A pedigree shows a particular horse’s ancestry. It is often shown in a grid-like format, and may contain a variety of information, including ancestors year of birth, color, and achievements. ICAA uses the standard genealogical method for generation identification. The horse’s sire and dam are considered the first generation. The grandsire and granddam are the second generation, and so on.
A five-generation pedigree is on our Form's page, linked below. You may download this form and fill it in with your horse's information to see where your horse will rank.
The ICAA horse is assigned to the General Division if both the horse's sire and dam are Appaloosas registered with ICAA-approved registries, but there is one or more unregistered, unknown, or other breed horse(s) in the second generation.
The ICAA horse is assigned to the ICAA Foundation Division (F-levels) based on how many entire generations are registered Appaloosas. If all four of the grandparents are registered Appaloosas, the ICAA horse is awarded an F2 Certificate of Registry. If all eight of the great-grandparents (the third-generation) are registered Appaloosas, the ICAA horse is awarded an F3 Certificate of Registry. F4 Certificates of Registry indicate that all 16 of the great-great-grandparents are registered Appaloosas. The F-level designations progress along the same guidelines for F5, F6, and so on.
If at any time within the pedigree even one horse within a generation is unregistered, unknown, or of any other breed, including Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, or Arabian, the F-level drops back to the previous level.
In the example pedigree grid below, all of the ICAA horse's ancestors in the first, second, and third generation are registered Appaloosas. In the fourth generation, however, a great-great-granddam of the sire is a Thoroughbred, registered with the Jockey Club.
While the ICAA recognizes and acknowledges the importance of the ApHC F numbered (Foundation) horses, the ICAA has its own Foundation Division, with its own standards, that does not rely on the ApHC Foundation horses. The ICAA Foundation horses are the building blocks for the future Purebred Appaloosa.