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LHI Fees & Charges:
All rates include vat at 23% where applicable.
Return Postage is payable on all services, in addition to passport fees.

 

Return Delivery Fees:

Ireland

No. of Passports Standard Post & Packaging Recorded Delivery (DPD Couriers)
1, 2 or 3 Passports € 4.00 (one single charge) € 10.00 (one single charge)
4+ Passports No Standard Post Option € 10.00 (one single charge)

 

UK

No. of Passports Standard Post & Packaging Recorded Delivery (Postal Services)
1 Passport No Standard Post Option € 16.00
2+ Passports No Standard Post Option € 20.00

Europe

No. of Passports Standard Post & Packaging Recorded Delivery (Postal Services)
1 Passport No Standard Post Option € 16.00
2+ Passports No Standard Post Option € 20.00

 

Service Fees:

All rates include vat at 23% where applicable.
Return Postage is payable on all services, in addition to service fees.

New Registrations:

No Pedigree Recorded LHI Fee Application Form – pdf
Horses € 30.00 Download
Donkeys € 25.00 Download

 

Pedigree Recorded LHI Fee Application Form – pdf
Studbook Foals – Received Prior to November 30th in Year of Birth (where subsidised) € 65 Download
Studbook – Yearlings & Older € 100 Download
Non-Studbook / Identification Register – Foals (under 12 months) € 80 Download
Non-Studbook / Identification Register – Yearlings & Older € 100 Download

Other Services:

LHI Fee Application Form – pdf
Mare DNA Typing € 50 Download
Upgrade of Existing Passport to Record Pedigree – Studbook Passport € 100 Download
Upgrade of Existing Passport to Record Pedigree -Identification Register Passport € 100 Download
Passport Endorsement / Overstamp (Studbook) € 30 Download
Ownership Registration € 20 Download
Change of Name € 40 Download
Prefix Registration € 50 Download
Duplicate Passport (Includes Ownership) € 80 Download
Imported Horse Passport Registration € 25 Download
Passport Amendment € 50 Download
Stallion Registration & Licensing Contact Office N/A

 

It is a legal requirement to register your ownership of a horse within 30 days of taking ownership.
You must complete a declaration form and submit with the passport to be updated to the organisation that issued the passport.

 

Explanatory Notes:
When selling / transferring ownership:
• Give the passport to the buyer / new owner at the time of sale and
• Insist the buyer completes the transfer of ownership form.
• Take a photocopy or photograph of the completed form for your records.
• Give the completed form to the buyer. (NB The onus is on the buyer to have the transfer of ownership officially registered by submitting the form, fee and passport to Leisure Horse Ireland)

When buying / acquiring ownership:

•You must receive the passport from the seller at the time of purchase.
• You must complete a transfer of ownership declaration form.
• You must forward this form and the passport with the appropriate fee to Leisure Horse Ireland within 30 days of taking ownership.
• Failure to register the transfer of ownership within the time limit is now a serious offence in Ireland and attracts heavy penalties if ignored.
Records:
• Both parties must keep a copy of this transfer of ownership declaration – photocopying or photo will suffice.
• DAFM authorised officers will carry out inspections and have powers to inspect records and documents.

Form Download & Online Payment: Click Here

You are obliged by local laws to register as the owner within 30 days of taking possession.
The owner completes an ownership declaration form and sends off with the passport to us for updating.When sending it, you will need to complete a customs declaration at the post office.
Tick that you are sending documents with zero value.
It is also advisable to send it to us by registered post.

When you get the passport back from us, it is our understanding that you then need to have the passport over stamped by a UK agency (BHS or similar) to have the details uploaded to the UK equine register.

Form Download & Online Payment: Click Here

Where possible include a copy of:

the bill of sale/invoice to you,
or
copy of the veterinary examination certificate for the animal,
or
just a quick note detailing how you came by the animal and send the completed form, any supporting paperwork and the passport to us.

The previous owners signature / details are not required and it is a common situation that previous owners may not have registered their ownership. The important thing is that you are declaring and registering your ownership now.

Your ownership will be registered on the LHI database and on the Irish Dept of Agriculture Equine database. Some owners then also like to register chip numbers on 3rd party pet identification websites, but this is a matter for individual horse owners and it is not a service LHI offers.

Registered Post return delivery is compulsory for destinations outside of Ireland. The total cost to include recorded delivery back to you is Eur 36.00.

Check with local authorities the rules and obligations that apply to you when you take possession of a horse imported from Ireland.
It is our requirement that you register your ownership with us within 30 days of taking ownership.

The owner completes an ownership declaration form and sends off with the passport to us for updating.

It is advisable to send it to us by registered post.

Form Download & Online Payment: Click Here

Where possible include a copy of:

the bill of sale/invoice to you,
or
copy of the veterinary examination certificate for the animal,
or
just a quick note detailing how you came by the animal and send the completed form, any supporting paperwork and the passport to us.

The previous owners signature / details are not required and it is a common situation that previous owners may not have registered their ownership. The important thing is that you are declaring and registering your ownership now.

Your ownership will be registered on the LHI database and on the Irish Dept of Agriculture Equine database. Some owners then also like to register chip numbers on 3rd party pet identification websites, but this is a matter for individual horse owners and it is not a service LHI offers.

Registered Post return delivery is compulsory for destinations outside of Ireland. The total cost to include recorded delivery back to you is Eur 36.00.

Leisure Horse Ireland produce passports at a very reasonable cost for first time equine registrations. However we no longer offer discounted rates on duplicate passports.

There continues to be a pattern where little care is given to safeguarding passports or other nefarious reasons, where either no passport, or the wrong passport is passed on to new owners.
Both parties need to remember that it is illegal to sell or buy a horse, without its correct passport. Therefore the onus is entirely on both parties to ensure the correct passport is given and received during the transaction. If not, the cost of obtaining a duplicate passport will be unavoidable.

If you find yourself in the situation where you must apply for a duplicate passport for a previously registered equine. Firstly, you need to establish where the equine was registered.

• For horses registered in Ireland or abroad and where the passport issuer is still in operation, you must go to that agency that first issued the passport to obtain a duplicate.

• For all other LHI / IPSA registrations, you must get your vet to complete a marking chart for the equine and submit to us a completed duplicate passport application form.

Be aware, that where an animal is issued a duplicate passport, under EU and Irish law they will be permanently excluded from the food chain and the duplicate passport will stamped to reflect this. Delays can also arise in issuing duplicates, where further background checks are deemed necessary.

Equine Registration & Passports in Ireland

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are the competent authority in this jurisdiction.
Equine Identification Leaflet (Download)

Further General Information (Link):

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are the competent authority in this jurisdiction.

Equine Identification Leaflet (Download)

Further General Information (link):

General Information

Leisure Horse Ireland is the trading name of The Irish Piebald & Skewbald Association Ltd (aka The IPSA).

We are a Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) approved by the EU and Irish Department of Agriculture to issue equine Identification documents for horses & donkeys in the Republic of Ireland which meet all legal requirements.
What type of Horse Passports does LHI issue?

Leisure Horse Ireland maintains the studbook for Piebald & Skewbald (coloured) horses and their progeny in Ireland.

LHI also maintains a separate Equine Identification Register for solid colour animals of all types that do not meet the criteria of any studbook.
And… we maintain The Irish Donkey Studbook.

Leisure Horse Ireland maintains the studbook for Piebald & Skewbald (coloured) horses and their progeny in Ireland.

LHI also maintains a separate Equine Identification Register for solid colour animals of all types that do not meet the criteria of any studbook.

And… we maintain The Irish Donkey Studbook.

Please note:
Passports issued by any agency at all times remain the property of that agency and must be returned on demand.
A passport is issued as an aid to the identification of a horse and recording medication.
The owner recorded on a horse’s passport is registered as such for correspondence purposes relating to that animal and does not reflect any legal standing in relation to ownership should a dispute arise.

Horses come in all shapes, sizes and types, with one major distinction – Colour.

Here in Ireland we use the terms “Piebald” or “Skewbald” to describe certain horse colouration. In other countries you will see references to “Coloured” or “Paint” horses which in many cases these descriptions really have the same meaning.

Piebald / Skewbald – Colour Definition: A Skewbald and Piebald is defined by its external visible coat colouration and markings and not by its genetic makeup or type. They are therefore distinctive and unique from other “coloured”, splash marked, or extended leg marked breeds or types.

 

Piebald: Large irregular patches of black and white (usually black on a white base).
Skewbald: Any other colour or colours and white i.e. bay, brown, chestnut, grey, dun or palomino and white. There may be some black marks in addition.

 

Skewbald: Any other colour or colours and white i.e. bay, brown, chestnut, grey, dun or palomino and white. There may be some black marks in addition.

Since July 2009, under Irish and EU law, all equidae must be microchipped and have their identification document (passport) applied for within six months of their birth.

The new identification system will build on a single identification document – one passport – issued for life when the animal is born or imported. The document will be linked to the animal by their microchip, and the fact that it was issued will be recorded in a database under a Unique Equine Life Number (UELN) for the animal that will remain the constant reference even when the animal’s name is changed.
The lifetime passport is also a record of the equines medication history.

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are the competent authority in this jurisdiction.

Equine Identification Leaflet (Download)

Further General Information (Link):

Leisure Horse Ireland offers the facility to register a prefix . Any horse named with a registered L.H.I. prefix cannot have its name changed in the L.H.I. Studbooks and Registers, without the permission of the person who owns the prefix. Prefix forms are available to download or upon request from us and the following rules apply:

• Fee of €50 applies
• Prefix may have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 20 characters
• Prefix may be one word only
• Breed names are not allowed
• Prefix is registered only with Leisure Horse Ireland.

Note:
• If a horse or pony has white markings on the head, legs, belly and / or mane or tail in isolation, it cannot be considered as a Piebald or Skewbald.

• Clyde markings do not constitute a Skewbald or Piebald in isolation from other colour.

• Pinto\Paint is an American term which generally means either Piebald or Skewbald; however there is also a technical difference in that they have different meanings. The Pinto Horse Association is a colour registry, and Pintos can be any breed. Paints are APHA-registered horses that can prove parentage from one of the three approved registries AQHA, TB and APHA, as well as meet a minimum colour requirement. While a loud-coloured horse could be double-registered if it met the breed standards specified by each registry, the two registries are independent.

If you have a horse registered with another studbook you may wish to have that animal recorded in the L.H.I. studbooks for breeding or competition purposes. The horse will retain its original passport and breed code but will be recorded in the L.H.I. studbook. For endorsement, send the passport plus the appropriate fee to us.

We are operating almost normally, but with reduced staff.

Phone lines are attended 10 am – 1 pm on Weekdays and turned off at all other times to concentrate on processing applications.

Generally speaking, we are still not open to the public and any in-person callers may only do so strictly by prior appointment.

We are now discouraging this and ask that you send all applications via the postal services. It would also be of no benefit to you as all applications are strictly processed on a first-come first-served basis.

We are now discouraging this. All completed registrations will be dispatched by post or DPD Couriers only.

We are no longer set up to be able to offer an urgent turnaround service. The onus is on you to plan ahead properly and you need to allow at least a week from sending an application to receiving it back.

My Horse Already Has a Passport

It is a legal requirement to register your ownership of a horse within 30 days of taking ownership.
You must complete a declaration form and submit with the passport to be updated to the organisation that issued the passport.

 

Explanatory Notes:
When selling / transferring ownership:
• Give the passport to the buyer / new owner at the time of sale and
• Insist the buyer completes the transfer of ownership form.
• Take a photocopy or photograph of the completed form for your records.
• Give the completed form to the buyer. (NB The onus is on the buyer to have the transfer of ownership officially registered by submitting the form, fee and passport to Leisure Horse Ireland)

When buying / acquiring ownership:

•You must receive the passport from the seller at the time of purchase.
• You must complete a transfer of ownership declaration form.
• You must forward this form and the passport with the appropriate fee to Leisure Horse Ireland within 30 days of taking ownership.
• Failure to register the transfer of ownership within the time limit is now a serious offence in Ireland and attracts heavy penalties if ignored.
Records:
• Both parties must keep a copy of this transfer of ownership declaration – photocopying or photo will suffice.
• DAFM authorised officers will carry out inspections and have powers to inspect records and documents.

Form Download & Online Payment: Click Here

You are obliged by local laws to register as the owner within 30 days of taking possession.
The owner completes an ownership declaration form and sends off with the passport to us for updating.When sending it, you will need to complete a customs declaration at the post office.
Tick that you are sending documents with zero value.
It is also advisable to send it to us by registered post.

When you get the passport back from us, it is our understanding that you then need to have the passport over stamped by a UK agency (BHS or similar) to have the details uploaded to the UK equine register.

Form Download & Online Payment: Click Here

Where possible include a copy of:

the bill of sale/invoice to you,
or
copy of the veterinary examination certificate for the animal,
or
just a quick note detailing how you came by the animal and send the completed form, any supporting paperwork and the passport to us.

The previous owners signature / details are not required and it is a common situation that previous owners may not have registered their ownership. The important thing is that you are declaring and registering your ownership now.

Your ownership will be registered on the LHI database and on the Irish Dept of Agriculture Equine database. Some owners then also like to register chip numbers on 3rd party pet identification websites, but this is a matter for individual horse owners and it is not a service LHI offers.

Registered Post return delivery is compulsory for destinations outside of Ireland. The total cost to include recorded delivery back to you is Eur 36.00.

Check with local authorities the rules and obligations that apply to you when you take possession of a horse imported from Ireland.
It is our requirement that you register your ownership with us within 30 days of taking ownership.

The owner completes an ownership declaration form and sends off with the passport to us for updating.

It is advisable to send it to us by registered post.

Form Download & Online Payment: Click Here

Where possible include a copy of:

the bill of sale/invoice to you,
or
copy of the veterinary examination certificate for the animal,
or
just a quick note detailing how you came by the animal and send the completed form, any supporting paperwork and the passport to us.

The previous owners signature / details are not required and it is a common situation that previous owners may not have registered their ownership. The important thing is that you are declaring and registering your ownership now.

Your ownership will be registered on the LHI database and on the Irish Dept of Agriculture Equine database. Some owners then also like to register chip numbers on 3rd party pet identification websites, but this is a matter for individual horse owners and it is not a service LHI offers.

Registered Post return delivery is compulsory for destinations outside of Ireland. The total cost to include recorded delivery back to you is Eur 36.00.

Leisure Horse Ireland produces passports at a very reasonable cost for first-time equine registrations. However, we no longer offer discounted rates on duplicate passports.

There continues to be a pattern where little care is given to safeguarding passports or other nefarious reasons, where either no passport or the wrong passport is passed on to new owners.

Both parties need to remember that it is illegal to sell or buy a horse, without its correct passport.

Therefore the onus is entirely on both parties to ensure the correct passport is given and received during the transaction. If not, the cost of obtaining a duplicate passport will be unavoidable.

If you find yourself in the situation where you must apply for a duplicate passport for a previously registered equine. Firstly, you need to establish where the equine was registered.

• For horses registered in Ireland or abroad and where the passport issuer is still in operation, you must go to that agency that first issued the passport to obtain a duplicate.

• For all other LHI / IPSA registrations, you must get your vet to complete a marking chart for the equine and submit to us a completed duplicate passport application form.

Be aware, that where an animal is issued a duplicate passport, under EU and Irish law they will be permanently excluded from the food chain, and the duplicate passport will be stamped to reflect this. Delays can also arise in issuing duplicates, where further background checks are deemed necessary.

Yes you do.

We are not permitted to issue a passport or register an imported horse without a valid EPRN being provided.

Cattle Herd Numbers in the past also worked, but now you need to have had added equine to it.
If you do not have one, you need to contact your local Dept of Agriculture District Veterinary Office:

https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contact/regionalveterinaryoffices/

Application Form:
https://www.gov.ie/en/form/19428-application-for-registration-of-an-equine-premises-under-the-control-on-places-where-horses-are-kept-regulations-2014/

The owners of horses whose passport was originally issued by a Passport Issuing Body (PIO) based outside of Ireland, must now have the passport details recorded by an appropriate PIO approved in Ireland and uploaded to the National Equine Database.

This means that owners/keepers who import horses must notify an appropriate PIO based in Ireland within 30 days of importing the equine.  This also applies to owners/keepers who import horses for competition purposes which will be located in Ireland.

This Legislation came into effect in January 2016, the purpose of which is to ensure that each Members State has a record of all of the equines located in their jurisdiction.

Many horses in Ireland are still registered without any pedigree information, unfortunately.

Leisure Horse Ireland does not breed, buy or sell horses & donkeys. Breeders and Dealers avail of our services to obtain the legally required identification papers for their horses, so (and we are asked many times) we do not have pictures of these equine when they were foals and if breeding is not recorded in the passport, we will not have that information.

If you are trying to trace this information, your only option presently is to write to the first registering keeper, their name and address are in the passport. Under current data protection laws, we are not permitted to share registrants’ email addresses or contact phone numbers.
If they were the breeder they may be able to help, but if they were a dealer, then all history is most likely lost.

It is not possible presently to submit a DNA sample to find the parent(s) of a horse. You can submit a sample to confirm parentage in situations where you are almost certain of the claimed parentage.

A Horse passport from any approved agency is issued purely as an aid to the identification of the equine to which it refers. The information detailed is only as accurate as the information originally supplied by the identifying veterinary surgeon and first registering keeper. A horse passport is not a certificate of age nor indeed is it a certificate of ownership should a legal dispute over ownership arise.

By law, every equine should have a passport while still a foal so there should be no scope for error on its foaling year. However, in practice, many owners are still applying for passports for older equines, and the possibility of inaccuracy increases with time. Some recent studies have also suggested that aging equine from their dentition does not offer an acceptable level of accuracy and the opinions of different veterinary surgeons can vary.

Some unscrupulous dealers and first registering keepers may also try to purport the year of birth of an equine as younger or more experienced than it actually is to increase its value. Therefore any prospective buyer must always carefully consider the issue date on the passport and the stated date of birth. If there is any inaccuracy, the passport should be amended by the issuing agency before any sale is completed and the cost of this, if due diligence is correctly observed along the supply chain, should be borne by the first registering keeper.

However, if you now find yourself in a situation where the year of birth is genuinely inaccurate and you have no recourse to the first registering keeper, the year of birth can be changed on foot of a written request from you and a detailed letter from your vet outlining the equines passport details and what in their professional opinion the correct year of birth should be. New markings completed by your vet are also required.
The cost for this service currently is Euro 40.00 (plus return delivery) and you must also be the current registered owner/keeper of the equine to request this.

If you have a horse registered with another studbook you may wish to have that animal recorded in the L.H.I. studbooks for breeding or competition purposes. The horse will retain its original passport and breed code but will be recorded in the L.H.I. studbook. For endorsement, send the passport plus the appropriate fee to us.

I do Not have a Passport for my Horse

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are the competent authority in this jurisdiction.

Equine Identification Leaflet (Download)

 

Further General Information (Link)

It is illegal to sell a horse without also providing a valid passport.

It is illegal to buy a horse, knowing it has no passport.

However, if you find yourself in this situation…

Firstly, you (and/or your vet) must thoroughly scan the animal for any previously implanted transponder.

Where a pre existing (15 or older 10 digit number) transponder is found, you must check if the animal was registered previously. If it was registered previously, your only course of action is to apply to that organisation for a Duplicate Passport.

Where to check an existing transponder:

Irish Department of Agriculture Equine Database (Email):

[email protected]
or
Tel 01 5058881

 

UK Online Equine Register
https://www.equineregister.co.uk/chipchecker

French Online Register:
https://www.haras-nationaux.fr/utilitaires/moteurs-de-recherche/info-chevaux.html

Belgium Online Register:
https://www.horseid.be/public/nl/horses

Netherlands Online Register:
https://webform.rvo.nl/formule1/formulier/nl-NL/DR/ScZoekenChipnummerPaarden.aspx

If the existing transponder is found to be unregistered and is of a compliant type, proceed to have the animal marked by your vet and they will handwrite this number on the chart.

If the transponder is not a compliant type (eg , 900*, 972* etc) your vet must implant another compliant transponder and record both (all) numbers on the markings.

If no chip is found, get your vet to implant a compliant transponder, complete the markings and apply for a passport in the usual way.

 

List of Approved PIO’s and Transponders (Download):

Microchip Country Codes:

If an ISO Transponder’s code starts with a number other than 9, the manufacturer has placed the ISO assigned Country Code as the first three digits.

Following is a list of some of the countries that have been assigned a code by the International Standards Organization

(ISO)

32 Argentina

36 Australia

40 Austria

44 Bahamas

52 Barbados

56 Belgium

60 Bermuda

76 Brazil

124 Canada

152 Chile

156 China

158 Taiwan

203 Czech Republic

208 Denmark

214 Dominican Republic

246 Finland

250 France

276 Germany

300 Greece

348 Hungary

356 India

360 Indonesia

372 Ireland

376 Israel

380 Italy

392 Japan

442 Luxembourg

458 Malaysia

484 Mexico

492 Monaco

528 Netherlands

554 New Zealand

578 Norway

604 Peru

608 Philippines

616 Poland

620 Portugal

630 Puerto Rico

642 Romania

643 Russian Federation

710 South Africa

724 Spain

752 Sweden

756 Switzerland

764 Thailand

792 Turkey

804 Ukraine

818 Egypt

826 United Kingdom

840 United States

858 Uruguay

862 Venezuela

891 Yogoslavia

900 – 999

Private Use Chips starting with 900 – 985 is a manufacturers code, not a country code. It is not the same standard chip.

However Weatherbys has approval to use 9851010

Leisure Horse Ireland produces passports at a very reasonable cost for first-time equine registrations. However, we no longer offer discounted rates on duplicate passports.

There continues to be a pattern where little care is given to safeguarding passports or other nefarious reasons, where either no passport or the wrong passport is passed on to new owners.

Both parties need to remember that it is illegal to sell or buy a horse, without its correct passport.

Therefore the onus is entirely on both parties to ensure the correct passport is given and received during the transaction. If not, the cost of obtaining a duplicate passport will be unavoidable.

If you find yourself in the situation where you must apply for a duplicate passport for a previously registered equine. Firstly, you need to establish where the equine was registered.

• For horses registered in Ireland or abroad and where the passport issuer is still in operation, you must go to that agency that first issued the passport to obtain a duplicate.

• For all other LHI / IPSA registrations, you must get your vet to complete a marking chart for the equine and submit to us a completed duplicate passport application form.

Be aware, that where an animal is issued a duplicate passport, under EU and Irish law they will be permanently excluded from the food chain, and the duplicate passport will be stamped to reflect this. Delays can also arise in issuing duplicates, where further background checks are deemed necessary.

Yes, you do.

We are not permitted to issue a passport or register an imported horse without a valid EPRN being provided.

Cattle Herd Numbers in the past also worked, but now you need to have had added equine to it.

If you do not have one, you need to contact your local Dept of Agriculture District Veterinary Office:

https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contact/regionalveterinaryoffices/

Application Form:
https://www.gov.ie/en/form/19428-application-for-registration-of-an-equine-premises-under-the-control-on-places-where-horses-are-kept-regulations-2014/

In order to obtain a passport for your horse, your vet must now only implant a transponder, commonly referred to as a microchip, obtained from one of the Irish Passport Issuing Authorities (PIO’s). Where an application is received detailing any other type of microchip and/or not issued by an Irish PIO, it will be returned and another compliant type chip must be implanted in the animal by a Vet. Both chip numbers would then be recorded in the passport.

This requirement has been implemented by the Department of Agriculture to ensure that the correct type of microchip is used in equines and that microchip number ranges are precisely controlled.

List of Approved PIO’s and Transponders (Download):

We are no longer set up to be able to offer an urgent turnaround service. The onus is on you to plan ahead properly and you need to allow at least a week from sending an application to receiving it back.