Selectivity Enhances Success
Quality performance prospects are the result of the Hanoverian selection process. Each year the AHS organizes a national inspection tour to register foals, inspect and performance test mares, and license stallions. In order for a foal to be registered, both the sire and dam must be AHS approved.
Mare inspections take place at age three or older. German and American inspectors evaluate mares for type, conformation and gaits. The Mare Performance Test (MPT) scores a mare’s rideability, gaits and jumping talent. Eligible high-scoring Main Studbook mares that pass this performance test to become Hanoverian Premium Mare Candidates (HPMC) which was formerly called Elite Mare Candidates (EMC). Once they have completed the final requirement of producing an AHS-registered foal, they are awarded the prestigious title of Hanoverian Premium Mare (HPM) which was formerly titled Elite Mare (EM).
All stallion candidates must be presented for physical inspection. If scores on conformation, movement and jumping ability are sufficient, a temporary breeding license is granted. Stallions must then either complete Stallion Tests which evaluates their gaits, rideability and athletic ability, or they must meet specified performance requirements.
Only foals from AHS inspected and approved parents may be register with the AHS. Foals with only one approved parent can receive a Certificate of Pedigree.