How To Register Your AQHA Foal

How To Register Your AQHA Foal

Use these tips to make your foal a part of the world's largest breed registry.

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Note: Updated May 2, 2024

Everyone loves American Quarter Horse foals.

But it takes a lot more than a sire and dam to get a foal registration in the works. One of our most frequently asked questions by AQHA members is, “How do I register my foal?”

Three Ways to Submit an AQHA Registration Application

There are three ways to submit an AQHA registration form. Here we rank them in order of the speediest processing:

  1. Online registration.

  2. Email scanned registration application to

  3. Mail registration application.

Pre-Printed Registration Application

Every year, AQHA mails out a preprinted registration application (also called a breeder’s certificate) to every stallion owner who files a stallion breeding report. This application will contain pertinent information, such as the sire and dam’s information, mare and stallion owner’s name and address, and the breeding dates. It’s up to you, the proud owner of a new foal, to fill in the rest.

Download Blank Registration Application

Many AQHA stallion owners are turning to the online process to release their portion of the breeder’s certificate and no longer sign and forward the physical copy to the mare owner. If you do not receive your preprinted application, AQHA has a blank registration application available for download. The form is identical to what you would have been sent – you will just need the mare and stallion information and the breeding dates, and you’ll be ready to start your registration!

Information Needed for Registration Application

Getting started, you will need to have:

  • The sire and dam’s names and registration numbers.

  • The foal’s information, such as date of birth, gender, color.

  • The foal’s markings, including photographs of the left, right, front, and back.

  • Breeding method used to produce the foal.

  • A registration application completed by the mare owner at time of foaling as defined by REG102.4.

  • A breeder’s certificate, with breeding dates, from the stallion owner and mare owner at time of service.

Helpful resources include:

For step-by-step registration instructions, go to

Registration FAQs

If an AQHA foal registration isn’t something you do every day, it can be a little confusing. And there are a lot of scenarios that can come into play when registering your foal. Not all registrations are the same, and if you haven’t found the answer to your question here, visit our AQHA foal owner page for all the details!

The AQHA Member Services Team is available via phone at 806-376-481 to conduct any necessary research for you. 

Read up on AQHA registration rules in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

AQHA Online Registration

You’ll save $5 on your foal’s registration fee if you register it online. Also, online registration applications are given priority over those that are mailed to AQHA. Here is a quick list of the information you will need to register your foal online. Make sure you have created an account using a username and password and that your AQHA membership ID is linked to your account. Once you are signed in, click on Members in the top right on Click on Registration under Ownership to begin!

  • Name and registration number of sire and dam.

  • Breeding dates and any applicable breeding method information.

  • If the stallion breeding report is not listed, you can still apply for registration. However, AQHA will not be able to complete the registration until all documents are received. 

  • Five photos are required for online registration. You can also scan the markings diagram for reference.

  • Foal name choices.

  • For transfers included with online registration: date of sale and buyer's information (name, AQHA ID number, address, phone number and email address).

  • NOTE: If the stallion owner sent you a physical copy of the breeder’s certificate, we will need it submitted to the office. Please write BREEDER’S CERTIFICATE FOR PENDING FOAL at the top and list the registration key given to the foal upon submission.

Once all the information is entered, add it to your shopping cart, using the promo code ONLINEREG, and enter your payment method to submit the registration for processing.

Weaning Foals: Free eBook

Is weaning time approaching? There are plenty of decisions to be made for your foal. The Weaning Foals: Nutrition and Best Practices e-book, free to AQHA members, focuses on weanling nutrition and best practices for weaning. Download your copy.

Insuring Your Foal

Your foal represents a serious investment, carrying your hopes, dreams and a financial stake. That's why when AQHA sought an equine insurance carrier, the Association looked for an experienced company that was passionate about horses, and whose associates were horse people first, insurance people second. AQHA Corporate Partner Markel offers protection when you need it most, with coverage for your horses, home, barn, tack and equipment.

To get a quote or learn more about Markel's horse mortality insurance product, visit

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