Registering a horse with AIRC

Horses or ponies must be registered with the Association in advance of entering any national championship or qualifier for a national championship.

Members should note that a charge of €25 will be applicable for any Horse Registration application received from the 1st April until the Monday after the Riding Clubs Festival each year. The service will continue to be free outside of this period. The introduction of the charge is necessary to encourage members to register their horse outside of this busy period at National Office.

After an analysis of all applications received over the past five years, it was established that 63% of all applications are received each year during the months of April and May.

The service will continue to be free of charge for current members at all other times throughout the year so the message is, register your horse as soon as possible and please do not leave it to the last minute.

A horse or pony only has to be registered once with the Association, then it’s recorded for life. Over 7,000 horses are currently registered with the Association and you can check to see if your horse is already registered here. Animals must be aged 4 or more and over 143cms (14hh) in order to be eligible for riding club competitions.

To register an animal for the first time with the Association, you must submit the following documents to National Office:

  • Complete the Online Application Form or use the Postal Form.
  • A copy of the animals passport to include the naming sheet (with registration number, ULEN, microchip number, age, sex, height, colour, date of foaling, breed, sire, dam, breeder, etc) and the marking sheet.

Applications are processed as soon as possible but it can take up to five working days, so members are advised not to leave it to the last minute.  Applications will be accepted by email, fax or post and members are advised not to post a copy of the animals original passport to National Office.  Please ensure that you sign the registration form.

Incomplete applications cannot be registered on the database.  Unnamed animals cannot be registered on the database until the animal has been named with an appropriate authority. Only details verified on an animals passport, issued by a recognised Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO), will be recorded on the Associations database.

Transfer of Ownership

To transfer ownership of an animal already registered with the Association, you must resubmit an application.  However, the ownership must have been recorded with the PIO before applying for the transfer request. The updated copy of the animals passport should accompany the application form.  Transfer of ownerships will only be processed once it has been recorded with the PIO.

Change of Name

To change the name of your animal already registered with the Association, you must resubmit an application. However, the change of name must have been recorded with the PIO before applying for the change of name request. The updated copy of the animals passport should accompany the application form.  Change of name applications will only be processed once it has been recorded with the relevant PIO.

If you are in any doubt about the necessary steps to take don’t hesitate to contact one of our own club committee and they will help you jump through the various hoops.

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