Gypsians are the product of
crossbreeding Friesians to Gypsies. Horses who have a documented
mixture of Friesian and Gypsy blood are eligible to be registered as
Gypsian. The influence of any other breeds is not permitted.
For offspring to be eligible for Gypsian registration, the sires and
dams of Friesian, Gypsy and Gypsian breeding must be registered and
DNA tested with a credible registry, as deemed by the GHH council.
long as the above criteria is maintained, registered Gypsians may
produce registered offspring by being bred to Gypsian, Friesian and
Gypsy lines, providing those lines can be documented, DNA tested and
are registered by an established registry that is recognized by the
Horses who do not qualify for Gypsian registration may still qualify
for Friesian Heritage Horse registration, if they have 25%, or more,
documented Friesian blood.
All horses applying for registration must be DNA tested at the time
application OR you
may supply us with a copy of existing DNA markers from a previous
test OR it is sometimes possible to obtain existing
DNA markers from other registries. We can help you with this –
please call or email.
All registered horses must be microchipped and inspected with a
qualifying score, at age 3 or older, in order to move off of basic
red papers and onto an upgraded paper of silver, gold or blue.
Hydrocephalus Testing (dfhy): dfhy
testing is not required, however, we strongly recommend it. As of
2018 known results or suspected carriers are printed on our
pedigrees. Please visit our
dwarfism-hydrocephalus page to learn more.
To develop a healthy, performing and
pleasure horse that is well balanced and conformed and has a willing
and kind temperament.
a noble head with little or no “dishing” that is in balance with the
large and bright.
well set and proportionate to head
set well into the body, slightly arched and somewhat high-set (upheaded).
A medium length neck is ideal, but a slightly shorter neck can be
allowed, if all else is correct.
somewhat sloping shoulder and set far enough apart to form a good
neither too wide or too narrow
medium length, well-muscled and blends into broad loins with a
neither too wide or too narrow, straight, correctly aligned,
substantial boned, with strong hocks and knees. No toeing in (front
or hind) and no turning out (in front). Length and substance must
be in proper proportion to the rest of the body.
uniform in size, with appropriate
mass to the body.
natural engagement (should use hocks
well) with free moving shoulders and haunches at the walk, trot and
all colors and patterns are
abundant mane and tail with medium to abundant bottom leg
14 hands or taller at maturity.
kind and willing
Currently, there is no fee for membership. Upon complete payment of
all fees due for registration, HH will assign each owner and/or
breeder a permanent identification number. Fundraiser items will be
offered for purchase and these are far more fun than a membership
Registration Fee: $85 - includes
DNA testing & parent verification (whenever possible)
In order to conduct parent verification tests, a $20 DNA conversion
fee may be required for any horses DNA tested at any lab other than UC Davis. In some cases, a conversion fee(s) may also be required on
the sire and/or dam of horse being registered.
Refund policy for horses found ineligible for registration:
Registrant (person registering the
horse) may be issued a full, partial or no refund at all,
based on time spent investigating the eligibility of the horse being
registered. This refund is at sole discretion of the GHH council.
Typos/errors made by the HH:
Return the original certificate back
to HH, within 60 days of receiving it, with the requested
corrections in writing, and corrections will be made free of charge.
The HH is not
responsible for errors made due to illegible applications or
information submitted incorrectly on applications. Such errors can
be corrected for a $30 re-print fee.
Transfer of Ownership or Change of
Certificate Fee: $35 per certificate.
Returned check fee: $25
Rush Papers are $20.00+
Applications & Forms
Application for registration can be
found in printable, PDF format here
, or by
contacting HH and requesting that one be sent by mail.
All applications for registration
must be fully completed, correctly and legibly and must be submitted
with payment in full and all of the proper supporting documents and
signatures, as instructed on the registration application.
If one or more signatures are not
available, or required information is missing, you may contact the
HH for a case review of your particular situation.
For all horses being registered,
bloodlines must be documented by attesting signatures of the
breeder(s) and verified by parent DNA testing.
An HH transfer form must be fully
completed, correctly and legibly and must be submitted with payment
in full and all of the proper supporting documents and signatures,
as instructed on the transfer of ownership form.
The original Certificate of
Registration for the horse being transferred must be returned
to HH with the transfer of Ownership form.
Transfer of Ownership
Any person applying for transfer of
a horse may be required to provide, upon request, other documents or
evidence that may be deemed necessary by the HH .
Whenever legal title of a
registered horse passes to another person by reason of death of the
recorded owner, foreclosure of any lien, by any order or decree of
court, or otherwise by operation of law, the Registry may transfer
the registration of the subject horse to the new owner:
- Upon court order of competent jurisdiction or other satisfactory
proof of authority for the transfer.
- Upon payment of the transfer fee.
- Upon satisfaction of such other requirements as may be required by
Registration Books & Designations
Certificate has a red, foil-border. This level of registration is
based strictly on blood requirements. Horses of documented,
qualifying heritage will be registered as “Gypsian”, after
application and DNA testing has been completed.
Certificate has a silver, gold or blue, foil-border, depending on
inspection score and accomplishments. This level of registration
requires that the horse, at or after the age of 3 years, be
micro-chipped and inspected with a minimum qualifying score.
A horse that receives 7.700 or
higher at a FEIT inspection (achieving a High Merit score) or an
equivalent, approved inspection, will be eligible for GOLD
A horse that receives 7.000 to
7.699 at a FEIT inspection or an equivalent, approved inspection,
will be eligible for SILVER papers.
A horse that scores below 7.000
will remain on the red bordered certificate with the scores added to
(blue border certificate):
Certificate has a blue,
In order to qualify for “Elite”
status, a horse must prove itself through inspection scores and/or
Open show scores and/or the quality of his or her offspring. When
awarding Elite status to a mare or stallion, inspection scores
and/or the inspection scores of his or her offspring, Open
competition scores and/or the Open competition scores of his or her
offspring will all be taken into account and balanced and graded
with an A, B or C designation. Stallions and mares without a show
record may still earn Elite status with extensive proof of their
offspring’s quality and ability. Geldings and mares may earn,
without meeting the offspring requirements, Elite status through
their inspection scores and extensive Open show record at a
medium-high to high level. For mares and stallions, a posthumous
award of the Elite designation is possible, if the offspring’s
achievements are earned after the sire or dam’s death. The
designation of Elite will be added to whatever designation a horse
has or has not already earned, for example, a horse may be “Elite
Heritage Horse” under basic registration without any further
designation or “Elite Sporthorse Designated” or “Elite Park
This program places heavy emphasis
on “quality of offspring” and will award horses that can produce
high quality offspring consistently.
One-word names are typically not
If a one
word name is used an initial will be added to the horses name.
You may use a farm
name like Peter Pan of Neverland Ranch or Peter P or Peter NLR.
Please provide at least two name options. Avoid using punctuation
marks or numbers in the name choices. Names may not exceed 30
characters (spaces included).
You may have the option to change
your horses name. Please call the HH registry for the rules
concerning name changes.
The HH reserves the right to
disallow the use of names already commonly established by another
farm as their “trade-name”(s). Well-known sire names may not be used
in the name, unless the horse is directly related to the sire and/or
written permission is given by sire owner. Sire names may not be
used at the beginning of a name, unless the horse is a direct son or
daughter of that sire, or written permission is given by sire owner.
Duplicate Certificate of Registration will be issued providing:
Satisfactory proof of loss, destruction or other reason for the
unavailability of original certificate is provided.
An application for a duplicate Certificate of Registration has been
correctly completed and submitted to HH with a statement
describing the loss, destruction, or other reason for the
unavailability of the original certificate, and the appropriate
By the issuance
of a duplicate registration certificate all prior certificates of
the horse are declared null and void. If the original certificate is
found it must be returned to HH.
Certificate Changes & Corrections
The recorded owner may request a
any part of the issued
Certificate. The original Certificate of Registration must be
returned to HH with a completed Change of Certificate Form. Upon
approval of the HH, an amended Certificate of Registration will be
issued to the recorded owner. Any clerical errors made by HH will be
made free of charge for 60 days after the permanent registration
date posted on the certificate.
change may be requested for many reasons. However, it is up to
the discretion of the HH Council to grant the change.
Color or Markings
Contract has been fulfilled and the note is being removed.
Changes to notes on the certificate
Stallion is gelded
has been Inspected
Changes to DNA filing status, Microchip information
- Adding USDF, USEF
or IFSHA numbers
The burden of proof for the
registration or transfer of a horse is the responsibility of the
applicant. Neither the GHH, HH or any of its Directors, employees or
members of its committees shall be liable in any event for any
action or failure to act in connection with the operation of the HH.
Any registry record found to be inaccurate will be expunged or
altered and reissued as deemed appropriate by HH.
Standings for all horses
Horses being registered with HH,
who may have already received titles and standings in another
registry, may not automatically transfer to HH books or
designations. Please contact the HH directly for titles and
standings that are recognized by HH.
However, all Purebred Friesians
registered with FPS or FPZV shall retain the titles as they
currently stand with those registries. Titles and standings from
registries other than FPS or FPZV may or may not apply.
A stallion or mare that is known to
be passing on a confirmed congenital defect may have its title and
standings removed or changed at the discretion of the HH.