Young Stallion Licensing in December

Young stallion licensing in December

The licensing of the colts is the breeding year’s major event. In Holstein, this event has been held at the Neumünster Holstenhalls for well above 30 years. Since 2023 the young stallion licensing is held in December at the Verband facility in Elmshorn. At the Elmshorn licensing sites held in April and latest also in October, older stallions are admitted, as well.

In fall the registration period for the pre-selection of young stallions begins, the colts are presented for pre-selection to the stallion licensing held at Elmshorn in December. At least three members of the licensing committee judge the colts at the pre-selection and the licensing. In order to succeed at the stallion licensing, they have to convince the panel in terms of conformation, movement and jumping ability.

To register for the preselection of young stallions, a written application must be submitted to the Kiel Breeding Office.


Result of the young stallion licensing from 14 - 16 December 2023 in Elmshorn



Application for pre-selection of colts 2024

2.5-year-old Holsteiner colts must be registered by using the application form (see below).

Young stallions with a date of birth after 06/11/2022 cannot participate in the pre-selection due to animal welfare regulations.

Do not submit any registration papers/equine passports yet!

In case you wish to enter several colts, use a separate form for each horse (print copies or request additional forms from the Kiel office).

IMPORTANT: Your information will be used when compiling the stallion licensing catalogue later. The application form must be completed in full and submitted to the Holsteiner Verband Kiel office by 19 September 2024.

Colts are pre-selected from 29.10. - 01.11.2024 at Elmshorn. The stallion producers will be given the exact date when calling in to confirm the entry.

The application fee per colt is € 100 for Holsteiner Verband members and € 200 for non-members. Applications submitted after the due date incur a € 50 late fee per colt.



The application form must be submitted to the Kiel office.

Mailing address: Verband der Züchter des Holsteiner Pferdes e.V., Steenbeker Weg 151, 24106 Kiel, Fax: +49 431-336142, email:

Same as last year, stallion producers are requested to call in to confirm their entry some days prior to the pre-selection. The stallion owners/producers will receive more detailed information and instructions after the closing date.

Please take care to observe this rule!


Pre-selection schedule:
  1. in-hand presentation (bridled) on hard surface
  2. presentation at liberty and free-jumping (indoor arena)
  3. After the pre-selection, the stallion producers will be sent a decision letter. Then the auction conditions have to be agreed upon, as well.

Please note that helmets are mandatory for the stallion demonstrators!