How do I get a passport for my Connemara foal / pony?
When a Connemara foal or pony has no lifetime document (passport), a blood typing and DNA form needs to be completed and returned with fee to the Connemara Pony Breeders Society.
Once the form and particulars are returned to the Connemara Pony Breeders Society a blood kit will be assembled and returned to the owner.
When filling out blood typing and DNA form please ensure to submit the following :
– Name for foal/pony
– Submit full date of Birth (Day-Month-Year)
(sterling cheque’s or sterling cash not accepted)
When the stud book numbers of the Sire and Dam are unavailable please ensure the full name of the Sire and Dam are completed and the CPBS office will complete the stud book numbers.
Please note the registered owner of the dam will be recorded as the breeder of the foal/pony.
If a breeder has a Prefix or Suffix this will be included in the name.
Please note that blood kits are specific to each foal/pony. If applying for more than one bloodkit PLEASE ensure when you receive them back from the CPBS office that the contents of the kits are not mixed up. Micro chips are assigned when assembled in CPBS office. If the contents are mixed up, the CPBS will request repeat samples.
What is in the kit?
Envelope for Weatherbys Ireland (Labatory)
Please note the CPBS have their own specific microchips
What if my foal/pony already has a microchip?
If the foal/pony already has a micro chip inserted but has no passport please note this on the Bloodtyping/DNA application form. The micro chip will need to be read and recorded on the CPBS marking chart at time of bloodtyping and will then be recorded on the passport.
When do I call my Vet?
Once you receive the blood kit from the CPBS office, the vet can be contacted to have the foal/pony bloodtyped.
Please ensure your vet fills in the following on the marking chart
Marks location of microchip
Signs and dates form
*If any of the above are left blank it will delay the issue of your passport*
What happens next?
Your vet will mark the foal/pony, insert the microchip and take a blood sample from the foal/pony
Where do I send the blood sample and markings?
The blood sample and markings are posted to Weatherbys Ireland in the envelope enclosed.
Weatherbys Ireland will test the blood and check the markings for the Veterinary surgeon signature.
Please ensure to post sample as soon as possible
When will I receive my passport?
The markings are returned to the Connemara Pony Breeders Society and a result is emailed to the CPBS once cleared.
The CPBS issue all passports in strict rotation as the results are sent back from the lab. Passports are assembled and posted from the CPBS office by standard post. This process normally takes around 6-8 weeks.
Transfer of ownership
Once a pony changes ownership it is the responsibility of the new owner to complete the change of ownership within 30 days
What is required to complete a transfer of ownership ?
The new owner completes the transfer of ownership form and returns the form along with passport and fee to the
Connemara Pony Breeders Society,
Clifden, Co Galway
The new owner must sign the transfer of ownership form before returning to the CPBS
When a pony is purchased privately
The Seller should give the passport and a signed transfer form to the new owner. The new owner completes all the form, filing in their details.
Who is the seller: the person the new owner purchased the pony from
When a pony is purchased at a registered sale or Horse dealer
If a pony is purchased at a registered sale the sale information is put on the form where it asks for sellers details.
Please ensure to fill out
Location of Sale
If a pony is purchased through a horse dealership the name and address of the dealer is put on the form
Copies of receipt if available can be submitted at time of transfer
Is there a penalty for failure to notify the Passport Issuing Organisation of the change of ownership ?
YES. Failure to notify change of ownership to the PIO is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and persons are liable on conviction to a fine of up to €250,000 or a term of imprisonment or to both.
How will this regulation be enforced?
Authorised officers will carry out inspections and have powers to inspect records and documents
Where do I send the passport?
The passport, completed transfer form and fee should be returned to
The Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society
Please note passports are returned by standard post (not recorded)
If you would like a passport returned by registered/recorded delivery please state this when sending passport in and enclose appropriate fee.
|Registered/Recorded Delivery||Swift Post|
|Ireland €6.60||Ireland €7.75||UK €8.70||UK €10.55|
How much is transfer of ownership?
€15 for CPBS Members
€25 for non CPBS Members
Please note that sterling cheques or cash are not accepted. A credit card payment form can be completed and returned with passport if the new owner is wishing to pay in sterling or non EU currency. Form available in downloads
When will I receive my passport back from the CPBS office?
Once the office receives the passport along with the correct form and fee the passport will be updated and returned within 3-5 workings days. Please note this time can vary depending on time of year (coming up to the annual Clifden Pony Festival and sales)
What do I do if I lose my ponies passport?
When a passport is lost, the owner will need to apply for a duplicate passport.
My foal/pony has a Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society microchip
If the foal/pony has a CPBS microchip, then in order to obtain a duplicate passport a new marking chart (ON CPBS MARKING CHARTS) needs to be completed by a Veterinary Surgeon confirming markings and the microchip in the pony. Once returned with fee and the details are confirmed by the CPBS a duplicate passport will be issued and returned to the owner
If the owner was not the last registered owner of the pony on its original passport, then a transfer of ownership will need to be completed before a duplicate passport will be issued. Please refer to Transfer of Ownership
Will I receive a different passport to the original?
The only difference with duplicate passports to the original is they are signed out of the food chain. When a foal/pony is signed out of the food chain this means they are not suitable for human consumption. The passport will be stamped Duplicate passport.
Please note the CPBS do not keep records of vaccinations or SJI /JMB measurements. Any of these records will not be in the duplicate passport
My foal/pony does not have a Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society microchip
If a foal/Pony has no CPBS microchip or a microchip issued by another passport Issuing organization a blood sample will be required from the foal/pony to confirm its identity.
A duplicate form is completed and returned to the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society with the appropriate fee. Where there is no micro chip or not a CPBS microchip a marking chart and blood bottle are issued to the owner. The vet will need to take the markings and a blood sample from the pony. Where a non CPBS microchip is present, the vet should read this and submit on marking chart. The duplicate passport issued from the CPBS will record the microchip.
The Veterinary surgeon returns the markings and blood in the Weatherbys envelope (supplied) to Weatherbys Ireland .
Weatherbys will test the sample against the original sample for that pony and report a result to the CPBS office. Weatherby’s will return the markings to the CPBS office once they check markings for the veterinary surgeons signature.
Once the sample matches the original sample a duplicate passport will be issued.
In the case of ponies with no microchips and the sample matches the original sample the CPBS will issue a CPBS microchip when issuing the duplicate passport. The microchip number will be recorded on the duplicate passport and it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that microchip is inserted into the foal/pony
Why don’t you issue the microchip with the duplicate blood kit?
Microchips are not submitted with duplicate kits until the breeding is confirmed by Weatherbys Ireland.
How much does a duplicate passport cost?
When the pony has a CPBS micro chip €123
When there is no CPBS micro chip present
CPBS Members €184.50
Non CPBS Members €246
How long does it take to receive a duplicate passport?
When a CPBS microchip is present and all correct documentation received in the CPBS office a duplicate passport will be issued in 5-7 workings days
When there is no CPBS microchip present and a blood sample is required to confirm the identity, this process can take 4-6 weeks.
How do I update my gelding passport?
If your gelding is still recorded as Class three on their passport and you would like to update the passport, the following is needed
Gelding Classification Form
CPBS Marking Chart
Your Veterinary Surgeon will need to
- Verify the markings and Microchip in the gelding on CPBS marking chart
- If your pony is still recorded as a colt on its passport, please ensure the vet confirms the sex on the marking chart or a castration certificate
Once the above is completed return the forms (marking chart, gelding classification) the passport and fee to the CPBS office.
Please note geldings are classified according to their heights
128cm-148cm will be classified into Class One
Over 148cm will be classified into Class Two
My pony is recorded as a colt/stallion on his passport but is a gelding?
A There is no form or fee required to change the sex on a passport. The passport along with a note from a veterinary surgeon to confirm the microchip and the sex of the pony should be sent into the CPBS office with a note from the owner requesting a change of sex on passport. The passport will be updated and returned in 3-5 working days
I have a passport for my pony but the microchip in the pony and passport don’t match?
A In this case a DNA comparison will need to be carried out to verify the identity of the pony. A hair sample will be sent to Weatherbys Ireland and tested against the original sample for the pony. Please contact the office in relation to DNA Comparison, the office will provide the DNA envelope for the lab. DNA Comparison €45 (payable to the CPBS)
Registration of Equine Premises
(the following information was downloaded from the Department of Agriculture website) (18/01/2016)
What is an equine premises?
This means any premises (with or without land) in which a horse, ass , mule, pony , donkey etc. is kept either on a full-time ‘permanent’ basis (farms etc) or an enterprise (such as shows, sales, gymkhanas, racecourses, hunts, veterinary hospitals, farriers, pounds, studs, fairs etc) to/from which equine movements take place.
What is the purpose of registration?
The reason for registering and record keeping is so as to enable the Department to have information on the location of horses and their contacts with other horses in order that in the event of a disease outbreak, owners can be identified and advised of any necessary precautions. A disease outbreak (such as Equine Infectious Anemia) in the national equine herd could have a catastrophic effect on the national equine industry which makes a major contribution to the national economy. By registering your location with the Department, you are making your contribution to protecting the national equine herd.
Who must register?
Anyone who owns or has charge of a premises (including land) on which there are equine regardless of whether he or she owns the equines or the premises or the land.
What are the consequences if I decide not to register my premises?
Since it is a legal requirement that premises where equines are kept be registered with the Department, you may be prosecuted. Also, if you don’t register your premises, you will not be able to register your horse, obtain a passport or have your horse slaughtered for human consumption.
Is there a fee?
No, Registration is free of charge. The purpose of registration is simply to enable the Department to have information on locations of horses and their contacts with other horses in order that in the event of a disease outbreak, owners can be alerted and advised of any necessary precautions.
Is registration an annual requirement?
No, Registration is once-off. The Department should be notified if the owner/person in charge changes or the premises are no longer used to keep equines so that the details on the register can be changed.
What responsibilities will a registered person have?
Registered persons must keep records of the equines on the premises and the movement of equines off and on to the premises. The extent of record keeping will depend on the nature of the business at the premises. For example, owners of premises where a pet pony is kept will simply have to keep a record of the pony initially.
Thereafter, any births and purchases /deaths and sales (or other permanent movements off or on to the premises)will need to be recorded. They do not need to record short term (not more than a 24 hour period) movements to shows, farriers etc.
Persons in charge of enterprises such as stud farms/shows/sales (where horses from different premises are congregated or gathered ) will have to keep records of the dates of movement on/off and UEL (unique equine label) or passport number of each equine attending . The premises registration number, owner name and address of the horse’s premises of origin or destination will also need to be recorded. These types of premises are already keeping records and the additional record keeping will involve recording of the equine premises registration number of the participating equine.
Hunt clubs/events are required to register as their premises their contact address and usual meeting point/showgrounds and will be required to keep a record of equines congregating on the day of the hunt/show. Such organisations might consider it helpful to create a master record in advance to include premises registration numbers of prospective participants.
As soon as a premises is registered, it will be given a registration number and information as to what type of records are required for the premises. For example the movement of a horse from a trainer’s yard to a racecourse or gallops and back again does not need to be recorded by the trainer (but would need to be recorded by the racecourse). Similarly the movement of a pony from its owner’s stables to a gymkhana and back again does not need to be recorded by the owner (but does need to be recorded by the Gymkhana organiser). The movement of a hunter from its owner’s farm to the hunt and back again does not need to be recorded by the owner (but does need to be recorded by the hunt organisers).
There will also be a requirement to provide information to the Department by way of a census of animals carried out from time to time.
I am the manager/person in charge of a racecourse; Do I have to keep records of horses arriving and departing on a raceday?
As detailed Turf Club records of all horses entered/racing already exist, the existing system is sufficient and no extra record keeping is necessary.
However where arrangements are made for schooling of horses at the track, it will be necessary to record details if not already being done.
My horses are all identified with a microchip and horse passports. Is this not enough?
No. These are separate systems. The horse passport regime is an animal identification system rather than a movement system. The Premises registration concerns the location at which equines are kept and records in respect of horses on those premises for the purposes of trace back in the event of a disease outbreak . You will not be able to register your horse, obtain a passport or have your horse slaughtered for human consumption unless you have registered your premises.
I have a bovine herd no. Will I get a different herd number for horses?
No, unless the nominated equine keeper is different from the person who is registered as keeper for the bovine herd in which case, a new herd number will be issued in respect of the equines. In all cases, you should complete the application form indicating that you are already registered with a bovine herd number and indicate the relevant keeper and the number and purpose for which you keep horses. If the nominated keeper is the same as for the existing bovine herd, your herd registration will be updated to include equines.
I am giving my land for the running of events/hunts. Do I have to register?
The owners of the meeting point/show grounds/event locations do not have to register. Hunt clubs/event organisers/persons-in-charge are required to register as their premises their contact address and usual meeting point/showgrounds and will be required to keep a record of equines congregating on the day of the hunt/show. Such organisations might consider it helpful to create a master record in advance to include premises registration numbers of prospective participants to avoid having to complete detailed records on the day.
How are records to be kept?
The Department is not specifying how (hard or soft copy) records are to be kept. A template will be issued on registration purely as a means of informing which records are required and these forms may be copied and used if convenient.
Note: Completed application forms should be returned to the local Regional Office – a full list of the regional offices is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contact/localoffices