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General Questions

1). Who is the RPSI? Are Rheinland Pfalz-Saar and Rhinelander the same breed?
The Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) is the official North American extension of the German Verband, the Pferdezuchterverband Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar e.V. The RPSI is a member of the South German Breeding Association, and represents the interests of the South German breeding districts here in North American, under the breed name Deutsches Sportpferd. The RPSI and the Rhinelander registries are NOT the same, though their horses originated in neighboring breeding districts in Germany. The RPSI is open to horses from all German-recognized Warmblood registries, as well as Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Anglo-Arabians and Shagya Arabians. RPSI horses receive official passport-style registration papers from Germany, as well as a Life Number and brand, and are entered into the German database of sport horses (VIT).

1). Why should I choose to register RPSI?
The RPSI is one of the few registries operating in North America as a direct extension of its German counterpart. This means the RPSI follows German rules, and foals born here are issued German PRPS passports, just like foals born in Germany. So North American horses registered with the RPSI are eligible to compete and breed in Germany, under the same rules as horses born in Germany, and breeders here get input and advice from the same German judges and officials who oversee the direction of sport horse breeding in Germany. RPSI registered horses are also fully up-to-date and compliant with the new USEF Horse Identification rules, and all foals inspected beginning in 2016 will receive lifetime USEF numbers as well. RPSI branded horses and ponies born in North America are succeeding in sport and breeding both in N.A. as well as overseas. RPSI foals are also eligible for the annual RPSI Select and Open Online Auction in the fall.

2). What is a Deutsches Sportpferd? What is a Zweibrücker?
For centuries Zweibrücker was the Rheinland Pfalz-Saar breed name. Starting in 2014, foals born in N.A. and Germany from the six member organizations of the South German Breeding Association, which includes the PRPS/RPSI and makes up more than half of Germany, are called Deutsches Sportpferd (DSP). All of the member registries voted to adapt a single breed name, which better represents the broad vision of their sport horse breeding goals. Just as the most successful WB stallions from every region and country in Europe are showing up in nearly all of the major warmblood breeding organizations, the common goal in the 21st century has become to produce top sport horses, not just horses limited to a particular breed. The term Deutsches Sportpferd (German Sporthorse) better represents the breeding goals of this German-based organization than does a specific breed-name. With many helping hands, hardworking staff, and the rising tide of success comes greater marketing opportunities, The RPSI is proud to be a member of this forward-thinking and modern sport horse breeding alliance.

3). I'm registering my RPSI horse with USDF and USEF. Which breed do I select on their forms?
Choose Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) or Pferdezuchtverband Rheinland Pfalz-Saar for your organization. Choose the breed name which is printed on your horse's passport - for horses registered with RPSI prior to 2014, choose Zweibrücker. For horses registered RPSI 2014 or after choose Deutsches Sportpferd. For ponies choose German Riding Pony RPSI or Kleines Deutsches Reitpferd - depending on which breed is listed on your horse's papers. For imported horses from one of the member registries of the South German Breeding Alliance (Bavarian WB (Bayern), Baden-Wuerttenberg, Sachsen-Thueringen, Brandenburg-Anhalt choose Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International or Pferdezuchtverband Rheinland Pfalz-Saar for your awards organization. Choose the breed name on the papers for horses registered before 2014, and after 2014 choose Deutsches Sportpferd.

4). Why should I become a member?
In order to register a horse with the RPSI, or have your mare, stallion or foal inspected, you must become a member. To learn more about benefits of membership, visit our Membership Page.

5). How do I become a member?
Fill out a Membership Application and fax it to the RPSI headquarters at (605) 734-8060, or call the RPSI headquarters at (605) 669-2200 to apply over the phone.

6). Will I be eligible for USEF and USDF year end awards through RPSI?
Yes, though you must declare your horse's breed (Deutsches Sportpferd / Zweibrücker) and registry (RPSI) with both the USDF and USEF organisations (visit our Change of Ownership page for more information about declaring). Also, to be eligible for Hunter, Jumper or Eventing Awards through USEF you must fill out and send in our RPSI/USEF Performance Awards Application. For more information and the downloadable form please vist our Awards page.

Inspection/Registration Questions

1). Which breeds of horses do you accept?
Any Warmblood registered with a recognized warmblood breeding association, such as Oldenburg ISR, German Oldenburg Verband, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Trakehner, Swedish Warmblood, Dutch Warmblood, Belgian Warmblood, sBs Registry, Westfalian, Rhineland, Bavarian, Baden-Wurtemburg. Thoroughbred (Jockey Club), Arabian, Anglo-Arabian and Shagya Arabian horses are also eligible for entry into the main breeding books. Pony breeds such as German Riding Pony, Welsh A, B, C or Cobs, Connemara, New Forest Pony, as well as Thoroughbred, Arabian, Anglo-Arabian, small Warmbloods, are eligible for the RPSI's Pony books. The RPSI has books for Knabstruppers, Kleines Deutsches Sportpferd (Small German Riding Horse) and purebred Haflingers as well. The RPSI does not accept stallions of Draft crosses, Quarter Horses and other American breeds into its Stud Books.

2). I have a Quarter Horse/Appaloosa/Draft mare? Can she be inspected and entered into a mare book? What kind of papers will her foal get?
Yes, your mare can be inspected and her information entered into her foal's passport, as dam, although she herself is not eligible for entry into one of the mare books. This process makes her foals eligible for a Horse Identification Document (HID - white paper passport booklet and microchip instead of brand). If your mare is of sport type but simply missing some information on her heritage/pedigree, she may be eligible for the Pre-Mare book, and her foals would receive a Certificate of Ownership (COP - white papered passport and half-brand, which is the bridge without the crown on top). Half-branded foals are eligible for All Breeds Awards.

3). I have a mare who is papered by another registry. Do I need to have her inspected again by your registry?
Yes. Under German rules and regulations all horses to be entered into our various breeding books must be personally inspected by the German Judges at an RPSI inspection site.

4). What paperwork/documents do I need to bring to the inspection with my horse?

  • Warmbloods and GRP's -- Original registration papers with one copy.
  • Thoroughbreds -- Jockey Club original papers plus a 4-generation pedigree (with one photocopy of each).
  • Foals at Mare's side -- A signed breeding certificate from the stallion owner/agent. Original and a copy of Mare's papers.
  • Weanlings and Yearlings -- The same as applies to foals, with the addition of DNA testing on offspring, sire and dam to prove parentage (Request a DNA Testing Kit or call for more information)

5). Which horses need to have DNA typing done?
Weaned Foals (not suckling foals in most cases), Yearlings/Young Stock being registered, Foals from dams who were bred by more than one stallion during a single heat cycle, foals conceived by frozen semen or embryo transfer, Unregistered horses who are in need of pedigree verification, and the Sires and Dams of such horses (if DNA is not already on file), will need DNA typing to prove parentage in order to receive registration papers. All stallions presented for licensing must have DNA parentage proof. New mares entering the Mare Books will be required to have DNA on file starting in 2015.

6). How do I prepare my mare and foal for the inspection? Does my foal have to be halter broke?
Refer to our Inspections page for information on preparing for the inspection. Foals do not have to be halter broke if they are at their dam's side, although it does make the inspection process easier if they have been handled and are halter broke.

7). Do I have to bring my horse physically to the inspection? Can't you approve her by video?
No. German Verband laws require that all horses inspected into the RPSI books be physically inspected by the Judge.

8). What papers will I get from the RPSI?
a). Foals will receive Official passport-style registration papers and a Microchip from the German Parent Verband, the PRPS
b). Mares and Stallions original papers will be returned to the owner the day of inspection. These papers will be stamped with the date, location and relevant mare or stud book, signed and notarized, and then returned that day.
c). Yearlings will receive foal papers as described above, however DNA testing must be completed to prove parentage on the yearling, dam and sire. RPSI can assist you with the DNA testing process.
d). All inspected horses will receive an official stamped score sheet at their inspection. In addition, foals will receive their life registration number and microchip number printed on this official sheet, which can be used in lieu of the official passport for all breed shows, Insurance forms, USDF and USEF paperwork, etc.

9). When will I get my papers?
Foal papers are processed in Germany by our parent registry. Upon receipt at our home office, we then turn around and mail them to the owner of the foal at the time of inspection. We make every attempt to send these foal passports in the first quarter of the following year.

10). What are the fees?
Refer to our Price List.

11). How do I change ownership?
You will need to send your horse's original registration papers (passport only - do NOT include the white Certificate of Ownership slip) to the RPSI Headquarters along with a copy of the bill of sale (price may be omitted), a Change of Ownership Form, and a check for $60.00. Upon receipt, we will return papers via priority mail.