As with any type of competitive horse there are those that rise to the level of championship based on their athletic ability, intelligence and ability to perform. The Trakehner breed has had several famous championship stallions and outstanding mares in its history, many which have gone on to be considered the foundation stock for different breeding programs around the world. Typically, as with most types of competitive horses, stallions and geldings tend to be the most frequently used in competitions and the best mares are usually kept as breeding stock once they complete a year or two of competition.
All Trakehners must go through a pre-set inspection to be considered eligible for registry in the breed. This is considered to be effective in keeping the high standards of the breed and preventing any breeders from moving away from the breed standards. The horses are examined separately with different judging criteria for mares and stallions. For the inspections owners must have x-rays completed no more than 75 days prior to the inspection and must produce them at the inspection. In addition a full vet inspection must be completed prior to the inspection and the results of both the x-rays and the vet examination mailed into the inspection officials at least one month prior to the actual inspection.
The horse, either stallion or mare, will have to walk and trot on different surfaces and in different patterns so judges can inspect the movement and conformation. The horse will also have to canter in an arena and stallions must go over three separate jumps. Mares are not required to jump but most complete the other areas of the inspection. In addition all horses are measured and assessed for conformation to the breed standard. Once horses are inspected they can be branded with the official Trakehner Verbrand mark if they are accepted.
Famous stallions and mares of the Trakehner breed have excelled in various types of dressage, show jumping and evening competitions. Peron is one of the most famous of the American Trakehners, winning a team bronze metal for his dressage in the 1996 Olympics. A show jumper, Donauwind is also famous with gold and silver medals to his credit. A Trakehner by the name of Heuringer won silver medals at the World Equestrian Games in 1994. Komet and Beute are also famous Trakehners that have been used to enhance both the Trakehner as well as other warmbloods. Abdullah and Istanbul are also gold and silver medal winners in Olympic equestrian events. Fabian and Biotop are highly regarded, gold winning Trakehner used in the dressage ring.
The number of famous Trakehner sires and mares continues to grow as this breed becomes internationally recognized as one of the if not the premier competitive horse. The detailed inspections and rigorous breed standards for the Trakehner is specifically designed to ensure the future horses of the breed will be as well conformed and highly competitive as the Trakehners of the past.