Overstamping occurs when an equine is either a part-breed, wants to compete in a specific regulated sporting event or when it is registered with a Passport Issuing Organisation from another country and imported.

Overstamping means that another organisation formally adds their credentials to an existing Passport.

In the case of a part-breed equine it may be that an owner wishes to register the animal with 2 or more breed societies that have a relevance to its lineage/blood-line for competitive or breeding purposes.

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sports, requires equines competing in its competitions and disciplines to register with it before they can compete. In the UK the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) provides these overstamps on behalf of the FEI.

With regards internationally registered equines, it is law to register an imported animal with a UK Passport Issuing Organisation if it is staying in the UK for longer than 30 days. There are a few exceptions to this legal requirement, and it is worth checking with a PIO if you are unsure. You may also find that some of the international breed societies have representation in the UK for example the British Hanoverian Society.

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