Exceptional Horse Recognition Rules
Revised March, 2016 - Helen K. Gibble

Mares registered in the OSB or PSB of the American Trakehner Association (at least 50% Trakehner):
1. Model Mare: *M*: 
The Model Mare designation is awarded to mares which score 56 points (80%) or more at their inspection. It is only available to Trakehner mares inspected for the Official Stud Book and to mares inspected for the Preliminary Stud Book that have an approved Trakehner sire or dam. Thoroughbred and Arabian mares are not eligible for Model Mare designation.
 
Using the scoring system in which the maximum score is 70 (Type/10; Frame/10, Legs/10; Walk/10, Trot/10, Canter/10; General Impression/10), the mare must have a total inspection score of not less than 56
 
2. Elite Mare: *E*:  Awarded to those mares which produce outstanding offspring. Minimum requirements are:
  • two sons approved as ATA Breeding Stallions; or\
  • three ATA registered offspring meeting the requirements for an *E*, *M*, or *P* mare; or
  • one son approved as an ATA Breeding Stallion and one *E* daughter; or
  • one son approved as an ATA Breeding Stallion and two ATA registered offspring meeting the performance requirements for an *M* or *P* mare; or
  • by independent consideration.
Stallions registered in the OSB of the American Trakehner Association:  This program applies to all ATA approved Trakehner stallions. The stallion must be in good standing and his owner must be a paid-up member of the Association at the time of application. There are two categories for earning recognition: on the basis of a stallion’s producing exceptional ATA registered offspring; and on the basis of a stallion’s own performance accomplishments.
Elite Stallion: *E*:  Minimum requirement is an accumulation of at least 50 points from any one or a combination of the following categories:
  • Son approved as an ATA Breeding Stallion — 10 points
  • Daughter awarded *M* or *E* Mare recognition — 10 points
  • Offspring (stallions, mares, geldings) performing
    • at the *Pb* level — 2 points
    • at the *Ps* level — 6 points
    • at the *Pg* level — 15 points
    • earning Premium (*Pr*) in an ATA MPT — 1 point 
  • the stallion himself performing
    • at the *Pb* level — 2 points
    • at the *Ps* level — 6 points
    • at the *Pg* level — 15 points
 
Performance Horses: All horses registered or recorded with the American Trakehner Association, including geldings and Appendix registered horses, are eligible to earn the following performance designations:
 
Minimum documented performance requirements are: 
 
BRONZE - *Pb*
  • Show Jumping — at A-rated USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows win a total of at least $1,000 in Jumper Classes; or
  • Dressage — at Third Level or higher, at five different USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows, under five different judges, receive scores of at least 63% (freestyle scores not to count); or place on the USDF Horse-of-the-Year List with a median score of 65.000% or higher; or
  • Eventing — earn 30 lifetime USEA points or more in USEF or Equine Canada recognized Horse Trials or Three-Day events at the Preliminary level or above; or
  • Hunters — win five championships or reserves at A-rated shows in any division recognized by USEF or Equine Canada where the fences are at least 3' in height; or, alternatively, place 1st through 6th in three USHJA National Hunter Derbies at an A-rated show.
  • Endurance – completes 300 miles as documented by records from the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC).

SILVER - *Ps*

  • Show Jumping — at A-rated USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows win a total of at least $5,000 in Jumper Classes; or participate in Pan Am Games; or
  • Dressage — at Prix St. Georges or higher, at five different USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows, under five different judges, receive scores of at least 63% (freestyle scores not to count); or participate in Pan Am Games; or place on the USDF Horse-of-the-Year List with a median score of 65.000% or higher; or
  • Eventing— earn 50 lifetime USEA points or more in USEF or Equine Canada recognized Horse Trials or Three-Day events at the Intermediate level or above; or
  • Hunters — win five championships or reserves at A-rated shows in any division recognized by USEF or Equine Canada where the fences are at least 3'6" in height; or, alternatively, place 1st through 6th in a USHJA International Hunter Derby at an A-rated show.
  • Endurance – completes 700 miles as documented by records from the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC).
GOLD - *Pg*
  • Show Jumping — at A-rated USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows win at least $25,000 in Open Jumper classes; or participate in World Cup Finals, World Championships or Olympic Games; or
  • Dressage — at Grand Prix, at five different USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows, under five different judges, receive scores of at least 60% (freestyle scores not to count); or participate in World Equestrian or Olympic Games; or place on the USDF Horse-of-the-Year List with a median score of 62.000% or higher; or
  • Eventing— earn 100 lifetime USEA points or more in USEF or Equine Canada recognized Horse Trials or Three-Day events at the Advanced level, or complete the Three-Day Event competition at the World Equestrian or Olympic Games; or
  • Hunters place first through fifth nationally in any division recognized by USEF or Equine Canada where the fences are 3'6" in height or higher; or, alternatively, place in the top ten in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals or Series Finals.
  • Endurance – completes 1,000 miles as documented by records from the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC).

 
Performances not falling within the above-defined categories are subject to Independent Consideration by the ATA Board of Trustees.
 
All of these awards may be given posthumously. 
 
Documentation from official sources ((USEF – Jumpers, USHJA – Hunters, Equine Canada – Horses competing in Canada, USDF –
Dressage, USEA – Eventing. AERC – Endurance) must be provided together with the application for any of the above  performance designations.
 
Application for Recognition must be submitted by the horse’s owner of record to the ATA Central Office for consideration by the ATA Committee on Exceptional Horses or, in special cases, the Board of Trustees.
 
(01/19/17)


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