- The studbook is divided into:
- Stallion Book
- Main Studbook
- Pre Studbook
- Horses are only entered in the various sections of the Studbook which correspond to the particular requirements. This shall be noted on the pedigree papers.
- For breeding purposes mares undergo a selection process.
- As well as fulfilling pedigree requirements, mares have to pass an inspection in which their breed type, conformation, movement and correctness of gaits are assessed.
- In Germany, this is known as the Studbook Inspection.
In New Zealand, we call it the Mare Classification.
- All Hanoverian horses bred in New Zealand and registered with the NZ Hanoverian Society have been sired by horses that have gained their licensing and performance testing.
- In the case of stallions, the selection is very demanding and the rules prohibit any stallion standing officially at stud until it has been fully licensed and performance tested.
[Fact Box] The Studbook