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Revision is the process by which an adult Spanish horse recieves "permission" to be used as a breeding animal. Revision as a type of quality control is a European concept. Just as German Shepherds in Germany must be trial tested to see that they meet the breed standard and just as European warmbloods are inspected and just as Friesians go through "keuring", the Spanish horse is revised.

Revision in the U.S. has not been without controversy. However, for a horse to hold papers in the mother country of Spain (PRE Papers, Carta), that horse must first be inscribed as a baby and then inspected as an adult before it recieves the stamp of approval on the papers. The inspections are always done by someone from Spain. Currently, a breeders association (ANCCE) in Spain coordinates and conducts the inspections and holds the studbook. Formerly it was done by a branch of the military called the Cria Caballar.

When inspections are done in a country outside of Spain, that country must have a horse breeders's association made up of members who own breeding mares. Before Spain will do inspections, they must have a formal signed protocal with that breeding group. Each country is allowed only one breeding group that holds the protocol with Spain. For the past several years, that group has been the USPRE. Prior to that it was conducted by FAB-PRE-USA. And prior to that by the Foundation.

Recently (as of February 2013), some of the founding members (including Alex Zilo) of USPRE have split off and are forming USPREBA. The new group is expecting to hold the protocol with Spain.

A competing organization, the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse, previously had the protocol with Spain but dropped it. Alex Zilo's group, USPRE, picked it up from there. Shortly thereafter, the Foundation came up with their own inspection program and issued "cartas" and conducted "revisions" under the name PRE Mundial. These papers have gotten the nickname "carta sucia" or dirty papers because they are not the same papers as Spain issues.

Revision News (New!)

In case you haven't heard, there has been a recent shift in the organization in the US that handles revision with Spain. The United States PRE Breeders Association (USPREBA) is the newest group to form. This is not to be confused with USPREA that is still around. Our news section will attempt to educate and inform you as to the latest happenings with the Andalusian horse breed in the U.S.  See the USPRE vs. USPREBA articles below.

Basic Information
ANCCE News (Historical)
ANCCE vs. Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse
FAB-PRE-USA and IALHA History with Revision

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