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CHAPS (UK) Ball - 17th November 2018 Posted: April 2018
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Admin Office Closure Posted: March 2018
Admin office will be closed for holiday Monday, 9th April 2018 - Friday, 20th April 2018 inclusive. During this closure, telephone call forwarding will be in place, email will be on auto response and all mail will be in Keep Safe (Royal Mail). Any correspondence received during this time will be addressed when the office reopens at 10.00 a.m. on Monday, 23rd April 2018. Fast Track will not be available during this closure

CHAPS (UK) 2018 Spring & Regional Schedules Posted: Feb 2018

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The Spring issue of a World of Colour is THE place to advertise your Graded Coloured Stallion.

L'Entente Cordiale Posted: June 2017

French Branch of Chaps

I’m pleased to announce that, contrary to current political events, CHAPS has successfully negotiated a partnership agreement with the Institut Français du Cheval et de l’Equitation (l’IFCE) in France, creating a new ‘entente cordiale’ between the two countries.  This will enable coloured horses and ponies born in France, and which meet CHAPS’ criteria, to be registered with CHAPS in the UK and to have existing passports over-stamped, or in the case of foals and those without passports, to apply for CHAPS passports. 

This has been a long and sometimes complex process that was begun before Britain’s Brexit referendum.  Both parties recognise that the exact terms of the agreement may be subject to change, depending on how Defra responds to Britain’s exit from the EU with regard to the issuing of horse passports, but we are confident that with a strong will to make things work on both sides of the channel, the collaboration with the IFCE will continue in the years ahead.

For the time being, and until numbers in France warrant the creation of additional website services, the service offered in France is being made available via a Facebook page, where information and application forms for owners and breeders will be provided in French.  The resources necessary to create the forms and the page are being kindly provided by Elektra Media Ltd at no cost to CHAPS, and I would like to thank Abbie Hurst for taking time out of her busy work to create some super designs to represent CHAPS France.  

I will provide updates from time to time depending on how things develop and how many owners come forward to register horses with CHAPS.  In the meantime, if you do happen to know anyone with horses in France, please help to spread the word and share the Facebook page and email details, and don’t hesitate to email me on the address below if you have any questions, suggestions or comments.

Au’revoir et à bientôt, Linzy Dickinson      


CHAPS(UK) 2017 Regional Shows Posted: Feb 2017

Our show schedule for our 2017 Regional Shows is now available


"The CHAPS(UK) Board of Directors have been monitoring the mood of both our members and non-members since the announcement from Grandstand Media that the Coloured HOYS qualifiers and finals are to be opened to TSR and TGCA. As our dear members that have already supported us by re-joining for the 2017 season could not have been notified beforehand, and indeed all of our renewal forms had already been printed and circulated, we have now drawn up the following:

CHAPS(UK) will continue to sponsor the Coloured Horse and Pony HOYS finals for 2017. The finals will bear our banner. The qualifiers will state that the finals are entitled "The Coloured Horse & Pony Society (UK) Coloured Horse of the Year".

A new membership category is to be introduced IMMEDIATELY for HOYS competitors only. The membership is exactly what it says: this type of membership will have no frills no journal, no Championship Show qualifier card, no Handbook (to be downloaded from website). It is purely for HOYS entry. The price of this membership is levied at 20 across the board, inclusive of VAT at the current rate

For all those that were caught in the interim period between renewing and the announcement we offer the following choice:
Reimbursement of the 20 HOYS competition number
Reimbursement of the difference between the membership fee you have paid and the new HOYS category fee of 20. Any qualifier card issued MUST be revoked, and you will receive no further journals
You can choose to donate any reimbursements into the CHAPS HOYS sponsorship pot

We will add the new HOYS category to the on-line membership application form, but anyone using hard copy, please just make clear on the form that this is the category you require. All those that have already paid, there will be a form included in the next World of Colour due out in February for you to complete and confirm whether you wish to donate or receive a reimbursement. As a way of thanking you, it has also been agreed that no joining fee/late renewal fee will be charged for 2017 memberships.

So, once again we have listened! We can only apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused, We hope you all understand and look forward to another great season with our coloured equines"

New Hat Rules - Effective 1st January 2017 Posted: Nov 2016

When jumping in the Ring, the practice or collecting areas, all Riders must wear protective headgear, according to the current standards as listed below:

All PAS 015; VG1; ASTM F1163 04a onwards; SNELL E2001; AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards. 
Please note that from the 1st January 2017 the list no longer includes BS/EN1384: 2012 (or prior year suffix). The new European standard will be allowed once finalised and be will advised in due course. Skullcaps must be of, or worn with, a dark coloured plain peaked cover. See Rule 3.(C) for further clarification. 

Correctly secured Skull Caps/Riding Hats that meet one of the following current Safety Standards/specifications MUST be worn by all Riders between the ages of 15 to 17 inclusive. 
All PAS 015; VG1; ASTM F1163 04a onwards; SNELL E2001; AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards. In addition the new BS/EN standard will be allowed, once approved with the finalised number being advised in due course.

Please note that from the 1st January 2017 the list of standards no longer includes BS/EN1384: 1996 or 2012 (or prior year suffix).  The new European standard will be allowed once finalised and will be advised in due course.

CHAPS BALL 2016 Posted: Sept 2016


Showing Council Conference 2016 Posted: Sept 2016

Showing Council Conference- 22nd October 2016 at East of England Showground - OPEN TO ALL. DOWNLOAD INFO HERE

The Administration Office Posted: August 2016

The CHAPS Administration office will be closed over the August Bank Holiday with business as usual on Tuesday, 30th August 2016.  The office will then be closed from Wednesday, 31st August 2016 to Wednesday 6th September 2016 inclusive, reopening on Thursday 7th September 2016.


Following the announcement in December 2014 by the EU Commission, that they were withdrawing the BS/EN1384 hat standard, it became a necessity for The Showing Council to open full discussions with its Member Bodies in order to find clarity for everyone within the Showing community. The Showing Council is very pleased to be able to announce that after full consultation with BETA and open debate at Council, there is now a unified agreement on the use of the BS/EN1384 hat standard which is as follows;

Hats with the BS/EN1384 standard will continue to be permitted for use in affiliated showing competitions throughout 2015 and 2016, for those bodies which are Members of The Showing Council. For full list of Member Bodies please see The Showing Council website

The Showing Council Member Bodies will be removing the BS/EN1384 from the list of recommended standards from the 1st January 2017.

NB: The Showing Council Member Bodies are allowing the BS/EN1384 standard to be worn until at least January 2017, however this may be extended depending on the publication of the new harmonised European standard, the date for which has yet to be confirmed. Equally, should a new European standard be agreed prior to 1st January 2017, The Showing Council Member Bodies reserve the right to update their Rules accordingly.

The Showing Council does advise that all Competitors should update their hats regularly and, when doing so, they should meet one of the current standards.

For further information, please contact your relevant Association or Society.


Admin office closure dates for July and August 2015:
Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July
Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th July
Thursday 6th August from 1.00 p.m. – Tuesday, August 11th inclusive

Call forwarding will be in place, all correspondence received during these shutdown times will be addressed when the office reopens.  Fast Track will NOT be available during these shut down times

Schedules can be downloaded here.


The below are guidelines for registering and passporting foals with CHAPS(UK)

Firstly, CHAPS will passport ALL equines, coloured or not.  All foals should hold a passport before they are six months old or by the end of the calendar year in which they are born, whichever is the latter.  However, for verified pedigree to appear in the passport, the following must be completed:

  1. A CHAPS(UK) covering certificate for a natural covering.  If the mare is not CHAPS registered, a copy of her registration and pedigree must be forwarded.  Foal to be registered before the end of the calendar year in which it is born; applications received outside of this time window will be required to provide DNA verification.
  2. A CHAPS(UK) covering certification for AI covering (or any other artificial means) + DNA samples (kits can be purchased from CHAPS(UK), refer to for DNA application form download).  CHAPS will accept sire side only DNA verification, but you should be aware that (depending on what you want to do with your foal in future years) some societies will only accept FULL DNA verification.
  3. A covering certification as issued by any other recognised breed society.  In this case, as required by Minimum Operating Standards for UK Approved Passport Issuing Organisations, 6th February 2014, page 9, (3.4.2), “must also include guidance that where an equine is of a specific breed, its owner must be informed about the appropriate breed society”.  If the owner subsequently agrees in writing to proceed with a CHAPS issued passport, copies of registration/passport and pedigrees of both stallion and mare if she is also not CHAPS registered will be required.  As in (a) above, applies to applications received before the end of the calendar year in which it is born; applications received outside of this time window will be required to provide DNA verification, as will any AI (or any other artificial means) coverings.
  4. In the case where the breed society does not issue passports, but does issue a certificate of registration (i.e. APHA) this will be accepted.
  5. DNA of all three animals.  This might be in situations where the stallion is not recognised breeding stock, but it must hold a passport where the UELN number can be quoted.  In such cases, it would be recommended that the mare’s breed society be approached first of all if she holds any verified pedigree herself.
  6. As required by Minimum Operating Standards for UK Approved Passport Issuing Organisations, 6th February 2014, page 9, (3.4.3); “For identification only passports, the PIO cannot verify the breeding of the equine.  In these instances the “breed” may only be listed as “breed-type” and other parts of Section II (Certificate of Origin) must NOT be completed.”  For animals that have been issued an id only passport that may have a lost pedigree, this can be rectified by DNA verification: please contact CHAPS (Admin) for help on this matter.  The UELN issued will always remain with that animal, but the passport can be rescinded in favour of a verified pedigree passport.

If none of the above is forwarded, an id only passport will be issued.  The above guidelines are in addition to guidelines given on the website for the general issue of passports as required by the Minimum Operating Standards, 6th February 2014.  Please contact CHAPS(UK) Administration if you have any doubts or queries about registering your foal!


"CHAPS(UK) Statement on EHV Posted: 12 January 2011
Due to the recent Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) publicity, CHAPS(UK) have taken veterinary advice - there is no reason at this stage that the Spring Festival & The Spring Stallion/Mare Grading at Southview EC on 13th & 14th April 2013 should not continue.

However, CHAPS(UK) do expect competitors to act responsibly.

Increased Biosecurity measures will be in place to help minimise the possibility of spread of any infection.

It is imperative that horses do not attend events if there is evidence of a spread of any infection at their premises or they have been exposed to any horses with an infection.

The risk of transmission of EHV-1 is significantly reduced at events if horse owners & competitors avoid direct and indirect contact with others.

Indirect contact includes, (but is not limited to) sharing of feed/water buckets and tack, or humans going between horses not applying appropriate hand hygiene measures.

With this in mind, there will be NO access to the stable areas for Spectators or those people not directly linked to an exhibit. We strongly suggest that persons linked to an exhibit are kept to the absolute minimum.

A footbath will be available to use at the entrance to the Stable area plus Hand Hygiene gel these MUST be used on entering and exiting the stables.

ALL Competitors/Owners MUST complete a "Self Certification of Equine Health" which can be downloaded HERE. Completed forms must be brought to Southview EC and handed in to the Office or Alison Fearn, Grading Officer BEFORE any animals are unloaded.

We thank you for your co-operation in this matter

Please click here to read our Social Media & Internet Policy.

CHAPS would strongly advise that the OFFICIAL photographer for the CHAPS Championship Show is EquiNational; the taking of photographs for publication and/or sale on the Facebook/Twitter media is strictly prohibited

FAST TRACK Posted: 30th May 2012
Please refer to notification/instructions on General News page before making your application using this facility. Cheque payments are NOT accepted as per forms

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