Dilutes Australia buckskin & smoky black register for studbook and non-studbook buckskin & smoky black horses and ponies
Studbook Buckskin / Smoky Black Register: mares & stallions - must have 2 registered parents. Proof must be provided. Must PASS conformation standards.
Non-studbook Buckskin / Smoky Black Register: mares & stallions - either one or both parents are unknown / unregistered or unprovable. Must PASS conformation standards. These buckskins have full showing rights.
Gelding Register: may have either registered or unknown / unregistered / unprovable parentage. Must PASS conformation standards.
The owners of all buckskins and smoky blacks must be current financial members of the Association. Should an owner cease to be a financial member, the registration of all horses registered in his or her name will be suspended until such time as said owner rejoins the association, at which time the registration of all horses registered in his or her name will be reinstated
All horses / ponies being presented for registration as either a smoky black or a brown buckskin will be required to undergo DNA testing for the cream factor if it is determined by the registrar that there is not sufficient physical evidence of dilution.
Sufficient evidence includes any one or more of the following criteria:
A buckskin or smoky black shall meet the standards of conformation (breed characteristics being irrelevant) prescribed by the Board. To be considered for BUCKSKIN / SMOKY BLACK STUDBOOK, NON-STUDBOOK or GELDING registration, a buckskin / smoky black must gain the required conformation marks prescribed by Board and fulfill the following:
The shades of buckskin the company registers are:
CREAM BUCKSKIN - the palest shade of buckskin; a pale cream or buff colour with dark points.
STANDARD BUCKSKIN- a yellowish body colour. Mane, tail and legs are black. May be clear coated, dappled or sooty.
GOLDEN BUCKSKIN - a nice deep gold body colour. Some of the richer colours are hard to distinguish from the bays, particularly the copper bay, but they are lack the 'redness' that bays have. One of the most common ways of distinguishing between the two is by looking at the iridescence: a buckskin, like a palomino, will have gold or metallic silver iridescence whilst a bay will tend to exhibit copper or orange iridescence.
BURNT BUCKSKIN - also known as sooty buckskin. At one stage sooty buckskin was incorrectly known as brown grulla when it was thought that buckskin, dun and grulla were each controlled by the same genetic mechanism. However, it is now known that this is not the case.
BROWN BUCKSKIN - this is the darkest shade of burnt/sooty buckskin. Overall the horse appears to be a brown but the lighter yellow is in ill-defined areas, whereas the true brown is red or mealy only on the 'soft parts'. It has a more golden tint to it than brown. Please note that all horses / ponies being presented for registration as brown buckskins may be required to undergo DNA testing for the creme factor unless they have
SMOKY BLACK - this is the darkest shade and occurs on a base colour of black. This colour is also referred to as black buckskin and dilute black. Smoky blacks registered with Dilutes Australia Ltd are eligible to be shown in classes for buckskins.
These horses and ponies do not carry agouti and breeders should be aware when using smoky blacks for breeding buckskins that the other parent must carry agouti if a standard or brown buckskin is the desired result.
Foals may be born a tan or fawn colour. These horses can be difficult to distinguish from ordinary black (or liver chestnut when in winter coat) but in the sunlight their coats will have a gold iridescence. Another giveaway is their often amber or lighter coloured eyes. Please note that all horses / ponies being presented for registration as smoky blacks may be required to undergo DNA testing for the creme factor unless they