The European Brabant Registry of America (EBRA) has two studbooks, the European Brabant and the European Brabant Stock. The European Brabant Studbook is reserved for purebred horses and the primary goal of this studbook is to preserve imported European Brabant bloodlines. The European Brabant Stock Studbook recognizes qualified, quality percentage horses who may be used for the European Brabant Registry of America’s “Breed Up” program. The EBRA also offers the Appendix Brabant Record), which is designed to track and record draft crosses with European Brabant heritage who do not meet purebred European Brabant Registry standards and light horse crosses with European Brabant Heritage. Within this category, there is no limitation on progenitor draft breeds, conformation or color. The only requirement is the horse be a minimum of 25% verifiable European Brabant heritage.
IMPORTANCE OF ACCURACY
The primary reason for the European Brabant Registry of America is to preserve and maintain with absolute accuracy a Studbook which records appropriate identification information, ancestry and ownership of Purebred European Brabants in the Western Hemisphere. It is the duty of every owner, member or non-member, to do everything in their power to live up to these manageable Rules and Regulations. Further, it is the duty of any member or non-member who encounters any irregularity in the Registration or Transfer of an EBRA recorded horse to report the irregularity to a member of the Board of Directors. The Board has the right to order physical or technical examinations, including but not limited to photographing, obtaining hair samples, or any other action deemed necessary or desirable for any reason including but not limited to questions of identity, breeding, and parentage. The Board also has the right to conduct random testing to ensure the correctness of its records of European Brabants in America.
If an owner of an EBRA registered horse fails to cooperate in investigations, or is found culpable in irregularities, the Board has the right to assess and impose such sanctions or penalties as it sees fit, including but not limited to fines, expulsion of members, refusal to accept registrations or transfers from that person, and cancellation of registration on specific horses. To protect the integrity of the Registry, the Board shall have the right to make any decision deemed proper and necessary with regard to Registrations and Transfers in specific cases.
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 lesser rating fall below 93.75%, the horse will be recognized within the European Brabant Stock category.
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
American Brabant Association (Book 2 only)
If a horse is the unregistered offspring of imported horses, the EBRA requires DNA parentage verification and copies of both progenitors’ passports (if not on file with the EBRA).
Offspring of European Brabant Stock and European Brabant stallions and mares will be considered for the European Brabant designation if they are a minimum of 93.75% verifiable European Brabant heritage and pass the EBRA breed standards assessment by the Evaluation Committee.
Evaluation applications are submitted to the Evaluation Committee on a quarterly basis. Deadlines for applications are January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st. Evaluation results will be provided February 1st, May 1st, August 1st and November 1st. Unforeseen delays may impact the timeliness of evaluations, therefore the result dates should be considered approximations.
Every applicant may request one Re-Evaluation by the Evaluation Committee per horse. Alternatively, the horse owner may request a Member Review free of charge, which is conducted within six months of the contest filing and Member Review request.