Mare Grants 2023

Mare Grants:
Mare – Swabbing 

Genital swabs as recommended by the International (HBLB) Codes of Practice 2023 are recommended. The Society will pay £50.00 towards 

the veterinary cost of swabbing your mare.


1. A BEVA Laboratory Certificate, 2023 season mare swab certificate must be sent to the office by the 1st October 2023 as proof to validate payment.
2. If you received mare in-foal information from your vet please forward a copy of this to the SHS office . (‘Mare In-Foal certificate – SHS Addendum 11o)
Mare – Covering Grant

Available to the owner of each mare covered or inseminated by an established UK registered, licensed Suffolk stallion.


Green Covering Yellow Covering Orange Covering Red Covering 
£100 £75.00 £50.00 £25.00
1. Only 1 grant per mare per season. (Payable using SPARKS 2023 on last stallion covering of the season)



a) All AA (ANGLO AMERICAN) mares, if covered by a registered licenced UK stallion,  will be paid a grant of £25 for a covering regardless of their percentage purity and SPARKS colour classification.

b) AA (ANGLO AMERICAN) foals will qualify for a registration grant of £100.00 and a free passport if registered by 1st October 2023

c) Once an AA (ANGLO AMERICAN) mare has reached the stage of entry to the main Stud Book it should receive the same grants as a fully UK mare.

d) There will normally be no travelling fee for AA horses but a £50 swab fee may be given.


Mare – Grant for lost Pregnancy

The Society will pay £125 for the mare owner for an aborted or lost foal:

1. The owner of the dam must report the birth of foal to the SHS within seven (7) days of it


2. The grant will be paid for each still-born foal or aborted recovered foetus older than 120 days of gestation. 

Confirmation must be received from a veterinary surgeon to the SHS to confirm the foetus was over 120 day gestation, (The SHS will pay up to £300 for a post mortem) Please note: The SHS will not pay out a grant without confirmation)

3. The grant will also be payable if the mare dies and reported to be in-foal by a veterinary surgeon’s post-mortem. This paperwork evidence must be received in the SHS office within one month of losing a foal/mare.
4. These events must be reported to the SHS office within seven (7) days of occurrence.
Foal Registration Grant

To provide mare owners with a registered Suffolk Horse Society Passport. The grant is used to contribute towards veterinary costs associated with providing a passport. The SHS pays for blood samples for parentage verification. The SHS member must send the blood sample to Weatherbys and the SHS will receive confirmation of parentage from Weatherbys directly.


Mare owners must apply by completing all foal registration paperwork to register foals before 1st October 2023 to obtain a Foal Registration Grant in 2023. (SHS Paperwork Addendum 12d, 12e & 12f) (Any paperwork received after the 1st October 2023 could result in no Foal Registration Grant being allocated)


Green Foal Yellow Foal Orange Foal Red Foal 
£400 £300 £200 £100


The SHS will provide an equine passport free of charge as per UK legislation (Defra) all horses in the UK require an equine passport. A foal must have a passport within six months of its birth or by 30th November of the year of its birth whichever is later.

If a Passport is issued more than 12 months after its birth it will be issued as a duplicate or replacement passport and the animal cannot be used for human consumption.. A duplicate or replacement passport will be charged at £50.00 to the mare owner from the Suffolk Horse Society.

1. The owner of the dam of each foal is required to report the birth of the foal to the SHS within seven (7)

days of it occurring.


2. Upon notification of each live birth the office will send a registration and identification form to the mare

owner for completion by the owner and their nominated veterinary surgeon. The completed foal

registration and identification form must be returned to the office before 1st October 2023. The document

will be incorporated into the equine passport.  Any paperwork received after this time could result in no

foal registration grant being allocated.

3. The owner of the dam of each foal must provide the Society with a covering certificate for each foal to be registered. Covering certificates are mandatory under UK legislation (Defra). 
4. The foal must be micro-chipped.  (Please note under UK legislation (Defra) micro-chipping is mandatory for all horses issued with a new passport since 30th June 2009.) 
5. A blood sample from the foal must be provided and sent to Weatherbys Scientific, Ireland, for parentage verification. SHS paperwork Addendum 12f.
6. If parentage cannot be verified by Weatherbys then the foal will not be eligible to be included within the main section of the SHS stud book.
7. To receive the free passport the owner of the Suffolk foal must be a fully paid up member of the Suffolk Horse Society (Please contact the office for details of membership and associated costs).

The Suffolk Horse Society strongly recommends that all horses are immunized against Equine Influenza and tetanus. We strongly recommend that all foals are given tetanus anti-toxin (Tetanus toxoid), preferably within 24 hours after birth to provide initial protection before a full immunization program against Equine Influenza and tetanus starts at 6 months of age.  Veterinary advice pertinent to each owner’s horses should be sought for best management practices.


Mare – Covering Travel Grant

Available to mare owners for expenses incurred in travelling long distances to a suitable stallion, for a natural

 covering Payable at £1.00 per mile for the round trip, excluding the first 50 miles on the outbound and inbound trip,

 and not exceeding the amount of £200 per journey. The travelling grant is predicated upon the journey, not the

 mare. Therefore, the mileage calculation is the same regardless of the number of mares being moved.

1. Owners wishing to claim a Mare Travel Grant MUST complete the Stallion and Mare Travel Grant Form to confirm the mileage incurred. Claims must be received by 1st October 2023 at the latest. (Mileage claims are not part of the Suffolk Horse Society Covering Certificates therefore must be completed as a separate document, failure to provide this information could result in no travel grant payments)
2. Only 1 Covering  Grant  and one Travel Grant claim per mare, per covering season, will be applied.
3. No travel grant will be paid to a mare travelling to be covered by a Red mating. (see SPARKS individual mare recommendations)
4. Owners wishing to claim a Mare Travel Grant must complete the ‘Stallion and Mare Travel Grant Application Form’ and return to the SHS by post by October 1st.
Mare – Semen Transport Grant

The SHS will pay £50.00 towards the transportation of fresh or chilled semen (not frozen).

1. One Semen Transport Grant per mare per season  
2. This grant will only be paid out on receipt of Stallion & Mare covering certificate (addendum 11n) & AI Vet declaration form (Addendum 11m).
3. No Semen Transport Grant will be paid out on a Red mating.
Mare – Embryo Transfer Grant

With improving success rates in other breeds and a growth in demand, the Suffolk Horse Society has recognised the

need to support owners who wish to pursue alternative breeding techniques when breeding from their registered

Suffolk mare.

This grant will only be paid out if the Artificial Breeding Technique protocols as listed in the Suffolk Horse Stud Book

are strictly adhered to.

The Embryo Transfer grant will be paid in two parts and will be paid in addition to the usual breeding grants available

 to the mare. Grants will be paid out at each stage if requested.

Part 1 £500.00 – mare going to stud for embryo transfer,.  the mare must undergo embryo flush to qualify. One payment per year
Part 2 £500.00 – If the recipient mare is scanned in foal at 45 days with a heartbeat.  Veterinary verification/report is required Grants will only be paid to a green or yellow mating using SPARKS. Only two foals per year from a mare can be registered.
1. The Embryo Transfer certificate paperwork must be completed and returned to the SHS Office no later than the 1st October 2023. NO COVERING GRANT WILL BE PAID FOR ET WORK.
2. Once a Donor mare has been flushed, she is eligible for a single payment grant for one Natural Covering
3. The Travel grant won’t be paid as it’s included within the Part 1 Embryo Transfer Grant package.
Mare – Fertility problems

Owners whose mares aged between 5 years and 14 years of age and have failed to conceive for two consecutive

breeding seasons/years, are asked to contact the office.  Upon presentation of a veterinary report the SHS will

contribute up to £250 for veterinary examinations and treatments to investigate the causes of subfertility.

1. If a Mare has been to stud for two consecutive years and been COVERED ON MULTIPLE SEASONS but not conceived or has not produced a live foal, the Mare Fertility Investigation form must be completed to entitle mare owners to receive any further payments the following year.
2. Please complete the Mare Fertility Investigation form and return it to the SHS office by the 1st October 2023.
Foal Post Mortem Grant

The Suffolk Horse Society will pay up to £300.00 towards the cost of a post mortem (PM) examination by a

veterinary surgeon for aborted or still-born foals. Please check with the Society for more details.

1. A veterinary post mortem pathology report must be lodged with the Society.
Suffolk Horse Society Grant Exclusions

The SHS will not pay grants in respect of the following close kinship matings:

  • Father covering daughter / daughter covered by father
  • Son covering mother / mother covered by son
  • Full brother covering full sister / full sister covered by full brother

All information given to the SHS office for grants must be provided as a hard copy,  NOT E-MAIL, even if information was confirmed over the telephone. Grants will only be paid out if the correct paperwork is completed and returned within the required timescales.PLEASE NOTE SEMEN TRANSPORT GRANT,  OR A NATURAL  COVERING TRANSPORT ONLY  ONE GRANT  WILL BE PAID OUT PER MARE PER SEASON.

Late Documents

The return date for documentation required for grant calculations in all categories as set out above is

1st October 2023.  Owners may forfeit their grant if the required paperwork is not received by this date.

If you have any questions about the grants or wish for confirmation of the paperwork you need to complete,please contact the office for further advice. Failure to complete the correct paperwork may result in no grant payment being made.