Instructions – Mare Performance Test


In the Mare Performance Test the basic gaits, jumping talent in free jumping as well as the mare’s rideability  (assessed by a test rider) are judged. In New Zealand we undertake this in a Field Test situation – held over one day.



For the assessment , individual criteria scores are given covering the marks 0 (not performed) to 10 (excellent). The final certificate contains an overall score as well as the subscores – which result from the individual scores for the basic gaits, rideability and jumping talent.



The Judges commission consists of 3 representatives of the New Zealand classification panel OR  a representative of the Verband assisted by members of the New Zealand classification panel.

The test rider will be appointed by the Executive Committee. He or she will have had reasonable experience at FEI level competition  at least and ideally should be also be a NZEF qualified trainer.



The following criteria have been established for the jumping lane set up….as per overseas testing guidelines.

This  MAY be altered between elements 2 and 3 to suit shorter striding mares to encourage the best possible result for all participants.

There will be THREE jumping efforts, the first being a small upright approx. 50cm. Followed by an upright of approx 90cm. after TWO strides  (6.90m) and TWO strides (7.20m) to an oxer which will vary in height upwards to test technique and   scope.

This final oxer has no limits in height but will start at around 1.10m high and 1.00m wide.

There will be TWO marks given – one for technique and one for scope.



– The dates and times will be notified in the Newsletter – prior to the event

– The mare owner will notify the Studbook keeper of their intent to participate

– The cost will be $40


– The Mare has to be already entered into the Studbook (or the mare owner has to present the mare prior to the Performance Test for inspection). There will be an opportunity prior to the Performance test proper for mares to be inspected.

– The mare must be presented plaited,  in GOOD condition (not too thin nor too fat) with a shiny coat and well trimmed hooves. The mare should also be well accustomed to riding and handling in all three paces ridden and in hand.

– The mares will be presented in groups of three (if there are sufficient numbers) and marks are given by the Commission and recorded on the score sheets.

– The Test rider will assess each mare rideability/trainability and will give a comment then a mark after each mare. This mark is recorded on the score sheet.

– The PINK PAPERS must be presented at the Performance Test for verification and later endorsement by the Studbook keeper.

– It is advisable to set up a training venue prior to the Performance Test in order to give participants the best chance of passing.



ELITE MARES- criteria

Mares that have achieved the following:


i. overall 7 in the Mare classification

ii. passed Performance test with overall 7

(or 8 in one of the 3 following categories – gaits,rideability,free jumping – allowing a possible score of 5 in jumping for dressage bred mares.

iii. have a registered Hanoverian foal within three years of completing the performance test.