For centuries, horse breeding and equestrianism have played an important role in our land between the seas - Schleswig-Holstein, the horse country between the seas. Our Holsteiners have become world famous since, they have gained a following from various nations and people all across the world breed Holsteiner horses.

We invite you to join us and become a Holsteiner Verband member, to become part of our community striving to breed the best Holsteiner horses. Wherever you live, wherever you come from, you are welcome. 



The Verband has full members (active and passive) and honorary members or chairpersons. Membership is open to any individual, private partnership under the Civil Code, or legal entity fulfilling the requirements of the latest version of the Animal Breeding Act and willing to acknowledge the latest version of the Holsteiner Verband rules and regulation.  

Members will be assigned to a breeding area according to their place of business. Private partnerships under the Civil Code (breeding partnerships) may be formed by two Verband members at least.  One of them must be named to the Verband as having power of sole representation so that any declaration executed by the Verband towards this person is effective for both partners.  

The membership is not heritable, but may be transferred to a natural person in case of legal succession to a breed operation.


A full member with no breeding stock activated is considered a passive member. Full members with activated and registered breeding stock are considered active members.


To become a member, just print out the membership application form or have the North American Breeding District office send you one. Submit the form you have filled in with signature and pay the membership dues. As a member you will receive the magazine PFERD+SPORT which provides you with monthly information about Holsteiner Verband and Pferdestammbuch Schleswig Holstein/Hamburg breed and sport related events.

Membership can be terminated with three months’ notice to the end of the business year by registered letter to the Verband.