A stallion can be registered into the Holsteiner Verband stallion book I in his third year at the earliest, provided that he qualifies by pedigree and has been stallion-graded by the Holsteiner Verband. The final registration depends on the stallion successfully completing performance testing.
The stallion performance test system has been overhauled in 2016 and is now carried out on station (50-day option) or as a combination of station test (14-day test) and sport horse performance.
For further information about stallion testing, including guidelines, dates, and results, visit the website of the German Equestrian Federation (FN).
For information about the selection criteria compare article 23 of the Holsteiner Verband rules and bylaws.