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Mare performance test

The basic gaits under the rider, the rideability and the free jumping of the young mares are judged in the mare performance test. It is an important selection stage in the breeding program of the Hannoveraner Verband.

The mare performance tests are highly valued by the Hannoveraner Verband, they not only provide information about the mare's qualities as a riding horse, it also offers valuable information about the offspring of the sires. The results serve as a basis for the breeding value estimation of the Hannoveraner Verband.


Mares are entered in the studbook during the mare performance test. At combination dates, in addition to the mare performance test, there is also the possibility of receiving the candidacy for the Hannoveraner Premium. The mare performance tests can also be taken via the Hannoveraner sport test jumping, dressage or eventing in combination with a show jumping, dressage horse or suitability test with cross-country obstacles, or via certain sport successes.

Mare performance test

In the mare performance test, the basic gaits, the jumping ability during free jumping as well as the rideability are evaluated by the group of judges and an external rider. The evaluation of the individual criteria is done in half scores. The score scale from 0 (= not suitable) to 10 (= excellent) is available. In the final certificate, partial scores are given for basic gaits, rideability and jumping. In addition, the mares are described linear in the individual criteria at the mare test. The test certificate and the linear description are available in MeinHannoveraner afterwards. There is no ranking. A single repetition of the test is possible. The result of the second test counts.


Mare performance test through competitions

As an alternative to the own performance test at station, in the field or as a Hannoveraner sport test, the performance test is also considered to have been passed if the mares can certain successes in competition sport tests by the end of their five-year age. The competition sport test is carried out in the disciplines dressage, jumping and eventing.
The following competition results (placing registered according to § 38 (2) LPO) are sufficient for passing the mare performance test:

  • three placings in first to fifth place in elementary class dressage or dressage horse tests and/or higher or
  • three placings in first to fifth place in elementary (L) level show jumping or jumping horse tests and/or higher, or
  • three placings in first to fifth place in eventing or cross-country horse competitions of class A and/or higher.

Hannoveraner Sport test

The Hannoveraner Sport Test and the following award is open as a mare performance test for all mares of the warmblood breeds recognized by the Hannoveraner Verband.
For four- to six-year-old dressage and show jumping horses, the sport test is performed in a preliminary dressage or show jumping test. In the eventing discipline, the Hannoveraner sport test consists of a suitability test with cross-country obstacles.

In eventing, the Hannoveraner Sport Test consists of an ability test with cross-country obstacles. The mares are judged by two committees of judges. During the presentation of the mare in the test, the breeding judges get an idea of the basic gaits and the rideability. The disposition is included in the basic score for the performance during the test, which is awarded by the judges of the competition test. In the disciplines dressage and eventing, the course of the sport test is directly integrated into the competition test. In the jumping course, the mares are first presented at the trot and then the walk on the long reins is evaluated before the mare leaves the course. The evaluation of the disposition can be replaced by a result from a jumping, dressage or aptitude test of at least equal value from the same year. If the mares have not yet been registered in the studbook of the Hannoveraner Verband, the sport test offers the possibility of a studbook inspection following the test. In addition, mares with the appropriate quality can receive the coveted candidacy for the Hannoveraner Premium.


Test dates in Germany and addresses where the mares can be registered can be found under dates. The registration forms and the entry fee of 35,- Euro have to be sent to the respective organizer at least four weeks before the test. The horse passport of your mare must be presented on the day of the test.

Admitted are three-year-old and older mares, which are registered in the studbook of the Verband or will be registered at the latest on the day of the test. If mares are not to be inspected on the day of the test, a double test fee must be paid. The participation will be noted in the mare's passport.

Tanja Coors

Membership administration, tour planning international for foal registrations and studbook inspections, Duplicate papers

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