Registration Reminder for Indiana Breeders

Posted by Emily Blankenship on 06/10/2019

The end of the 2019 breeding and foaling season leaves Indiana Quarter Horse breeders already thinking about the 2020 foaling season with the mare registration deadline looming on July 1.


Any mare that has been bred for an Indiana-bred foal in 2020 must be residing in the state of Indiana and registered with the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Program by July 1, 2019. The mare must remain in the state from July 1 through foaling. 


However, if the breeder decides to register the mare after the July 1 deadline, the mare will have to be bred back to an Indiana registered stallion. The mare can enter the state after July 1, but prior to foaling and both the mare and foal must remain in the state for 30 days after foaling. The mare must be bred back to a registered Indiana stallion, and that list can be found on the website:

Additional requirements are in place for mares who are part of an embryo transfer group. The Program asks that breeders contact the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for these requirements. Program Coordinator Sara Distler and Director of Racing and Breed Development Jessica Barnes will be able to answer questions by calling the office: 317-233-3119.


Breeders of a registered Indiana-bred which places first, second or third in any race (except trials and claiming races of less than $5,000) or any speed index race at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville has the ability to earn up to $5,000 in restricted races and $2,500 in open races. Indiana stallion owners and owners of registered Indiana-bred horses have the ability to win the same, making it one of the more lucrative programs in the region.


Indiana-bred foals can be registered as early as their actual birth day up to within 12 months of the horse’s foaling date for free. Any foals registered 12 months plus one day to December 31 of his yearling year will have a late fee of $200. Any two year olds pay a late fee of $400 and horses three years and older must pay a late fee of $1,000. An updated list of registered Indiana-bred foals can be found on the IHRC website:


Indiana-bred Quarter Horses race in nine stakes races at Indiana Grand Racing & Breeding, with purses ranging from a minimum $75,000 to $150,000 added. The program awarded nearly $3 million in 2018, with Indiana-bred overnights resulting in more than $1 million. 


A list of Indiana farms that are open for foaling horses in the program can be found on the website,, or you can reach out to the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana.


Any questions regarding the program can be directed to the IHRC office, by visiting the website or by emailing [email protected].


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