Registry Updates: Registered Prefixes
During the November 2022 Registry Committee and Board of Directors meetings, the following changes were made to the Registry Rules and Regulations.
Section D was added to Rule 4, Registered Prefixes. Over many years, the reuse of AMHA prefixes has been discussed by the Registry Committee. After much discussion, the committee agreed to allow the reuse of a reserved prefix that has never been used to register a Morgan horse after 20 years. Moving forward, the Committee will be discussing allowing the reuse of a prefix if it has not been used over a five-year period. Staff is unable at this time to compile a list of unused prefixes among the approximately 8,000 that have been registered, therefore requests will be considered upon receipt of any prefix application moving forward.
RULE 4- REGISTERED PREFIXES
A registered prefix is a name, word, letter, or combination of these, preceding a name, recorded with the Registry and used exclusively by the owners of Morgan horses for the purpose of distinguishing Morgans bred by them from those of other Morgan breeders.
- A prefix may be recorded with the Registry providing:
- The word(s) selected as a proposed prefix cannot be the complete name of a registered Morgan horse that has lived in the last fifty years.
- The word(s) selected as a proposed prefix cannot be the complete name of a registered Morgan horse that has registered offspring.
- The prefix applicant shall not have another registered prefix on record with the Registry.
- The prefix application has been correctly completed and submitted with the appropriate fee.
- The Registry does not deem the prefix to be confusingly similar to a name or prefix previously recorded or otherwise unsuitable.
- A name, word, letter, or combination of these, preceding a name, not recorded as a prefix with the Registry, may be used by other breeders, until registered for the exclusive use of one breeder.
- A registered prefix can only be used by the recorded owner of that prefix. The recorded owner of a prefix may grant permission, in writing and on file with the Registry, to designated person(s) to allow use of that prefix.
- A registered prefix that has never been used to register a horse within 20 years after its registration may be registered to a new applicant upon proof that 30 days’ written notice has been provided to the prior registrant and the prior registrant has made no objection to use by the new applicant.
Parts B and C were removed from Rule 9 Required Reports, Section2: Death. AMHA does not require the return of the original registration certificate to report a death, therefore C and D were deemed unnecessary.
Rule 9 Required Reports, Section 2: Death
A. The death of a registered horse shall be recorded with the Registry. The date of death, registered name, registration number and signature of the recorded owner must be submitted.
B. The original Registration Certificate may also be sent to the Registry for the purpose of recording the death thereon.
C. Upon written request of the recorded owner, the Registration Certificate will be returned.