The British Appaloosa Society

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Registration Information


The Society has four principle registers the first one being the Breed Register or Main Register. Animals are entered into the Main Register of the Society on breeding only, therefore a horse in order to be eligible for entry into the Main Register must be the offspring of two Main Registered parents.


The EU Register is a sub Register of The Main Register of the Society specifically for animals that do not meet the Main Register criteria for some reason, which could be because the sire was not Licenced. Animals placed into the EU register cannot be shown under BApS rules and are not accepted for Main Register breeding purposes.  If criteria is later met then EU Registered horses may be considered for abstraction into Main register subject to Council approval


This is a sub Register of The Main Register of the Society and is specifically for imported animals with proven pure Appaloosa breeding but whose parents are not in the Main Register of the Society.  Animals are accepted subject to proven pedigree, all applications are treated individually and require Council approval


This Register is part of the Partbred Register and is a breed development Register.  Entry is restricted to the progeny of a Main Registered BApS Appaloosa and a fully registered TB,QH or Arab parent


The last register is the  Partbred Register.  This is open to animals with a Main Registered Appaloosa parent or grandparent

Animals of no known or unproven breeding, but who display clear Appaloosa characteristics, are of riding horse type and are over 14.2hh at maturity may be accepted into the Partbred Register on visible evidence only. All such applications are treated individually and require Council approval

Registration Checklist


  • Are both parents registered appaloosas with the society or with an approved registry by the society?
  • Is the sire licensed by the Society?
  • Has a stallion covering certificate been issued? This is part "d" of the application form - if not get the stallion owner to issue one.
  • Has a stallion report form for the appropriate year been submitted to the society? If not get the stallion owner to submit a late report (12 months grace period) or you may not be able to register your progeny without the involvement of DNA parentage proof
  • Has the description section of the application form been completed and signed by a veterinary surgeon, including implantation of a microchip? If not get it completed and signed by a veterinary surgeon.


APHC UK – Main Register

The over stamping of APHCUK passports is straight forward so long as the horse has both its parents registered in BApS main register AND the owner of the sire has filed a stallion return with the British Appaloosa Society at the time of covering. Anything outside these guidelines will require DNA to prove parentage.

Please be aware that if you choose to breed two main registered animals and then choose to obtain a non-studbook equine passport with another PIO for the offspring, then the British Appaloosa Society is quite entitled to have the correct breeding confirmed beyond question before allowing registration into our main registers. This means the proof of parentage by DNA testing. This also applies to all animals that have left a breeder without a passport.

The long standing British Appaloosa Society rule 115 (7) supports this and states:-

(7) In addition to the above conditions the Society may require the owner of an animal to provide further evidence of the animal's identity in accordance with the conditions laid down in Rule 127

The two UK based Appaloosa Organisations both maintain official stud books for the Appaloosa breed here in the UK and we both are competent to verify appaloosa pedigree. No other single Passport Issuing Organisation has access to either our records or the records of APHC UK.  No other PIO can verify with any integrity the pedigree of a British Appaloosa. 

The Society’s responsibility to this breed is to ensure that animals are registered correctly. 


BApS is a Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) and can supply basic identity only passports for any equine large or small that does not qualify for a breed passport with a breed society. Forms can be downloaded from the Registration Forms page or by contacting the registrar.

To contact the Registrar:Paula Moore

Tel:07539 352 843    or


Notification of DEFRA Minimum Operating Standards for UK approved passport issuing organisations
Please be advised of the following, effective 1st February 2014, to which all PIOs must adhere:
Organisations are expected to report any offence under or breach of the Regulations cited to the horse passports enforcement authority for the area that the organisation is based so that they can decide whether enforcement action is needed. This includes where an organisation has received information suggesting that any of the following may have occurred:

  •  Where a passport is applied for outside of the statutory time limit (6 months of age or before 31 December in the year of birth, whichever is the later). This is with the exception of rescued equines and those who have purchased a horse without a passport.
  •  Where a passport is applied for when one already exists for that animal.
  •  Failure of a new owner to update owner details within 30 days. This applies regardless of the length of time the person was in possession of the equine. This includes notification of Loan or Lease (a passport is NOT a deed of ownership)
  •  Notification of the death of the animal.
  •  Failure of an owner to return a passport for updating within 6 weeks of notification that the passport does not meet the current legal requirements.
  •  Signs of unofficial changes to passport details, tampering or fraud
Any BApS issued passports that do not contain Section IX should be returned to the Registrar as soon as possible: without this update the passport is no longer valid. There is a Fee for this update.  All such passports will be returned with Section IX signed and stamped to declare the equine is not intended for human consumption.
All Duplicate and Replacement passports will have Section IX signed and stamped as the equine not intended for human consumption, as will all passports where a loss of ownership history/continuity is apparent.

In all cases where a passport is updated or issued for an equine whose original transponder (applicable to equidae identified after 30.6.2009) has failed will be signed and stamped in Section IX by the organisation to declare the equine as not intended for human consumption.

Check out the FAQS page and if you don't find what you are looking for please contact the Registrar to discuss your issues!
We work hard to provide a good service to our members, breeders and owners, and the public, but occasionally you may think that we have got something wrong, and we want to be able to deal with any complaints as quickly as possible to resolve any issues. Our Complaints procedure can be read by clicking below