Pearl Register

Dilutes Australia Pearl Register for studbook and non-studbook pearl horses and ponies

Registration and Membership Applications

Studbook Pearl Register: mares & stallions - must have 2 registered parents. Proof must be provided. Must PASS conformation standards.

Pearl Register: mares & stallions - either one or both parents are unknown / unregistered / unproveable. Must PASS conformation standards. These pearls have full showing rights.

Gelding Register: may have either registered or unknown / unregistered / unproveable parentage. Must PASS conformation standards.

Photo courtesy of Yeguada Paco Marti, Spain

Ownership requirements:

The owners of all pearls 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

Standard of excellence:

A pearl shall meet the standards of conformation (breed characteristics being irrelevant) prescribed by the Board. To be considered for PEARL STUDBOOK, NON-STUDBOOK or GELDING registration, a pearl must gain the required conformation marks prescribed by Board and fulfill the following:

  • Must be a genetic pearl dilute. May be either heterozygous or homozygous for pearl or be a pearl/cream composite.
  • Have a body free from imperfections and free of white spots except those caused by accident.
  • Be permitted white markings on the face and legs only, the legs not to be white above the knees or hocks save for a continuous diminishing spear or stripe running above the knee or hock. NO pearl may have ANY white markings (ie belly splashes) other than those permitted under the Regulations of the Company.  Notwithstanding this, an owner may apply to have a horse or pony accepted for registration under the company's hardship clause which allows for small amounts of underbelly white.

  • Not be bleached or dyed
  • Not exhibit any appaloosa characteristics. Solid horses and ponies with appaloosa/palouse/spotted pony parentage must be DNA'd for Lp and must return a negative result to be eligible for registration.

Shades of pearl registered by the company:

Dilutes Australia Ltd will register as a pearl any solid horse or pony found to be carrying pearl, regardless of what other dilution genes are also present.

BAY PEARL - pearl on a bay base. May be either homozygous or heterozygous (invisible)

BROWN PEARL - pearl on a brown base. May be either homozygous or heterozygous (invisible)

BLACK PEARL - pearl on a black base. May be either homozygous or heterozygous (invisible)

CHESTNUT PEARL - pearl on a chestnut base. May be either homozygous or heterozygous (invisible)



BLACK CREAM PEARL (smoky black pearl)



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