Alarm as one in three horses registered with no recorded pedigree
More than one in three horses registered in Ireland in 2012 received only an identity document, according to Horse Sport Ireland (HSI).
The statistics for 2012 show that despite the significantly lower returns paid at sales for horses with 'white books', many breeders are still choosing to breed horses without recording pedigrees.
In 2012, some 64pc of horses received a studbook passport, while 36pc received an identity document.
Of the 5,801 foals registered in Irish Horse Register in 2012, some 795 foals had no recorded pedigree.
More than 75pc of older horses registered in 2012 were registered without any pedigree.
Some 8,597 adult horses were registered in 2012, of which 6,603 were issued with white books.
HSI chief executive Damian McDonald described the trend as "worrying".
"We regularly receive proposals to reduce the cost of non-pedigree identity documents to facilitate people registering their horse to comply with the law but as an industry, our objective should be to have all horses registered with recorded pedigree," he said.