Registration for your horse begins with your Membership Application (download form) into KMSHA/SMHA.
Non-members add an additional $35 surcharge per horse for any registration and certification fees.
Mare books had been open for the past several years for registration of mares and the Directors have decided that it was time to reconsider the issue and close the books.
Specifics with regard to this decision are:
All Examiners should note that strict compliance to the regulations for breed registration and certification apply
An Appendix mare is a typical Mountain type horse who has a mountain horse or gaited horse ancestry and is approved as Appendix registered with certain breeding restrictions. Mares will be eligible to show at all sanctioned shows and any male or female offspring can be fully KMSHA/SMHA registered.
In order to meet the requirements of registry, if the registered Appendix mare is bred, it must be to a Kentucky Mountain registered/certified stallion for their offspring to be registered.
To apply for an “Appendix” Certificate of Registration, contact two KMSHA examiners (link to examiner’s directory), in your area to have your mare inspected for gait and Breed Standard, or submit a video tape showing your horse gaiting to the KMSHA office. (for specific instructions, please refer to our video guidelines) If you have any questions please contact the KMSHA office at 859 225-KMSH (5674)
You will need to fill out an application for “Appendix” registration (contact KMSHA for application) and submit five pictures of your horse in addition to the video or examiners signatures along with $100.00 for registration/certification and $45.00 for the DNA. You can send the tail hairs in at the same time as the application and the DNA will be submitted for you to U. of KY for identification. (All DNA samples are considered the property of the KMSHA and are maintained at the U of KY lab)
For more information contact the KMSHA office if necessary by phone at 859-225-KMSH (5674) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Register/Certify a horse, you must be a KMSHA/SMHA member in good standing. Click here for information on becoming a member.
If your horse does not have temporary papers (foal papers or papers with a gold certification seal) and you are starting the registration process for your horse when they are under saddle:
Owners must submit the following:
If you have your temporary papers and only need to have your horse Certified:
Temporary Papers Foals may be registered with the KMSHA/SMHA provided both parents are Registered with KMSHA/SMHA or with another Mountain Horse breed. All foals will be issued "temporary" papers. They will be required to submit DNA for parentage verification, and must be gait and breed certified under saddle before "permanent" papers will be issued (usually after 2 years of age).
Note: Temporary Registration Certificate expires on the horse’s 4th birthday.
Owners must submit the following:
Application for Registration Form. (download the KMSHA Form or the SMHA Form)
To transfer a horse, you must be a KMSHA/SMHA member in good standing. Click here for information on becoming a member. You simply complete one of the transfer blocks on the back of the original certificate. The previous owner will need to sign the back of the certificate and you will need to fill in your information. If your new horse is 4 years old or older and does not have a gold seal on the front of their papers please call the office for information on how to get them gait and breed certified.
Send the original certificate it to us along with the transfer fee. You will not receive a new certificate. The transfer fees are as follows:
Transfer of Ownership Fees
|within 30 days of purchase||$30|
|after 30 days of purchase||$40|
|after one year of purchase||$70|
A name can only be changed if the horse has never been shown and does not have any offspring. Owner must send in letter stating that and include information about the horse with the new name. The cost is $60.