Circular No. 377

In view of the specific legal context in force and the current European legislation regarding the management of studbooks for horses, we would like to remind you of some procedures that should be followed by equine breeders.

The control of these procedures is becoming more and more rigorous and we don't want that, by ignorance or lack of information, our associates are prejudiced.


a - Register of Breeding Stock

i - Mother mare's owner different from the foal's breeder

The Studbook Regulation states in paragraph 2 of Article 10 that the breeder of a particular animal is understood to be the owner of the mother mare at the time of birth.  As you are aware, the legal context imposes a number of obligations on breeders in this regard, among others, and we draw your attention to some essential aspects, as follows: 

- Breeders must have all their animals registered in their name;

- Products born from mares owned by third parties cannot be registered in the name of the foal's breeder, except if there is a mare womb ceding.

We would like to remind you of the need to have the mares from which you intend to obtain products registered in your name.

ii - General Breeding Stock

We would like to remind you of the need to have all your stock up to date.


b - Horses with a different brand from the breeder

It is a complementary form of identification and a tradition in our breed for breeders to brand their animals with their brand. We must therefore make a good practice of this complementary form of identification, namely following what is defined in paragraph b) of the Article 12 of the Genealogical Book Regulation. In these terms, we inform you that from 2023 onwards, all animals that have a brand which does not correspond to that of the declared breeder during the test for admission to the Breeders' Book will not be able to be inspected.


c - More offspring than allowed

We would also like to inform you that the penalties (charges) arising from exceeding the number of offspring born per animal (male or female) will be maintained.


d – Declaration of Cover

The law and the studbook regulations state that a studbook declaration must be completed and sent to APSL by 30th June each year.

This practice is very important to facilitate the registration procedure of foals and even more important for control of mares benefited by those who give semen of their breeding stock to other breeders.

We therefore request our associates to comply with each of these guidelines to avoid problems arising from the impositions referred to in the legislation.


e - Portuguese microchip

Only microchips with a number beginning with "620001" (number that identifies Portugal) may be applied to animals born in Portugal. No Equine Identification Documents (Blue Books) may be issued for animals that do not comply with the above.


f- Issuing of D.I.E.

We remind you that all equines must have a D.I.E. (Blue Book) issued until they reach one year of age.