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.


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.

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


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 🌝

This UK breeding season we are pleased to have welcomed 26 foals.

Congratulations to all concerned. 

22/02/18 Colony Eli - foal 
06/03/18 Tas Valley Honor - filly 
19/3/18 Colony Edith - filly 
02/04/18 Holbeache Rocket - colt
07/04/18 Holbeache Roxy - filly
21/04/18 Eyke Elizabeth - filly
21/04/18 Edgehill April Storm - filly
24/04/18 Holbeache Ryan - colt
05/05/18 Holbeache Rory - colt
07/05/18 Besthorpe Peace - colt
12/05/18 Whatton ?? - colt
12/05/18 Holbeache Roman - colt
16/05/18 Holbeache Revel - colt
18/05/18 Whatton ?? - filly
18/05/18 Easton Harry - colt
20/05/18 Holbeache Rolo - colt
21/05/18 Kelsale June - filly
21/05/18 Cookworthy ?? - filly
22/05/18 KnightsField Achilles’ Freyja - filly
27/05/18 Whitton Jim - colt
20/05/18 Tinglestone Winnifred - filly
28/05/18 Euston Apache Gold - colt
30/05/18 Grane Valley ?? - colt
05/06/18 Gateridge Montgomery - colt
12/06/18 Stockton Signorita - filly
28/06/18 Holbeache Royal - colt

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, to receive your Foal Package & be eligible for appropriate grants.

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

Suffolk Horse Society – Semen Collection Project

In autumn 2017 SHS Listed Stallion owners were contacted to ask if they might be willing to allow the SHS to lease their Stallion for collection of semen for freezing, for sales in the future.

Six owners responded positively, and of these five horses were selected to go forward.

One horse was subsequently withdrawn leaving four horses to be collected from in Spring 2018.

To date three have been successfully collected from and their semen frozen (Craikhow Hall Jensen, Thornfield Pendragon, Whatton Albert), with one more to follow in Summer (Eyke Viscount).

One of the horses collected from has been to UK, USA and Australasia Health Standards and one to UK and Australasia Health Standards. The remaining two will be for UK Health Standards.

While the three were at stud for collection, the SHS were delighted that the RBST also funded some additional collections for their Gene Bank Project, to ensure the preservation of the Horse should current breeding initiatives not ultimately prove to be successful.





 The SHS intend to continue the collection project for more Stallions in the future to expand the semen available to breeders.

Get in touch

Tel: 01394-380643

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You may have already seen our postcard, advertising places that you can visit in order to see a Suffolk. We have now also listed these places under 'Links To Other Sites', and will update this listing as we are notified of more places where Suffolks can be seen.  




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OurStallion A-Z Listingnow includes a5 generation pedigreefor each listed stallion. Click on the tree symbol shown on the individual stallion's detail

Horserace Betting Levy Board PublishesCodes of Practice for 2018

The Codes are an essential guide for the prevention and control of equine diseases threatening equine breeding.
The SHS recommends that all Suffolk owners/breeders familiarise themselves with the new code - see our website main panel, in order to read the HBLB's full press release and provided links.

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Attention all Suffolk horse owners.

Is your Equine Passport up to date?It is aUK LEGALrequirement to tell usIMMEDIATELYif

  • 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.  Clickhere to see the Legal Responsibility of Owners.