Time to Plan for American Trakehner Association Inspections

February 10th, 2014 8:13 AM | Comments Off on Time to Plan for American Trakehner Association Inspections
Trakehner filly Pajama Party, bred by Anissa Cottongim and owned by Katie Wooten-Bryant, shows off her trot during the “at liberty” phase of a 2013 Fla. inspection. Photo credit: Alicia Frenk

Trakehner filly Pajama Party, bred by Anissa Cottongim and owned by Katie Wooten-Bryant, shows off her trot during the “at liberty” phase of a 2013 Fla. inspection. Photo credit: Alicia Frenk

February 9, 2014, Newark, OhioTo determine where their inspections will be held in 2014, the American Trakehner Association is asking anyone interested in having a horse inspected to “nominate” that horse by March 1.

“There is no cost to nominate a horse, and no obligation is attached to the nomination,” said Inspection Committee chairman Brad Kerbs. “Rather, it simply provides us a ‘snapshot’ of where there are likely to be a group of eligible horses ready for inspection, so that a location in that area can be set.

“But the deadline is March 1,” he emphasized. “It takes time for us to plan out where we can best reach the most horses needing to be inspected. And then we need to have someone in the target area willing to work with the inspectors to host an inspection.”

The ATA is also asking anyone willing to host an inspection to contact them by March 1.

Kerbs said, “Over the years, the hospitality and voluntary efforts of our host members have been critical to the success of the inspection season. They allow members to present their horses for inspection without having to travel too far.”

“I’ve hosted inspections a couple of times,” said Anissa Cottongim, a Trakehner breeder in north Florida. “The inspectors are very easy to work with and so good at explaining the process to everyone both in advance and on the day of the inspection, it makes the job very rewarding.”

The ATA holds annual inspections of mares and stallion prospects so owners have breeding approval to register their foals. Young horses may also be presented for voluntary marks at these events.

Trakehner horses eligible for the Official Studbook are fillies and mares 3 years of age and older and colts and stallions 2½ years of age and older. Thoroughbred, Anglo-Trakehners and Arabian mares including Arab-Trakehners, are eligible for the Preliminary Studbook. Further information and all forms for inspections are on the ATA website by clicking on “Our Horses > Inspections.”

Trakehners are the oldest warmblood breed in the world and have been carefully bred since 1732 for elegant movement, endurance and intelligence. Strict adherence to the original breeding principles from the main stud farm in Trakehnen, East Prussia and a closed stud book allowing only highly select Thoroughbred, Arab and Shagya Arab blood to be infused into the breed, have slowly brought the breed back from a small number of World War II survivors. Today, Trakehners are recognized as international performance horses as well as refiners for other warmblood breeds, producing horses capable of taking their riders to the upper levels of sport.

For more information on Trakehners or the inspection process, see www.americantrakehner.com.

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