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Rules for Recognition of Exceptional
Mares, Stallions and Performance Horses

(Revised February 2013)

Mares registered in the OSB or PSB of the American Trakehner Association (at least 50% Trakehner):

1.  Model Mare:  *M*                                                                                                                                           
      This designation will be awarded to those mares which exhibit above average qualities of type, conformation and movement. It deals with external appearance only  and gives an indication of the mare's high potential as a broodmare or for competition. It will usually be applied to younger mares, but may be given to mares of any age.
      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;
  • 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
  • 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 with the American Trakehner Association, including geldings and Appendix registered horses, are eligible to earn the following performance designations:

      Minimum documented performance requirements are as follows:

BRONZE - *Pb*:

  • Show Jumping — at A-rated USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows win at least $1,000 in one or more Jumper Classes; or
  • Dressage — at Third Level, at five different USEF or Equine Canada recognized shows, under five different judges, receive scores of at least 60%; or place on the USDF Horse-of-the-Year List with a median score of 62.000% 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.

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, at five different USEF  or Equine Canada recognized shows, under five different judges, receive scores of at least 60%; or participate in Pan Am Games; or place on the USDF Horse-of-the-Year List with a median score of 62.000% 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.

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%; 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.

 

      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 –) 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.

 

                                                                                                                                                                      (2/21/2013)