Stallion Eligibility – Hanoverian & Rheinland Studbooks

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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 approval.

For a prospective stallion, the first step on the selection ladder is his pedigree. To qualify, a colt must have at least six generations of approved ancestors. The dam and the dam’s dam must be main Studbook mares. It is also mandatory that the dam has passed the ridden performance test, if she was born in 1990 or later.

Desirable stallions from non-Hanoverian breed populations recognized by the VHW, which have gained breeding approval and entry into the Stallion Book of that population, may also be accepted by the Verband, on an individual basis, for Hanoverian breeding over approved Hanoverian mares. Such stallions must have scored at least 120.0 points in their Performance test. Well-known examples of this are the Oldenburg stallion, Donnerhall, and the Westphalian, Rubinstein. In New Zealand, the Westphalian stallion Landro-L and the KWPN stallion, Prestige VDL come into this category.

Thoroughbred stallions may also be accepted into the NZ Hanoverian Stallion Book. In the case of a Thoroughbred stallion, he must have at least four generations of pedigree recognized by the New Zealand Racing Conference and fulfill certain performance criteria. He must also undergo and pass a licensing & performance testing inspection.

1. Hanoverian Studbook

Accepted Stallions: all licensed and performance tested Hanoverian registered stallions and stallions from other studbooks that have gained Hanoverian approval e.g. Holstein, KWPN (Dutch Warmblood) Selle Francais, Trakhener, Oldenburg, Westpahlian and certain select Thoroughbreds.

Swarovski (Old.)

1. Rheinland Studbook

Accepted Stallions: All Rheinland bred stallions that have been licensed and performance tested for the Rheinland Studbook.

All licensed and Performance tested Hanoverians bred and Hanoverian approved stallions.

Some Rheinland stallions have been approved for Hanoverian use e.g. Bellisimo M, Florestan, Lord Loxley, Ehrentush, but this is not always the case this can be due to pedigree limitations or colour as Rheinland Studbook accepts coloured horses which is not approved for Hanoverian.

Always check with the agent you are purchasing semen from – and/or look up the Stallions home page where it will state which Studbooks he is able to be used in.

Lingh II KWPN – licensed for Rheinland

Mares Eligibility – Hanoverian & Rheinland Studbooks

The registration of a mare in any section of the mare Studbooks can only take place if she fulfils certain criteria.

  • She must be three years old or older
  • She must have valid pedigree papers issued by the NZHS or other warmblood breed association that is recognized by the VHW, or …
  • If she is a Thoroughbred mare, she must have at least four generations of pedigree recognized by the New Zealand Racing Conference.
  • She must pass her mare Classification.
  • If she has not been DNA tested prior to entry in the broodmare Studbook, this will have to be done before her first foal can be registered.

1. Hanoverian birth branded Studbook mares – must pass with minimum of 6 in the mare classification.
2. Pre- Studbook Hanoverian bred mares with the first two generations of approved Hanoverian pedigree – and registered with NZWB or AWHA as examples. Overall score must be 7.

Dolly Blue Imp. by Diarado/Chacco Blue

3. TB mares – with a 4 generation NZ Racing Studbook pedigree – must pass with 7 overall and be 160cm high.

Jandella xx by Postponed xx

4. Mares with Hanoverian approved studbook pedigrees – Holsteiner, KWPN, Selle Francais, Trakhener, Oldenburg, Westpahlian – must pass with overall 7.

Trakehner mare
Trakehner mare

5. Rheinland mares – this includes imported Rheinland mares, mares from AWHA and NZWB registries with the required pedigrees. Main studbook mares must pass with 6 overall

Luminates (Lansing/Dynamit)
Luminates (Lansing/Dynamit)

Required pedigrees for Hanoverian Studbook would, for example, contain any of the above-mentioned pedigrees but the Rheinland studbook is a more open studbook which also includes Danish, Belgian, Swedish, Baden-Wurttemberg Warmbloods, Irish riding horse, Hessen, Anglo Arabian, Arabian. Colour is also permissible and the mare can be smaller than 160cm.

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Fact Box 1 – Studbook Eligibility – Stallions and Mares
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