Registration Procedure
It is EASY and FAST to register your Gypsy Horse if the instructions are followed to the letter. The instructions in an easy format are listed below. Please complete each section one at a time…

1. You do not have to be a member to register your horse.

Members receive a discounted rate (see workorder), but membership is not required.
You may submit your membership at the same time as your registration and receive the reduced rate.

2. You will need to download 2 critical forms in order to register your horse, the Application and a Work Order.

3. Submit the appropriate fees per your completed Work Order, prepay and request a DNA Form in the section on the Work Order.
If your horse is registered with another registry and DNA is from University of Kentucky,  please contact that registry and ask them to send you a copy of your DNA results to avoid an additional DNA test fee from this registry.

4. Submit 2 acceptable posed photos are to be submitted to the Registar via the online registration photo submission formEmail your photos here to
“Acceptably posed photos” are as follows…

  • One photo of the right side of the horse with the head facing the camera and with the forelock tucked aside so all facial markings are clearly visible.
  • One photo of the left side of the horse with the head facing the camera and with the forelock tucked aside so all facial markings are clearly visible.
Side of horse fully in photo
head fully facing camera
forelock pulled back
Forelock not pulled back
head not fully facing camera
left rear foot not totally in photo
(If necessary, photos can be mailed to the Registrar at the address on the form,
however the online form is the preferred method of submission – Photos MUST be on photo paper!)

6. Mail your Work Order and Registration Form along with the required fees
(for registration, DNA, and any other services) to the address on the form:

Gypsy Horse Registry of America

718 Highway 82E #239

Sherman, TX  75090

phone/fax 903-818-0026


Final review to make sure you have each of these items before sending please.
1.  Are you a Member?  We hope you will join if you aren’t!
2.  Work Order with “DNA request” also listed if necessary.
3.  Registration Form
4.  Fees paid by check
5.  Photos E-Mailed to Registrar

*Note: If you still have questions, please email the Registrar at

Further Notes:

  • All stallions must be DNA tested by University of Kentucky and Breeding Stallion Qualification Certificate completed and filed before any resulting foals or foals from future breedings will be considered for registration.
  • After the DNA testing and Breeding Stallion Qualification Certificate results are on file with GHRA,
    the stallion is not required to be tested again.
  • The owner or lessee of the dam at time of foaling is responsible for registration of the foal.
  • If a foal is to be listed in an individual’s name other than the owner or lessee of the dam at time of foaling,
    then a transfer report and fee shall be required.

1) Applicant must complete, sign and submit proper GHRA registration application forms, with two photographs of the horse taken in accordance with requirements on the form to the Registrar.

(2) All horses registered with the GHRA must show proof of parentage with a breeder’s certificate in which both parents are registered with GHRA in Gypsy Horse Section A (under 14.2 hands) or Gypsy Horse Section B (14.2 hands & Over). One parent must be registered with the GHRA for a horse to be eligible for registration as a Gypsy Crossbred Section C.

Exceptions, Subject to Board Approval:

(a) Proof of Import: Form VS17-30 or copy of an EU passport
(b) A copy of sire and dam registration certificates from a recognized Registry & Breeders Certificate signed by mare & stallion owners.

(c) A copy of registration certificate from a recognized Registry

(d) Documented background of origination.


Recognized Registries:

Gypsy Cob & Drum Society, Gypsy Cob Society, Ltd, Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, Irish Cob Society and its affiliates, others subject to Board approval.


Regarding Names ~ Naming of a Horse

(a)  The owner of the dam at time of foaling has a right to name the offspring. The name of the horse cannot be a duplication of any other name and cannot be deceptively similar to any other name recorded on the records of the GHRA.

(b)  The name of the horse may be distinguished by a prefix or suffix, which is not a duplication of or deceptively similar to a prefix and suffix which has been previously reserved by written request and payment of the required fee to the GHRA. The filing of such a reservation does not override any rights that another member or non-member may have to the exclusive use of a prefix, suffix or horse name pursuant to federal trademark or trade name laws or other laws similar thereto including, but not limited to, common law surrounding rights in trademarks and trade names.

(c)  The Board of Directors of the GHRA may adopt procedures and guidelines for the implementation of the prefix and suffix reservation process and for determining when and if a prefix and suffix or horse name is deceptively similar to a previously recorded horse name or previously reserved prefix and suffix .

(d)  Names of horses may not be changed after registration, however if DNA testing results in a change of sire or dam and the registered horse’s name includes the name of either sire or dam, only that portion of the name must be deleted or changed.

(e)  When it is determined by the Registrar that a name is offensive to any race, creed, color or national origin, the Registrar has the right to refuse the registration name.

(f)  The name of a horse may not be changed after registration unless it is offensive to any race, creed, color or national origin, in which case the Registrar has the right to require a change in the offensive part of the name only.

(g) If a horse is registered with another Registry with DNA on file with the University of Kentucky, the horse’s name must remain the same.  If the owner prefers to use a different name, new DNA must be taken so that the name on file with GHRA and the University of Kentucky match.