted to US Arabian Horse Registry within thirteen (13) months of submission of the foal application for registration, a fee is required to claim a name for such a foal (see Fee Schedule). 
C. A reserved name must be used within one year from the day it was reserved. Reserved names cannot be used until notification requesting the assignment of the name to a specific horse is received by the Registry Office. If the reserved name is not used within one year from its reservation, it will become available for any horse. A fee is required to reserve a name (see Fee Schedule). 
D.  A change of name may be allowed once the foal has been named and the Certificate of Foal Registration has been issued, provided all conditions for the name change as stated by US Arabian Horse Registry rules have been met and the fee for a name change has been paid.  Purebred Arabian horses registered with US Arabian Horse Registry for any horse with any achievement record are ineligible for a name change.
E. Names of horses over twenty-five (25) years old may be eligible for use if they have not been used during the preceding five years either for breeding or any performance including racing. Names of horses that were never used for breeding or racing may be available for use five years from the date of their death as reported.
F. The following classes of names are not eligible for use: 
1. Names consisting of more than 18 letters (spaces and punctuation marks count as letters); 
2. Names consisting entirely of initials such as C.O.D., F.O.B., etc.; 
3. Names ending in “filly,” “colt,” “stud,” “mare,” “stallion,” or any similar horse-related term; 
4. Names consisting entirely of numbers. Numbers above thirty may be used if they are spelled out; 
5. Names ending with a numerical designation such as “2nd” or “3rd,” whether or not such a designation is spelled out;
6. Names of living persons unless written permission to use their name is on file with US Arabian Horse Registry; 
7. Names of persons no longer living unless approval is granted by US Arabian Horse Registry based upon a satisfactory written explanation submitted to the Registry; 
8. Names clearly having commercial, artistic or creative significance; 
9. Names that are suggestive or have a vulgar or obscene meaning; names considered in poor taste; or names that may be offensive to religious, political or ethnic groups; 
10. Names that appear to be designed to harass, humiliate or disparage a specific individual, group of individuals or entity; 
11. Names that are currently active in breeding; 
12.  Permanent names. The list of criteria to establish a permanent name is as follows: 
a. Annual leading sire and broodmare sire by progeny earnings;
  and 
b. Horses included in the International List of Protected Names. 
15. Names similar in spelling or pronunciation to the classes of names listed in these Rules. 
16. Names of horses previously recorded in US Arabian Horse Registry by the same sire or out of the same dam as the foal for which the attempt is made. 
G. In addition to the provisions of this Rule 6, the US Arabian Horse Registry reserves the right of approval on all name requests.

Rule 7 Transfer and Report of Ownership
A. The transfer of ownership for all registered Purebred Arabians must be reported to US Arabian Horse Registry. Inside the Transfer Form is the Foal Transfer Report for foals which have been sold before being registered. Additionally, US Arabian Horse Registry will accept ownership information from a racetrack or sales company recognized by US Arabian Horse Registry. The Arabian Horse Registry is a pedigree database and does not determine ownership. Registration certificates are not canceled because the horse is sold without the transfer of ownership form. 
B. US Arabian Horse Registry requires partners to sign a transfer in multiple ownerships of one Purebred Arabian horse; further, an agent is prevented from transferring to one of the partners when a horse is jointly owned.
C.  For breeding stallions, ownership is reported by submitting a report of mares bred form (see Rule 13), called the Stallion Breeding Report (SBR). In the case of a broodmare, ownership is reported by submitting a Mare Live Foal/No Foal Report (see Rules 2(A), (B), and 14). Based on the ownership reported on the respective forms, US Arabian Horse Registry will record any transfer of ownership. If a Purebred Arabian stallion or broodmare is sold or otherwise transferred after submitting a Report of Mares Bred form or Live Foal/No Foal Report, the new ownership is to be reported.
D. If US Arabian Horse Registry becomes aware of conflicting information with respect to the ownership of a horse, or other rights in or related to a horse (“Ownership Issues”), US Arabian Horse Registry may request additional information and US Arabian Horse Registry may defer action related to the horse until the interested parties agree to resolve the Ownership Issues or US Arabian Horse Registry may take action based upon court order (see Rule 17) or other factors it deems appropriate in its discretion. US Arabian Horse Registry will have no obligation to any party arising out of its decision to defer action or to take action.

In addition, the failure of an owner to submit a valid Breeding Service Certificate pursuant to Rule 2(D) may be considered evidence of an ownership issue to be resolved as set forth above, but in the event action is deferred by US Arabian Horse Registry it will process but not issue the Certificate of Foal Registration until a valid Service Certificate is submitted to US Arabian Horse Registry and all other requirements of Rule 2 are satisfied.
E. US Arabian Horse Registry will respond to inquiries pursuant to legal process, Court Order, Foreign Stud Book Authorities, recognized State Racing Commissions, Racetrack Authorities or law enforcement agencies with respect to ownership information as to a specific horse, as well as upon written request, from a person whose name appears in US Arabian Horse Registry records as having an ownership interest in that horse. US Arabian Horse Registry may also make available to the public breeder and ownership information in its discretion.
F. It is advisable that no one complete the purchase of a Purebred Arabian until the Certificate of Foal Registration has been transferred by the previous owner. Before completing the sale, the new owner should compare the description on the Certificate of Foal Registration with the actual markings, including cowlicks, found on the horse. It is the responsibility of the owner for determination of ownership whether an Individual, Joint Ownership, Assumed or Trade Name, Corporate Partnership, General or Limited Syndicate or Joint Venture Decedent’s Estate, Trust, Guardianship or Other Custodial Legal Entity. See Fee Schedule.

Rule 8 Correction of Certificate of Foal Registration
A. To obtain a Corrected Certificate of Foal Registration, the following must be submitted to the Registry Office:
1. Cashier’s check. money order or debit credit card payable to US Arabian Horse Registry covering the prescribed fee (see Fee Schedule); 
2. A set of four color photographs of the horse (front, both sides, and rear views) clearly showing the color, markings (or lack of markings) on the head, legs and body, and showing any discrepancies, if possible, with the existing Certificate of Foal Registration; 
3. A completed and signed Corrected Certificate Form containing the written description of the markings as they now appear on the horse, including the exact location of the head and neck cowlicks; and 
4. The Certificate of Foal Registration if there is no Certificate of Foal Registration on file with US Arabian Horse Registry.
B. Nothing in this rule shall preclude the use of variant typing information for the purpose of re-identifying any horse at any time. If the identity or pedigree of any horse is in question, US Arabian Horse Registry may require variant typing and/or parentage verification to ensure proper identity or pedigree.
C. When a significant correction in the description of a horse is requested, positive identification may be required if the ownership is no longer recorded in the name of the original owner (owner of dam at time of foaling). Such positive identification requires written affirmation and signature on a photograph of the horse (clearly showing distinctive markings) from the original owner or authorized agent stating that the photograph is of the horse in question.

If the application for a corrected certificate contains a discrepancy that raises a question as to the identity of the horse, an inspection may be required. If a registration certificate is delivered to USAHR’s office for a correction, but the correction items are not in proper order to issue a corrected certificate, the registration certificate will be retained by USAHR until the correction can be completed and a new certificate issued.

Rule 9 Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration 
General Statement: If the original Certificate of Foal Registration contains errors or is lost, a replacement certificate may be obtained by fully completing an application for a Corrected or Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration, along with the required fee, respectively. A Replacement Certificate is for the loss of the original certificate through an act of God, ie fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, no act of humans and is treated the same as for a Corrected Certificate of Foal Registration.  Proof must be furnished to the USAHR Office in the form of a notarized statement wherein the owner certifies and is part of a statement from a State where the Foal Certificate was lost by a State Official verifying the loss of records, the Certificate of Foal Registration no longer is in existence; otherwise said Certificate must be returned to the USAHR office before any Replacement Certificate process will begin.
A. If a Certificate of Foal Registration has been lost or destroyed, a Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration may be issued by the Registry Office upon submission of the following: 
1. Cashier’s check,  money order or debit credit card with an additional three (3) per cent convenience fee added to costs, payable to US Arabian Registry covering the prescribed fee (see Fee Schedule); 
2. A set of four color photographs of the horse (front, both sides, and rear views) clearly showing the color and the markings (or lack of markings) on the head, legs and body; 
3. A completed and signed Duplicate Certificate Form containing the written description of all the markings on the horse, including the exact location of the head and neck cowlicks; 
4. A notarized statement from the owner or his authorized agent describing the circumstances under which the Certificate of Foal Registration was lost or destroyed; if such notarization cannot be obtained, a Court order may be substituted;
5. Proof of ownership of that specific horse (for example, a bill of sale or canceled check including the name or pedigree of the horse, date of sale and the name of the new owner); and 
6. Any further evidence and assurances as US Arabian Horse Registry may require, such as genetic typing and/or parentage verification. 
B. Except as expressly provided in this Rule 9, a Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration will not be issued as long as the Certificate of Foal Registration is known to be in existence; provided however, in the event of a sheriff’s (or similar) sale or under a non-appealable Court Order, a Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration will be issued if the original Certificate of Foal Registration cannot be obtained from the previous owner only after a good faith effort to recover it is made by the seller and/or the new owner. In either case, the requirements of Rule 9 (A) 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 must be met and an opinion must be submitted to US Arabian Horse Registry from an attorney or an official representative of the court, indicating that the sale (if applicable) was conducted in accordance with the laws of the state and providing such other information as US Arabian Horse Registry may request regarding the circumstances and validity of the sale or Court Order. 
C. Once a Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration is issued, the original Certificate of Foal Registration becomes null and void, and if located, must be returned to the USAHR office.
D. Involuntary transfers pertaining to an unregistered horse, including, but not limited to court judgment, stableman’s lien or security interest foreclosure, USAHR may accept the signature of the interested party or stableman on a foal application for registration in lieu of the record mare owner at time of foaling and on a transfer report if:
(1) the interested party had possession of the unregistered horse and its dam at time of foaling,
(2) the judgment or foreclosure was made against the owner as reflected on USAHR records,
(3) the stallion owner at time of breeding provides a breeder’s certificate,
(4) the foal is parentage verified through DNA testing,
(5) all other registration requirements are satisfied, and
(6) the interested party signs an indemnity waiver releasing USAHR from all future claims pertaining to the horse.
E. In the event an interested party did not have possession of the mare and foal at time of foaling, the interested party will need to provide a court judgment as evidence of ownership being awarded to them. USAHR may accept the signature of the party awarded ownership by the court on a foal application for registration in lieu of the record mare owner at time of foaling and on a transfer report so long as:
(1) the judgment explicitly identifies the horse,
(2) the judgment was against the owner reflected on USAHR records for the mare at time of foaling,
(3) the stallion owner provides a breeder’s certificate,
(4) the foal is parentage verified through DNA testing,
(5) all other registration requirements are satisfied, and
(6) the interested party signs an indemnity waiver releasing USAHR from all future claims pertaining to the horse.

Rule 10 Death Reports
If an Arabian, or foal for which registration is pending, has died, the owner or authorized agent should promptly report that information to US Arabian Registry by submitting a completed Report of Deaths form and returning the Certificate of Foal Registration, if issued. Additionally, US Arabian Horse Registry will accept death reports from a recognized racetrack. 

Rule 11 Microchip, Brands and Scar Reports
All scars, microchips, brands and tattoos on a horse should be shown on its registration certificate and be noted in the Online Stud Book Records. Brands, microchips, or scars not appearing on the certificate will be added if the record owner submits the registration certificate, a photo or diagram showing the shape and location of the scar or brand, and the date of injury or branding, if known; or the location and exact description. Microchips can be added if the owner provides the microchip number and implantation site, if known.

Rule 12 Gelding or Spayed Mare Reports
If a Colt or Horse has been gelded or a mare spayed, the owner or authorized agent should promptly report that information to US Arabian Horse Registry Office by submitting a completed Gelding or Spayed Mare Report or by furnishing the information through registration to the Registry Office.  Additionally, US Arabian Horse Registry will accept gelding or spayed mare reports from a recognized racetrack. There is no charge for the furnished report nor for the re-issuance of the registration certificate showing the horse was gelded or spayed.    

A gelded horse is not to be exposed to mares for a three (3) month period. The papers are to be returned with the date of gelding or spaying. The registration certificate for that horse as a stallion or unspayed mare are voided and papers issued using the same registration number for him as a gelding or as a spayed mare at no charge.

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