RAC312. Tatooing Parentage Verification



  • RAC312.1 Unless otherwise stipulated by the responsible Racing Authority, every horse registered with AQHA prior to participating in an AQHA recognized race shall be identified and branded with a tattoo number on the upper lip by an AQHA-authorized tattoo technician.
  • RAC312.2 The official tattoo identification number shall be noted on the horse’s registration certificate and become part of the identifying markings of the horse.
  • RAC312.3 The fee for tattoo identification by an AQHA-authorized tattoo technician is payable at the time of tattoo identification.
  • RAC312.4 The tattooing of an identification number on a horse is another means of identification only and, in no event, constitutes a waiver by AQHA of its authority to correct and/or cancel a registration certificate for cause under AQHA’s rules and regulations.
  • RAC312.5 In order to be eligible to be tattoo identified, all horses foaled on or after January 1, 1992 shall be parentage verified through genetic testing. The horse’s registration certificate shall be issued or reissued designating that the horse has been parentage verified. Payment of all fees, as specified in FEES, for parentage verification is the expense of the owner of the horse for which tattoo identification is requested.
  • RAC312.6 If a horse is presented for tattoo identification with a significant discrepancy in markings, age or other features of the horse according to the registration certificate, the tattoo technician shall refuse to tattoo the horse and report such discrepancies to AQHA. Refer to REG121, for rules pertaining to age determination by tooth examination and ineligibility to compete, if age shown by teeth does not correspond with age shown on registration certificate.
  • RAC312.7 A horse owner’s refusal to comply with the requirements regarding tattoo identification or parentage verification shall automatically disqualify such horse from participation in AQHA- approved racing until such time as the owner complies with such requirements. Such refusal is grounds for possible disciplinary action by AQHA.