The horse’s name can only be changed if the animal has not raced either on the racetrack or in a point-to-point. A new naming form must be completed and returned along with the passport and a fee of €400 (this cost will increase if the horse is bred outside of Ireland/UK).
Yes, any horse named outside of Ireland must be named within the Irish jurisdiction. To name a foreign-bred (non-UK) horse; the passport, completed naming form, along with new markings completed by a vet, must be sent to HRI. This process can take up to 4 weeks and cost varies depending on country of origin. For price details, contact the Registrations Department directly on 045-455424.
Yes, any horse named outside of Ireland must be named within the Irish jurisdiction. To name a horse already named in the UK, the front of the naming form must be completed and sent to HRI. There is no need to send the passport.
After the first vaccination, the second vaccination must be administered within 21-92 days. The third vaccination must then be administered within 150-215 days after the second vaccination. The horse can run on the track 7 days after the second vaccination and then get his third vaccination within the stated timeframe.
Assuming the documentation has been received (in order) by Thursday:
- Irish & GB bred animals are named in the following weeks calendar.
- Foreign bred animals (USA, GER, FR etc) can take 3-4 weeks or more to name.
A naming form must be completed (including a new set of markings) and returned to HRI along with the fee of €200. An Irish or GB bred animal generally takes a week to have their passport replaced but a foreign bred animal can take considerably longer and at a greater expense as HRI has to apply to the country of origin. A DNA sample may be required.
The markings are the primary source of identification for the horse. It is essential that the markings on the passport match those with the actual horse even if the microchip scans correctly. If the markings do not match, a new set of markings must be completed on a naming form and returned to Horse Racing Ireland along with the passport.
This is the section on the naming form (bottom left hand corner) where the trainer/vet can confirm that the markings and microchip number on the passport match the markings and microchip number of the horse being named. If left unsigned a new set of markings must be completed on the back of the form.
They are turned down If they are already in use, too similar to other names or if they are insulting, obscene or liable cause to confusion. Also any trade/brand names, copyrights or famous person's names will not be allowed.
When importing a horse from anywhere outside Ireland/GB the passport must be endorsed before the horse leaves the country of origin. On occasions this is overlooked and only discovered at the naming stage. The passport has to be returned to the relevant racing authority requesting that the passport be endorsed. This procedure could take a considerable length of time, delaying your name registration and preventing you from running the horse until the passport is returned (can take up to several months).
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