It is a legal requirement for all horses, ponies and donkeys to be issued with a passport. Horse passport law is governed by the EU Commission Regulation EC 2015/262 which came into force on 1 January 2016, and by the Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018, and where applicable, any subsequent amendments or successors to these regulations. Passports are required throughout the EU for identification, effective disease control and in order to protect the human food chain.
All foals are required to be identified whilst still running with their Dam and a passport should have been applied for within 6 months of birth or 30 November of the year of birth whichever is the later, unless they are sold before the end of this period, which will also trigger the need to have a passport.
Ponies eligible for registration with the NFPB&CS must be registered within six months of birth or 30 November of year of birth and a passport will be issued when registration occurs. (This is of course in addition to the usual conditions of entry into the stud book or part bred register).
Previously you could bring your derogated equine to the sale on an application form and registration paper, and once sold it would then be micro chipped and a full passport issued after the sale. This processes no longer meets the legislation requirements, and so cannot happen.
All equines will be micro chipped and full passports will be produced prior to the sale’s in September, October, December.
It is important you ensure that you either have a full passport for your equines already, or, if you plan to have equines coming to the sale that would have in the past been on derogation application forms that you act now and ensure any equines are microchipped and passported prior to the sale.
Please note that any equine presented at the sale without a full equine passport complying with the new regulations will not be accepted or allowed into the Sale Yard.
If you should have any questions please email us via the contact page.