Registration Information

In Australasia there are two associations involved with the registration of Purebred Spanish horses.  These are:

  • the Pura Raza Española Association of Australasia (PREAA)
  • Andalusian Horse Association of Australasia (AHAA)

 Pura Raza Española Association of Australasia (PREAA)

The PREAA is the only association in Australia affiliated with the ANCCE in Spain. The ANCCE, or National Association of Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders of Spain, is the international parent PRE association and controls the LG PRE (Libro Genealógico del Caballo de Pura Raza Española) Stud book.

 The PREAA is responsible for the organising and administering of all Inscriptions and Revisions for the Pure Spanish Horse or Pura Raza Española (PRE) into the Spanish stud book.  Only horses that have been issued with a Spanish passport from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and ANCCE, and whose parents have been approved (revised) for breeding, can be classified as PRE and registered as a Purebred Spanish Horse.

    The pre-registration process, known as an inscription, involves several steps:

  • DNA confirmation of paternity
  • a full graphic description (colour, whorls etc.)
  • inserting a microchip into the animal's neck
  • obtaining an identification number in the registration book.

 This process must be carried out by a veterinarian who has been approved and registered by PREAA.

 To become approved as breeding stock, the horse must be evaluated or revised at three years of age by ANCCE to determine whether the horse meets the minimum   conformation requirements set by the Spanish government. There are several classes of breeding stock, including basic breeding stock and qualified breeding stock. 

    For basic breeding stock the process involves:

  • measuring more than 1.52m at the withers for stallions and 1.50m for mares
  • no signs of a fallen or broken crest, or Ewe neck
  • stallions must have both testicles present and descended
  • remain true to the breed pattern.

 When a horse passes this inspection, the words APTO (for colts and stallions) or APTA (for mares and fillies) will be added to the horse's papers by ANCCE. Only horses that pass this evaluation can have their progeny registered as PRE.

    To be classed as qualified breeding stock, the following additional requirements must be met:

  • measuring more than 1.55m for stallions and 1.53m for mares
  • must score an average of 70 or more for their conformation
  • undergo an x-ray examination to check for conditions such as osteoarthritis
  • stallions must have their reproductive organs examined for any defects and a semen count taken.
  • mares must have given birth at least once or be in foal and undergo a scan of their reproductive organs.


 Andalusian Horse Association of Australasia (AHAA)

 The Andalusian Horse Association of Australasia is a registry based in Australia and is responsible for administering registrations in the stud books for the following breeds:

  • Purebred Spanish Horse, either PRE or non-PRE
  • the Australian Andalusian
  • Partbred Andalusian, including first and second crosses
  • Purebred Iberian horse (Pure Spanish x Pure Lusitano), shared with the Lusitano Association of Australasia
  • the Hispano-Arabe

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