Darren Chiacchia and Windfall II at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in 2006. © Amber Heintzberger
The award is a trophy donated by the Trakehner Forderverein of Germany and awarded annually to the most successful ATA purebred Trakehner in eventing. The 2008 award goes to Windfall *Pg* OSB-E-S353 (by Habicht out of E.St. Wundermadel xx by Madruzzo xx). Windfall was bred by Heinz Lembke, Kaufbeuren, Germany; owned by Timothy Holekamp, Columbia, Missouri, and ridden by Darren Chiacchia, Springville, New York.
The ATA's 2008 Awards of Merit were announced at the association's recent convention.
The Koenig/NowPac Young Riders' Dressage Award is a monetary award presented to the highest scoring junior/young rider competing in dressage on an ATA Trakehner or part-Trakehner horse. The 2008 recipient is Laura Noyes of Delaware, OH. Noyes competed at Prix St. Georges riding Syncro ORB-A-G442 (by Enrico Caruso *Ps*E* out of Sonset *E* by Habicht); bred by Perlebach Farms, Omaha, NE, and owned by Laura Noyes, Delaware, OH.
The Palmenblute Award is a perpetual trophy awarded to the ATA purebred Trakehner who has contributed the most in competition to promote the breed in North America. The 2008 winner is Syncro ORB-A-G442 (by Enrico Caruso *Ps*E* out of Sonset *E* by Habicht); bred by Perlebach Farms, Omaha, NE; owned and ridden by Laura Noyes, Delaware, OH.
The Trakehner Verband Award is a trophy donated by the Trakehner Verband and awarded annually to the most successful ATA purebred Trakehner in dressage. The 2008 recipient is Martailo *Pg* ORB-B-S884 (by Hailo *Pg*E* out of Moselle by Martini *Pg*E*); bred by Lynn and Sam Culbert, Bradenton, FL; owned and ridden by Tracey Winter, Lake Worth, FL.
The Casar Memorial Cup is a perpetual trophy awarded annually for the ATA approved Trakehner stallion with the year's highest score in eventing. The 2008 award winner is Stiletto *Pb* OSB-A-S339 (by Martini *Pg*E* out of Suprecocious by Abdullah *Pg*E*); bred and owned by Jean Brinkman, Wellborn, FL, and ridden by Andrew Palmer.
The Gerda Friedrichs Memorial Award is a perpetual trophy awarded annually to a member of the ATA for outstanding breeding success of an ATA studbook registered Trakehner broodmare and her foals. The 2008 award goes to High Class OSB-E-M1536 (by E.H. Ravel out of Hasel II by Ferlino); bred by Horst Tessner, Germany; owned by Les Ecuries Bois d'Elan, Melbourne, QC, Canada.
The Karl-Heinz Barton Memorial Trophy is a perpetual trophy awarded annually to an individual for exemplary service to the ATA. The 2008 recipient is Allen MacMillan of Huntington, IN.