Overview: Other German WB Registries
 by Alicia Vogel

This page is to be considered a constant work in progress.  Please check back for additional Registry additions and updated information on existing entries.

Notes:  While most warmblood verbands include eventing in their breeding goals, most warmbloods do not perform well in eventing unless they are at least fifty percent thoroughbred.  As such they are usually an eventing breeder's separate program. 

And a word about color:  “Conservative” means only bay, chestnut, brown, and grey exist in the gene pool.  Sabino may be included, but body spotting should be documented in your own research.  Other colors will be noted individually.  Also keep in mind there is a difference between Registered and Approved.  Non-conservatively colored horses may be registered, but until they go through the approval process they are not to be considered mainstream colors for the registry.  A registry may state they will register all color that meet their requirements, BUT they are considered to be one-offs until they meet approval.  It is for this that one must be skeptical of breed books!

Brief Description: Medium to heavier warmblood.  Rarely do you see a lightly-framed Holsteiner.  Outside of approved "refining stock" it goes against their breeding goals.  Stallions must be a minimum of 16hh and mares a minimum of 15.2hh (62 inches (157 cm)).  Due to the heavy base stock they came from, roman noses used to be common.  They are also known for a more muscular neck.  Holsteiners top the charts of all the warmbloods in show jumping, although they are also competitive in the other sport disciplines. 
Colors: Conservative
Naming Convention: Colts must use the first letter of the sire, fillies named on year based-schedule.  Use of the name or a part of the name of the sire is discouraged.
Schedule for Naming of Female Offspring: (No Q or X) A 1986, B 1987, C 1988, D 1989, E 1990, F 1991, G 1992,  H 1993 , I or J 1994, K 1995, L 1996, M 1997, N 1998, O 1999, P 2000, R 2001, S 2002, T 2003, U 2004, V 2005, W 2006,  Y 2007
Status of the American OrganizationThe American organization has a separate studbook which allows for half-Holsteiners to be registered and branded, but these are not granted entry into the German verband.  In order to enter the German verband, the mare must be registered in the verband studbooks and the sire be approved and licensed in Holstein. 
Studbook Requirements:
  • Non-Holsteiner mares must either hold original Jockey Club registration papers or hold original registration from an AHHA-recognized studbook, and have a European-approved or American-approved sire or have an AHHA Certificate of Pedigree with an acceptable pedigree.
Holsteiner Verband: http://www.holsteiner-verband.de/cms/front_content.php?changelang=2
American Holsteiner Horse Association: http://www.holsteiner.com/

Oldenburg (GOV)
Brief Description: Medium to light warmblood type.  They are known as being the most liberal of the older verbands (the others being Hanoverian, Trakehner, and Holsteiner) with their early adoption of pinto markings and outside blood. Overall their breeding goals are for a modern sport horse for dressage, driving, eventing, and jumping.
Colors: Conservative & tobiano.  There is one approved palomino stallion, Inspiration GF, so there is a source for creme dilutions.
Naming Convention:  All colts must use the first letter of the sire.  Fillies intended for breeding must use the first letter of the dam.  Fillies not intended for breeding can use either the first letter of the sire or dam.
Status of the American Organization:  Branch of the main organization in Germany, with registered horses entered into the main books.
Studbook Requirements:
All Stock:
  • Must be from an recognized warmblood horse breeding associations with a full selection system. This means they have a licensing program that requires a performance test similiar to the Oldenburg Verband's 70 day test, 30 day test plus performance requirements, or higher performance requirements  such as the  Hanoverian, Westphalian, Holsteiner, or other European breeding societies such as the Swedish, Danish, and KWPN.
  • Exceptions to this are mares with Thoroughbreds with Jockey Club papers 
  •  Arabian mares are a special case, and owners must submit a request.  Very few of these are accepted, mostly due to the lack of performance testing information.
  • Must have a 5-generation pedigree meets these requirements: Stallion Candidate (Approved Stallion x Main Mare or Mare Book Mare (by Approved Stallion out of dam by Approved Stallion.) By approved, they mean by the German Oldenburg Verband or by an acknowledged registry.  Furthermore, the Oldenburg Verband advises to check that they accept a particular registry, as not all European and North American registries qualify.
Verband der Zuechter des Oldenburger Pferdes e.V.: http://www.oldenburger-pferde.com/horses/67_692.php
North American Registry: http://www.oldenburghorse.com/

ISR / Oldenburg-NA
Brief Description: They span from heavy, medium or light type which is variable morphologically due to the diverse bloodstock in the registry. The Oldenburg Registry North America & International Sport Registry originated in 1983 as an American branch of the German verband, but split off from the main verband in the late 90s and continued it's own independent studbook and registry in a bout of er, interesting politics.  The result is that they managed to obtain the trademark Oldenburg name and brand even though they cut ties to the main organization.  This creates a lot of confusion, so please check for "ISR","NA" or "GOV" when looking at Oldenburg stallion listings.  Their breeding goals is to create a modern sport horse suitable for dressage, driving, eventing, and jumping using open books for all "approved sport lines" and inspection and testing.
Colors: Conservative, tobiano.  Possible appaloosa patterns as there is a reference to American Knabstrupper mares going for inspection.  Due to the wide gene pool there are most likely others.  Possible cream dilutions...if I can find an approved palomino/buckskin or an approved Westfalen Zweibrücker, or Swedish Warmblood (or the previously mentioned Oldenburg (GOV) palomino stallion.)  Will update as I find them.
Naming Convention:  Offspring must use the first letter of the sire.
Status of the American Organization:  Independent.  Not affiliated with any German verband.
Studbook Requirements:
Oldenburg Registry North America: http://www.isroldenburg.org/
Reference for the split: http://www.behindthebitblog.com/search?q=oldenburg+na

Brief Description: A light warmblood type, due to it being the most closed studbook of the warmblood verbands.  Outside of Trakheners themselves, the only outside blood are approved Thoroughbreds, Anglo-arabs, Arabians, and Shagya-Arabians.  It is also known as a refiner of other warmblood breeds.  The breeding goal according to the German verband is "riding and sport horse of Trakehner type that is rideable and talented for many uses, with good interior values."
Colors: Conservative and tobiano (usually within old eastern german/polish Trakehner lines) There is also a very small true roan line within the Trakehner, noteably with the black roan German approved stallion, Bukephalos (deceased.)  He had been at stud abroad in Germany, but his color turned off many breeders which led to his eventual sale to a Canadian buyer. 
Naming Convention:  All full-bred Trakehners are named with first letter of dam's name.  Colt half-Trakehners are named with first letter of sire's name, fillies with the first letter of the dam's name.
Status of the American Organization:  The American Trakehner Association is an independent stud book from the German verband.  There is a spirit of partnership, as exemplified by a German representative during American approvals.  However, according to the agreement between both associations, each studbook is accessible to each other but horses approved by the ATA are not automatically given approval by the German verband.  (Reference: http://americantrakehner.com/Regulations/ATAverband)
Studbook Requirements:  Must be of Trakehner,  or approved Thoroughbred, Anglo-arabian, Arabians, or Shagya-Arabian parentage.
Trakehner Verband: http://www.trakehner-verband.de/
American Trakehner Association: http://www.americantrakehner.com/

Westfalen (sometimes spelled Westphalen, Westphalian)
Brief Description: Medium to light warmblood type.  The Westfalen verband has been resisting the dressage/jumping specialization of the other verbands, and instead has concentrated on good moving sport horses that are competitive for dressage and jumping as well as pleasure riding for amateurs.  According to Wikipedia, the Westfalen verband is the second largest after the Hanoverian.
Colors: Conservative, tobiano, possible cream dilutions...if I can find an approved palomino/buckskin or an approved Westfalen Zweibrücker, or Swedish Warmblood.
Naming Convention:  Offspring must use the first letter of the sire.
Status of the American Organization:  Branch of the main organization in Germany, with registered horses entered into the main books.
Studbook Requirements:
  • Foals can be registered if the sire or dam are registered Westfalen.
  • Sire must be approved by a German warmblood association and passed an approval test in Germany. 
  • Mares of Westfalen,  other warmbloods (recognized by the Westfalen verband) and Thoroughbred mares can be registered upon approval
Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V.: http://www.westfalenpferde.de/english-site/index.html
Westfalen Horse Association: http://www.westfalenhorse.org/

Zweibrücker aka Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar
Brief Description: They are a medium to light warmblood type which is variable morphologically due to the diverse bloodstock in the registry.    Their goals are to create a sport horse with correct movement, conformation, and a "clear character" (quoted from the US Branch website.)  It is to be noted that the Rheinlander Horse is in a seperate registry from the Zweibrücker.
Colors: Tobiano, cream dilutions (palomino, buckskin, etc.)  Due to the nature of the varied gene pool, there are probably others.  As I find approved stallions I will add them here.
Naming Convention: Offspring must use the first letter of the sire.
Status of the American Organization:  Branch of the main organization in Germany, with registered horses entered into the main books.
Studbook Requirements:
  • Warmbloods registered: Oldenburg-NA, German Oldenburg Verband, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Trakehner, Swedish Warmblood, Dutch Warmblood, Belgian Warmblood, Westphalian, Rhineland, Bavarian, and Baden-Wurtemburg.
  • Thoroughbred (Jockey Club), Arabian, Anglo-Arabian and Shagya Arabian horses are also eligible for entry into the main books. Breeding books for Knabstruppsers, Sport Ponies and Palominos (!) also exist.
  • Draft crosses, Quarter Horses and other American breeds are eligible for recording into the Pre-Mare and Stud Book II books.  For more details on the details of the various mare books and their progeny eligibility, please visit their website.
Pferdezuchtverband Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar e.V (in German): http://www.pferdezucht-rps.de/
Rheinland-Pfalz Saar International: http://www.rhpsi.com/