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Nomination & Application Instructions

In order to assist the Inspection Committee and the ATA Central Office in organizing the annual inspections, owners wishing to have mares or stallions inspected are asked to nominate them by March 1 of that year. Please note that mares or foals nominated for an earlier annual inspection and not presented must be nominated again for the current year.

The NOMINATION FORM can be completed online from the ATA Web site. (No acknowledgments of receipt of these nominations will be sent.)

There is no cost to nominate a horse.

The inspection host site information will be cross-tabulated by ZIP or Postal Codes to determine the inspection sites that are most accessible to most of the nominated horses. Please note that a good deal of organization, to coordinate host and inspector schedules, is necessary, and a final schedule of the inspection sites will not be available until after April 15 of each year.

After you see the list of inspection sites and dates in the Trakehner Times or on the ATA Web site at , please carefully observe the closing date for entries for the inspection you wish to attend. Complete the online inspection application from the ATA Web site or print the form, complete it, and send it to the ATA Office. Late entries beyond the closing date of each inspection will be assessed a late fee penalty of $50.

Insufficient final entries may result in cancellation of some inspection sites. If the Central Office does not receive enough entries accompanied by inspection fees and registration certificates by the respective deadline, that site may be canceled. Furthermore, if you have not submitted your inspection application with appropriate fees and your horse's registration certificate by that date, the office staff will not know to notify you of the cancellation. Please respect the deadlines for the individual sites. They are very important in the inspection planning process.

Remember, the inspections are a two-step process:


then, after the annual inspection sites have been determined,


together with the appropriate fees and the horse's original registration certificate.

NOTE: The American Trakehner Association prohibits a number of substances in horses that are being inspected for the Official Studbook or Preliminary Stud Book. Prohibited substances include stimulants, depressants, tranquilizers, internal or local anesthetics (pain-killers), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products, anabolic steroids, or any drug or drug metabolite which might affect the performance or the temperament of a horse. Testing cost is at ATA expense. At the discretion of the Inspection Committee, the ATA may request a licensed veterinarian to collect blood and/or urine samples from any horse for the purpose of testing for prohibited substances by a laboratory of the ATA’s choosing. Samples may be taken at the inspection site and testing cost is an ATA expense. All samples drawn will be the property of the ATA. Owners of horses coming to an ATA inspection grant permission for the collection of blood and/or urine samples from any horse which the Inspection Committee wishes to test. Horses found to have the presence of any prohibited substance within their system may be denied entry into the ATA stud book.