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What’s in a Name?

If you ever wondered about the significance of a colt or filly’s name, in the world of sport horses, each breed registry sets their own rules.

By Patti Schofler



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for naming foals, however, run the gamut from tight control to nothing at all, and they often reflect national history, tradition or character. They might be geared to reflect information about a horse’s breeding and breeders. For example in their naming process the Trakehner breed honors the women in the family while the whole family gets into the act with a Lipizzaner name. It’s a numbers game with Dutch related breeds while American Warmblood organizations leave the decision entirely up to breeders. Sires are leaders of the pack with the American

Hanoverian Society. A foal’s name must begin with the first letter of the sire’s registered name. The exception to this rule is with offspring of “W” line stallions whose pedigrees contain Feiner Kerl and Ferdinand. In these cases, names must begin with the letter “F.”

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ood name in man and woman is the immediate jewel of their souls.” Warmblood breeders could not agree more with William

Shakespeare when it comes to their jewels, the foals, and for that reason they put great care and consideration into what they name these gems.

Sires also rule the naming of male horses registered

with the American Holsteiner Horse Association with

colts’ names matching the first letter of the sire’s name. Female offspring have names beginning with a letter that coincides with the year of birth. For example, 2008 fillies’ names start with “A,” 2009 names start with “B,” and 2010 names will start with “C.” Full siblings may have the same

names followed by an ordinal number (Calypso I, Calypso II). A name is restricted to 18 characters and use of the sire’s name as part of the

foal’s name is frowned upon.

The American Trakehner Association, which

maintains that the mare line is more important to the outcome of the mating than the stallion line, honors the mother by naming a foal with a name that has the same first letter as the dam’s name. Freewheeling Americans of the American

Above: “Ella” is a Dutch Warmblood foal by UB40 out of Ulrieke Rose (by Freestyle). Born in 2009, her name must

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