Horse Registration DNA

Horse Registration - Requirement for DNA Profile

Each horse has it's own unique set of DNA results which enables stud book registration, parentage testing, implication of equine relationships and positive identification of stolen horses. (NB For parentage testing DNA is required from both parents in order to gain a 100% data match and conclusion on parentage.)

These DNA records, which are vital to breeding programmes given they prove bloodlines and pedigree of ancestors and offspring, are an essential element of our mother studbook.

We require a hair sample for DNA profiling if you are applying to enter the Mother studbook at the Main (MSB)  or Supplementary 1 (SSB1 )  or 2 (SSB2) levels.

We do not require a DNA profile if you are applying to enter the Mother Studbook at the Breed Identity level (BIR), the Part Bred Register (PBR) or the Identity Register (IR) .   

Requesting a DNA Profile

Please complete the DNA Profile Request Form and send it in to our Head Office address along with your certified hair sample (see below) and payment.

Upon completion of the test the DNA profile results will be uploaded to the TGCA database as part of your horse's record of registration. If you make a specific request then the TGCA will email you with a copy of the results.  

The DNA 'fingerprint' of your horse is presented as a set of universal markers which conform to international standards and therefore can be cross-compared by you if you wish with DNA marker-reports produced by other laboratories using the same methods.    


The TGCA may use this DNA data in their activities associated with the future development of the breed.   


Please note it can take up to 3 weeks for results to be returned. 

Obtaining your Hair sample 

Please arrange for your Veterinary Surgeon to: 

  • Collect the hair by pulling a minimum of 50 hairs from either the mane or tail (all hairs must include the bulb root).
  • Place the hair into a small, clean, clear plastic bag and seal it.
  • Check the label you have attached to the bag detailing your name (and TGCA membership number if applicable), the horse's name and microchip number (and TGCA registration number if applicable). 
  • Sign that label to certify that the hair sample is from the animal stated.


TGCA & BD Dressage Championships

17th October


National Breed Show

TOYS 2016

To Be announced shortly

Main Studbook Stallions

New for 2015 - Show Affiliation Numbers

The TGCA require all showing cards to have the unique show number entered on them when you qualify for TOYS.  Please click here for further details.

Shows in your Area

If you would like us to contact a show in your area about holding qualifers please contact your Area Representative or Theresa Fryer

Show Secretaries

Considering holding TGCA affiliated classes? Click for info


> Click for Show Diary

TGCA Sponsors & Breeders (click for websites)


Member Community


Subscribe for updates

French Speaking Countries

Now supported by 'TGCA France'

Horseboarding UK

Rosette for the highest placed traditional gypsy cob at these events provided by the TGCA.  Click image to go to their website.  TGCA Horseboarding Rep can be found under contacts.

TGCA Sponsors - Suppliers

Please support these TGCA sponsors

click on the image to link to their website


TOYS 2015 Photographs

These can be purchased from Berta Images

Click on image below to go to their website