German Horseman’s Badge, 3rd Class in Bronze (Deutsches Reiter-Abzeichen)-Instituted around May 1930 by the German National Federation for the Breeding and Testing of Thoroughbreds, the Rider’s Badge was later sanctioned as a National award and was one of the very few badges from this era that never had any swastika appearing on it. The badge was designed by W. Heitinger. The bottom center of the wreath is an encircled letter “R” for “Reiter” (Rider). The bronze, third class grade was awarded for successes in horse racing. This example is missing all of the bronze finish on the front, with some wear visible. It is produced in zinc. It has a square pin that looks like it was bent but functions as intended. The square wire catch is too but as mentioned works fine. The reverse of the badge is stamped with the script “Gesetzlich Geschützt” (protected by law), and the maker: “L. Chr. Lauer, Nürnberg-Berlin”. A sound example overall!