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North American Thoroughbred Society Launches 2008 North American Series Awards

Thoroughbreds and Riders Able to Gain Recognition for Achievements at National, Regional, Local Levels

MADISON, NJ, February 06, 2008 – The North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS), a company that promotes the interests of Jockey Club-registered North American Thoroughbreds, today announced the first season of its North American Series Awards. The awards focus on Thoroughbred participation in all-breed, open shows in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

“The North American Series Awards is a wonderful program for allowing Thoroughbreds and riders at all levels to gain recognition for their efforts,” said Lauren Mair, owner of Salt ‘n Pepe. “Pepe and I competed at the USEA Wellpride American Eventing Championships in 2007, and I am thrilled to participate. I love my ex-racer and am proud to have his success acknowledged.”

The North American Series Awards reward Thoroughbreds who compete in open, all-breed shows recognized by leading equestrian sport bodies at national and regional levels. National Affiliated Awards are for horses that show in events under the auspices of CADORA, Equine Canada, Federaçion Ecuestre de Puerto Rico, Fédération Equestre Internationale, United States Dressage Federation, United States Eventing Association, and/or the United States Equestrian Federation. Regional Awards are for horses competing in open, all-breed shows held under the auspices of a riding club, a combined training association, a dressage association, or an annual local show. Awards are presented when horses earning 20 points in their discipline(s) of choice during the competition year.

Awards are offered in all disciplines: Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Gymkhana, Halter, Hunter, Hunter Conformation, Hunter Equitation, Show Jumping, Sporthorse In Hand, Pleasure, Western Performance, and Working Cow Horse. The NATBS Rulebook with complete details is available at http://www.hellohorse.com, and winners will be posted on the site at the close of the season.

“We are delighted with the interest we’ve received in the North American Series Awards,” said Anita Adamski, founder and chief executive officer of NATBS. “Our goal is to have fun, promote the achievements of our member horses and riders, and also reward progress toward their personal goals. We wish everyone the best of luck this year.”

NATBS recognizes the achievements of Thoroughbreds, supports Thoroughbred breed classes, and fosters community for members for choosing Thoroughbreds as their valued sport and recreational horses. Award programs include the North American Series, Worldwide Trails Program, United States Dressage Federation All Breeds Awards, United States Eventing Association Wellpride American Eventing Championships, Dressage at Devon IBC, Fair Hill Dressage Sport Horse Breeders, Kentucky Dressage Association Classics, Ole South Dressage Classic, and Parkland Festival. Information about NATBS, membership, and award programs can be found at http://www.hellohorse.com.

About The North American Thoroughbred Society

The North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS), Inc. supports and promotes the interests of Jockey Club-registered North American Thoroughbreds. NATBS works to create community, develop educational resources, and foster recreational activities that reward members for choosing Thoroughbreds as their valued sport and recreational horses. At the same time, the company recognizes Thoroughbred horses’ achievements through merit awards and other means across a range of equine disciplines. The company is membership-based, privately held, and located in Madison, New Jersey. For more information, visit http://www.hellohorse.com.


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