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Bits & Pieces from the Registry: What are the Numbers Telling Us?

Written by Lisa Duncan, Registrar 

We are fortunate to have the ability to gather valuable statistics about our breed.  Let’s give some of this information a closer look.  We should keep in mind that these statistics represent the numbers on the date that they were totaled. These numbers change constantly as new registrations occur.  We hope the following information will help you navigate the accompanying reports. 

A 2018 Foal Report Survey was sent to owners of mares bred in 2017.  When this report was generated, there were a total of 2,601 mares reported bred in 2017 to 404 different stallions.  The Registry received 965 responses for this survey that indicated whether or not a live foal resulted from the reported breeding.  Survey results show that, for the 2017 breeding season, 63% of reporting mares bred actually produced a live foal and of that number reported 92% of those were subsequently registered.  Note that the foal report surveys received represent only a 37% response rate for reported mares bred in 2017.

The ASR received 965 Foal Reports for the 2017 Breeding Season. The following data breaks down the data for those Reports that were returned to ASR as of July 2019.

Percentage of:

•Live foals bred using artificial insemination
•Live foals bred through natural service
•Live foals bred through pasture breeding
•Foals born who have been registered
•Foals born who have not been registered


Percentage of:

•Total mares who were barren
•Total mares with culture/biopsy
•Total mares who had aborted
•All foals born, but who died within 48 hours of birth, including born dead


Another interesting report to consider is Foal Registrations Comparison To Mares Bred.  This report shows the total number of mares bred during a particular year along with the number of foals that were registered from those breedings.  Please note that most foals are not registered in their foaling year.  These numbers are constantly changing as registrations occur, so the statistics are a snapshot of the numbers at the time the report was tabulated.  Over an eleven year period the percentage of foals registered per mares bred ranged from 29%, representing 2018, as compared to the previous nine years with the highest percentage registered at 53% compared to the number of mares bred.

The number of foals registered for a given foal crop differs from the total number of registrations per year because foals are not necessarily registered during their foaling year.  For example, using the data for total registrations during the 2019 year, the chart below provides a breakdown of the total foals registered and their foaling year.

The good news is that total registration numbers increased by 2% from 1,374 in 2018 to 1,396 in 2019. 

The Registry would like to remind our breeders to complete the upcoming 2019 foal report survey that will be mailed soon.  This valuable information will help provide statistics to our customers in the future.  We would also like to remind breeders to take advantage of lower registration fees by submitting registration applications before foals are six months old. 

Please contact Lisa Duncan at 859-259-3881 with questions.

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