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ASR, ASHA Announce Fee Revisions



Lexington, Ky. ­– The American Saddlebred Horse Association and American Saddlebred Registry today announced revisions to its schedule of fees that will begin to be implemented on October 1, 2007. This will be the first extensive modification in fees in ten years or more. Significant savings are provided to breeders who register foals early, to owners who transfer registrations in a timely manner, to members who affiliate with their local Charter and/or Youth Clubs and to those who renew their memberships prior to December 1.

 

The fee to transfer a Saddlebred will remain at $50, but late fees of $10 per month will begin to accrue 30 days after a horse is sold, rather than at 90 days in the current schedule. The maximum penalty remains at $200. The new practice will apply to any horse sold after September 15. The current fee schedule will apply to horses sold between January 1 and September 15, 2007, provided the transfer is received by the Registry on or before December 31, 2007.

 

Fees for registration will remain the same for all foals with foaling dates of January 1, 2007, through August 1, 2007, provided their applications for registration are received by the Registry on or before December 31, 2007. A new fee schedule will apply to foals with foaling dates after August 1, 2007, beginning October 1, 2007. The registration fee of $35 will remain unchanged for foals from birth up to three months of age. A $10 increase in fee, from $35 to $45, will apply to foals of three months up to six months of age. A $5 increase in fee, from $50 to $55, will apply to foals from six months up to nine months of age. A $15 increase, from $50 to $65, will apply to foals from nine months to 12 months of age. Except for a grace period through the end of 2007, a $100 increase, from $150 to $250, will apply to those Saddlebreds aged 12 months up to 24 months, and the fee will rise to $500 from $250 for horses 24 months of age and over.

 

Petra Green, Sr. Registry Supervisor, noted that a flat fee of $150 per registration will remain and be charged for all horses aged 12 months and over for the remainder of this year, provided such an application is received by the Registry on or before December 31, 2007. Otherwise, the new fee schedule will apply as of October 1, 2007, to applicants with foaling dates after August 1, 2007, and if documents are not received by December 31 for foals of 2006 and earlier.

 

A new fee schedule for late filing penalties appears on Stallion Service Reports mailed earlier this month. All Stallion Service Reports are due no later than October 31 each year. Henceforth, penalties for late filing will increase according to when the report is filed, replacing a standard late fee of $100 that did not depend on the date filed. The new penalty is $25 for filing up to ten days late, $50 for 11-20 days late, $75 for 21-30 days late, $200 for 31-60 days late and $300 for 61 days or more late. No exceptions can be made to these penalties. Once filed, a Stallion Service Report can be amended without further penalty.

 

Other Registry fee changes as of October 1 include increases in the charges for a duplicate registration certificate, from $35 to $50; for changes of name, from $125 to $200; for certified mail, from $5 to $10; for express mail, from $15 to $20. New fees will be charged for reactivating a transfer or registration file that has been pending action by the member for 12 months or more ($50), and for immediate attention, a member requiring an urgent matter to be handled ahead of the normal process ($50). Fees for DNA/Blood-typing kits remain at $50; however, additional kits will be provided for an added charge of $25 each.

 

Some membership dues in the American Saddlebred Horse Association are also being modified. 

 

Effective February 1, 2008, Life Memberships will increase to $2,500 from $1,500.

 

Effective December 1, 2007, Senior Memberships will increase to $70 from $60; Junior/Youth, to $30 from $25; and Special Junior, to $60 from $50. Memberships will remain the same for those with Charter Club and Youth Club affiliate memberships, in order to provide an incentive for Saddlebred enthusiasts to support their local club. Also, effective December 1, 2007, new three-year memberships will be offered for Seniors, Junior/Youth and Special Juniors at $210, $90 and $180 respectively. While no discounts are offered for the three-year purchase, both members and the Association will avoid the expense and effort of annual renewals, resulting in a savings of time and money for all.

 

According to Alan F. Balch, Executive Secretary of the Association and Registrar of the Registry, these changes were studied carefully by staff and discussed at great length by the directors of both organizations before being enacted by the boards. “The directors unanimously felt they were overdue. In most cases, the fees have not been altered at all for ten years, and in some cases much longer. Costs have risen significantly in that time. Were it not for the very efficient corporate reorganization adopted in 2005, we would have had to raise fees before now, but as we all know, expenses continue to rise and our income has to keep pace.”

 

In addition, Balch noted that the directors resolved to routinely review fees at least every two years from this point forward, so that changes can be considered with greater regularity.  

 

Questions about Registry fees should be directed to Petra Green, Sr. Registry Supervisor, at p.green@asha.net. For inquiries about Membership fees, contact Charlotte Tevis, Administration Manager, at c.tevis@asha.net.



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