International Champagne Horse Registry
PO Box 4430
Paso Robles, CA 93447-4430

Rules for Registration
(If you make a printed copy of these HTML-format rules, it will be two pages long.)

1. Color Characteristics.

a. The horse must show enough definitive characteristics for ICHR to determine that he/she possesses the champagne dilution gene.

b. The horse must possess a dilute hair coat, dilute colored skin, and dilute colored eyes. The skin must show light coloring and darker freckling consistent with that of a champagne horse. The burden of proof is with the owner of the horse. ICHR will reject horses that do not show typical champagne characteristics. If your horse is rejected, you will be notified, and reasons will be stated why ICHR does not believe the horse qualifies. If you disagree, you may reapply with additional information about parents or offspring of the horse, or you may submit additional photographs. If ICHR determines the horse to be a palomino, buckskin or smoky black, you must have a negative cream gene test result submitted directly to ICHR before your horse will be reconsidered for registration.

c. It is not necessary for the horse to have a pedigree. Horses without pedigrees must have absolutely typical champagne characteristics. Please submit any known information about the parents of grade horses.

d. If the horse has a pedigree, the pedigree must demonstrate a champagne color line. In breeds that do not or did not have DNA parentage verification at the time the horse was born, the horse can be admitted to the registry without a champagne parent on the papers. In this instance, the subject horse must demonstrate absolutely typical champagne characteristics. The pedigree will appear on the ICHR certificate as it is on the horse’s breed certificate. However, no champagne line will be highlighted.

2. Name.

a. The name is limited to 37 characters, including letters, spaces, numbers and punctuation. The ICHR name must match the name given on the horse’s primary breed papers. Duplicate names from differing primary registries will have the breed of the horse placed after the name as a suffix. (AP,AR, CD, CH, FT, GR, HB, KM, MH, PT, QA, QH, SB, TW.)

3. Age.

a. Horses may be of any age. Foals are eligible for registration providing they have a champagne parent, and demonstrate dilute skin, proper coat color, and bright blue eyes at birth. (Remembering, of course, that not all pink-skinned blue-eyed foals are champagne.) Foals with a cream, dun, or silver dilute parent, and chestnut based foals are advised to wait until three months of age before registration proceeds. It is necessary for red based foal coats to show dilution, and freckles to appear on the skin before registration is advised. The ICHR may deny registration to any foal who does not yet show sufficient characteristics. Registration may be delayed, and new photographs will be required if the foal is older than three months, and we receive newborn photos.

b. When a young foal is ICHR registered, then later transferred at the age of six months or more, new photographs are required before the transfer will be completed.

4. Membership Requirements.

a. The horse owner must have a current membership with ICHR before registering the horse. Membership and registration applications may be sent at the same time.

b. Membership is not required to transfer an already registered ICHR horse.

5. Registration Application.

a. The registration application must be filled out in its entirety in order for a horse to be registered. Free registrations given with membership are not automatic - the registration application must be submitted.

b. Horses with breed registrations must enclose a copy of the registration certificate with the application form. ICHR prints out a four generation registration certificate. If the breed certificate does not include four generations, please list the pedigree on another sheet of paper. Please spell names correctly, and include any known registration numbers and colors. Horses registered with APHA, AQHA, ASHA, or TWHBEA need not submit additional pedigree information. Horses with Arabian ancestors need not list horses past the first purebred Arabian.

c. Enclose enough CLEAR, CLOSE, WELL LIGHTED, IN FOCUS photographs for the ICHR to determine if the horse has sufficient champagne characteristics. Close-up photographs of the head (to include muzzle and eye - may be taken separately), and under the tail are REQUIRED. A full body shot (more are encouraged) is needed to assess the shade of the horse. Please enclose a photo of the horse taken from the side, to include the WHOLE horse. This will be scanned and placed on the papers. Please do not stand on a fence or ladder above the horse, take the photo at dusk, or cut off vital body parts..... Inadequate photos may cause the horse to be rejected. You may include photos of the horse as a foal, any champagne family members, or offspring or ancestors. Label these photos clearly on the back. (Please to not use black markers!) Please clearly state on the registration application if you need any of the photos returned. Otherwise, they will become the property of ICHR. Submit photos professionally processed on photo paper, photos on floppy disk (IBM compatible), on CD, or e-mail high resolution photos, preferably 500 KB or less in size to the e-mail address above.


rev 9/04

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