Buckskin Horse Association of NSW







Horses and ponies which are buckskin, dilute black, dun or grulla are acceptable for registration by the Association. Where the term buckskin is used throughout these regulations it shall be taken to mean buckskin, dilute black, dun or grulla as accepted by the Buckskin Horse Association of NSW. Where the term horse is used throughout these regulations it shall be taken to mean horse or pony.

Horses with white markings above the elbows & stifles may be eligible for registration at the discretion of the Committee. Blue eyes are permitted.

Horses registered as solid Appaloosas or Paints are eligible for registration. Roan or grey horses are ineligible for registration. Should Appaloosa, Paint, roan or grey characteristics develop after registration, the registration will be cancelled and the horse or pony shall be ineligible for exhibition in Buckskin classes or to be advertised as a registered Buckskin.


Horses or ponies of dark or difficult to determine colouration will require genetic DNA testing in order to determine their eligibility for registration unless they have a cremello or perlino parent or have produced a cremello or perlino foal.



Registration Requirements


Application for registration will only be accepted from financial members of the Association. If the applicant is a company or partnership then the application must be in the same name as that appearing in the membership records.


Registration Categories: The Association maintains the following registers


1. Foal Recording Register

All colts must be foal recorded and then adult registered before the age of four.

Foals with grey, roan, Appaloosa or unknown parentage must also be foal recorded. They will need to be adult registered before the age of four by submitting an application with photos or by being sight classified.

If horses are not adult registered by the age of four they will lose all privileges of registration.



2. Adult Stud Book Register

Mares registered with an approved breed society which are clearly buckskin or dun may be adult registered from birth. Mares with a double dilute parent will also be able to be registered from birth providing the parent is not carrying a grey, roan or appaloosa gene.

Stallions registered with an approved breed society which requires a veterinary certificate which are clearly buckskin or dun will be adult registered from the age of four. Stallions not registered with another society will need to submit the Buckskin Stallion Certificate of Suitability with their application.

A positive cream dilution or dun zygosity hair test, to be paid for by the applicant, for mares and stallions which are of dark or indeterminate colouring will also enable them to be adult registered.

Mares and stallions may be accepted into the Stud Book Register at the discretion of Committee if both parents are registered with approved breed societies and a service certificate is provided to the Association in the absence of dual registration.




3. Appendix Register

Stallions and mares with no proof of breeding will be admitted to this register providing they meet the colour requirements.


4. Gelding Register

All geldings, unless needing to be foal recorded, will be admitted to this register, providing they meet the colour requirements. The horse must be gelded before the registration is applied for.



Registration Procedures


Applications for registration will be tabled at Committee meetings to determine whether a horse meets the colour requirements. If any doubt exists the applicant will be contacted to arrange a hair sample for testing.


Horses may be shown with registration pending only with approval from the Committee.


The Registrar will only recognise ancestry if it is authenticated by service certificates or registration certificate of a breed society.


All horses are required to be branded or microchipped with the exception of Australian Quarter Horses with a DNA number.


Members with breeding stock are able to register a stud prefix and brand with the Association. They will only need to submit one name for registration.


Members applying to register a horse of unknown breeding must include three names on any application for registration.

If a horse is already registered in a breed society, then the registered name must be used unless written permission is obtained from the breeder.


The applicant must be able to prove ownership of the horse either by providing a bill of sale, service certificate or certificate of registration from another society with the horse already in their name.


The Association may issue a duplicate certificate of registration provided the owner makes application in writing giving full details of the circumstances regarding the loss of the original certificate. The duplicate certificate will be issued with the wording Duplicate Certificate clearly marked. A fee as determined by the Association may be charged for replacement.


No changes are to be made to the registration certificate. Any alteration or addition including transfer information is to be made by the Registrar.




A horse may be de- registered by the Association

- upon written application by the owner

- if the horse was registered in error

- if the horse develops unacceptable characteristics

- if the horse develops Appaloosa, Paint, roan or grey characteristics

- if the horse is subsequently proven not to be buckskin or dun

- if the registered owner has been expelled or against whom disciplinary action has been taken

- for any reason whatsoever without assigning reason thereof


De-registration of a horse shall not constitute disqualification from re-registration.





In order for a lease of a horse to be recognised by the Association a lease form must be signed by the lessor and the lessee both of whom must be financial members of the Association. The original registration certificate must be lodged with the form and a duplicate certificate issued to the lessee. The Association will not enter into any disputes should they arise. Notice of termination of lease must be in writing to the Secretary.




Registration certificates must accompany transfer forms or proof of ownership in order for the transfer to be completed. The purchaser must be a financial member of the Association.

In the absence of a completed Buckskin transfer and registration certificate, a duplicate certificate of registration may be issued where proof of ownership in the form of a bill of sale or transfer with another breed society is provided.



Selling A Registered Horse


As all registration certificates remain the property of the Association, no registered horse is to be sold without papers. The only way to dispose of papers is to apply to the Association to have the horse de-registered. Transfers must otherwise be submitted for all horses sold. If a horse is sold through auction to an unknown buyer the registration certificate and a signed transfer form should be sent to the Association with the buyer’s name left blank.


Death of Registered Stock


The owner of a registered horse should notify the Association of the death of the horse.



Age of the Horse

The age of the horse will be calculated on the basis of a year from the first day of August of the breeding season foaled.