The Hungarian Horse Association of America was established in 1966 in order to keep records of the Hungarian Horses that were imported to the United States immediately following the Second World War. These horses included those that were imported by the United States Army in order to replenish the US Remount Breeding Program which was disbanded in 1949, those horses that went from the breeding program which were sold to ranchers Jim Edwards, the Cooksley family, and Baroness Bessenyey, plus those that were imported by Countess Judith Gyurky and Temple Smith. These Hungarian Warmbloods were developed from Kisber-Felver stock which were refined by registered crossings with Thoroughbreds, Arabians and Shagya Arabains that were developed in Babolna, Hungary.
Since 1991, the Hungarian Warmblood registration was expanded into three different books. The Hungarian Felver Book is made of up those horses with a five generation pedigree that consists only of Felver, Thoroughbred, Arabian or Shagya blood with either a sire or dam that is a Felver. This book is the legacy of the original standards of the Association, which preserves the lines according to pre-World War II standards. The names of all horses in this book will be preceded by either Hungarian or H.
The Hungarian Sportlo Book is for Felver horses that have been outcrossed with European Approved Warmblood breeds. There must be a minimum of twenty-five percent Felver blood in the foal in order for it to qualify. These horses must have their names registered with a Hungarian Sportlo or HS at the beginning of their name. The Hungarian Part-Bred, or Fajta, Book is for the offspring of a Felver or a Sportlo and any other breed that is not included in either Felver or Sprotlo books. The registered names of these horses must be preceded with HPB. A fourth book, the North American Shagya Society Book, is independently maintained by officially recognized by the HHAA; however, these horses will be automatically approved for outcrosses with both Felvers and Sportlos.
Currently, the fee for registering a foal before January 31 following the year it was born is $65, while for those recorded after January 31, the fees are $115 for geldings and $165 for mares or stallions. These prices are doubled for those that are not current members of the Association. If the sire is not registered in one of the books, a detailed five generation pedigree should be included with the application for registration.
It should also be noted that the American Association is now working in partnership with the original Kisber-Felver Association in the breed's native Hungary. Thanks to a visit in 1994 by some of the leaders of the Hungarian association, an accord was reached between the two associations that recognizes their common desire to improve both the breed and the marketing of the breed. As a result of this historic meeting, the studbooks of both associations are mutually recognized and the ways of recording horses in each others books was established.