It still seems silly to chase down all the owners in between.
Its more then silly, it might be almost impossible and a little rediculous!! What the heck kinda rule is that? They certainly know no one is going to follow it.
I hope you can get ahold of the breeder. Some people are really set on registering the horse in their name, but I didnt really care too much if it didnt work out.
I just send lacy's breeder a nice little letter, paperwork to sign, a copy of her papers and a current picture for reference. My mares breeder was really nice, he called my house and we chatted. He even send me pictures of some of his current babies, although I think he was just trying to sell them.