Stallion Licensing for Hanoverian and Rheinland – you think it’s an expensive exercise? Well think again.

We are privileged in New Zealand to be able to offer this possibility. Licensed and Performance tested Stallions from Germany cost tens of thousands of Euros now and the costs of transporting to NZ have skyrocketed. It’s just NOT a feasible option unless you are a multi-millionaire with not much concern about return on investment.

When the Stallion is licensed as a young horse, he receives a license pending achievement of the performance criteria by the end of his 6th year. This is an internationally recognised status – not JUST one for New Zealand.

  • Stallion owners enjoy complete reciprocity between NZHS and the Hannoveraner Verband
  • For a jumping bred stallion the performance is gained through 5 places 1st to 5th in the young horse show jumping classes – of which there are many. For a dressage bred stallion his performance will be through the Young Dressage Horse Classes– which are developing in numbers.
  • As a 3-year-old stallion he performs an in-hand inspection, and that result is accompanied by a Vet report and Xray protocol. There is a Free jumping assessment for jumping bred stallions and for a Dressage bred stallion he performs the same in hand assessment and that is followed by a ridden assessment.

The criteria are laid down in the Hanoverian Verband Rules – which we strictly adhere to in our rules.

  • One of several requirements for NZHS breeding approval is that a stallion’s sire and the sires of the five female ancestors in the direct dam’s line of the stallion must belong to the NZHS’s own breeding population or to a recognized breeding population approved by the AHS (six generations altogether).
  • The dam must be entered in the NZHS or HV Main Studbook or belong to a recognized breeding population.
  • Her dam (the second dam) must also be in the Main Studbook or belong to a recognized breeding population, or if she is a Thoroughbred, Arabian or Anglo-Arabian mare that is not in the Main Studbook she must have scored an overall seven (7.0) and be in the NZHS Studbook.
  • The third dam (the great-granddam) on the dam’s side must at least be in the NZHS Studbook or belong to a recognized breeding population.
  • In New Zealand, at a minimum of three years of age, Hanoverian stallions are evaluated in free jumping (jumping pedigree only), conformation, gaits, presence, and masculinity. The inspection commission consists of representatives of the Verband and members of the AHS Mare and Stallion Committee.
  • To pass the inspection, a Hanoverian-registered stallion must receive an overall score of seven (7.0) with no subscore lower than five (5).
  • Have the Vet Clinical Examination Protocol and prescribed protocol for X-Rays of limbs and hooves approved by the Hannoveraner Veterinarian.

So, the costs involved for NZHS are as follows:

There MUST be a Verband recognised Stallion judge (sourced from overseas as we do not have one in NZ)

The Verband vets charge  a fee for assessing the Vet reports and X-Rays.

There is a commission set in place as well as the Verband judge – comprising the NZ based classifiers, a Discipline expert as approved by the Verband and a Test rider for the stallions 4 and over who must have ridden at the higher levels for said discipline – and international experience is preferred. All of these required personnel cost to some extent – sometimes there are airfares and travel costs at other times.

At the end of the process the fully lifetime licensed stallion is recognised internationally – not just in New Zealand.

Stallion Licensing_New Zealand Rules and Requirements