Hanoverian and Rhineland Studbook registration

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There are different options to register a mare with the studbook, either at separate dates or during mare performance tests and mare shows. The dates are offered all over Germany and in many European countries. However, it is also possible to have mares of other riding horse populations registered and used in the Hanoverian breed.

Hanoverian Studbook divisions

The results of the studbook inspection are announced after the walk presentation, stating exactly in which division of the studbook the mare will be entered. Registering with the different studbook divisions requires certain conditions when it comes to pedigree, conformation and basic gaits. There are three different divisions of the studbook :

  • Main studbook (symbol H).
    Evidence for four generations of approved ancestors has to be provided to enter a mare into this division of the studbook (Hanoverian Studbook). The dam of the mare has to be registered with the main studbook or with the studbook.  Hanoverian, Hessian or Rhenish mares have to achieve an overall score of at least 6 for conformation and gaits and each of their six partial scores that are essential for the registration, have to be at least five and better. Mares of all other populations have to be judged with an overall score of at least 7 for conformation and gaits.
  • Studbook (symbol S)
    Evidence for three approved generations of approved ancestors has to be provided to enter a mare into this division of the studbook, and the dam must have been either a main studbook, studbook or a pre-studbook mare. The studbook mare has to be judged with an overall score of min. 5 at the studbook inspection. She has to achieve at least four points for each of the six partial scores. 
  • Pre-studbook (symbol V)
    To register a mare with the pre-studbook, the pedigree certificate resp. certificate of birth of the Hannoveraner Verband or Rheinisches Pferdestammbuch has to be available. Upon studbook inspection, the mare has to be judged with an overall score of at least 5, scoring at least a 4 for each of the six partial scores. The pre-studbook is part of the main division with the Hanoverian Studbook.

To enter a mare into one of the three divisions (main studbook, studbook, pre-studbook) of the Rhenish Studbook, lower requirements apply for some criteria.

Schedule of a Studbook inspection

The mares are presented to the judges in-hand while standing (conformation), on the triangle in the trot (evaluation of trot and correctness of gaits) and in small groups while walking (evaluation of walk). The registration result is announced after the walk ring. We recommend to practise and exercise making the mare stand and presentation in the trot and in the walk before. As your mare should be able to present her skills in both gaits as perfectly as possible, she should move as independently from the presenter as possible. It is only logical that the presenter has to run at high speed from time to time to achieve this goal. It goes without saying that the mare has to be in a perfect feeding condition with shiny coat which reveals an excellent general condition and state of health, as well as well-maintained hooves. It is also a common practice to have the mare’s mane braided. Before the mare is presented, please contact the officials at the registration venue who are responsible for the schedule. Most venues have a registration office where you can deposit the horse passport of your mare.


The Studbook Registration Commission awards scores from 1 (very bad) to 10 (extraordinary). Only whole scores are given. The judges assess the conformation of your mare.
The following features are evaluated:

  • head
  • neck
  • saddle position
  • frame
  • front limbs
  • rear limbs

These features are combined in the score “quality conformation”. However, it is not necessarily the mathematical average of above mentioned individual scores as single marks may be weighted differently.
By averaging the scores for

  • breed and sex type
  • quality of conformation
  • correctness of gaits
  • elasticity and impulsion (trot)
  • walk
  • overall impression and development

the “overall score” is derived, representing the mathematical average of all assessed features. This score is rounded up or down. The individual scores are handed over to the exhibitor after the studbook registration upon collection of horse passport and breeding register at the official show office.


Fees and dues are to be paid on site. Amount of fees as specified in the fee schedule.