At the mare show, three-, four- and five-year-old mares of particularly high quality are nominated as a Hannoveraner Premium Candidate. The shows are often the highlight of the horse breeding clubs and provide an overall view of the quality of the horses bred in that particular area. Some mare shows are well-known beyond regional and national borders. The mares are entered in one of the Verband's studbooks at a mare show.
The mares are classified in five different show classes:
- Two-year-olds who can be entered into the Main Studbook based on their pedigree
- Three-year-old Main Studbook mares with and without mare performance test results (two classes)
- Four-year-old Main Studbook mares
- Five-year-old Main Studbook mares (without foals)
- Six-year-old Main Studbook mares who have at least one officially registered, liveborn foal
Three-year-old and elder mares are only entitled to compete at mare shows if they were already entered into the Main Studbook or if they are scheduled to be entered at least during the mare show. Bigger mare shows sometimes offer special classes for show jumping and halfbred mares.en.
The mares are presented in trot on the triangular similar to the studbook inspection and should be prepared accordingly. The conformation is also evaluated. The following walk presentation in groups is meant to compare and to rate the mares. No scores are awarded, the mares are only divided in two premium groups (Ia or I).
Then, the mares are commented by a member of the commission. The best mares of the individual classes compete for the title “Show Winner”
Herwart von der Decken-Show
The Herwart von der Decken Show is the highlight of the breeding season. The best three-year-old Hannoveraner and Rhineland dressage and jumping mares meet in Verden in the first week of August to crown the best of their crop. The free jumping under the open sky for the jumping mares is the specialty of this show event.
The Herwart von der Decken-Show has become more and more important in the last few years and is meanwhile visited by international guests, too. It has been named after the long-time chairman of the Hannoveraner Verband, Herwart von der Decken.
The Herwart von der Decken-Show 2022 will take place on August 3rd in Verden.
The Friedrich Jahncke-Show, named until 2008 Louis Wiegels-Show, is hosted every two years at the regional level.
Besides the central importance for the hosting regional breeding clubs, it is particularly interesting for the breeders: Approx. 100 top mares and 10 mare families from the corresponding regional breeding clubs can qualify at local mare shows. It is a chance for each breeding site to represent itself at the transregional level.