General Information

This page contains general information about Dilutes Australia Ltd.

Information contained on this page:

Financial Year:

Effective from August 1st 2017, Dilutes Australia's financial and membership year runs from August 1st to July 31st each year.

A part year membership is available for NEW members joining between March 1st and June 30th - a full year's membership becomes due and payable on August 1st.

NEW members joining in July are given 13 months membership.

(See forms page for membership application and fee schedule)

Acceptable eye colours for Dilutes Australia registration:

  • The normal eye is dark brown with brown sclera, iris and pupils. In some lights, the pupil can appear bluish but this is due to the reflective qualities of the retina and is normal.
  • Hazel - lighter version of the normal brown or dark eye. Iris is light brown and the pupil is dark. Foal eye is often blue or grey blue and darkens to amber with maturity.
  • Amber - most commonly found in champagnes but has also been seen in black and brown buckskins.
  • Glass eyes - off white or pale blue iris with a blue pupil. Only acceptable on cremellos, perlinos and cream pearl composites. Not to be confused with wall or china eyes.

Unacceptable eye colours for Dilutes Australia solid registration:

  • Wall eyes - off white or light blue iris with a normal dark brown pupil. Overall effect is of pale blue, may also have small light blue patches floating in it. Most commonly found in broken coloured horses or in solid horses carrying a pattern gene such as splash (minimal splash). May also appear in solids where the white face marking extends over or near the eyes. Also known as china eye.
  • Parti-coloured eye - flecked or speckled with two or more colours. Found in some Welsh ponies which have patches of blue iridescence in an otherwise normal coloured eye.

Dilutes exhibiting either of these eye colours are not eligible for registration as solid dilutes with Dilutes Australia Ltd. However they are eligible for DA Non Solid Dilute registration.

See examples of acceptable and unacceptable eye colours

Skin Colour For Solid Dilutes:

  • Palominos, buckskins, duns & silvers must have dark skin to be eligible for registration with Dilutes Australia. 'Dark skin' for the purposes of Dilutes Australia registration includes black, brown, grey and tan.
  • Pink skinned dilutes (other than cremello / perlino) are generally the result of the champagne or pearl factors and are registered in the Champagne or Pearl registers.
  • White face markings are permitted anywhere on the face and head but must not affect the colour of the eyes as per eye colour above.
  • White leg markings are permitted below the tops of the knees and hocks.  If going above the line of the top of the knees and hocks the white must be a continuous spear or stripe.  White hair or spotting is permitted so long as the underlying skin is dark.
  • Other white markings ie belly splashes are permitted SO LONG AS THE UNDERLYING SKIN IS DARK.  If the skin is pink the horse or pony is NOT eligible for solid dilute registration but may be registered as a DA Non Solid Dilute.

See examples of skin colour

See examples of white face markings

See examples of white leg markings


Horses are required to be branded / identified in accordance with the state agricultural laws of the state in which the horse was bred.

The ONLY exceptions are horses which are ALREADY registered, when presented for registration with Dilutes Australia Ltd, with another breed society which accepts unbranded stock. Proof of this registration MUST ACCOMPANY the Application paperwork.

If a horse is not registered elsewhere prior to being presented for registration with Dilutes Australia Ltd, IT MUST BE BRANDED, MICRO CHIPPED or LIP TATTOOED even if it will subsequently be registered elsewhere with a breed society which accepts unbranded stock.

MICROCHIPPING - identification certificate stating serial number of microchip and verification of horse must accompany paperwork. This should have been completed by the practitioner carrying out the microchipping procedure and handed to the owner of the horse. If this certificate is not available you can download a microchip verification form.

HYPP (Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis)

This is an inherited muscular disorder disease which is found in some descendants of the American Quarter Horse stallion IMPRESSIVE.

Any horse presented for foal recording or adult registration that the Association has reason to believe could be a carrier of the HYPP gene will be required to pass a negative DNA test or show a negative DNA test result before they can be registered with the Association and any horse presented for foal recording or adult registration which tests positive for HYPP will not be eligible for registration under any circumstances, regardless of excellence of conformation and colour.

Brand and Stud Prefix:

You only need to apply for your own brand and stud prefix if you wish to:

  • register a horse you have bred yourself


  • register an unbranded, unnamed horse.

If you register a horse which carries someone else's stud prefix and brand, you do not need to register your own brand and prefix in order to register that horse. However, you will need to register your own brand and prefix before you can register any foals from or by that horse or before you can register any foals you breed.

Horses already registered with other associations must be registered with Dilutes Australia with the same name.

If a horse registered with Dilutes Australia is subsequently registered elsewhere with a different name because the name was not available with other associations, consideration MAY be given to changing the name with Dilutes Australia. Consideration however will not be given when a horse is subsequently registered elsewhere with a different name merely because the owner didn't want to use the same name or a successive owner wanted to change the name with another breed.


  • For the purposes of ANCILLARY progeny registration, Dilutes Australia Ltd does not recognise any other dilute registration. Ancillary registered horses and ponies are the progeny of Dilutes Australia Ltd registered dilute mares and stallions.
  • Dilutes Australia Ltd does not solid dilute register any dilute horse or pony that is broken coloured. Broken coloured horses and ponies may be registered in the company's DA Non Solid Dilute register.
  • Dilutes Australia Ltd does register the solid dilute progeny of broken coloured horses and ponies as solid dilutes.
  • Dilutes Australia Ltd does ANCILLARY register the SOLID progeny of a broken coloured parent and a Dilutes Australia Ltd Studbook registered solid dilute mare or stallion.
  • Dilutes Australia Ltd does ANCILLARY register the NON-SOLID progeny of Dilutes Australia Ltd Studbook registered dilute mares and stallions (solid and non-solid).

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