Every registered Canadian Horse has a name consisting of three parts. The first part or name is that of the breeder’s herd name. The second part of the name is the given name of the sire. And the third part of the name has to begin with the letter assigned to a given year.
This naming strategy enables someone to be able to look at the registered name of a horse and determine who bred it, who was the sire, and what year the horse was born. Brilliant!
Part 1 – The Herd Name
Each breeder must register their unique herd name with the Canadian Horse Breeders Association. This herd name is then used when naming all foals born to their mares that they own or lease. The herd name must be unique as it identifies each particular Canadian Horse breeder. It could be your last name, farm name, or any other unique name that has not already been registered.
Horses that share the same herd name are not necessarily related to each other. For example, “Maple Lane Thomy Ellie” and “Maple Lane Duc Athena” are not related at all. But horses sharing the “Maple Lane” herd name were owned/leased by the same breeder at the time they were bred.
A herd name does not denote a particular bloodline, either. For example, “Du Coteau” does not refer to a line of horses but rather a particular breeder.
Part 2 – The Sire’s Given Name
The sire’s given name is the second part of a Canadian Horse’s registered name. For example: “Maple Lane Rebel Windsor” and “Maple Lane Rebel Sally” were both sired by the same stallion “Maple Lane Duc Rebel.” In other words, the third or given name of a registered Canadian Horse stallion is used in the naming convention of all of the foals he sires. Thus it is important to keep this in mind, and choose a nice sounding, not overly long, suitable name when naming a potential herd sire colt.
Part 3 – The Horse’s Given Name
The horse’s given name forms the last part of its full registered name. For example: “Maple Lane Thunder Legacy” where “Legacy” is the given name.
This given name must begin with the letter of the alphabet assigned to the year that the foal was born in, with each year being assigned a consecutive letter of the alphabet. For example: