Stallion Progenitor Policy
As the mission of the Registry is to preserve and maintain the European Brabant breed standard, and to always “breed up” lower percentage horses to that standard, only offspring from purebred European Brabant stallions will be eligible for registration in the European Brabant Stock and European Brabant studbooks.
Interim Exception Policy
The EBRA recognizes the critically-low numbers of purebred European Brabant stallions in America and the logistical hurdles breeders face. To that end, the EBRA will recognize offspring of European Brabant and European Brabant Stock mares to 75% or higher European Brabant Stock stallions. As the population of European Brabant stallions grows, the EBRA reserves the right to revoke this practice.
NOTE: Offspring from stallions with less than 75% European Brabant heritage, or non EBRA studs, may be recognized in the Appendix Brabant Record.
Cool/Frozen Semen Policy
All foals conceived via artificial insemination using cooled semen from European Brabant Studbook stallions are eligible for registration. Proof of semen purchase, receipt and/or stallion owner affidavit identifying the mare and stallion is required with registration application.
All foals conceived via imported frozen semen from stallions registered with EBRA approved European studbooks are eligible for registration within the European Brabant Registry of America. Mare owners are encouraged to acquire the DNA profile of the stallions and provide said DNA profiles to the EBRA with the foal’s registration application. Proof of semen purchase, receipt and/or stallion owner affidavit identifying the mare and stallion is required with registration application.
Stallion and donor mare must be duly registered and DNA-typed by the European Brabant Registry of America. Recipient mare need not be. We allow an unlimited number of embryos per donor mare. All harvested embryos must be reported on an embryo harvesting form. At time of registration, regular procedures will be followed, i.e. the foal will be DNA-typed and parentage verified.
All mature breeding-age stallions at the time of registration and/or stallions preparing for their first breeding season must have a Junctional Epidermal Bullosa (JEB) and Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy PSSM test on file with EBRA. Owners may order the labs through the EBRA or transfer existing test results into the system. Please note, EBRA registered stallions who have tested positive for Cryptorchidism and/or JEB, or those who have do not have test results on file, are not qualified for breeding and their offspring will not be registrable. Leg Health Reports and PSSM lab results will not disqualify a stallion from breeding at this time.
Owners of offspring whose sires are not registered with the EBRA, or whose sires do not have test results on file, are encouraged to acquire a copy of the stallion’s test results so they may be submitted with the horse’s Registration Application.
The EBRA highly encourages owners of all active European Brabant and European Brabant Stock breeding stallions and mares to submit Leg Health Reports at ages two (2), six (6) and ten (10). Leg Health Reports will remain confidential unless owners opt to have the reports made available to EBRA Members. While this is not mandatory at this time, the EBRA reserves the right change this policy in the future.
The EBRA also encourages yearly wellness exams be performed by licensed veterinarians and health certificates asserting the stallion’s physical soundness and breeding health be submitted for publication on the EBRA website.
Leg Health Reports
All Leg Health Reports should be performed and submitted to the EBRA between January 1st and December 31st of the year the horse turns two (2), six (6) and ten (10).
Your local veterinarian should record radiographs of all four legs from the bottom of the hoof up to four (4) inches above the pastern and the films must show a definitive profile of the skin. Given the leg size of the European Brabant, two radiographs, vertical and horizontal, may be needed per leg to see the entire required area. X-Rays must be date stamped and contain the stallion’s registered name. If using a stallion’s barn name alias, be sure to note that name on the Leg Health Report.
NOTE: Chronic Progressive Lymphedema (CPL) is a common condition impacting many draft horse breeds, including the European Brabant. As such, the EBRA has developed the Leg Health Evaluation system that consists of a physical exam performed by the horse’s regular veterinarian, where each leg is carefully handled and evaluated for signs of scabbing, sores, edema, nodules, fluid, or other abnormalities. These findings are noted on a checklist that is returned to the EBRA. In addition, each leg is x-rayed to provide an objective image of the legs. The x-rays and Leg Health Reports are examined by a team of radiologists at the University of Missouri, who return an in-depth report as to the degree of CPL, if any, currently exhibited by the horse.
Leg Health Report
The horse owners must download and print a copy of the EBRA Leg Health Survey from the website, or email their DVM provider a copy for printing, so the attending veterinarian may complete the form during the exam. The DVM and the horse owner are required to sign the form. The EBRA may contact the attending veterinarian to verify the document’s authenticity. Falsifying of the Leg Health Report will result in the immediate termination of the stallion owner’s Membership. Horse owners may call the Registrar at +1 (724) 605-3680 and request a physical form be mailed to them at their expense.
The completed survey must be scanned, or captured by smart phone device, and emailed, along with digital copies of the radiographs, to the Registrar (Registrar@europeanbrabant.com). Alternatively, the original copy of the Leg Health Report may be physically mailed to the Registrar (407 Woodland Rd Mercer, PA 16137) and the attending veterinarian may send the digital copies of the radiographs via email to the Registry.
The Registrar will send the horse's Leg Health Report and radiographs to the EBRA’s appointed equine radiology specialist, who will provide the EBRA with an independent, unbiased, scientific analysis of the survey and radiographs, then issue an official report. Only the official report will be posted publicly to the EBRA website. The radiographs and exam form will be made available on the “Members Only” secured website for Members’ viewing; no sharing of the secure information is permitted. The specialist and the EBRA will continue to monitor and track each horse's leg health for the presence and/or progression of chronic progressive lymphedema (CPL), if any, over the horse's lifetime. In doing so, the Registry aims to have a better science-based understanding of the disease and its progression, while also promoting heathy breeding practices through the dissemination of information, which may be used by breeders to make informed breeding decisions. As a Registry, our goal is to ensure healthy European Brabant offspring for years to come. The Leg Health Reports are not disqualifying for breeding horses.
The owner or manager of a European Brabant or European Brabant Stock stallion, which has been bred to any registered European Brabant or European Brabant Stock Broodmares during a breeding season, must submit a Stallion Service Report on or before January 31 of the following breeding year. For stallions where ownership has changed during the breeding year, a separate stallion service report must be submitted. Reports must include:
Mare Name & Registration
Registered name and registration number of each mare bred
Mare Owner Information
Name of each mare owner and their contact information
Date & Method of Service
All dates mares were bred; mares must be listed separately for each embryo/oocyte. Method of service: fresh, cooled or frozen semen, natural cover, artificial insemination, pasture breeding with date range mare was in with stallion. Stallion Report must be signed by the stallion owner at the time of breeding or by authorized agent
Any foals produced by the stallion and owned by the stallion owner and/or authorized agent bred in the breeding season for which the Stallion Report was not filed will not be eligible for registration until the Report has been filed for such breeding season with the EBRA and the penalty fee paid. Failure to file said report, or making a false or fraudulent statement on the report, shall be considered a violation of the rules of the EBRA.