And the database team is working closely with UK equestrian disciplines to include performance and pedigree data for all foreign-bred horses registered for competition purposes.
NED spokesman Jan Rogers told H&H: “Many horses enter the UK to compete and, until now, we have not been able to include them on the database.
“We want the data to complete our information [about the UK horse population], but it is also important for Defra to have a full picture of all the horses in the UK for disease prevention.”
Owners must provide photocopies of the passport to guard against fraudulent use of the system and the data will be flagged up as being user-generated and not “official”.
A £5 registration fee will be charged “to cover processing”.
This article was first published in Horse & Hound (14 May, ’09)