Horses have raced in Britain and Ireland for hundreds of years and the Weatherbys family of companies has been at the heart of the industry since the beginning.
In 1791, James Weatherby published the first volume of the General Stud Book, the original and authoritative register of the worldwide Thoroughbred breed, and this has remained in our care ever since.
Today, Weatherbys is responsible for administering racing under contract from the governing British Horseracing Authority, in addition to a range of other services to racecourses, owners, trainers, breeders and others interested in the sport.
As part of these services, Weatherbys Scientific has been carrying out investigative testing on thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred horses for more than thirty years and is a leading authority in this field.
From its genetic profile, we can test for and determine the coat colour of your animal.
We identify genes that can assist you in making more informed decisions around mating and breeding, enhancing the health and welfare of your animals.
Our laboratory provides a genotyping service across a wide variety of Illumina and ThermoFisher Genotyping arrays and GBS platforms, enabling you to breed healthier, more successful animals.
We have the capability to diagnose and prevent Jaundice Foal Syndrome by checking your mare’s blood and colostrum for the presence of potentially dangerous antibodies, to ensure the delivery of a healthy foal.
We can use our advanced technology to detect chromosomal abnormalities that may cause reproductive problems and inhibit a successful pregnancy.
For owners and breeders of Thoroughbred and Non-Thoroughbred horses, correct parentage information is vital for both breeding planning and ensuring the integrity of the animal identity.
Using our leading-edge DNA technology, the Laboratory offers a suite of ICAR-accredited PV services.
We have an extensive database built up over multiple years in the industry allowing us to allocate unknown parentage.