The South African Stud Book was officially included on the list of breeding bodies published on the European Union Commission's website as of Apr. 3, the National Horseracing Authority of South Africa announced on Thursday morning. The stud book was listed under Articles 34(1) and 64(4) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1012 [Article 34]. Originally, legislation was passed on Nov. 1, 2018 [Regulation (EU) 2016/1012 [Article 34] and the General Stud Book of South Africa applied for recognition in January, with the application being approved on Feb. 26, 2019.
Under the legislation, if a stud book is not listed, horses of that country are not allowed to enter any EU-country or to be registered in that country. Prior to this approval, if a Thoroughbred was exported from South Africa to France, they would not be allowed to enter France as a Thoroughbred from South Africa if South Africa was not listed, furthermore, this horse would not have been permitted to be registered in the French Thoroughbred Stud Book.