Friday, 25 November 2011

First Inscriptions at Last.


Now that DNA validation is sorted Hispano-Árabe UK has been busy finally getting our two beautiful 2011 foals inscription documents completed for the UEGHá.  We had hoped that a recent imported filly would likewise be eligible for inscription. She is the offspring of an Auxiliary Registered Hispano-Árabe mare imported from Spain, but her sire is Pure Arabian. Unfortunately any horses entered in the Hispano-Árabe Auxiliary Registry can only breed with Hispano-Árabe horses (not PRE or Pure Arabian) to have their foals eligible for inscription in the Stud Book.

Fortunately the lovely ‘Hispano-Árabe’ foal is not ‘lost’ to us as we have now established an affiliation with the Sports Horse Association for issue of their Identification Documents for Part Bred Hispano-Árabes and Anglo Hispano-Árabes/Tres Sangre. These horses can now through Hispano-Árabe UK be registered with the Sports Horses Association; as they are in Spain and Portugal, but with documents that carry our company registration and pedigree record (including DNA data) specifically identifying them as either Part Bred Hispano-Árabes or Anglo Hispano-Árabe/Tres sangre.

It means these horses hold Internationally recognised identification for inclusion into the Sports Horse Association abroad should they leave the UK, and can be submitted to the Sports Horse grading on maturity to become fully accredited within the Sports Horse Association. The Hispano-Árabe filly from the Auxiliary mare while not approved to be inscribed or used to breed Hispano-Árabes within this Breed will be registered as a Part Bred Hispano-Árabe (with full pedigree) and can be graded as a Sports Horse and used to breed Tres sangre horses for sport.  

Apart from safely incorporating our Part Breds and Anglo stock into the Sports Horse Association we should not forget that while our Pure Bred Hispano-Árabe does have its own Stud Book for inscription the breed is also recognised as a top Sports Horse in Spain. It would therefore be more prestigious and sensible for anyone owning a registered Pure Bred Hispano-Árabe to consider dual inscribing their horse as a Sports Horse rather than as a ‘part bred’ to some other breed society that does not acknowledge the importance of these horses as a breed in their own right.


On the International front we have been working with several other countries planning their future Hispano-Árabe breeding programmes within the regulations of the Spanish Stud Book in order to inscribe their horses. For anyone looking at breeding Hispano-Árabe horses using a PRE parent, please ensure that the PRE horse is approved for breeding under the regulations of the Spanish Stud Book held by ANCCE. You can validate this by checking the data held on the web stud records

Then, most important: PLEASE ensure that if you use a PRE stallion you receive the ANCCE issued covering certificate for PRE approved stallions. On this note I urge PRE associations around the world to comply with their Stud Book regulations and issue the correct covering certificate when PRE stallions serve Pure Arabian or Pure Hispano-Árabe mares. The stallion returns that are sent through to ANCCE mean that the PRE Stud Book can notify the UEGHá of expected Hispano-Árabe births; and owners of resulting foals can send in their part of the covering certificate to the UEGHá when requesting inscription of the foals.

We have had a long few months working with breeders in the USA to help facilitate the inscription of the first USA born Hispano-Árabe to be inscribed as a Pure Bred with the Spanish State Stud Book. Hispano-Árabe UK will be forwarding the completed service request and supporting documents shortly.

Until an agent co-ordinating inscription requests for the USA is established and fully operational, Hispano-Árabe UK will continue to work with USA and Canadian horse Breeders to collate and submit service requests to the UEGHá to ensure inscription of their Hispano-Árabe horses.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Onwards and Upwards

After the disgraceful conduct of two breed societies here in the UK to prevent the inscription of Hispano-Arabe foals into the Purebred Stud Book we are at last moving forwards thanks to the work of the UEGHa to bypass the block these two societies put on the use of DNA for parentage validation. Quite simply the breed  expansion of the Hispano-Arabe will go ahead but BAPSH is now excluded from involvement with this breed while the Spanish Arabian Stud Book will furnish the required validation data for the Arabian side of our UK breeding.

The UEGHa has also gone to great trouble to establish laboratories in Spain prepared to carry out the DNA tests using hair samples rather than blood thus making it a lot easier for meeting the postage/shipment regulations regarding tissue samples as well as easing concerns of breeder/owners not comfortable with blood extraction from youngstock.

As part of working with the UEGHa to role out the International breed expansion service we are at the moment working on translations of forms and supporting information for the various services required to inscribe Hispano-Arabe stock. To facilitate speedy turn-around of passports there is a necessity for veterinarians completing inscription documentation to provide signature samples; for use on the UEGHa software to produce the final passport. As soon as this particular translation and updated form is approved for use we will be seeing our first inscriptions from the UK since 2006.

The only unfortunate news update is that after long consideration the UEGHa has declined opening the Auxiliary Registry of the Hispano-Arabe Stud Book to horses outside of Spain. We submitted to them a test case application of a very beautiful Spanish breed Hispano-Arabe (UK imported mare) that had not been inscribed to the Stud Book when she was in Spain. Despite producing stunning Hispano-Arabe foals, that we had hoped to subsequently see inscribed to the Principle Registry, it is now not possible for her and other Hispano-Arabe equine expats of Spain to be considered for inclusion in the breed programme. A great pity and loss as there are across Europe some exceptional performance Hispano-Arabes  ( that do credit to the breed. Our thanks to the UEGHa for taking time to seriously consider our request.

The UEGHa is, as previously stated, working on setting up an International section to their website to meet the needs of the countries around the world enquiring about breeding and inscribing Hispano-Arabe stock produced in their own countries while working to facilitate immediate requests for inscriptions. To help facilitate correct submissions and thus speedy inscription the services of Hispano-Arabe UK are at the disposal of countries other than the UK until such time as those countries can establish a permanent liaison of their own.

Sunday, 31 July 2011


A breed registry also known as a STUD BOOK or register is an official list of animals within a specific breed whose parents are known. Animals are usually registered by their breeders when they are young. ...... I know many of you reading this are thinking I'm insulting your intelligence!

Unfortunately here in the UK two organisations the AHS and BAPSH seem to have problems with the idea of what a STUD BOOK is. They are still confusing the special concession of PIO (passport issuing office) that defra handed out all to easily in the past with what defines a Stud Book, specifically in the case of these two organisations they only recognise the UK defra authority which sadly seems Stud Books and equine passport authorities in other countries apparently do not exist!

Here is the revelation: other countries do have passport issuing authority for their equines and there is a little matter of international law ( yes AHS and BAPSH there is a bigger axe out there that all horse breed organisations and defra have to comply with)  that governs who exactly can inscribe what breeds of horses and who legally can complete all sections on the passports for those breeds. Once again for the ever so slow learners that are blissfully ignoring EU law; Pure Breeds of horses are to be inscribed in the appropriate Stud Book and the Hispano-Arabe is ranked as a PURE BREED.

The AHS can ONLY inscribe pure bred Arabians ....... it can not under EU law inscribe pure bred foals of another breed, it can dual register them but has an obligation to ensure that those horses are correctly inscribed to their own pure bred stud book, which in the case of the Hispano-Arabe is held and controlled by UEGHa in Spain (and has at present appointed two agents outside of Spain; Anja Manthey in Germany and myself here in the UK, to promote and facilitate inscription of Hispano-Arabe horses outside of Spain) .

BAPSH in fact contrary to misconception is not a Stud Book but an agent acting for ANCCE to help inscribe into the Spanish held Stud Book all PRE horses born in the UK. The defra issued PIO status is nothing to do with the pure bred horses but a means of provinding passports for the partbreds produced by PRE horses. Ironic that it is another agent for a pure bred Spanish horse breed who is obstructing the opperation of UEGHa in this country and to date failing to comply with any requests conected with the UK Hispano-Arabe horses?

To date regardless of Spains requests for 2011 expected foal returns resulting from coverings involving either PRE or Arabian horses these organisations have not  responseded and despite being fully aware of EU directives for pure breeds to be inscribed correctly may already have inscribed this years Hispano-Arabe foals into their own part-bred registers.

 But here is the rub... the ultimate arrogant power crazed nonsense is the refusal of official requests to grant exchange of  DNA data to validate pure bred Hispano-Arabe foals with parents from either of these two breeds. The owners of pure bred Arabians and PRE horses paid their money for those DNA tests to be carried out and held on a database to help validate foals produced from those pure bred horses. They did this in good faith never realising that their breed society could then execute their own active disrcrimination to refuse access to that data for foals to be appropriately inscribed.

As defra is at present reviewing the PIO status in this country and how it is opperated perhaps it is also time that they look at centralising the DNA data bases under defra control to insure individuals do not abuse their position, as is currently the case whereby registries can deliberately stop foals being legally inscribed into Stud Books and by their actions cause additional costs to owners who have to carry out repeat DNA tests when maliciously discriminated against in this way.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

To Flourish the Hispano-Árabe Valiantly Battles on

Welcome to the International Hispano-Árabe Community  
First off let me say that Worldwide there has been a massive and positive interest in the Hispano-Árabe Breed and I have been staggered by the extent of interest and the range of countries closely following the progress of our work with UEGHá to open the doors for the expansion of this wonderful breed of horse. To all of you around the World; welcome and hello, I wish you all the best with your various equine endeavours.

In Europe, our sister agent in Germany has started to receive from Spain full passports and registrations for their stock, including back issue passport documentation, and next month will host the UEGHá delegates to grade their horses; thus permitting the continuation of their breeding programmes.                        

France has a strong interest in this breed of horse for Le Trec and in that pursuit, keenly watching the establishment of Stud Book agents for UEGHá and the breeding of these horses for the purchase of their own suitable Hispano-Árabe horses. In this respect with an eye to the future breeding in France they are looking at stock which is appropriately Stud Book registered.
A number of other European countries with very small numbers of these horses are presently under the wing of other registries but maintaining or looking to establish Stud Book registration with Spain and in the future hope to establish independent agents for the breed to liaise with UEGHá. 

I think the furthest outpost for the breed is dear Anita, valiantly rallying the Australian contingent of Hispano-Árabe horses and likewise seeking direct agent status with UEGHá to facilitate the continued Stud Book registration, grading and breeding of their Hispano-Árabe horses.

We even have a large contingent of followers in America, who have by the very nature of the country’s history been pro-active breeders and supporters of the Hispano-Árabe horse for possibly as long as it has existed. ..... for the uninitiated; since  the diversity of breeds of horse in America are founded one way or another upon the early Conquistador horses and subsequent Spanish settlers with their horses, both Pure Spanish and Hispano-Árabe horses have flourished independent of the Stud Books in Spain. Many bloodlines while ‘pure’ have physically evolved in response to the climate and cultural work requirements of America with slight differences to the breed criteria required by Spain. As a result of this America has several registries/Stud Books for both the PRE and Há, recognising this divergence; and at the same time expanding to include registries affiliated to Spain to facilitate those owners/breeders wishing to be Spanish State Stud Book registered.

To the Protagonist:

I will state now so there is no misunderstanding; the write up I am about to post is in response to the fact that here in the UK for some unexplained reason there are certain unknown parties, working extremely hard to stop the continued breeding and Stud Book registration of the UK Hispano-Árabe horses. 

Whether this is through their total ignorance (I say this because they do not seem to have the ability to read and comprehend anything published so far and apparently are somewhat incapable of directly contacting us to clarify any questions or misunderstanding they have), or they have some personal agenda that necessitates the prevention of Uk breed stock being registered in the only existing Stud Book (this assumption arising due to the fact that they are actively and maliciously trying to insight another organisation; which does not have jurisdiction over Spain’s Stud Books, to prevent the establishment of a UK Breed Society agent for the Hispano-Árabe). 

Here in the Uk while we have been breeding Hispano-Árabe horses for 30 years, we do not have the grounds that America has to establish an independent stud book; therefore for any horses of this breed to be classified as Hispano-Arabe and registered as such it has be done through the appropriate Breed Stud Book and that is held in Spain by UEGHá.

As our shameful protagonist is apparently uninformed about what a Stud Book is, I suggest they read Wikipedia, and as they are constantly on the phone to defra seeking help in their attack on the Hispano-Árabe they should be aware that by defra’s own guidelines ‘The rules of the society of the origin of the breed are paramount for that particular breed and is therefore essential for everyone to know which association or organisation maintains the Studbook of the Breed’.
The Studbook for the Hispano-Árabe is maintained by UEGHa  based in Spain and as such in no way under the jurisdiction of defra( who incidentally have a strange notion that if a breed is not registered with the Rare Breeds Trust then it cannot possibly warrant special consideration for protection…for the uninformed:.The Rare Breeds Survival Trust deals with breeds Native to the British Isles and as they rightly point out they have no jurisdiction or involvement with foreign breeds!)  

In acknowledgement of the fact that the authority for Studbook registration of this breed is UEGHá, Defra has already in writing notified us that they have no requirement or necessity to be involved in our role in establishing an agent for UEGHa here in the UK to facilitate the Studbook registration of the Hispano-Árabe and negotiate representation for the breed in the UK.

Any horse breeding venture is a huge commitment and not something one should take on if they are not prepared to recognise and accept that breeders who work with purebred animals generally try to breed and raise specimens which adhere to the breed standard as closely as possible and pass grading approval designed to protect the integrity of purebred animals and their heritage by ensuring that only the finest representatives of the breed are identified fit for breeding. The breed standard and grading for the Hispano-Árabe is that established and applied by Spain through UEGHá. 

Here in the UK there are breeders and owners who do value their horses and the investment they put into them. To that end they do want their Hispano-Árabes to be Stud Book registered carrying the appropriate documentation and not placed on some other organisations register as a partbred (other than possibly for dual registration purposes). 

For the benefit of the dissenters: you are free to choose how and where you register your horse whether it is as a Purebred with the appropriate Stud Book (which I reiterate is held by UEGHá in Spain under the authority of MAPA, The Spanish Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs who at International level have established the Hispano-Árabe as in need of special protection; hence the concern that this breed is properly managed and Stud Book registered) or you may list your horse as a partbred in any society registry that accepts non pedigreed horses. You do not have the right to endeavour to prevent owners and breeders with integrity from having their horses entered in the Pure Breed Stud Book. Nor do you have the right to falsely sell unregistered stock as being Stud Book registered when in fact it is not on a Stud Book but simply a register denoting it as a partbred of an organisation.

(I have no idea why on earth this blog site changes the print size !!!!! )

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

2011 NEWS

New Start and Steady Progress Forward


UEGHá  is now looking at what needs to be done to sort out the UK stock born since 2006 that are not Stud Book registered. The passports issued by BAPSH in the interim years, while valid under UK regulations and providing a safe record of data, are not valid EU Stud Book documentation for Pure Bred Hispano-Árabe horses, and if retained only identify those horses as BAPSH part bred stock.

ANCCE already had to recall temporary UK passports issued by BAPSH for PRE horses bred in the interim  period of the PRE Stud Book being transferred.

UEGHá is starting similar procedures to recall the UK Hispano-Árabe passports and inscribe owners stock into the State Stud Book and re-issue correct Internationally recognised Pure Bred passports appropriate to the breed.

If there are any UK Hispano-Árabe young stock registered with other organisations since 2006 holding part-bred passports, ie; Sports Horse or AHS registered, then please get in touch with me now to arrange for inscription of your horse/s into the Pure Bred Stud Book for this breed and provision of appropriate passport.


UEGHá  is visiting our sister Stud Book representative in Germany to grade their stock in June 2011. They have offered to then come here to the UK to grade our Hispano-Árabe horses.

If your Hispano-Árabe regardless of temporary passport status) is approaching breeding maturity 
ie; 3 to 4 years plus, I do need you to let me know if you wish to apply to have your horse/s graded this year.

There are a few horses that are already being bred from without having been graded. These horses need to be submitted for grading, once approved, any existing Hispano-Árabe offspring can be submitted for consideration to be inscribed into the Stud Book retrospectively.

FOAL BIRTHS for 2011

Please can any owners with Hispano-Árabe, Arabian or PRE mares expecting Hispano-Árabe foals this year, 2011 births, please contact me now. UEGHá needs to have an indication of the number of foals expected in order to be ready with the appropriate microchip and inscription documentation.

Regarding approved vets for completing passport silhouette and information forms, we are not tied in the same situation as the PRE regarding use of only specified vets. UEGHá has taken into consideration the problems this can cause for owners and are doing everything they can to work with us to provide access for State Stud Book registration.

You may use your own vet for the completion of passport identification papers, insertion of microchip and extraction of DNA sample. I would however, urge you to ensure your vet is more than fleetingly experienced with completing passport identification papers and that you impress upon him/her that the documents are for an International Passport and State Stud Book records, not a UK identification passport.