Our Projects

The Annual Plan of the WBFSH Board and Executive Committee sets out our priorities and activities for the year, supported by our Strategic Plan, setting out the goals and wishes for the development of the WBFSH.

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  • About WBFSH Projects

    The WBFSH was born from the passion of a few visionary people in the industry, who wanted to bring more visibility to the root of the sport. In the early days, there was little awareness of pedigrees and studbooks, and this information was not displayed on starting lists and results.

    With the commencement of the World Breeding Championships, and the need for better identification of horses, an Identification Committee was formed, that would meet every year during the Jumping World Breeding Championships in Lanaken to exchange pedigree information. The important groundwork of this committee led to the realisation that an international identification number was needed, to improve the tracing of horses and their pedigrees. This piloted the development of the UELN, which was a significant breakthrough for the WBFSH. The UELN has become an internationally accepted standard of identification.

    Today the WBFSH has grown into an organisation that is active in many ways to strengthen the connection between breeding and sport, to stimulate sport horse breeding worldwide, and to lead the breeding industry into the future.

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  • Universal Equine Life Number


    The purpose of the Universal Equine Life Number (UELN) project was to develop a common system between all the organisations that register horses. This includes studbooks and equestrian federations, but also other national organisations that register horses for the purpose of identification, even if they are non-pedigree horses. Every organisation has its own database and independent system of identification, which makes the exchange of data very difficult.

    The UELN is based on the horse's original registration number issued by the studbook or the registering authority of origin. Every original registration number can be converted into the corresponding UELN, which is internationally meaningful.

    The UELN is a 15-digit alpha-numeric code:

    - The first 3 digits indicate the country of the original database that registered the horse or foal. This may be a studbook of origin or a national horse identification authority.

    - The next 3 digits indicate the database or organisation that registered the foal or horse.

    - The remaining 9 digits stem from the national identification number given by the studbook or registering authority.

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    For more information please visit the UELN website

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