Suffolk Horse Society The Charity that cares for the Suffolk Punch Founded 1877
Patron HRH The Princess Royal

Equine Passports Overview

EU and UK legislation requires every equine to have a passport, even if it never leaves the field.

The Suffolk Horse Society is a passport issuing organisation (PIO) recognised by DEFRA. 

For horses eligible for registration in the Suffolk Stud book, it issues equine passports, compliant with

The Society does not issue passports for horses that are not eligible for registration in its stud book.  Owners requiring a passport for a horse other than a Suffolk are recommended to check the DEFRA website where a full list of equine passport issuers can be found.

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR OWNERS

A horse’s passport must be kept with it. It is illegal to travel a horse without its passport unless it is being transported for emergency veterinary treatment. The passport may be requested at any time by enforcement agencies and must be produced within three hours of it being requested.  Local Authorities (Trading Standards departments) are responsible for enforcing the law.  The Meat Hygiene Service is responsible for enforcing the checks carried out at slaughterhouses.

Foals must have a microchip and passport by the 31st December in the year of birth or within six months of birth, whichever is the longer.  If the foal is to be moved before then it must have a microchip and passport, except where it is being moved with its dam.

It is an offence to own or keep a horse without a passport, therefore it is an offence to sell or purchase a horse without a passport.

It is an offence to fail to notify the PIO of the change of ownership, this should be done within 30 days of purchase or change of ownership.

When a horse dies the passport must be returned to the issuing PIO for cancellation within 30 days of the death.   Slaughterhouses will return passports directly to the issuing PIO.

Passports issued by the Society remain the property of the Society.  Owners or keepers are responsible for returning passports for changes to be recorded.

No animal may have more than one passport.

If the passport is lost, a duplicate may be requested.  On receipt of a fee and following checks, a duplicate passport may be issued and will be marked as such. In duplicate passports part II of Section IX , to permanently exclude the horse from the human food chain, will be signed.

Passports may still be acquired for horses older than the passport deadline, provided there is no existing passport for the animal. Before a late passport is issued part II of Section IX to permanently exclude the horse from the human food chain will be signed.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Equine Passports issued prior to The Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2009 may not include a Section IX  so may not be legally valid. Any horse owner holding a passport issued by the Suffolk Horse Society that does notcontain Section IX  should return the passport for updating.

For an overview from the government on Getting and Using a Horse Passport (last updated 12 November 2014) visit www.gov.uk/horse-passport/overview

 

Equine Passport - Complaints & Appeals

The Suffolk Horse Society strives for a high standard in its responsibilities as a passport provider but there may be occasions when something goes wrong. When that happens, we would encourage you to tell us about your comments or complaints so we can put things right. Complaints may be made verbally in the first instance by telephoning the Society’s office but should be followed up in writing, either by letter or e-mail.  Your name and contact details must be included.

Foal Watch

🌝 Welcome to the World 🌝

 

04/06/17 Nedging Rose

02/06/17 Grane Valley Judith

30/05/17 Chatsworth Princess Beatrice

19/05/17 Grane Valley Davie

18/05/17 Tas Valley Gina

18/05/17 Eyke May

12/05/17 Holbeache Quill

10/05/17 Farnsfield Fay

07/05/17 Newpole Morpheus

07/05/17  Holbeache Quest

04/05/17 Holbeache Quincy

03/5/17 Ballaseyr Mandy

26/04/17 Colony Dorothy

23/04/17   - Ruby

25/04/17 Euston Sir Percival 

21/04/17 Farnsfield Fluke

17/04/17 Euston Sir Galahad

09/04/17  Pickworth Violet

08/04/17   Samford Emerald

04/03/17   Tas Valley Hope's Glory

26/01/17  Bluegum Lady Alice

Please don't forget to notify the SHS Office if you have a Suffolk birth, within a week of the birth, for monitoring of the breed and to receive your Foal Package.

Send a photograph and a few words on how the foal is doing to the SHS Office for sharing here.

IMPORTANT - Horse Passports

Attention all Suffolk horse owners.

Is your Equine Passport up to date? UK Equine Passport legislation changed on 1st January 2016.  You MUST tell us IMMEDIATELY if

  • your horse has died and you have not returned the passport
  • if you have bought a horse and not arranged for the passport to be endorsed into your name

Trading standards can fine owners in possession of incorrect passports.  Click here to see the Legal Responsibility of Owners.

Get in touch

Tel: 01394-380643
Email:  sec@suffolkhorsesociety.org.uk

Latest news

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Information on fees for Registrations, Transfers etc can now be found under Horse Business, Fees... 


The First Ever SUFFOLK DAY this June 25th

Our Suffolks' were very popular at the SAA School Farm & Country Fair Day, Thursday 20th April 2017

Video - SAA School Farm & Country Fair Day

Our new Education Pack was also launched at the event & proved of great interest to teachers & teaching staff

More about the Education Pack coming soon!

 


 Affiliated Shows 2017     

Unaffiliated Shows 2017 

 

Sherborne Castle Country Fair & Rare Breeds Show

29th May 2017

Sherborne Castle, Dorset DT9 5NR

http://www.sherbournecountryfair.com


Suffolk Spectacular 2017

Sunday 17th September 2017 at Marks Hall, Coggleshall, Essex CO6 1TG

More details will be in the Summer issue of the Society's magazine and here!


 

 

 

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GRASS SICKNESS  


ROYAL NORFOLK SHOW - PLEASE NOTE 

The dates for this show are Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June 2017 this is a correction to the details shown in the spring issue of the Suffolk Horse Society magazine.

Contact Ms Kim Austin, Equine Co-ordinator, Tel: 01603 731963 Email: kim.austin@rnaa.org.uk


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