2021 National Tour


It is happening!!! 2020 has shown we need to adapt to everything that COVID throws at us and this will include the 2021 National Tour. International travel is impossible but once again the Verband is assisting, however the format of our tour will be different in 2021. German classifiers will be reviewing endless videos of mares and foals.

Foals can be registered in the following methods:

1. If your mare is already classified then simply fill in Application for Foal Registration online and we will post out a DNA pack and marking sheet for your vet to fill in. 

2. As above, but also video your foal so it can be judged for gold and silver awards.

3. Attend a venue where HHSA representatives can assist with video, taking DNA and doing markings and branding. No scores will be given on the day.

Mares can be classified in the following methods:

1. Follow the instructions below and submit a video of your mare. Your mare will then be assessed by a classifier panel. 

2. Attend a central venue where HHSA classifier is present and a HHSA representative is there to assist with video. Your mare will also be assessed by the classifier panel. No scores will be given on the day. Dates and venues will be released over the next few weeks.


General Filming Tips

Please film all shots in landscape ie. with your phone held horizontally. 
Fill the frame and get as close to the horse as is safe to do so, only using the zoom facility when absolutely necessary, as zooming in tends to reduce the video quality.
Be aware of light and shade, especially when filming black legs and feet, as detail becomes lost in shadow.
Try to capture as much footage as possible side on, going with the foal or youngster when showing movement.
For side views, the horses’ legs should be positioned apart so that each limb can be seen. For hind and front views, the legs and feet must be square. • When walking or trotting horses towards and away from the camera, they must move in a straight line. If you can steadily and safely follow a horse with the camera, as it moves away from you, that helps maintain a clearer view. When leading, always look straight ahead to keep your horse straight.
Handlers are advised to wear appropriate safety gear eg hard hats and gloves.
Plaiting is optional, but will look smarter, particularly if you want to use your video for sales purposes.
Your video should be 3-5 minutes long. Please do not use slow motion.  

Use an area that is well light and large enough so that the judges can see her movement. Do not try to do this alone. You will need a second person to either manage the camera or handle the horse. You may also wish to have a whip handler to keep the horse moving forward. The horse handler and whip handler should be neat, functional, and inconspicuously dressed. When videoing, do not get too close to your mare but be close enough so the entire horse fills most of the camera’s frame.

This is your chance to show your mare in an environment where she is comfortable although you will still need to do some training so she knows what is coming and will show her best qualities. The mare should be presented in a snaffle bridle, with or without a cavesson noseband.


Hanoverian, Rhineland, and non-Hanoverian mares are eligible for inspection based on pedigree. Mares inspected via video alone will NOT be eligible for year-end inspection awards or premium status, such as Hanoverian Premium Mare (HPM) and Rhineland Premium Mare (RPM). This is a Verband directive. Where travel is possible the Australian classifier Kevin Lewis will attend central venues so that mares can qualify for awards and Premium status. In all cases videos will be assessed by the classifier panel before scores are finalised. 

Eligible Mares

  • Hanoverian and Rhineland Mares

Hanoverian and Rhineland mares registered with the HHSA or with the German Hanoverian Verband (HV) or any of its daughter societies are eligible for inspection into the HHSA breeding program. (Exception: HHSA Identification Register mares are not automatically eligible for inspection.)

  • Non-Hanoverian Mares may be eligible for inspection with the HHSA.
    • ASB registered Thoroughbreds, registered Arabians, and registered Anglo-Arabs are automatically eligible for inspection.
    • Non-Hanoverian warmblood mares (e.g., mares with passports from European Studbooks OLD, BAV, KWPN, Swedish Warmblood, etc) are eligible for either Hanoverian or Rhineland depending on pedigree.
    • AWHA and ACE mares must have their pedigree approved by the HHSA registrar prior to inspection.

Please ensure your mare is eligible for inspection prior to submitting the Video Inspection. To ensure you do the best video possible please watch the demonstration video, before commencing filming.

To nominate your mares click on the following link. http://www.hanoverian.org.au/forms/application-for-mare-classificationperformance-testing/

We need four videos for each mare, which should be filmed individually.
Video 1: Identification
In the first section we check the identification of the mare and compare it with the information in our database.
To do so, place the mare on solid ground and film, preferably in landscape format, starting from the head and walking around the entire horse. Especially the white markings on the legs should be clearly visible. If the mare is microchipped and you have access to a chip reader, scan the microchip on the left side of the neck with the chip reader and hold the device into the camera.
Video 2: Conformation and correctness of gaits
The next video is about the conformation and the correctness of gaits of the mare.
Place the mare on solid ground in an open position and film from the side (preferably in landscape format). Then turn the mare around to the right and stand her up in an open position from the other side.
Afterwards, to evaluate the correctness of gaits, lead the mare a few meters away from the camera, turn right and come back in a straight line. The limbs should be clearly visible.
Repeat this procedure at the trot.
Video 3: Walk on the triangle
The walk should be on a triangle, which can be easily set up with poles on a grassed area or an arena. The filming should be done from the middle of the triangle. The mare is led around the triangle on the right-hand side and should be presented in an active, rhythmic tempo. The walk can be accompanied by a whip handler if necessary.
Video 4: Trot on the triangle
In the next video you film the trot of the mare in the same way. An active trot is desired, if possible, with an extension in rhythm on the long side of the triangle. You should collect the trot before and thorough the turn. The trot can also be assisted by a whip handler if necessary.
Because this is on video, you can take as many tries as you like. Send in only the best effort.


Performance testing cannot be organised at the last minute so please let us know now if you plan to performance test a mare. More information on performance testing and classification of mares can be found on our website. http://www.hanoverian.org.au Performance testing will be offered in all States if required. Follow the link to fill in your online form:
Video will be used to assist in judging of performance testing. 


If you are not certain that the pedigree of your foal is acceptable then please call or email the Registrar to check. To nominate your foal click this link:
If your foal/s are already born then please do your online form as soon as possible. 
a. Branding by a HHSA representative may not be possible in 2021 so it is recommended that you have your foal microchipped prior to the tour. Many of our breeders are choosing to microchip all foals. 
b. Foals must be named when you do the online form.
c. It is also appreciated if you have obtained your Service Certificate from the semen supplier. Every foal registered through the HHSA requires a Service Certificate. The process is: 
Have your veterinarian fill in and sign an Artificial Insemination Form. Here is the link: http://www.hanoverian.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AI_Certificate.pdf
Send the completed form to whoever sold you the semen. The semen supplier then supplies the Service Certificate. The service certificate should be uploaded to the application for foal registration.

We understand that foals will not walk or trot in straight lines or stand square on command.
Try your best to include:
Both side views of all four limbs, knees and hocks downwards, front view and  hind view of all four limbs, knees and hocks downwards. 
Foal walking away on level surface and foal walking towards on level surface plus side view of foal walking.
Foal trotting away on level surface and foal trotting towards on level surface plus side view of foal trotting.


Videos for both mares and foals must be submitted by the 15th March 2021.

Video editing apps such as Vimeo or Splice can be used to assist in removing unwanted sections of your footage.

  1. Do the online form Application for Mare Classification or Foal Registration. Ensure you are a financial breeder member. Create your videos using the guidelines provided. Every effort will be made to use the videos that are submitted; however, they can be rejected for poor lighting, angles that do not adequately show the horse or other technical difficulty. No longer than 5 minutes per horse/foal. Be sure you name your video with the full name of the horse/foal including prefix/suffix and not a stable name or abbreviation.
  2. Submit your videos through the following methods:
  • Upload to Vimeo or Youtube and send the link via email to hanoverian@hanoverian.org.au
  • Mail a USB to the Registrar – Janette Lewis 303 Tallegalla Rd Tallegalla QLD 4340
  • Send to Janette Lewis via What’s App or Facebook Messenger. Because of video quality loss do not use messages or email.