If you want to breed your 3-year-old or older mare, she must be registered in the Holsteiner Verband stud book. At the mare inspections the mares are presented in-hand and at liberty and receive marks for type, topline, front legs, hind legs, walk, trot, and canter. Depending on the received marks, mares also meeting the criteria in terms of bloodline may attain a special designation (premium).
Mare Performance Testing
Mares may undergo performance testing where their basic gaits, rideability and free jumping are judged during a one-day field test or on station. When tested on station, the mares’ performance attitude will be judged, as well. Successful mare performance testing is one the requirements for the awarding of the title “state premium mare”.
Three-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.