Studbooks & Registries maintained by BAPSH Ltd
The British Association for the Purebred Spanish Horse Ltd (BAPSH Ltd) holds FOUR REGISTERS catering for Purebred Spanish Horses and their derivatives.
BAPSH issues Equine Passports for horses in three of the four Registries.
Whilst being a fully independent Passport Issuing Organisation (UELN code no:- 826003) approved by DEFRA and registered with the EU Commission, the BAPSH Ltd Registry Office also acts as the British National Office for the ANCCE-LGPRE in Seville (Spanish PRE Studbook Authority) and operates under its regulations and guidance with regard to the Purebred Spanish Horse except where there is a direct conflict between British and Spanish Equine Law in which case British Law has to take precedence within the UK.
REGISTER I – STUDBOOK FOR THE PUREBRED SPANISH HORSE (PRE)
(Formerly known as the ‘ANDALUSIAN. Known in Spain as Pura Raza Española. Correct abbreviation is PRE)
This is the Studbook for all PRE horses resident in the UK and Ireland. The Studbook is linked directly to the ‘Libro Genealogico PRE’ run by the ANCCE under licence from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture (MAGRAMA) in Spain, and follows the principles and regulations laid out by Spanish law for PRE registration.
To be accepted into BAPSH Ltd Register I horses must be fully registered with the ANCCE-LGPRE in Spain or be born from parents who are fully registered with the ANCCE-LGPRE. All horses are microchipped, DNA typed and Parentage Tested. Horses cannot be bred from without passing a Basic Reproductive Approval examination (the Grading), a process in which their suitability for reproduction is determined by a highly qualified Spanish Delegate from the ANCCE-LGPRE.
Register I Horses fall into two main sections;
1) Youngstock that have not yet been presented for the Grading
Photo: Three half-sister sired by Damasco VII
2) Horses over 3 years old that have been Approved For Breeding’ (APTO) at a ‘Basic Grading’.
Photos Above – A selection of adult PREs who are Approved for Breeding
There are also two Appendices to Register I:-
Appendix i – Adult horses which have been presented for Grading but are determined ‘Not Suitable For Breeding’ (NON-APTO)
Appendix ii – Purebred Geldings
Photo:- Jet, PRE gelding by Jubileo ex Preciosa XXIV, ridden by Tamzen Cowen, & bred by her mother, Mrs Karen Clithero.
REGISTER II – STUDBOOK FOR THE PARTBRED SPANISH HORSE (PRE PARTBRED)
This British Studbook accepts horses with a proven minimum of 25% PRE bloodlines. All PRE ancestors must be approved for reproduction by the Spanish PRE Studbook. The remaining bloodlines may be of any breed or combination of breeds, or even breeding unknown. Foals must microchipped and identified by a vet within a month or so of birth for registration and their Equine Passport.
PRE Partbred stallions must pass a Full Reproductive Veterinary Examination before standing at stud.
PRE Partbred mares do not have to undergo any selection process prior to being bred from, at present.
Particularly successful crosses have been produced with Thoroughbreds (this cross has great aptitude for Eventing), Welsh Cobs, Connemaras, Shire Horses, Percherons, and hunter types. There are a number of overseas Studbooks specifically catering for a particular PRE blend with another breed and these breed combinations are registered in BAPSH Ltd under their own sub-heading (dual registration may be possible with the overseas Studbook), eg. Aztecas (PRE x Quarter Horse) and Spanish Normans (PRE x Percheron).
Photos:- Left: Alto Stud – Two Jardinero X daughters ex Appaloosa & Standardbred mares. CentreLeft: Maxwell’s Belleza by Ultimado II ex Connemara mare.
CentreRight: Rancar Delilah – Spanish Norman 2yr old by Damasco VII ex Percheron mare. Right: Bianca – CH mare by Adonis-Rex ex TB mare
In Spain the most popular cross is the Hispano-Anglo-Arab (Tres Sangres) which is produced by crossing an Anglo Arab with a Purebred Spanish Horse producing a fast and versatile cattle horse, and increasingly found registered as a CDE – Caballo Deportes Españoles which means ‘Spanish Sporthorse’.
How to Overstamp your Imported PRE Partbred’s Passport
How to Register & Passport your UK bred PRE Partbred foal
REGISTER III – THE HISPANO-ARAB HORSE Há)
The Há is relatively new to the world of pedigree Studbooks although it is a breed that has been around for centuries on the cattle farms of Spain. In 1980 the Spanish Government, in recognition of the historic importance of this special performance horse, directed the Jefatura de Cria Caballar to open the Hispano-arab Studbook to provide standardised breeding strategies, pedigrees, and a quality improvement scheme. The Hispano-arab can be produced by combining Approved Breeding horses in the following ways
- a) Purebred Spanish Horse with registered Purebred Arabs,
- b) Hispano-Arab with Hispano-Arab
- c) Hispano-Arab with either a Purebred Spanish Horse or a Purebred Arab.
The bloodline proportions may vary from 75% PRE with 25% Arab to 25% PRE with 75% Arab, or any proportion inbetween. Há horses are all named with the % of their Arab blood as a suffix, eg Iberica Paloma 37.50%
Photo: One of the UK’s Foundation Há stallions, Maupassant 50% born in 1985, by Alcor IV (PRE) ex Cenicienta (Há). Bred by Desi Lorent, Devon
The British Há Register was opened in 1987 as a breeding Studbook linked to the Há Studbook in Spain and operating under the rules and regulations laid down by the Spanish Government. The Há breed in the UK was founded with three stallions and two mares which were examined and approved by the Spanish Authorities (FESCCR). The Register contained the same categories as Register I and operated in a similar way with annual visits from the Spanish Studbook authorities to inscribe foals and Grade adults for reproductive approval. This continued for 20 years until the closure of the FESCCR by the Spanish Government in 2007.
Photos of UK Bred Há:-Left;Belthania 50% (mare), Centre L&R; Scheherczar 50% (stallion), Right; Churizo 50% (stallion)
In early 2008 management of the Há Studbook was handed to the Spanish National Há breed organisation ‘Unión Española de Ganaderos de Pura Raza Hispano-Árabe’ (UEGHá) https://www.caballohispanoarabe.com. This resulted in the closure of the BAPSH Ltd Register III as a breeding Studbook, with all registration activities reverting to UEGHá in Spain. The BAPSH Ltd Register III continues to update and maintain the Passports of the 65 horses within the Register, providing the legally required services of ‘Change of Address’, Transfer of Ownership, etc. to owners who do not wish to interact with UEGHá.
Owners interested in breeding or registering Há foals should contact the UEGHá directly for further information on procedures and requirements – E-mail:- email@example.com , Tel. +34 954 421 263, Fax. + 34 954 421 772, or UEGHá, Avda. Diego Martínez Barrios, 4 Planta 2, Modulo 1B, 41013 – Sevilla, Spain.
NOTE: ALL Passports must be registered and Overstamped by a UK PIO – this is UK Law. Foals with UEGHá Passports will need to have their Passport Overstamped by BAPSH Ltd as a PRE Partbred, or by the Arab Horse Society as an Arab Partbred – or both. Overstamping by BAPSH Ltd or by AHS will enable your Há foal to compete in all the classes open to these organisations.
How to Overstamp your Imported Hispano-arab Passport
How to Overstamp your UK bred foal’s UEGHá Passport
REGISTER IV – NON-PEDIGREE HORSES OF PRE-TYPE or PRE PARTBRED-TYPE.
This is the newest BAPSH Ltd Registry created in June 1999 to cater for the increasing number of horses arriving from Spain of PRE type, without pedigrees or official documentation of parentage, to be used for riding and/or driving. There was a clear need for a Register to give these horses an identity which would allow them to compete at UK shows in most ridden and in-hand classes for Spanish Horses, Iberian Horses, or Foreign Breeds, as well as the annual National Show for Spanish Horses.
Photo Above: Zulema – a lovely quality Register IV mare
The Register IV has developed over the years and now also offers Registration Services, Passports, or Passport Overstamping for horses believed to be PRE Partbreds, and also horses of Ancestral PRE Type such as Sorraias, Kiger Mustangs, Spanish Mustangs etc which do not have their own PIO within the UK.
All horses in this Register must be Microchipped for identification. Horses in Register IV categories 1 to 3 inclusive can only produce offspring for Registration with BAPSH Ltd when mated with an approved for breeding PRE, Hispano-árab, or PRE Partbred.
Mares, Stallions, & Geldings which may be accepted in Registry IV are as follows:-
1a. Horses with PRE parents but which are unacceptable for Registration in Register I due to irregularities in paperwork, non-registration with FESCCR, etc
1b.Horses of known PRE ancestry but which are ineligible for Purebred papers and have no certified proof of either parent being a minimum of 50% PRE.
2. Horses of PRE-Type but without any papers or pedigree.
3. Horses believed to be Partbred Spanish. These horses must exhibit some strong PRE breed type characteristics.
4. Horses of a breed categorised as Ancestral PRE Type which have no breed specific UK PIO to provide registration services.