Our Chair, Sue Benson and I had a very productive meeting on 3 March 2022 with Defra and Horse Sport Ireland representatives.
It is clear that we will be processing the changes of ownership and naming of previously un-named horses for all horses with Irish Draught and ID Sport Horse passports living in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland have a unified approach in terms of zootechnical requirements), and HSI will be doing this for British-born horses living in Ireland.
We have been instructed to update HSI’s foal identification papers to full passports, which will of course be IDHS (GB) passports. So if you want an Irish full passport for your Irish-bred foal or young horse, please arrange to have this work done before you import the animal. Once it is in Great Britain, it must have an IDHS GB full passport.
We will continue to overstamp full Irish passports in the usual way, but can now do the naming and the transfer of ownership (if applicable) as well, which will save owners some money and time. Defra have gone back to seek further clarification on the position with duplicate and re-issued passports.
We are now working out a fee structure and finalising some practicalities, including our online forms, so please be patient for just a little longer. That said, if you have an urgent need for a passport update, for example to meet the 30 day transfer of ownership deadline, then please do send in your passport and use the online system to tell us about the changes you need: www.idhsgb.org.uk
Thank you for your patience, we have made good progress on this matter and will continue to keep you updated. You can use the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox to ask any questions, or the online contact form.