The Drum Horse Association was established to promote and preserve the Drum Horse breed . To this end we have established three registration categories: Drum Horse, Foundation, and Partblood.

The Drum Horse Studbook is for those approved horses that meet all the criteria for registration as a Drum Horse. These horses must be proven to be a combination of any of the following breeds: Shire, Clydesdale, and Gypsy Horse, where no single breed listed above exceeds 7/8 of the total make-up, and the percentage of Gypsy Horse blood does not fall below 1/8. Only horses that are approved and meet all the criteria will be allowed in the Drum Horse studbook. Click for registration forms.    [Note: starting in 2015, the % of Gypsy breeding cannot exceed 50%.  Horses foaled after 2015 with more than 50% Gypsy breeding will be placed in the Foundation Book].

The Foundation Studbook is for those horses that are approved and certified for the breeding of Drum Horses.  These horses are approved full blood Clydesdales, Shires, and Gypsy Horses or approved combinations of these breeds that do not fit the criteria for registry as a Drum Horse. Foals that are born from a cross between a certified Foundation Horse and a Drum Horse which meet the criteria for registry as a Drum Horse will be placed in the Drum Horse studbook. The crossing of two Foundation Horses will result in a horse registered in the Foundation studbook, unless the resulting foal meets the criteria to be registered in the Drum Horse Studbook.

**As of January 1st, 2014, all foundation horses MUST be registered in their own registry.  The only 2 exceptions are:  1) unregistered Shire/Clydesdale crosses where BOTH parents are registered or 2)  a horse that is actually registered but the transfer was not completed.  It will be up to the current owner to prove registration, not the IDHA Registrar.  Click for registration forms.

Horses in all studbooks must have DNA on file with the IDHA in order for their foals to be considered for registration or certification. Please refer to the Drum Horse Standard for further explanation of the Studbooks.

The IDHA provides due diligence, including DNA testing when accepting a horse for registration in the IDHA books. We strive very hard to ensure that each horse qualifies for the book that it is registered in, and that it meets the rules and breed standards of the IDHA. Because this is a new breed and many of the horses in the pedigrees of the IDHA registered horses are not yet in the DNA database we cannot be absolute when stating a pedigree on a registration certificate. Therefore the IDHA cannot accept liability for any parentage, pedigree, or other registration information that it cannot verify.
Registration Fees:
(Please note the upcoming fee changes posted below the current schedule)
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Classification Member Non-Member
Drum Horse Registration (incl. DNA test) . . . . . . . . . $75.00 $190.00
Drum Horse Registration(no DNA test –DNA must be on file with the Univ. of KY, from another registry) . . . . . . . . . $45.00 $160.00
Foundation Certification (incl. DNA test) . . . . . . . . . . $70.00 $185.00
Foundation Certification (no DNA test –DNA must be on file with the Univ. of KY, from another registry) . . . . . . . . . . $45.00 $155.00
Transfer of Ownership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20.00 $65.00 (includes membership)

*Certificate turnaround time is 4-6 weeks after the DNA form is received. Overseas Certificates may take an additional amount of time to be received.

As of January 1st, 2017: All IDHA Drum Horses, which are born on or after 1/1/2017, must be registered before their first birthday for standard registration price. Each year after their first birthday, registration price will double for each year that they are unregistered. This will insure timely registration of foals, proper transfer of ownership and proper naming.