Until now, a color has to have been confirmed in member of a breed before we would accept it in realistic registration on Equus. Presently, that is being overhauled so that a breed that MUST be a cross between two other breeds will accept any color that those two breeds are accepted to come in. This change will not affect breeds that have established lines and studbooks (Irish Sport Horse, Hanoverian), "pure" breeds (Arabian, Thoroughbred), or grade-type breeds that can accept a medley of outcrosses but are themselves a distinct breed (Azteca, Friesian Sporthorse) , this is strictly limited to breeds that are by design a cross between two or more breeds.
A Georgian Grande must be at least 25% American Saddlebred, so it will now accept any color that is accepted in American Saddlebreds.
An Araloosa must be a cross between an Arabian and an Appaloosa, so it will accept every color that Arabians and Appaloosas are accepted to come in.
There will be some exceptions to this rule- for example, if a breed standard explicitly prohibits a color that could be passed on by a parent breed, that color will continue to be barred from realistic registration.
Here is a list of all currently affected breeds (This list is not final.)
-Georgian Grande (new colors accepted from American Saddlebred)
-Araloosa (new colors accepted from Appaloosa, Arabian)
-Barock Pinto (new colors accepted from KWPN)
-Pintabian (new colors accepted from American Paint Horse, American Saddlebred)
-Welara (new colors accepted from Welsh Pony (all sections)
-Anglo-Arabian (AHA and CIAA) (new colors accepted from Thoroughbred, Arabian)
-National Show Horse (new colors accepted from American Saddlebred)
-Pintaloosa (new colors accepted from American Paint Horse, Appaloosa)
-Quarab (new colors accepted from American Paint Horse, American Quarter Horse, Arabian)
It has been pointed out to me that the names of our registration types don't truly convey what their intentions are. Presently, Realistic registration is for horses with confirmed color counterparts in real life, and Unrealistic is to register breeds under colors that they haven't been discovered to carry in real life. However, the word Unrealistic is a bit misleading, as it is entirely possible to breed two realistically-colored horses and produce a horse that can't be realistically registered outside of a grade breed due to color it inherited. Therefore, we are re-naming registration types to better convey their use.
Verified Color Registration is the new name of what was Realistic Registration. These are colors that breeds are accepted to carry on the Master Breed List, and when new color evidence is supplied for breeds, those colors will become 'verified' and added to the MBL.
Open Color Registration is for registering horses under colors that are not accepted by the MBL, and will work the same way that Unrealistic Registration currently does. You do not need to provide evidence before registering a horse of any color under Open Color Registration.
These changes will take place over the next few weeks and into December. All previously registered horses will have their registration types edited to match the new system.
Thank you all, and Happy Holidays!