10-03-2013, 10:42 AM
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Plus (+) and slash (/) symbols after the name of a horse indicates that the horse is a recipient of an I.A.H.A. Merit award.
I.A.H.A. Initiated the program in 1965 to recognize participating horses who have consistently performed well. Initially, points were only earned in the show ring but now distance riding, eventing, dressage, eventing and racing also earn points for these awards.
The first award offered was the Legion of Merit, for which a stallion or mare had to accumulate points in both halter and performance (a gelding could do so in either). Legion of Merit was initially represented by the + symbol, so if one is perusing older magazines a + after a horse's name would indicate the Legion of Merit award. Khemosabi++++'s dam Jurneeka++ would have one plus symbol following her name in older magazines or in the I.A.H.A. Yearbook.
In 1980 the award system was expanded, and the Legion of Merit was symbolized as two plus symbols (++) while the single symbol indicated the Legion of Honor award, the first step in the program. Today, there are six different designations: Legion of Masters (++++), which Khemosabi++++ earned, Legion of Supreme Merit (+++), Legion of Excellence (+//), Legion of Merit (++), Legion of Supreme Honor (+/), and Legion of Honor (+).
Horses earning an award in the Honor, Supreme Honor, and Excellence divisions have won points in halter and/or performance. The Merit, Supreme Merit and Masters awards are given to horses who have earned a certain number of points in both halter and performance events.
For complete information on the program, you can contact I.A.H.A.