Registration in the Birth Book

For registration in the BIRTH BOOK, both progenitors must be registered in the Studbook.

For colts, a blood sample accompanied by a special form must be sent to the laboratory for paternity control purposes. Payment for this procedure must be made to the Laboratory. 

The following documents must be sent to APSL: birth certificate and outline diagramme (both available on our Forms )

The cost of registration in the Birth Book is €147.60 (inclusive of VAT). Payment may be made by bank transfer to APSL’s account - IBAN PT50003300000002123048805 (the respective payment advice, making reference to what the payment refers, to should be sent).

All of these documents may be sent by email to

The animal is registered in the Lusitano Breed Birth Book after APSL has received the information on the result of the paternity test from the Laboratory and all of the above referred to procedures have been completed.

NOTE: As the Equine Identification Document (Blue Book) can also be requested from APSL, please note that this form can be used as an outline diagramme for the registration. In this case the form must be sent by mail as the original is required for the issue of the Blue Book.

Following receipt of the result of the paternity control test and all of the other procedures have been complied with the equine is registered in the Birth Book and the respective Bulletin sent to the breeder. The Blue Book is issued when the registration has been completed and will be sent by mail if requested or may be collected from APSL’s premises in São João do Estoril.

Useful contacts:

Molecular Genetics Laboratory:

This form is available from Forms

Registration in the Studbook

Information on the inspection dates for both male and female horses is published at the beginning of each year on our website at and, in both cases, the “Comission Visit Request” form is available on our website. It can be filled in online or sent by email.

An Equine Identification Document (Blue Book), must be produced for Studbook registration purposes.

Male horses (4 years or older)

Male horses are inspected in public concentrations in which the spermogram report, with reference to the good conformation of the horse’s genital organs must be produced.

There are currently 3 concentrations per annum for male horses, subject to annual updates, information on which shall be provided in good time. 

Requests for inspections must be received by APSL up to 10 days prior to each inspection, indicating the name of the rider presenting the horse.

Male horses are inspected mounted and led by the hand and as this inspection is for the attribution of a score to the future studhorse and/or rejection thereof, we advise that  horses should always have a good presentation and that their riders are suitably attired.

Although presentation is not inspected, it is, however, a factor of consideration at the time of presentation of horse and rider in the arena.


Female horses (3 years or older)

The Registration Commission shall visit the location in which the mares are stabled, upon receipt of a request submitted to APSL, in which an explicit indication should be provided of the animals’ location.

There are places whose dates have been annually defined for the Commission’s visit and, in such cases, the requests should be sent at the beginning of each year, in order to schedule and coordinate the appointments in good time, ensuring that the Commission need only visit these sites once a year.


The other zones, in which no dates have been pre-scheduled, are more accessible and can be visited by the Registration Commission on a regular basis. However, we should also be grateful if requests could be made at the beginning of the year, in order to minimise the number of times these visits are made.

It is important for all of the mares to be tethered.

The cost of registration in the Studbook is €295.20 (inclusive of VAT). 

For non-members, payment can be made to APSL by bank transfer (IBAN: PT50003300000002123048805). The payment advice should make reference to what the payment refers to and payment should be made before the inspection for attributing the score.

Changes of Ownership in Portugal

  • Fill in all of the fields on the form using the same signature as on your identity document.
  • Attach the copy of the vendor’s identity document with reference to the authorisation to use it for the said purpose. The reference should be as follows: I HEREBY PROVIDE A COPY OF MY IDENTITY DOCUMENT AND AUTHORISE THE USE OF MY PERSONAL DATA FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OF THE EQUINE xxxxxxxx, Signature and date.
  • If the last owner of the animal is a collective person, the citizen’s card of the person in charge of the company (together with authorisation for its use) and the document certifying his/her status and capacity to commit the said entity, in the form of the Permanent Corporate Certificate, and/or power of attorney, with an indication of the tax number must be sent.
  • The cost for non-members is €24.60 (inclusive of VAT). A payment advice should be sent to APSL.
  • Payment may be made by cheque – made out to APSL –  or by bank transfer: APSL’s IBAN is PT50003300000002123048805
  • The documents can be sent by email, provided that they are legible and in an appropriate format or by mail.

APSL’s address is:

Av. Mem Ramires, 94  | S. João do Estoril * 2765-337 Estoril 

  • For a Change of Ownership to be effective, the equine must be registered and have a Blue Book. If the Blue Book has not yet been issued, the request for the respective issue must be attached with the original form being sent by post.

Please note that the mere delivery of documentation is not sufficient for the procedure to be effective. The above referred to documents should be accompanied by the respective payment or proof of payment. Only then will the process be complete and allow the Change of Ownership to be effective. In the event of an urgent need for its completion and delivery (24 hours) the cost will be €49.20 (inclusive of VAT).           

New Foreign Owner in Countries which have an Association

The following possibilities exist:

  • When the procedure is the responsibility of the foreign purchaser:
    In this case the Change of Ownership is sent to APSL by the partner Association. The costs are collected by the referred to partner Association. It is also possible for the document to be sent to APSL by the buyer with the associated costs also being collected by the partner Association which should send the document to the new owner.
  • When the procedure is the responsibility of the Portuguese vendor:
    The Change of Ownership is sent to APSL by the vendor who is also responsible for making payment, with APSL subsequently sending the document to the vendor. In this case, APSL also informs the partner Association of the performance of the procedure.


New Foreign Owner in Countries which do not have an Association

Foreign buyers/vendors, in countries which do not have a sister Association, should follow the provisions for Portugal.

Equine Identification Document

The Equine Identification Document (Blue Book) is a mandatory document which must be issued up to the time an equine is one year old. It can be issued after this period but a red stamp indicating that the animal is not fit for human consumption shall be affixed.

The form must be completed in full. It is the responsibility of the owner to fill in the header and sign the form whose bottom part is the responsibility of the veterinary surgeon, who must also sign it, affixing his or her respective stamp and indicating the number of his/her professional licence.

Reference should be made to the fact that information on the correct way of filling in the outline diagramme is provided on the back of the form.

As the Blue Book is only issued for Lusitano breed animals, the registration process must firstly be completed. This means that any Change of Ownership in progress will only be complete after this document has been obtained.

The original form must be sent to APSL.

It may only be requested and/or collected by the owner, or a person duly authorised by him/her (by power of attorney or accreditation).

Please note that, according to the legislation in force, a stamp indicating "not fit for human consumption" must be affixed to all documents and duplicate copies issued after the animal has reached the age of one.



  • Form: €1.85 (inclusive of VAT)
  • Standard issue: €15 (inclusive of VAT)
  • Urgent issue (24 hours): €30 (inclusive of VAT)
  • Issue of a duplicate: €45 (inclusive of VAT)
  • Registration of new owner: €2.46 (inclusive of VAT)
  • Postage costs: €3.75€ (subject to change)

APSL’s IBAN for bank transfers is PT500033000002123048805 (a payment advice indicating what the payment refers to must be sent to APSL).

Declaration of Cover

This document, to be filled in by the owners of the mares, identifies both progenitors for each cover and has the important function of identifying the animals used for breeding, the type of cover and the percentage fertility rate. It is a mandatory document, under the Lusitano Breed Regulation, as it is also used to confirm the data indicated in the Birth Certificate.

It should be sent to APSL by the end of each calendar year i.e. 31 December of each year.


Owners of stallions and specifically those covering mares from outside their herd, must also provide information prior to the term of the cover period, on covered mares to safeguard their interests and may do so by email.

Breeding Stock Exits

To be completed in the event of the death of any equines with the relevant function of keeping information on breeders’ herds up to date.

This form is exclusively for use in cases of death.

The date of occurrence field must also be filled in.

There are no costs payable for this statement.

Transit to EU Member States

All equidae transported outside national territory must be accompanied by a Health Certificate issued by the competent authority - DGAV.

The Veterinary Intervention Division or Centre of the equine’s location should be contacted for this purpose.


The following travel documents must be obtained:

  • EID of Equine(s)
  • REAP* certificate of the equine’s location
  • Health certificate and fitness for transport (Reg. 1/2005) – Issued by attending veterinary      surgeon
  • Declaration of cleaning and disinfection of vehicle (Form. 1006/DGAV)
  • Certificate of professional qualification of driver or companion;
  • Short journeys (less than 8 hours)

Carrier’s authorisation (Type I )

  • Long journeys (more than 8 hours)
  • Carrier’s authorisation (Type II)
  • Certificate of approval of means of transport

Where the carrier is a singular or collective person other than the owner of the equine, there should also be an authorisation for transport from the owner.

These certificates must be requested 48 hours in advance.


NOTE: National carriers must be registered in the SIPA database.
*Decree law 214/2008 of 10 November 10, creating the “Regime for the Performance of Livestock Activities” (RIPA)


Form and useful contacts available from: Direcção Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária:

Transit to Third Countries (Outside EU)

Equidae sent to third countries (outside the EU) must also be accompanied by a Health Certificate issued by the competent entity.

Health requirements for third countries vary according to the country of destination. 

The exporting agent should therefore request information from the authorities on whether there are any agreements for exporting to such countries and information on specific health requirements. 

APSL’s Export Support Office at ( can also be contacted for this purpose.

Application for Membership

APSL – Associação Portuguesa  de Criadores do Cavalo Puro Sangue Lusitano is the Entity responsible for the worldwide management of the Lusitano Purebred Studbook

In order to streamline all processes with foreign breeders and in countries in which the number of animals so justifies, Associations were established to deal with all processes, support local breeders and disclose information on the breed in these markets. In these cases, breeders resident in countries with a Lusitano Association cannot be members of APSL. Such countries include South Africa/Namibia, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, USA, Spain, Ecuador, Finland, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland.

In all other countries and in Portugal, to be a member of APSL the following requirements must be met:

  • two mares must be registered in the name of the applicant;
  • two animals must already be registered;
  • the applicant must be sponsored by two members.

A correctly filled in “Application for Membership” form will be considered at a management meeting that will decide whether or not to approve the new member (we suggest that the Articles of Association and Regulations of the Lusitano Breed be read in order to understand all the dynamics of the Association and the Breed).

The decision is sent by letter, following which, in the case of approval, the membership fee and dues should be paid (amounts set out on the Prices )

APSL’s members enjoy different prices and payment terms, in addition to the right to participate in the decision-making process via the means at their disposal, namely voting rights at general meetings. They will also receive direct information on the Association’s activities and will be able to access information on breeding stock. 

APSL considers the active and responsible involvement and participation of all to be of great importance for the creation of a strong, proactive and innovative associative heritage, always bearing in mind the status of the Lusitano Horse as one of the maximum exponents of national culture and tradition and being of the highest international relevance.


Lusitano Breed Regulations are available  at Lusitano Horse Breed

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