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.  

The ICAA horse is assigned to the "Regular Registry" 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 in the second generation.

The ICAA horse is assigned to the Foundation Registry (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 registry designation progresses 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-ranking drops back to the previous level.

In the example pedigree grid below, all of the ICAA horse's ancestors in the first, second, and the 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.  This horse would be ranked at the ICAA F3-level even though the ApHC would rate it as 97% FPD.

ICAA's Foundation Registry horses are in no way connected to the ApHC's foundation horses.  ICAA's F-numbered horses are ICAA's foundation stock for the future Purebred Appaloosa registry that will be opened for horses that are eight-generations or more of only Appaloosas x Appaloosa breeding. 

See What Classification/Rank Your Horse Will Be

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.