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Breeder Bewilderment

A breeder’s certificate is required by the American Quarter Horse Association before a foal can be registered. So there are a few important things to remember when breeding your American Quarter Horses:

* The certificate must be signed by the stallion owner and mare owner at the time of breeding, and the breeding dates must be listed on it. If a horse is leased during breeding, it must be signed by the lessee. An authorized agent can sign the document if the authorization is recorded in AQHA’s office.

* The dates and the stallion or mare information cannot be altered on a breeder’s certificate. If they are, a new one must be obtained.

* AQHA cannot force someone to sign a breeder’s certificate. The document is contractual by its nature, and any disagreements must be handled between the parties involved. If someone has to go to court because of a dispute over a breeder’s certificate and the court awards someone the breeder’s certificate, AQHA still must have one signed before it can register the foal.

* Take a breeder’s certificate with you, and if the judge rules in your favor, have it signed in court.

* Most stallion owners will not release a breeder’s certificate until all contractual obligations have been met.

* If a mare has multiple foals, multiple breeder’s certificates must be obtained from the stallion owner before the resulting offspring can be registered.

* If a foal is a result of transported semen or frozen semen, and a pre-printed registration application with this fact noted on it by AQHA is not sent in for registration, a different type of breeder’s certificate is required. This free form can be obtained from AQHA.

* If the same person owns the sire and dam at the time of breeding and foaling, a breeder’s certificate is not required for registration.


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