Make Arabian Horse Ownership Count...

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 Since 1908 the AHA Registry has registered over 1 million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses ensuring the integrity and perpetuation of the breed. Registration increases the value of your horse, makes it more marketable and opens the door to many Local, Regional and National Events available to registered horses.

I was recently asked the question, “Why do you believe a horse should be registered?”

I had to stop and think, it has never entered my mind NOT to register one of my foals or to transfer ownership of a horse that we have purchased. We have been breeding purebred and part-bred Arabian horses since the early 1960’s. We have been fortunate in that many of our horses have gone on to great show careers and may have been prominent as sires and broodmares. On the other side, some of our horses have been sold to families as companion and trail horses; No matter where the horse went, we wanted to make sure that this horse we planned and bred would travel with its heritage intact. We wanted to be able to go on Datasource and see what foals the stallions and mares had sired or produced. We also wanted to be able to look at show records and to see who the current owner of a horse was and possibly reconnect with the new owner. We like to remain “part of the family” of the horse that we have bred and sold. When the registration papers are current and follow the horse then we are able to follow that horse through its life. We encourage buyers to transfer the registration papers, even when they don’t plan to show. I explain to them that in the case of a sale of the horse, his papers should go with him and be current for his best interest. We are considered small breeders. We have to work hard to be able to afford to have our Arabian horses and we feel that we owe it to any foal that we breed the opportunity to have his legacy, in the form of registration papers.


Pat Hendershot

Trade Winds Arabians

Tracy, CA

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Register My Horse


Registration begins with an application. Whether you are registering a purebred Arabian or a Half-Arabian, the application process is the first step towards Arabian horse ownership. 


If you were not the recorded owner of the dam at the time of foaling and would like to register the foal in your name, you will also need a completed Transfer for Eligible but Unregistered Foal Form. Also, if you were not the recorded owner of the dam at the time of breeding and would like to be listed as the breeder, you need a completed Assignment of Breeder Designation Form.


For purebred Arabian horses, a DNA test is required for testing parentage qualification. Once AHA has received your completed application and fee, you will receive a DNA kit. A sample can then be obtained and sent to the laboratory. Instructions are included with all DNA kits.


When all registration requirements have been met, you will receive your Certificate of Registration. Registration requirements, forms, and fees differ slightly depending on how the foal was conceived. 



Registry Service - Our Registry Services team provides the highest level of service in the industry - with one or two week turn-around in most cases. In addition, the Association takes pride in maintaining the most accurate and reliable records in the industry.


Purebred Certificate of Registration - The term "Purebred Arabian Horse" which appears on every Purebred Arabian Certificate of Registration issued by AHA, has more than a casual significance. A Certificate of Registration is the only official document verifying that the horse is a purebred Arabian horse and is universally accepted by the horse community. The rules for registrations, simply put, require a horse to be parentage verified based on blood-typing or DNA-typing as verified by its pedigree. The sire and dam must be registered with AHA (or in the case of an imported horse, with a foreign registry approved by AHA). Only the offspring of registered purebred Arabians are eligible for purebred registration with the Association.


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This certificate is the Association's product and it means a great deal to Arabian horse owners because it proves that their Arabian is a descendant of a historic breed that goes back thousands of years to its desert homeland in the Middle East.


Half-Arabian & Anglo-Arabian Certificate of Registration - The term "Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Horse", which appears on every Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Certificate of Registration issued by the Arabian Horse Association, has more than a casual significance. A Certificate of Registration issued by the Association is the only evidence that the horse in question is a part Arabian horse and universally accepted by the horse community. The rules for Half-Arabian registrations, simply put, require a horse to have one registered purebred Arabian parent.  Anglo-Arabians can have two Anglo-Arabian parents or cross between purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred or Anglo-Arabian (see registration rules). The purebred Arabian parent must be registered with the Association (or in the case of an imported horse, with a foreign registry approved by the Association). The Association's Certificate of Registration is the only official document verifying that the horse is a Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian horse.


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The description listed on the Certificate of Registration should identify each individual horse for life. This is why it is extremely important for owners to carefully draw their horse's markings correctly the first time. As the horse ages there is always a possibility that it may become lost or mistaken for another horse. One of the primary means of identifying purebred Arabian horses is by their markings as described on the Certificate of Registration.


Arabian owners take pride in the fact that Arabian horses are the purest of all breeds. It is the responsibility of the Association, and all Arabian horse breeders, to protect and maintain that purity of bloodlines. This can only be done through accurate record keeping and proper identification of each individual Arabian horse.


Please fill out your registration applications with care.


Purebred Arabians, Half-Arabians & Anglo-Arabians 


  • Salute-in-Creek_BorderShow at more than 450 AHA Recognized Events per year including Regional and National Events.
  • Compete in Regional and National Endurance and Competitive Trail Rides from coast to coast.
  • Earn recognition through Frequent Rider, Competitive Distance, Open Event Incentive, Horse Achievement, Amateur Achievement, Dressage Rider and Distance Awards programs sponsored by AHA.
  • Enroll your in-utero foal as a Breeding Entry and in the Halter Futurity Program and enter your horse in the Performance Futurity/Maturity promote your breeding program.
  • Increase your horse's value through registration in a recognized breed registry.



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Breeders are invited to use the following information. We thank the American Association of Equine Practitioners for their assistance in making these topics available.


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AHA awards more than $1 million annually in prize money through our Prize Money Programs: Arabian Breeders Sweepstakes, Halter Futurity and Performance Futurity/Maturity. If you are a serious breeder committed to creating show ring quality horses, these programs allow you to showcase showcase your horse before Regional and National audiences. Futurity winners can win thousands of dollars in just one class during their three-year-old year, and horses enrolled as Breeding Entries are eligible to win prize money at the Regional and National level for their entire life.




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