Grading explained : Trakehners

By: Horse Deals

Grading explained : Trakehners
Grading explained : Trakehners

Modern day British sport horse breeders are almost spoiled for choice as the number of internationally recognised UK studbooks continues to grow. Horse Deals highlights just a few of the best-known societies, with details on how to grade your stallion or mare.


The TBF is licensed by the German Trakehner Verband GmbH to register and grade horses into its main studbook. It runs an annual grading and show, plus performance awards for each discipline.

Mare gradings

Mares should be three or over and have a current vet’s certificate.

They are shown in-hand on a hard surface and on the triangle and loose in an arena.

Stallion gradings

Colts should be at least 158cm and are usually two or three years old. Those aged four or over must first complete the NASTA Performance Test with a Grade 2 or better result. Colts must either be Trakehners registered in the main studbook or Thoroughbreds, Arabs or Anglo Arabs with qualities to improve the breed.

The assessment includes loose jumping and the stallion is shown again the following day before the judges make their decision. Because only the very best are graded into the Trakehner studbook, stallions do not fail, but instead are rated "not selected". All selected stallions must complete a recognised performance test within two years.

Performance tests

Although primarily intended for mares, geldings are allowed to take the performance test. Horses aged three or older are assessed on one day with their own rider and a test rider on rideability, paces, lengthening the stride and free jumping.

The stallions performance is best described as a one-day event with additions, plus tests under a rider judge.