I got mail from the TWHBEA today, and it had the old certificate, with the old owner still listed as the owner. The back WAS signed by the executive director, and it said that the transfer had been entered on Feb. 6, 2009. So how come the old certificate with the previous owner still on it? Is this standard? Shouldn't I get a new certificate?
I had to look at all of my horses papers before I put my two cents in
If the previous owner was the breeder
, that is why you see their name still on the paper.
If the previous owner was not the breeder, my money's on the fact that the Seller never had the papers put in their name and just handed them off to you --- a very common practice.
The TWH I bought two years ago as a ten year old STILL had his papers signed off by his breeder from when he was foaled. He had passed thru two or three owners during those ten years, but no one ever transferred the papers out of the breeder's name. It's a miracle the papers never got lost
Anyway, all three of my Walkers papers, plus my Arab's papers show the breeders name. None of their papers show my name and they are all the old original certificates.
That suits me fine because my older horses papers go back five generations and I don't think the registries do that anymore.
The back of your returned papers acknowledge the transfer date, but if you want to set your mind at ease, you can call TWHBEA. They are a friendly and helpful bunch ---- at least they used to be. There's been a huge shift in employees the last couple years