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Learn about the rules of naming your thoroughbred horse, along with some tips to help you out in this small-yet-deceptively-complex matter.
Giving your newborn baby his or her name can be a trying process, but it’s nothing compared to naming a foal, or future sport horse. Naming your child is as simple as picking a name that fits both parents' preferences, but horse naming is a hellish pit of rules and regulations supervised by the Jockey Club, in which most sample names either get rejected outright or come under intense scrutiny before getting approved.
For starters, foals must be registered with the Jockey Club a year after its date of birth, and it must be DNA-tested to prove its parentage. An important restriction in this process is that the foal must be the product of natural pregnancy and birth – this means that horses born by artificial insemination or embryo transfer cannot be registered. Furthermore, a registered foal must be named by February of its second year, or else face a late fee. The owner must provide at least six name samples, which the Jockey Club will scrutinize and ultimately decide which to use.
If unsatisfied, the owner can apply for a name change, unless the horse has already raced or been bred.
I won’t go into too much detail, since you can find the list of naming restrictions in the official American Stud Book Principal Rules and Requirements, available online here. However, here are some of the more notorious rules that warrant special attention:
Last but not least, the names can’t obviously coincide with others that are already in use. You can consult the list of names in use in Jockey Club’s online name book by following this link.
By studying the rules present in the American Stud book, you can get an idea about what name to use. And while no one can specifically provide you with one, knowing the rules definitely helps. Hopefully, what you've read here will make naming your foal a bit easier.
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