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Information for Visiting & Imported Horses

Racing NZ Horses in Australia

The horse can either race in Australia as:

(a) an endorsed Visitor for up to 12 months; or
(b) a registered horse in Australia for an unlimited time.

The horse must be registered if:

(i) it intends to stay more than the 12 month period;
(ii) the name is not available in Australia.
(iii) if it is leased
(iv) if there is a transfer of ownership
(v) if it is from the 2003 foal crop and intends staying for more than 30 days; (see further information below)


a) ENDORSING A VISITING NZ HORSE - A horse can now be endorsed by any Principal Racing Authority in Australia to race on NZ Registration Papers for a period of 12 months in Australia; the current fee is $110.

The person responsible for the horse in Australia must take the NZ Registration Certificate, together with the fee of $110, to either the Registrar's Office in Sydney or the appropriate Principal Racing Authority as soon as possible after the horse's arrival in Australia.

The name will then be checked for availability in Australia. If the name is available and a clearance has been received from New Zealand, the papers will be endorsed for a period of 12 months.

b) REGISTERING A HORSE - A horse can only be registered by the Registrar of Racehorses at Racing NSW in Sydney.

Unnamed horses

Upon arrival in Australia, the horse's connections must lodge an application to have an imported thoroughbred accepted into the Australian Stud Book together with the fee of $200 (incl GST) (which includes DNA-typing and Stud Book establishment costs). If this is not completed within 30 days, a late fee of $350 (incl GST) is incurred.

Upon receipt of the import application fee, the ASB will send labels for DNA samples and an identification certificate. The DNA sampling and identification of the horse are to be completed by an ASB approved veterinary surgeon in the month shown on the labels. The ASB will check the horse's description, DNA-type profile and pedigree with the NZTR and if correct, the horse will be cleared for registration. For horses from the '03 and later foal crops a microchip will also be issued.

Additionally, an application for registration of a racehorse must then be lodged with the Registrar of Racehorses in Sydney with the fee of $110.

Named NZ horses (excluding the '03 foal crop for which special circumstances apply - see below)

An application for registration of a racehorse must be lodged with the Registrar of Racehorses in Sydney with the fee of $110. (Please provide a contact number and address in Australia).

The registered owners of the horse must sign the form, not the lessees (in the case of a current New Zealand lease, a copy of which will be forwarded to the Registrar for noting). If the owners are unable to sign the form they may give the person responsible for the horse in Australia authority to sign on their behalf, a copy of which authority must accompany the application form.

There is no need to contact the Australian Stud Book for clearance or identification checks. No IMPORT application needs to be completed and no fee needs to be sent to the Stud Book. A Veterinary Certificate of Identification is not required. When the horse is registered, it will be sent Papers for an Overseas Horse. The diagram of the horse's brands and markings on its NZ papers is sufficient. The written description will appear on the DOD for an Overseas Horse. When the horse trials or races both the NZ and the Australian papers should accompany the horse.

Notice of change of procedures for '03 NAMED NZ horses ONLY

Australian racing has adopted changes to procedures to reflect the micro chipping of the 2003 domestic foal crop. As a consequence all named NZ horses born 2003 that race in Australia will also be required to be micro chipped (except genuine 30 day visitors).

These horses will be allowed 30 days ONLY as an endorsed Visitor (fee $100 payable to the registrar's office in the state where the horse is racing).

Any horse staying for longer than 30 days must be fully registered and adhere to the full Stud book import process. A short extension to this one month period may be considered by the Registrar on application.

To offset the additional costs for owners any named '03 horse from NZ can be registered at half the normal fee ($50 instead of $100). The ASB has also agreed to reduce its usual fee for DNA typing and the microchip from $200 to $100.

A horse that converts its visitor's endorsement to a registration may do so free of charge if it does so within the 30 day limit, although the $100 Stud Book fee will still apply.

Please apply to the Australian Stud Book and The Registrar of Racehorses in Sydney for details.

Registration Dept. Contact Details:
Phone: +61 2 9551 7505
Facsimile: +61 2 9551 7519

Australian Stud Book Contact Details:
Phone: +61 2 9663 8411
Facsimile: +61 2 9663 4718

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