Horse Registration

Registration of a model with AIMHC allows that model to be nominated for the Horse of the Year (HOTY) awards held annually, and to apply for Roll of Merit status. If you do not intend to nominate a model for these awards, then you do not have to register your models. You may register your models at any time during your membership period.

There is no charge for the registration of models, as this fee is incorporated in your membership fees. Only current financial members may register models.

Registration Forms

To register a model, you need to complete a registration form for each model, available by sending a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to the AIMHC Editor or the AIMHC Registrar. You can also download a form from the ‘Files’ section of the Club’s Yahoo Group, or from the `Links` page on this website. The form should then be sent to the Registrar along with a suitably-sized SASE for the return of your registrations.

Each model is given a unique registration number, which should be displayed on the back of show photos (igf you photo show). A brief explanation of details required on the form is given below. If you are unsure of anything, please contact the Registrar.

Model`s Name

This is a name that you give the model. It can incorporate a stud or stable prefix if you wish, or choose a name on a theme basis for fun! You can use the name the model came with, although it is more fun to think of your own names. The only restriction is against names that contain profanity or offensive words, even if the word or words are not used in full.


The sex (or gender) of a model must be one of the following - stallion, gelding, mare, colt, filly or rig. Noting the sex of the model as male or female is not correct. There has been much discussion on gender assignment, but generally speaking, the gender should be chosen on the look of the model, not on its moulded anatomy, including whether or not it has moulded anatomy. A mare should look feminine, a stallion should have suitable muscle structure that indicates testosterone, and a gelding should not.


Choose a breed that you think the model represents. This does not have to be the same as the breed assigned by the manufac­turer of the model. Please be specific, and avoid generic terms such as pony or warmblood.

Warmblood is one of the more difficult types, as it is used extensively throughout the horse world. However if you look at the breeding of a so-called `Warmblood`, you will see that it may be a so-called `pure` Warmblood, such as a Hanoverian or Trakhener, or a combination of sev­eral specific warmblood breeds, or a specific warmblood crossed with another breed such as a Thoroughbred or Arabian. If you wish to give the model the best chance in the show ring, do your homework, and choose a suitable breed.

There are plenty of horse breed books and website that can e helpful. Many will tell you the breed standard, or the ideal characteristics for that breed. These will help you decide what breed your model represents. Looking at photos of breed examples can be helpful as well.


What colour is the model? Bay, chestnut, palomino, dun, buckskin, dappled grey, chestnut overo, or bay blanket Appaloosa are just some of the colours your model could be. Please refer to horse colour reference books or web sites if you are unsure as to what colour the model is classed as, or ask for help on the Club’s Yahoo Group.


Specify what white markings the model has. Your model might have socks or stockings, a star, blaze, stripe, snip, etc. Note how many socks/stockings the model has, if any: for example, stripe, four socks.

Age/Date Of Birth

The age or date of birth should be realistic to each particular model. Does it look like a mature horse, maybe eight years old, or is it a foal of around three weeks of age, or a six month old weanling? Models need a permanent age, as it obvi­ously isn`t going to "grow up"! You must not put the date you purchased the model - this is incorrect.

If you intend to use the model in performance, consider the classes you may wish the model to compete in as there are rule limits, or practical reasons to consider. A Western pleasure horse over the age of six cannot be shown in a snaffle bit, and a five year old horse should not be doing Grand Prix dressage.


You should only fill this in if the model has any brands on the shoulder or hindquarters (like real horses do). These can be painted on, or can be engraved into the mould (such as on the Breyer Morganglanz mould). You do not need to have the model branded; only fill this section in if that particular model has any brands.


This is the manufacturer of the model. There are many different makers, such as Breyer, Peter Stone, North Light, Cheval, Hagen-Renaker, Grand Champions, etc. If the model is an artist`s resin, the sculptor`s name and the casting agent`s business name (if known) should go here.


Specify the mould number and name this mould is commonly called; for example, `Adios`. The mould of a model is the shape it is made in. Generally, the name given to the mould is the name of the first model it was released as. The Breyer ‘Smarty Jones’ mould, for example, has had many more releases beyond the original #586 Smarty Jones, such as Windtalker released in 2007, but the mould retains the name of Smarty Jones name for ease of identification when talking with other hobbyists. The mould name is usually different to the name the model is released with.

Note: ‘mold’ is the American spelling of the word ‘mould’. They both mean the same thing.


Here you should note the finished condition of the model, e.g. Original Finish (OF); Etched; Retouch; Repaint; Repainted and Haired (RH); Remade, Repainted and Haired (RRH). The artist`s name should be specified if the model has been customised (had any change made from the original finish). Please try to be specific, and avoid just using the term customised (CM).

Sire and Dam

Many model horse hobbyists participate in pedigree assignment. (See the IPABRA website if you would like to find out more.) Sire and dam can be names you make up, you can use your own or other people`s models as sire and dam (if you wish to use another person`s models, ask permission first!). You may also use a real horse`s pedigree if you are interested in bloodlines. Any of these options are acceptable. If you don’t participate in pedigree assignment, then leave these blank.

Bred By

The breeder should only be noted if you know who actually bred the model via pedigree assignment. It is not acceptable to have the breeder as the dealer where you purchased the model from (i.e. R and K Farm Toys or Breyer is unacceptable), nor is the `creator` or person who customised the model necessarily the breeder of a model.

If you own both the sire and dam of the model, then you are the breeder. Or, if you obtain permission to use someone else`s stallion and mare as parents for your model, then the owner of those models is the breeder. If the sire and dam have different owners, then the owner of the dam is the Breeder. If the model was not ‘bred’, or you don’t know the relevant information, then you may leave this area blank.


Transfer of Ownership

If you sell a model and the new owner wishes to transfer the model’s registration, a new form should be filled out with the models details as in the original, but showing the new owner’s name in the ‘owned by’ area. It should then be forwarded to the Registrar along with a SASE for the transfer to be completed.  The model will continue to use the same registration number, and as long as the name and all other details remain the same, awards and showing records can also be continued.


Important Note

Avoid using any abbreviations for breed on your forms, as some abbreviations can have more than one meaning; i.e. ASB can mean American Saddlebred, American Stud Book or Australian Stud Book etc. The type of finish should also be written in full when possible.