Registrar of Racehorses

Registration of a Racehorse

Application to Register a Horse

Please note that the Australian Racing Board ratified amendments to AR.18 of the Australian Rules of Racing which took effect 1 October 2012. The Registration Form was updated 1 October 2012. From 1 November 2012 the Registrar will only accept Registration Forms using the most current version of the Registration Form dated 1 October 2012. To download the latest Registration Forms please click here

It is recommended that you read the Registrar's Naming Policy prior to submitting a name for approval.

Please select one of the following forms based on the number of owners with a share in the horse.

An owner can be a natural person, registered syndicate, company, firm or stud.

Please Note: From 1 November 2011, the Horse Registration fee increased to $110 and the Additional Horse Fee applicable to registered syndicates with an interest in a horse (except if it is the first horse to be registered in the syndicate's name) increased to $40. Fees have not increased since 2003 and this additional amount assists in contributing to rising administration costs. Please note that $20 of each registration fee is paid to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation for the purposes of equine research.

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The Application to Register a Horse must include the following information about the foal being registered:

  • Colour
  • Sex
  • Foaling date
  • Sire and dam
  • Brands and Markings

For foals born:
  • prior to 1995 - only the application form and fee are required.
  • between 1995 and 2002 - the Document of Description issued to the breeder, the application form and fee are required.
  • in 2003 or after - the Foal Identification Card, issued to the breeder by the Australian Stud Book, the application form and fee are required.

Owner Information

When completing the ownership section, All owners must supply full details including date of birth, contact phone number, mobile number, email and sign the Owner Declaration. Bank account details should also be supplied, including any relevant ABN numbers to assist in the payment of prizemoney. An ABN should only be supplied if an entity is registered for GST for racing purposes. Incomplete information will result in delays in registering a horse.

The order in which owners are listed on the registration application dictates who becomes the 'Manager' of the horse. The 'Manager' of the horse is the first-named person recorded by the Registrar of Racehorses (ROR) in the official ownership records. The manager of the horse has additional powers such as the ability to engage a jockey, to nominate and to scratch the horse. Please see Australian Rule of Racing AR57 to understand the full powers extended to the managing owner.

The application form has provision for up to twenty owners and each owner must state their share percentage. The total of the shares must be exactly 100%.

In order to have an interest in a racehorse, the owner must be over 18 years of age.

Naming Procedures

The regulations regarding the naming of racehorses in Australia are as follows:

Australian Rule of Racing AR18 states that:
  • The Registrar may refuse to register any name which for any reason he/she may deem undesirable.
  • The Registrar may cancel any horse's registered name for whatever reason he/she deem necessary.

Proposed names for the horse to be registered must be supplied in order of preference. Please ensure that only names you really want are included in your list. Changes to names post registration approval are subject to charges. Different versions/spellings of the same name are treated as a single choice.

Click here to search for a name for your horse.

All owners should read the Information Page regarding the registration of a horse.