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Turns out the California horse dealer who sold Wynston under the business name Horses and Ponies had picked up a Thoroughbred mare who looked the part, then faked a Dutch registration number and pedigree. No need to worry about buying anything from Horses and Ponies in the near future though. Trina Lee Kenney of Wrightwood, California was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for mail fraud, with victims in 23 states and Canada. Wynston was later identified from her lip tattoo as Ladyslewmood, a 1999 Jockey Club mare with 27 starts and a winning record. While stories like Wynston’s are thankfully rare, this does highlight the importance of checking your Warmblood’s registration papers carefully, making sure her markings, whorls and brand match her papers.

Understanding the Papers If your horse was born in Europe, or received his papers from an American registry that is associated with a European parent registry, such as the GOV Oldenburg or RPSI, your horse’s papers will look like a bound passport with a clear vinyl cover and the information will be presented in German/French/etc., with an English translation below. Watch the date formats since they are written European style as day/ month/year, not the month/day/ year American format. Most passports also have a scanable barcode on the front page, as well as the name and address of the issuing registry clearly marked. Mares entered into a Mare Book and stallions licensed for breeding should have a registry stamp inside the passport—each registry marks their papers slightly differently, so it’s important to call a registry official with any questions. In general, pink paper is associated with the upper, or main mare and stud books of the various registries, which is why you may have heard the term ‘pink-papered’ in reference to a mare. Many registries use white, beige or

gray paper for their COP (Certificate of Pedigree), designating a horse that does not meet the pedigree or other requirements for entry into the main books. A COP may also be called Register B (for Dutch horses) or Stud Book II (RPSI). It’s easy to

mistake the initial white page of a bound passport for the white paper of a COP. This white document is most likely the Certificate of Ownership, and is not bound into the passport, but rather folded inside as proof of ownership of the horse. Horses registered with an American registry such as

the American Warmblood Registry, American Warmblood Society, American Holsteiner Horse Association or ISR Oldenburg will have a heavy-duty paper registration certificate, and the information will be in English. Your horse’s registration number, or life number, has a story to tell, though, regardless of which brand he sports. To start investigating your horse’s country or region of

birth, look at your horse’s life number (or Lebensnummer if your horse is German registered). German registries often use an alphabetical code at the beginning of the registration number to designate the country of birth. For example, Germany is DE, Holland NLD, and Belgium BEL. For a quick glance at a typical German-bred horse’s

age, look to the next number of his registration number. Horses born in 1999 and earlier have a 3 as the first digit of their registration number after the DE, whereas horses born in 2000 and after begin with a 4. In Germany, each breeding district has its own brand,

and a two-digit code which shows up as the second and third numerals of the horse’s registration number. If you look at the map (on the next page) you can see the different brands, region by region. Most regions have more than one brand—these are for their Warmbloods, ponies, regional draft horse breeds, and specialty breeds such as Haflinger and Icelandics.

Left: Example of the author’s horse SF Luxembourg that she bred. These are his RPSI passport papers and Certificate of Ownership. Images courtesy Ann Daum Kustar Above: The Westfalen stallion Farscape DSF from Dreamscape Farm and a copy of his Passport papers. Photo and image courtesy Jennifer Arnoldt

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