Video Inspection Rules and Guidelines

To enroll a mare for Video Inspection, please use the Online Inspection Tour Enrollment Form (Choose Video Inspection Option under Mare Enrollment) or the printable Video Inspection Enrollment Form PDF.

Rules

Both Hanoverian, Rhineland, and non-Hanoverian mares are eligible for inspection based on pedigree. Mares inspected via video will NOT be eligible for year-end inspection awards or premium status, such as Hanoverian Premium Mare (HPM) and Rhineland Premium Mare (RPM).

Eligible Mares

  • Hanoverian and Rhineland Mares

Hanoverian and Rhineland mares registered with the AHS/ARS or with the German Hanoverian Verband (HV) or any of its daughter societies are eligible for inspection into the AHS/ARS breeding program. (Exception: Certificate of Pedigree horses are NOT eligible for inspection.)

  • Non-Hanoverian Mares may be eligible for inspection with the AHS.

Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbreds, registered Arabians, and registered Anglo-Arabs are automatically eligible for inspection.

Non-Hanoverian warmblood mares (e.g., GOV, ISR, KWPN, Swedish Warmblood, etc) must have their pedigree approved by the AHS office prior to enrollment for inspection.

Prior to submitting the Video Inspection Enrollment Form, your warmblood mare must be preapproved for AHS inspection.

Inspection Criteria

Mares that meet the pedigree criteria for inspection will be evaluated on the following:

  • Masculinity/femininity and typiness

  • Conformation

  • Judges will assess the overall conformation and appearance, paying special attention to the angulations, proportions and joint formation.

  • Gaits

  • Movement as seen from the front and the rear must be straight with no paddling, winging or crossing over.

  • Impulsion and Elasticity

  • Impulsion must clearly emanate from the hindquarters, traveling through a relaxed back winging in rhythm with the gait. Movements should be big, yet light and springy.

  • Walk

  • The walk must be ground covering, relaxed and regular. Freedom of the shoulders and haunches and a supple back must be evident.

  • Overall Impression and Development

  • A horse’s development must be commensurate with its age. This score is a summary and statement of the impression of the horse. It is not an arithmetic sum of the previous elements.

Outcomes

Mares evaluated by video will be assigned a numeric score and those with sufficient scores may register all subsequent foals with the AHS. Subcategories will not be given nor will mares inspected by video be eligible for year-end inspection awards or premium status. Owners interested in premium mare status or studbook upgrades will eventually need to have their mares re-inspected at a regular inspection site, typically in combination with their mare performance test.

Guidelines

Here’s the bottom line:

You want to present your mare at her best. That means well-groomed, braided, in an area that’s well lighted and large enough so that the judges can see her movement. Don’t try to do this alone. You’ll 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 mare moving forward. The horse handler and whip handler should be neat, functionally and inconspicuously dressed. When taping, don’t get too close to your mare but be close enough so the entire horse fills most of the camera’s frame.

1. Presenting your horse

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’s coming and will show her best qualities. She should be bathed and braided as though she were going to a show. The horse should be presented in a snaffle bridle, with or without a cavesson.

2. Set up a Triangle

Find a flat space to set up your triangle. It can be a riding arena or a flat, mowed area. If you are presenting your mare on grass, be sure it is tightly mowed so that the judges can see the feet of the horse. Set up a triangle using poles, cones or other markers. The size and shape of the triangle will vary according to the conditions. The object is to allow enough room to show off your horse at the walk and trot. Most horses require at least 30-50 feet to show their trot. The videographer will stand at the point across from the longest side of the triangle. This will capture the horse as she walks away from the camera to the left, along the long side in profile, and then toward the camera when she comes from the right.

3. What to Video

A. Standing the Horse for Conformation

Start the video by presenting your mare for conformation evaluation.

  • The horse should be standing in an open stance so that the feet are positioned to show all four legs when viewed from the side. The handler should stand facing the horse. Video the horse from all angles, walking around the horse. Make sure the video clearly shows the horse from left side, right side, front and back.

  • Next, walk the horse directly away from the camera, do a 180-degree turn and walk back to the camera.

B. Showing the Gaits

Walk on the triangle

Walk the horse away from the camera, keeping the handler on the left of the horse and to the outside of the triangle; the horse should always turn to the right. Walk the long side, allowing the horse to swing, then round the corner and walk toward the camera as straight as possible. When in motion, the handler should always be on the left.

Trot on the triangle

The photographer with the camera should stay at the apex of the triangle (or several steps back) to capture all angles. Make sure you have enough room along the long side to show the trot.

When trotting the triangle, straightness and correctness of gaits are evaluated on all sides of the triangle. Purity and quality are best judged when the horse is seen in profile as it travels along the far side.

The greatest challenge of showing on the triangle is to get the horse to develop its optimum, balanced, ground-covering trot on the far side. The handler needs to take large steps with the horse and maintain rein contact. A whip handler may be employed to keep the horse moving forward.

Free trot

At some point take some video of your mare trotting freely. You can do this in any enclosed area as long as the area is well-groomed (i.e., grass mowed). The trick here is to get good shots of your mare trotting—not cantering or running wildly—in profile.

Because this is on video, you can take as many tries as you like. Send in only the best effort.

C. Submitting Your Video

  • Make sure you have your non-Hanoverian mare preapproved, if necessary (see Video Inspection Rules).

  • Enroll your mare with AHS using the inspection form, checking the box for video inspection.

  • Create your video 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.

  • Submit your video through the following methods:

  • Upload the video to the AHS YouTube channel. Once you enroll your mare, a link will be sent to you that allows you to upload your video to the American Hanoverian Society YouTube Channel.

  • Be sure to put your name, the name of your mare, and a contact number on the form.

  • Mail a thumb drive that contains the video file to the AHS office.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, contact the AHS office at ahsoffice@hanoverian.org or 859-255-4141.

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