Foal Assessments 2020 – 21

Video instructions and Entry conditions Sponsored once again by @MVS – Equine

To be assessed in Germany by the Verband judges – as was successfully carried out by the British Hanoverian Society during their Autumn – and the system will be used by other Daughter Societies and Breeding Clubs due to the constraints of the Covid pandemic.

Finish date: 31 March 2021

Fee: $100 per foal


  • All foals with 8 or more receive the Premium Foal sash
  • All foals receive the assessment certificate
  • The Best foals also receive the Gold Medal Plaque and Certificate at the AGM Awards presentation

Dressage Bred

Best Hanoverian Colt and Best Hanoverian Filly

Best Rheinland Colt and Best Rheinland Filly

Jumping Bred

Best Hanoverian filly and Best Hanoverian colt

Best Rheinland filly and Best Rheinland colt

Conditions of entry:

  • Entry fee of $100 paid using the online form


  • Foal registration and DNA fees must be paid – using the online Foal Application Form


  • Entries close on 31st March 2021

Demonstration Video (do not take notice of the Microchip part)


Explanations to the studbook inspection by video


For the studbook inspection by video we need four videos, which should be filmed individually.

Video 1: Identification

In the first section we check the identification of the foal and compare it with the information in our database. To do so, place the foal on solid ground and film, preferably in landscape format, starting from the head and walking around the entire horse. Especially the white markings on the legs should be clearly visible.  State the foal’s name and that of sire and dam and your name.

Video 2: Conformation and correctness of gaits

The next video is about the conformation and the correctness of gaits of the foal.

Place the foal on solid ground in an open position and film from the side (preferably in landscape format). Then turn the foal around to the right and stand her up in an open position from the other side.

Afterwards, to evaluate the correctness of gaits, lead the mare a few meters away from the camera, turn right and come back in a straight line. The limbs should be clearly visible.

Repeat this procedure at the trot.

Video 3: Walk on the triangle

The walk should be on a triangle, which can be easily set up with poles or pilons on a meadow, in an indoor arena or an outside ring. The filming should be done from the middle of the triangle. The mare is led around the triangle on the right-hand side, with the foal walking on her inside – and this should be presented in an active, rhythmic tempo. The walk can be accompanied by a whip handler if necessary.

Video 4: Trot on the triangle

In the next video you film the trot of the mare in the same way with the foal again on her inside. An active trot is desired, if possible, with an extension in rhythm on the long side of the triangle.  The trot can also be assisted by a whip handler if necessary.


  • Upload the video via Messenger in Hanoverian Facebook or via YouTube and send link to


Some things to take notice of to make your foal video the best it can be (and if you don’t like it try again before submitting)


  • Choose the optimum age to get the best result – NOT during a growth spurt
  • Make sure that the foal is in good condition and looking balanced in its body
  • Wear sensible clothing (gloves, solid shoes, helmet)
  • Plaiting is optional
  • Hooves must be unpainted
  • Film in landscape – and don’t use the Zoom – try to fill the frame naturally
  • Be aware of light and shade in your arena or field


Studbook Classification Tour 2021 – foals by video assessment in Germany