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Q: Do I have to name my foal using the first letter of the dam's name?

A: Foals out of Trakehner mares and Preliminary Stud Book mares must be named using the same first letter as the dam's name. This rule does not apply to foals out of other mares.

Q: What if I can't think of any names starting with that letter that have not already been used?

A: It is acceptable to use initials in front of the name to make the name different as long as it is not the name of a well-known stallion or mare because this would cause confusion. It is also acceptable to misspell the name to make it different from the already used version.

Q: If my foal is not a purebred and not out of a PSB mare, what letter do I use at the beginning of the name?

A: We suggest that you use the first letter of the sire's name, but any letter is acceptable.

Q: Can I use Roman numerals if the name I want is not available? Why not?

A: No, Roman numerals are only used for imported Stud Book mares and stallions.

Q: What if I want to change my horse's name?

A: As long as your horse has not produced any offspring and the name you wish to change to is available you may change your horse's name for a fee of $250. Please send the fee, a letter requesting the name change, and the original registration certificate to the central office.

Q: Is there a problem if I want to register the horse in my teenage daughter's name?

A: No, but we suggest that you use both your name and your daughter's name linked by the word “or”. For awards purposes the person listed, as the owner must also be a member of the ATA.

Q: Who do I list as the breeder of my horse on the registration application?

A: The breeder is the person who owned the dam at the time of breeding.

Q: What if the dam is not a Trakehner and I don't have the registration papers for the dam?

A: The foal, by an approved Trakehner stallion, is eligible for Part-Trakehner registration with only the dam's name listed on the registration certificate.

Q: What if I don't have the extended pedigree for the dam?

A: If you have the registration certificate of the dam, but not the extended pedigree, we will register the foal in the division that it qualifies. However, only the part of the dam's pedigree that appears on her registration certificate will be included on the foal's registration certificate.

Q: What if I can't tell what color the foal will be from its foal coat?

A: Make the best possible guess on your foal's color based on the color of the sire and dam. If the color changes, the papers can be corrected later for $25.

Q: What if I notice another marking after the foal is registered? A: Send in a description of the marking along with the original certificate and we will note the marking change on the papers and return them. Please note that horses turning gray often appear to have marking changes during the graying process. They are not true marking changes and should not be noted. Q: Can I register my horse of another warmblood breed as a Trakehner?

A: No, our registry is based on bloodlines and registration candidates must have at least 50% acceptable Trakehner blood to be considered.

Q: Does my foal need to be DNA typed for registration?

A: Yes, all horses registered with the ATA must be DNA typed.

Q : Where do I get a registration application?

A: Registration applications can be downloaded on-line, completed and submitted to the ATA office with proper fees. Always look on the website under "Downloads/Forms" for any document you need.

Q: Does my foal need a breeding certificate from the stallion owner for registration?

A: Generally, all new registrations require a signed breeding certificate from the stallion owner for the dam of the foal. If a horse already has registration papers from another breed registry, this may not be required.

Q: Does my foal need to be inspected to be registered?

A: No, foal evaluation is optional. Foal registration certificates are issued based on documented bloodlines not inspection scores.

Q: What if my foal's Trakehner sire is not in the Stud Book? A: The sire must be a Purebred Trakehner sire registered in ORB-A or ORB-E that is not in the Stud Book, his foals are registered in Appendix D as partbreds regardless of the dam's bloodlines and are not ever eligible for inspection for breeding approval. Q: What if my foal's dam is eligible for the Stud Book, but has never been inspected and is not in the Stud Book?

A: If the dam is not in the Stud Book, her purebred Trakehner foals may be registered in the Official Appendix Book, Division A. Fillies may be inspected for breeding approval but colts may not be inspected for breeding approval.

Q: Does my foal's status change if the sire or dam gets inspected and approved later?

A: Yes.

Q: What if I breed my mare to a stallion that was turned down by the inspection committee or lost his approval later?

A: The foal should be eligible for registration in Division D, the part-Trakehner division of the Official Appendix Book if all paperwork is in order and fees paid. The foal would not be eligible for inspection to go into the Stud Book.

Q: What if I breed my PSB mare to a stallion from another warmblood breed?

A: The foal is not eligible for registration with our association. Horses must have at least 50% acceptable Trakehner blood to qualify for registration.

Q: How long does the registration process take?

A: Registration generally takes 4 to 12 weeks depending on the number of applications ahead of yours and the correctness and completeness of the application. Applications cannot be processed until all requested items are on file in the office.

Q: What if my horse has been sold and I need papers right away?

A: If your application is complete including DNA test results and photographs, you may pay a $25 “rush” fee to expedite the processing (see ATA Fee Schedule)

Q: What if my horse's papers have been lost or destroyed and I need them to sell the horse or enter a horse show?

A: The office can send a Xerox of your horse's papers for temporary use if you think you may find the original. If you are certain that the original is destroyed or will never be found, you may request a duplicate registration certificate. To do this, you will need to . Send the photographs along with a certified statement explaining how the papers came to be lost or destroyed and promising to turn them in for cancellation if they are ever found, a fee of $100 and a duplicate certificate will be processed. Since duplicates also require the signature of the Chairman of Registration it will take several weeks to receive your new certificate. If there has also been a change in ownership, the certified statement of loss must come from the person who lost the registration certificate and you will need a bill of sale or several showing an unbroken chain of ownership from the owner listed in our records to you.

ATA Registry At A Glance: 

The ATA registry has four books: The Official Registry Book ( ORB), the Official Appendix Book (OAB), the Official Stud Book (OSB) and the Preliminary Stud Book (PSB).

The Official Registry Book (ORB) registers the offspring of approved Trakehner stallions and qualifying offspring of ATA approved Thoroughbred, Arabian and Shagya stallions. There are 4 divisions of the ORB.

1. ORB-A / ORB-E is the Purebred Trakehner division with both parents in the ATA stud book (OSB). The “A” denotes horses born in North America. and “E” designates purebred horses born elsewhere and originally registered with an approved Trakehner organization. Fillies and colts registered in the ORB-A (E) can apply for inspection to the OSB.

2. ORB-B is the Anglo Trakehner division. The sire is always an approved Trakehner stallion (OSB) and the dam is a registered Jockey Club (JC) mare or an ORB-B registered Anglo Trakehner mare. Fillies out of mares, not in the PSB, may apply for inspection to the PSB. Fillies and colts out of PSB dams (either JC Thoroughbred or ORB-B registered Anglo-Trakehner mares) may apply for inspection to the OSB.

3. ORB-C is the Arab-Trakehner division. The sire is always an approved Trakehner stallion and the dam is a registered Arabian, an Anglo-Arab, a Shagya or an ORB-C registered Arab-Trakehner mare. Fillies out of mares that are not in the PSB, may apply for inspection to the PSB. Colts and fillies out of PSB dams (includes Arabian, Anglo-Arabian, Shagya, or ORB-C registered Arab-Trakehner mares) may apply for inspection to the OSB.

4. ORB-D is the part Trakehner division. The sire is always an approved Trakehner stallion and dam can have any pedigree that does not qualify for one of the other divisions or books. Fillies and colts registered in Division D are not eligible for the PSB or OSB.

The Official Appendix book (OAB) registers horses with at least 50% Trakehner blood that are not eligible for ORB registration. There are 5 divisions in the OAB.

1. OAB-A horses have an OSB sire and a dam that is registered in ORB-A(E) . The dam has not been inspected for the OSB, but is eligible for inspection. Fillies in this registry may apply for OSB inspection.

2. OAB-B horses have a JC registered sire (not inspected or approved for the ATA stud book) and the dam is an OSB mare. Fillies may apply for PSB inspection .

3. OAB-C horses have a registered Arabian, Anglo-Arabian or Shagya sire (not inspected or approved for the ATA stud book) and the dam is an OSB mare. Fillies may apply for PSB inspection.

4. OAB-D horses do not qualify for registration in any other ATA book or division and have at least 50% Trakehner blood. The sire and dam can have any combination of Trakehner bloodlines as long as the pedigree is 50% Trakehner. Offspring of all non-approved ORB-A (E) Trakehner stallions are always registered in OAB-D. Neither colts nor fillies registered in OAB-D are eligible for OSB or PSB.

5. OAB-E horses are imported, registered in the German Stutbuch or Stutbuch 11 (not Haupstutbuch), and do not qualify for the ORB. The ATA bylaws outline complete requirements of this division of the OAB.

The Official Stud Book (OSB) has two divisions: OSB-A is for horses foaled in North America and OSB-E is for horses foaled elsewhere, and originally registered with an approved Trakehner organization. All horses in the OSB have been inspected and accepted for breeding. Colts may apply to the OSB at age 2 or older. Fillies may apply to the OSB at age 3 or older. The sire is always an approved Trakehner stallion with ATA or a daughter organization OR an ATA approved Thoroughbred, Arabian, or Shagya stallion inspected and accepted for the OSB (see complete ATA bylaws to see restrictions on breeding to approved blood stallions). The dam is an OSB mare or an approved PSB mare.

The Preliminary Stud Book (PSB) includes inspected and accepted Thoroughbred (JC) mares, registered Arabian, Shagya, and Anglo-Arab mares, ORB-B registered Anglo-Trakehner mares and ORB-C registered Arab-Trakehner mares. Fillies and mares may apply for PSB inspection at age 3 or older. Colts and fillies out of PSB mares by approved Trakehner stallions, may be apply for OSB inspection.

The ATA website has complete bylaws that supply all the details of registration. A registration application can be created online or if necessary, downloaded from the ATA web site.

All Trakehner horses registered with NATA numbers, which begin with GRB, are fully registered with the ATA. Contact the ATA office to determine their corresponding ATA book and division.