About the Test
In Europe, the standard testing route now consists of a 14-day test at age three, followed by two consecutive years of 3-day sports tests at ages four and five. Due to limited numbers of 3-year old stallions, costs involved with providing a training director and staff, and the vast geography of our continent, the 14-day test was not seen as a viable option for North America. However, because the stallions are presented here at age three or older and shown undersaddle at their initial licensing it was agreed that we could use the undersaddle licensing as step one of the three step process.
The American Hanoverian Society, Oldenburg Verband, and Hanoverian Verband have worked closely with the German FN to finalize the format for North America. The FN’s approval was essential to ensure reciprocity between registries. Additional adaptations for North America include a 3-day sport pony test option and the six-year old testing option for stallions.
An example of how the licensing and sport testing process would work for a stallion would be as follows:
Age 3: The stallion is presented for licensing. If accepted, he is granted a 1-year breeding permit to breed mares at age 4.
Age 4: The stallion must attend a 3-day sport test. If he successfully passes (a score of 7.5 overall is required by the AHS, OHBS, HV), then he is granted another 1-year breeding license to breed mares at age 5.
Age 5: The stallion attends his second 3-day sport test. If he successfully passes, then he receives his Lifetime approval.
If a stallion misses a year of the sport test, he would not be able to breed the following year but could attend the next offered sport test. Stallions age 7 or older must achieve their sport performance requirements though the traditional sport model of upper level competition results.
The emphasis in assessment of young stallions has moved away from a static, single period of time to appraising the stallion's training progress and development at multiple points in their early career. This fundamental change will still allow stallion owners options for following a testing path or a wholly performance-based approval method.