If you want to breed your 3-year-old or older mare, she must be registered in the Holsteiner Verband stud book.
Holsteiner Verband Studbook and Registration system
If you want to breed your 3-year-old or older mare, she must be entered into the Holsteiner Verband studbook.
Upon inspection for registration mares are presented in hand and at liberty and will receive marks on type, topline, front legs, hind legs, walk, trot, and canter.
Depending on the scores and certain pedigree requirements, mares may be awarded special designations (premium status).
Mare inspection dates
The Schleswig-Holstein mare inspections are held in May. For members in the extended breeding area, shared mare inspections and foal registration and inspection sites are held from June to September.
Please fill in and submit the entry form for mare inspection and studbook registration to enter your mare for an inspection site.
All mares to be inspected for studbook registration must be entered in writing!
Verband Mare Show:
Qualifier for members outside Schleswig-Holstein:
3-and 4-year-old mares aiming to qualify for the Verband mare show and State premium awards held at Elmshorn (11.06.2023) must be presented at the qualifying outside members inspection sites at Elmshorn (22.05.2023). This should be stated on the application form as well!
Mare Inspection Sites 2023:
Breeding district Ostholstein
09.00 Uhr Böbs (K.Schultz)
Breeding district Dithmarschen
09.00 Uhr Heide (Trabrennbahn)
Breeding district Rendsburg-Eckernförde
14.00 Uhr Thaden (R.D.Hennings)
Breeding districts Pinneberg and Steinburg
09.00 Uhr Elmshorn (Reit- u. Fahrschule)
Breeding district Europa
14.00 Uhr Elmshorn (Reit- u. Fahrschule)
Breeding districts Nordfriesland and Schleswig-Flensburg
10.00 Uhr Behrendorf (Reithalle)
Breeding district Stormarn-Lauenburg
09.00 Uhr Grande (H.Masler)
Breeding district Segeberg
14.00 Uhr Kayhude (Ellerbrock)
Breeding districts Bordesholm and Plön
14.00 Uhr Tasdorf (Gestüt Tasdorf)
Mare and Foal Inspection and Registration Sites in Germany and Abroad:
In Germany, the main registration tour usually takes place between mid-June and mid-July. An additional registration tour will be arranged between mid-August and October. The possibility to register foals and present them for selection for the foal auction at the same time is possible for all dates from 15.06. to 01.07.23.
The schedule is updated and, if necessary, extended on a monthly basis. Other inspection and registration sites outside Germany may be arranged as the need arises until late May. To do so, please call Ms Dr. Stefanie Bergmann at the Holsteiner Verband office (+49-431-305996-51) or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
15. June 2023
10.00 Uhr in 29227 Celle, Burger Landstr. 54 (Darius Zand, Tel.: 0173-3074429)
16. June 2023
9.00 Uhr in 16321 Bernau, OT Ladeburg, Reitanlage Ladeburg, Rüdnitzer Str. (Udo Verworner, 0172-6917421)
14.30 Uhr in 18273 Güstrow, Am Gewerbegrund 4 (Cavallo-Arena, Reitsport Manski, Frauke Naumann, Tel.: 0172-7065469)
21. June 2023
10.00 Uhr in 6520 Toftlund (DK), Ryttergaarden, Hölleskovvej 4, (Egon Jessen, Tel.: 0045-40459556)
24. June 2023
10.00 Uhr in 33739 Bielefeld, Hageresch 80 (Angelika Wahl-Schwentker, Tel.: 0171-4666741)
15.30 Uhr in 46282 Dorsten-Hardt, Bestener Str. 70/145 (Markus Hoffrogge, Tel.: 0173-4874425)
25. June 2023
9.00 Uhr in 49624 Löningen-Benstrup, Neuekamp 1 (Martina Biermann, Tel.: 0173-3886620)
14.00 Uhr in 28876 Oyten, Moorstr. 45, Zuchthof Hollen (Dr. Günther und Bettina Friemel, Tel.: 0172-4208235)
29. June 2023
13.30 Uhr in 64372 Ober-Ramstadt/Rohrbach, Nieder-Modauer Str. 16, Waldenserhof (Horst K. Heleine, Tel.: 0172-6019005)
30. June 2023
8.30 Uhr in 79341 Kenzingen, Franzosenstr. 18, Reitverein Kenzingen (Harald Wurst, Tel.: 0171-4113486)
14.30 Uhr in 73479 Ellwangen, Hornbergstr. 89 (Klaus-Philipp Eichert, Tel.: 0170-9043978)
01. Juy 2023
09.00 Uhr in 84389 Postmünster, Josef-Bachl-Str. 1, Hengststation Bachl (Tobias Bachl, Tel.: 0171-3614 384)
12. July 2023
9.00 Uhr in 30855 Langenhagen, Maaßweg 33 (Fritz Engelke, Tel.: 0172-5160456)
14.00 Uhr in 37574 Einbeck, Bentieröder Born 4 (Wolfgang Harjes, Tel.: 0171-7701271)
13. July 2023
9.00 Uhr in 34516 Vöhl, Reit- und Fahrverein Vöhl e. V. (Heinrich Goebeler, Tel.: 0172-5665119)
14. July 2023
9.00 Uhr in 93149 Nittenau, Tiefenhof 10 (Stefan Rödl, Tel.: 0175-5931744)
08. September 2023
9.00 Uhr in 64-300 Nowy Tomysl (PL), Glinno 65 (Wojciech Kasperski, Tel.: 0048-504123502)
How can a mare be registered?
Verband Mare Show
Three- and four-year-olds that meet the criteria in terms of breeding and have received a minimum score of 52 points at the breeding districts’ mare inspections qualify for the Verband mare show held at Elmshorn in June.
The 2023 VERBAND MARE SHOW will be held on June 11, 2023!
Results of the final rings in the breeding districts 2023:
- Ostholstein (16.05.2023)
- Dithmarschen (17.05.2023)
- Rendsburg-Eckernförde (17.05.2023)
- Pinneberg (22.05.2023)
- Steinburg (22.05.2023)
- Europa (22.05.2023)
- Nordfriesland (23.05.2023)
- Schleswig-Flensburg (23.05.2023)
- Stormarn-Lauenburg (25.05.2023)
- Segeberg (25.05.2023)
- Bordesholm (02.06.2023)
Mare Performance Test
The mare test can be taken as a station and field test as well as via the show sport.
The basic gaits, rideability and free jumping are evaluated. The mare's willingness to perform is also assessed in the station test. The successfully passed mare test is, among other things, the basis for the award of the state premium.
Information about the mare performance test
Mares may undergo performance testing on station or in the field.
The basic gaits, rideability and free jumping are judged. When undergoing on-station testing, the mares’ willingness to perform will be judged, as well. Successful mare performance testing is one of the requirement to be eligible for the State Premium designation.
The station test involves 14-day training and a final test. In addition to evaluating basic gaits, rideability and free jumping, it also encompasses interior traits, subsumed under the mark for “willingness to perform and handling”.
The station test’s advantage is that the mares are trained and tested under standardized conditions over a two week period.
The one-day field tests are held on the association's ground in Elmshorn.
The one-day field test is organized and conducted by the respective breeding associations (Holsteiner Verband and Pferdestammbuch Schleswig-Holstein).
The field test starts with the free jumping in a jump chute (indoor arena), followed by a presentation under the own rider in groups up to four mares to evaluate basic gaits and rideability. Finally, the mare’s rideability is judged yet again by a test rider.
Holsteiner mares performance tested in Schleswig-Holstein (station or field test) sired by a young stallion (1st or 2nd covering season) or a Thoroughbred stallion will receive about 500 euros in financial support. Mare owners with a Holsteiner Verband membership will be contacted by the breeding department after the last field test.
How does a station test work?
How does a field test work?
Registration and dates
The registration for the station test and the field test are done at the Holsteiner Verband in Kiel.
17. April 2023 Elmshorn (Final Exam)
02. May 2023 Elmshorn (Final Exam)
In spring 2023 the station tests for 3- and 4-year-old Holsteiner mares will be carried out in Elmshorn. The mares will be kept at the station for 2 weeks. On the delivery day the mares have to be ridden in front of the test director by their own rider.
The fees for the entire station test amount to approx. 700 € per mare. This includes all costs (accommodation and care of the mares, riding and examination fees).
For the months of April / May 2023, two rounds of station tests are being planned. The exact dates will be fixed after receipt of the registrations and the owners of the mares will be informed.
We ask the breeders to register their mares for the station test 2023. Any Holsteiner mare (born in 2019 and 2020) may be entered. Should you be interested in having your mare undergo performance testing - which is rather important from the breeder’s point of view - you may enter the mare in question by submitting the entry form to the Holsteiner Verband, Abteilung Zucht, Steenbeker Weg 151, 24106 Kiel.
Registration deadline is 30 January 2023. Please adhere to this deadline, as we need to have an overview of the mares entered for performance testing as soon as possible. You will be issued with more information upon registration.
19. April 2023 Elmshorn
10. May 2023 Elmshorn
15. May 2023 Ellwangen
22. June 2023 Elmshorn
Only at the Elmshorn (19. April) and the Ellwangen (15. May) field tests, the performance tested mares can also be registered into the Holsteiner studbook on the same day. Please state your intention to have your mare studbook-registered when entering your mare for performance testing.
Holsteiner mares performance tested in Schleswig-Holstein (station or field test) sired by a young stallion (1st or 2nd covering season) or a Thoroughbred stallion will receive about 500 euros in financial support. Mare owners with a Holsteiner Verband membership will be contacted by the breeding department after the last field test (22.06.2023).
Adjustments in weighting the mare performance test criteria
To promote the breeding of Holsteiner dressage horses, and for a more performance-related assessment of dressage oriented mares, the dressage committee suggested adjusting the way the evaluated mare performance test criteria are weighted.
These suggestions have been implemented, so that the final test score is now calculated by weighting the criteria differently for jumping and dressage oriented mares.
Please state the mare’s orientation (jumping or dressage) on the field test entry form. The final test score will be calculated accordingly.
In case no information is provided, the mare will be considered as jumping oriented.