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In keeping with the Registry’s mission of maintaining European breed standards, the designation of European Brabant is applied only to imported, purebred horses from European Brabant Registry of  America (EBRA) recognized registries (see approved list). Offspring of purebred, registered European Brabant sire and dam pairings are also eligible for this studbook. Note: No evaluations of 100% purebred horses are required for registration.


Following the review of supportive documents, horses with passports from the approved registries will be considered 100% purebred. The European Brabant Registry of America reserves the right to assign a lesser rating if the traceable heritage does not support a 100% rating. Should the rating fall below 94%, the horse will be recognized within the European Brabant Stock Studbook.


If a horse is the unregistered offspring of imported horses, the EBRA requires DNA parentage verification and copies of both progenitors’ passports if not already on file with the EBRA. All European Brabant applicants (geldings excluded) will be required to have a DNA profile completed, which will be used for parentage analysis and to validate any current and/or future offspring’s pedigree.


Horses who are >93.75% verifiable European Brabant heritage will be considered for inclusion through the Breed Up Program. Breed Up Program applicants must undergo a full color panel test and pass the Breed Standard Evaluation to be recognized as purebred. 

Approved European Registries

  • Koninklijke Maatschappij Het Belgisch Trekpaard (KMBT)

  • Koninklijke Vereniging Het Nederlandse Trekpaard (KVTH)

  • Vlaamse fokkers van het Belgisch Trekpaard (VFBT)

  • Association Wallon Cheval Trait Belge (AWCTB)

  • Cheval de Trait Ardennaias

  • Landskontaret for Hest

  • Syndicate d’ Elevage du Cheval Trait Noord

  • Cheval de Trait Luxembourgeois

  • Le Cheval Auxois




Foreign-born or competition horses are often identified by a Unique Equine Life Number (UELN) in addition to their studbook registration number.  This number is assigned to allow for communication between different studbooks, performance organizations, shows, etc. to refer to horses with a single identification number. The European Brabant Registry of America uses the UELN to identify foreign horses (when known) in order to be consistent how we refer to each foreign born horse. 


Encoded within the UELN is some useful information. The 15-digit number can be broken down into three distinct parts:  

1. Country Code: The first 3 digits of the number are a reference to the country where the horse was foaled.

  • 056     Belgium

  • 250     France

  • 276     Germany

  • 005     Holland (The Netherlands)


2. Registry Code: The second 3 digits of the UELN are tied to the original registry of the horse.  Even if the horse is sold to a different country and the passport is updated, the UELN will not change and there is always a reference to the horse’s first registration.

  • 001    SIRE (all breed registries in France)

  • 005     KVTH (Holland/Netherlands)

  • 006     VFBT/CTA (Belgium)


3. Horse Number: The final portion of the UELN is a reference to the individual horse. Registries use the 9 digits differently, but often the horse’s studbook number is reflected in this portion.

When reviewing a horse’s pedigree, the UELN can allow for a quick analysis of the pedigree to determine which countries and registries contributed to the horse’s history.  The UELN is a relatively modern concept and at times only the older studbook number is referenced in the pedigree, but as more horses are identified using the UELN additional data is available to those who can ‘read’ the number as it was designed.

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