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AQHA Registration Certificates

August 16, 2011

Feel more confident when purchasing an American Quarter Horse with the security features on our new certificate!

Kayla RandallChange isn't always easy, but it's usually for the better.

Last Fall, in response to member feedback, AQHA released the newest version of the certificate of registration. The new cert sports easy-to-spot security features and a better display of your horse's program enrollments and the markings, brands and other physical characteristics that make him unique.

Your horse's certificate is verification of his authenticity as an American Quarter Horse. To ensure your certificate is as versatile as your American Quarter Horse, AQHA requested feedback from members of all walks of the equine lifestyle. The input we received was phenomenal and helped us come up with some pretty awesome features on the new certificate. Read on to see an example and a feature-by-feature explanation.

As technology advances, security features had to advance as well. The new AQHA certificate of registration contains two distinctive characteristics that will tell you if you are receiving a copy or the real thing.

  • Heat-reactive seal: In the bottom right-hand corner of the certificate, the AQHA seal will fade if exposed to mild heat. For instance, if you hold the seal between the palms of your hands, it will fade, then re-appear when it reaches room temperature. The seal will not be heat reactive when photo copied.
  • Micro-printed borders: In each corner of the certificate, there is decorative box. If you look at the border of the box, AQHA is micro-printed around the border. This feature is visible with a magnifying glass. If photo copied, the border appears as a blurred line when magnified.

Front of the certificate:

  • There is no longer a color differential for the Appendix and Quarter Horse registries. “Appendix Registered” will appear at the top of the certificate in blue for horses listed in the Appendix registry.
  • The breeder and current owner of the horse are listed on the front. Their name, city and state of residence is the only information included. AQHA will provide the current mailing address of a member if requested. Member phone numbers and e-mail addresses are confidential.
  • The parentage verification seal appears at the bottom of the certificate alongside the program logos if the horse has been parentage verified.

The front of the certificate also features a three-generation pedigree, foaling date, color of the horse and, if applicable, indication that the horse was conceived via embryo transfer or other extraordinary methods.

Back of the certificate:

  • One of the biggest changes to the certificate is the allocation of photos and markings diagram. There can be up to five photos of the horse cropped and printed on the back of the certificate, or if no photos were provided at the time of registration, the actual markings diagram from the application can be cropped and printed in place of the photos. This, along with the markings description, helps you be more confident the horse you are buying matches the certificate you receive.
  • The lab case number for the horse's DNA type is listed on the back of the certificate.
  • All identifying characteristics belonging to the horse are listed on the back beneath the photo section.
  • The name, city and state of three previous owners are listed on the bottom, above AQHA's mailing address and contact information. The names of any other existing previous owners of the horse can be acquired by contacting AQHA Customer Service or by purchasing a Master Ownership Record from AQHA's online record research system.
  • The mailing address on the top of the backside is the address the certificate was mailed to. This is printed on the certificate to enable quick mailing via a window envelope. Printing this information on the certificate helps ensure the certificate is being mailed to the proper recipient.
  • The two bar codes on the back of the certificate help AQHA quickly enter the horse and owner's information into the computer system when the certificate is returned for transfer or correction. The certificate issue date is listed in the upper-right-hand corner of the backside.

The transfer report was removed from the certificate to allow more room for AQHA to focus on the horse, as well as help owners feel more secure. If your horse goes to a sale and is not purchased, you do not have an open transfer attached to the certificate. As with the previous version, the certificate is re-printed each time it is submitted to the office for transfer or correction.

Want a New Certificate?

If you currently have an older-style certificate and want to upgrade, you don't have to wait until you have work to submit on the horse or a transfer. Send the certificate to AQHA with a written request and a $10 replacement fee, and AQHA will re-print the certificate for you and replace it with a new one. You can also submit current photos with your request to have them added to the certificate.

Questions? Leave a comment!

Kayla Randall