Frequently asked questions about applying for papers and studbook entries
Why do I have to be a member for processing/issuing equestrian passports? / Why do I have to be a member for entry into the breeding book?
The regulations to be followed for the breeding of purebred horses are regulated by the EU Animal Breeding Law (TierZG of 21. Dec. 2006).
The breed societies, which are certified and regulated according to this law, look after their members in the framework of the breeding program of the breed(s) for which they are responsible (factually active).
The duties of a breeding association include the issuing of equestrian passports with the breed registration papers (Breeding certificates) and the entry of the breeding horse in the respective classes of the breed book.
However, a breed society may not act without membership (§2, 6, 12 TierZG).
The breed certificate is the only valid document according to the European zootechnical law Pedigree of a purebred horse and is a mandatory requirement for admission into the stud book. The breeding certificate is part of the equine passport.
The Certificate of Registration of the MFTHBA is, according to the EMFTHA stud book regulations, a title deed. The MFTHBA registration certificate forms the basis for the creation of an EMFTHA equine passport, or the addendum of a breeding certificate in a leisure horse pass. It is not a breed certificate.
In order to get a passport, including a breeding certificate for a foal, both parents must have a breeding certificate and be recognized in the breeding book of a zootechnically approved breeding organization or be eligible for registration.
If one only has a leisure horse pass without a certificate of breeding , e.g. issued from a horse sports association, they must have it converted into a breeding horse pass.
The equine passport and the original of the Certificate of Registration (CoR) must be sent in.
The Certificate of Registration of the MFTHBA is considered a title deed and forms the basis for the creation of an EMFTHA equine passport or the addendum of a breeding certificate for a leisure horses pass.
The studbook entry is required for both parents in the year of the cover, but at the latest in the year of birth the foal. If there is not yet a studbook entry, this can be accomplished upon request.
When processing foreign passports (for example, owner’s entry) the horse is required to go through the EMFTHA breeding program. This includes the studbook entry and possibly the addendum of pedigree certificate.
The equine passport must be accompanied by the original Certificate of Registration and the Application form must be sent to the EMFTHA office.
The breeding book of the EMFTHA is divided into different studbook classes for stallions and mares. The prerequisites range from ancestry to conformation assessment to sports and breeding services. These studbook classes are in the breed book regulations (ZBO) of the association. You can see them on the homepage at www.emftha.com .
In order to register the horse in the breeding book, the DNA profile of the horse and the parent animals must be entered and a PSSM test completed with negative results. Depending on the class, a breeding suitability certificate from EMFTHA must be submitted. This is possible from the age of three years.
The cover must be reported to the EMFTHA office by January 15th of the following year of coverage. The cover report is submitted to the MFTHBA via the Stallion Breeding Report. The original stallion breeding report is submitted to the MFTHBA and the EMFTHA receives a copy. As stated above, the deadline is January 15th of the following year of the cover. The stallion owner(s) is responsible for the coverage report.
The birth of a foal must be reported to the EMFTHA promptly before the 28th day after birth. This can be done via the Foaling form on the EMFTHA homepage.
The MFTHBA will record the birth with the Registration Application. However, it is advisable to apply for the Certificate of Registration right after birth in order to ensure a swift creation of the EMFTHA Equiduct Card.
Der MFTHBA wird die Geburt mit der Registration Application angezeigt. Es ist jedoch ratsam, das Certificate of Registration gleich nach der Geburt zu beantragen, um eine zügige Erstellung des EMFTHA- Equidenpasses gewährleisten zu können.
In order to obtain an original equine passport for the foal, the application must be completed within 12 months from birth, according to the new Equine Passport Regulation EU 2015/262.
After this period, only a duplicate can be issued, in which the horse may no longer be declared as an animal for slaughter.
For Stallions, mares and geldings, all owners must be EMFTHA e.V. members.
Cover and birth must be reported to EMFTHA e.V. within the proper time frame.
The studbook entry must have been made for both parents in the year of coverage, but at the latest in the year of birth of the foal. If there is not yet a studbook entry, this can be made on request.
At the same time, a transponder and the equidipass application may also be ordered from EMFTHA.
The foal is identified by the veterinarian at the mother’s side. The transponder is set by the veterinarian and the Equidipass application is completed, signed and stamped accordingly.
Upon receipt of the Certificate of Registration, the EP application may be filed with the original of the CoR at the office. However, it is recommended to submit the equine passport application early and to submit the CoR if necessary.
The identification of equines is regulated in the Livestock Transport Regulation and the Equidensity Regulation EU 2015/262.
In addition to the unique identification of the horse, the equine passport complies with health and food law aspects (vaccination, medication, conflict status) and contains the only valid pedigree certificate for breed horses – the breed certificate.
Once an equine passport has been created, a horse is deemed to be identified by law (Article 4, EU 2015/262). The passport has to accompany the horse at all times with a few exceptional situations (for example, riding, pasture) (Article 23, EU 2015/262). Only suckling foals may be transported without their own equine passport at the side of the mother mare.
The owner(s) of the horse must ensure that the data entered in the equine passport is up to date at all times.
If horses are imported to Europe, they must be able to produce an EU-compliant equidome passport within 30 days from the date of importation. If the horse does not have an equine passport, a transponder must first be ordered and a personalized equine passport application must be obtained.
Apart from the federal states of the Federal Republic of Germany, the geographical area of activity of the EMFTHA also includes the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and France.
The requirements for the EMFTHA, the equine passport breeder association, are regulated differently in each country. For specific inquiries, please contact the breeding director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The owner must be a member of EMFTHA. The horse must have a breeding certificate in the equine passport.
In the case of foals and yearlings, both parents must have a breeding certificate and a studbook entry or be eligible for registration.
All horses must have tested negative for PSSM and have a DNA profile of themselves and their parent animals. If both parents have negative PSSM tests, the offspring will not need to submit a PSSM test.
The registration forms for the breed show must be filled out in full in the office.
Mares, foals, yearlings and geldings can be shown at a national show (which fulfills the required conditions regarding judges, etc.) and can be presented at farm appointments on request. The evaluation of stallions over 36 months is only possible at an official EMFTHA licensing.
Mares with health impairments may be entered with a veterinary certificate, if necessary without assessment of the movement.
The EMFTHA performance test may be completed upon the horse reaching the age of 3 years.
Each breeder can apply for a farm date to register their horses. Several owners may register jointly, provided the horses are all kept at the same facility.
For organizational reasons, farm requests with a low number of horses may need to be combined.
Interested parties are therefore requested to contact the Breeding Director Britta Schielke, email@example.com as soon as possible (preferably before the end of February) for organization and scheduling.
The qualification for the licensing, however, is only possible at gathering events such as breeding shows.
After purchasing a Missouri Fox Trotter, how does one complete the change of ownership in the EMFTHA equestrian passport?
The equine passport must be sent to the EMFTHA office together with the original Certificate of Registration.
If the MFTHBA CoR has not yet been transferred to the current owner, a copy of the transfer report must also be submitted.
As an exhibiting breeder association, the EMFTHA is responsible for entering the change of ownership in the already issued EMFTHA equidipass. An EMFTHA membership of the new owner is not required to to accomplish this.
After purchasing a Missouri Fox Trotter, how does one complete the ownership change in the equine passport (no EMFTHA -EP)?
The equine passport must be sent to the EMFTHA office together with the copy (front and back) of the MFTHBA Certificate of Registration.
If the MFTHBA CoR has not yet been transferred to the current owner, a copy of the MFTHBA Transfer Report must also be submitted.
To handle third-party passports, the owner must be a member of EMFTHA and the horse must be included in the EMFTHA breeding program. This includes the studbook entry and, if applicable, the addendum of the breed certificate.
How much is the studbook entry / change of ownership / presentation at the show / the EMFTHA membership?
On the homepage www.emftha.com you will find the current EMFTHA fee schedule all prices for EMFTHA services.