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Breeding Your Mare

To breed registered Hanoverian horses, both the mare and stallion need to be registered and approved by the Hanoverian Verband.

Canadian members can breed to any sire in the Canadian Directory or the Verband Directory. Stallions listed in the American Hanoverian Society Directory may also be utilized.

Insemination Certificate

All mares bred by fresh, frozen or natural from approved stallions must have an insemination certificate completed in the year of breeding.

Certificate Completion

  • for natural and fresh semen it must be completed by the stallion owner
  • for transported semen (cooled or frozen) it must be completed by the mare owner and attending veterinarian.
Mare Inspection & Show

Eligibility Requirements

The mares’ original pedigree papers must be brought to the inspection!

Three-year-old and older Hanoverian mares, need a total score of at least six for entry into the Main Studbook. Three-year-old and older non-Hanoverian mares with at least 50% Hanoverian bloodlines, whose non–Hanoverian ancestors belong to the following populations need a total score of seven or better:

  • Arab and Anglo Arab
  • Holstein
  • Thoroughbred
  • Trakehner
  • Westphalia

Mares may not currently be registered with any other breed organizations as an active broodmare. The issuing of papers for foals resulting out of these mares and the branding of these foals can only be conducted by one organization (her breed organization or where she is approved for that year).

Mare Performance Test

Mare Performance Tests have become an important measure in the Hanoverian breed and most newly registered mares participate. The basic gaits, jumping talent and the mare’s rideability are tested by an invited test rider. Individual scores are given from 0 (not performed ) to 10 (excellent). The final certificate contains an overall total score and after passing the test each mare will receive a stall plaque and test certificate. The judges are representatives of the Hanoverian Verband.

The test is voluntary except for owners who wish their mares to be considered as an Elite Mare Candidate. If you are interested in having your mare tested, please notify your local breeding club to arrange it. The test fee will be collected on the day of the test. In Western Canada the Mare Performance Test usually takes place prior to the studbook inspection.

Elite Mares

At the mare shows, a mare can obtain the title of Elite Mare or Elite Mare Candidate. This is the equivalent to the title “Staatspramienstute” which can only be awarded in Germany.

Regulations for the title of Elite Mare in Canada

  • the mare must either carry the Canadian Hanoverian hip brand or the brand of the Verband or the brand of another approved Hanoverian society and must be entered into the Main Studbook.
  • Her dam must be entered into the main studbook
  • The mare must have passed her Mare Performance Test at the age of five at the latest with the following results:• Average Gaits/Average Rideability/Average Jumping
    • Versatile Mares 7.0/7.0/7.0
    • Dressage Talented Mares 7.25/5.0
    • (Average Gait and Rideability)
    • Jumping Talented Mares 6.0/7.25
    • (Average Rideability and Jumping)
  • The title is awarded to three- or four-year-old mares. On principle the title is awarded at an official mare show of the two Canadian horse breeding clubs by the respective judges’ commission. The mares are graded and must be classified into Ia. If no mare show takes place in a region then the title may be awarded at a studbook inspection where two official judges are present.
  • The mare must not be a roarer. The veterinary examination on this fault must be carried out in the year in which the title is awarded. The respective veterinary surgeons must be approved by the Verband.
  • The mare must give birth to a live foal which is registered with the Verband. The mare is recorded as an Elite Mare Candidate as long as she has not fulfilled this requirement. If the mare does not give birth to a live foal she is not awarded the title.
  • States Premium candidates which are imported from Germany receive the title of an Elite Mare if they give birth to a foal in Canada and fulfill all the other requirements.
  • The title Elite Mare is added to the pedigree paper and is recorded as part of the name of the mare as soon as all the requirements (including the foal) have been met. The abbreviations are: EM and EM-CA.

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