Mare Performance Test

On completing the Studbook Inspection the mare can be presented for Performance Testing which is very important for the Hanoverian Breeding programme.  This offers information about the suitability of a mare as a sport horse, but also hold valuable information about the quality of inheritable traits of the dam’s sire.

Mares are tested and assessed on one day, starting with the free jumping in the indoor arena. Jumping style and scope of the mare is evaluated over three jumps.

After free jumping, the basic gaits and rideability are tested under saddle with three mares performing in the arena at the same time.

Relaxed, elastic and regular basic gaits as well as a nice steady contact are important.

An experienced test rider will finally ride your mare for a short while to assess her rideability.

The test is open for three-year-old and older main studbook or studbook mares. A studbook inspection may be done before the mare performance test if the mare has not been inspected before.