Thoroughbred foals are eligible for registration only after they have been branded, micro-chipped, parentage verified and an official identification certificate has been completed by a vet. Micro-chipping was introduced in 2004; horses born before that were only required to be branded.
Below you will find a guide to finding out more information about your thoroughbred.
I ONLY HAVE THE HORSE'S BRANDS
Information on how to read brands can be found at the bottom of this page. If you only have the horses brands but don't know it's race name you will need download and fill out the 'Request for Identification of a Thoroughbred' form (click here). There is an administration fee of $50 (Inc. GST) per form. Once you have completed the form sent it to New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and if the horse is identified, their details will be sent to you.
NZTR, PO Box 38386, Wellington Mail Centre, New Zealand
OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I ONLY KNOW THE DAM'S NAME
I ONLY KNOW THE SIRE'S NAME
LOOKING FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO?
How to read a Thoroughbred's brands
The brands comprise:
- On the near shoulder, a registered cipher brand (a letter or combination of letters, or symbol). Examples are Cambridge Stud's S inside a C and The Oaks' acorn brand.
- On the off shoulder, two numerical brands, one beneath the other. The bottom number is the last digit of the year in which the foal was born. The top number indicates the individual horse registered by the cipher brand owner in that particular year. So, for instance, a horse carrying the numerical brands 28 over 5 was Horse No. 28 branded by the cipher brand owner in the year 1995 or 2005. It's usually not too difficult (with the help of a vet if necessary), to determine if a horse was born in 1995 or 2005.