The goal of the American Trakehner Foundation is to support Trakehner education and competition.
Your contributions help us achieve these goals.
The AMERICAN TRAKEHNER FOUNDATION is a qualified 501(c)(3). Charitable contributions made to our organization are tax deductible. We exist to conserve and promote the Trakehner horse of East Prussian origin, primarily through education and the fostering of national and international amateur equestrian sports competition. As part of our mission, we make grants to individuals and organizations on a true charitable basis and in furtherance of the stated purposes.
few Trakehners survived World War II.
In 1939 there were 250,000 horses - with approximately 60,000 mares being bred
by 1946 fewer than 2,000 Trakehners remained...
By contributing now, you will contribute to the rebirth of Trakehner horse of East Prussian origin, a horse used by people across the world for performance in many disciplines and by the Hanoverians, Holsteiners, Oldenburgs (German state studs) for improving their breeds.
Trakehner Horses were bred in East Prussia for centuries to consistent standards as cavalry mounts for the armies which, prior to 19th century unification, were the states which now make up eastern portions of Germany. If you think of the characteristics required of a cavalry mount - disposition, strength, athleticism, endurance - you have the historic Trakehner. And you have the modern Trakehner.
The characteristics we use to accept stallions and mares as approved breeding Trakehners in our studbooks are consistent with those used for centuries to create the ideal cavalry mount. The modern Trakehner, therefore, is close to the original, successful cavalry horse.
To illustrate the point Whalebone is a progenitor of the great Dampfross, a progenitor of successful Mahagoni, one of the top Warmblood stallions worldwide. Note the similarities among these three great breeding stallions. The breed is genetically deep and consistent.
We ask that you support the Trakehner horse. The trakehner is a significant source of high quality breeding characteristics which contributes to high quality riding horses!
Please help us preserve this breeding resource and contribute to the Foundation.