New EU Equine Identification May Effect You

  • 12 February 2016, 16:45

IMPORTANT NOTICE: New EU Equine Identification May Effect You 

New EU Legislation which came into effect in January 2016 will impact on the owner of imported bred horses.  The new legislation requires the owners of horses whose passport was originally issued by a Studbook/Passport Issuing Body (PIO) based in another Member State to have the passport details recorded by an appropriate PIO approved in the country in which the horse is now located.  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. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that each Members State has a record of all of the equines located in their jurisdiction.

In order to facilitate owners/keepers for effected by this new requirements Horse Sport Ireland is offering a recording facility for imported horses.  A special rate of €20 for this service is available for horses which are registered with the SJI for 2016.  The relevant information, forms and fees can be downloaded from the Passports Section of the HSI website (CLICK HERE to download the application form).

Change of Ownership

Please note that it is now a legal requirements to transfer the ownership of equines with the relevant PIO within 30 days of acquiring ownership.  This requirement is outlined in a Statutory Instrument signed into law by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine in 2014.

Information relating to transfer of ownership forms and fees can be downloaded from the Passports Section of the HSI website (

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