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Written by Anouk van Breukelen
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Genetic parameters for performance of German riding horses

In 2001 genetic evaluation for riding horses has been introduced in Germany to provide estimated breeding values. These breeding values consider all available information on performance and are used to select horses for breeding.

The results show moderate heritabilities for dressage and show jumping. Estimated breeding values for the highest level achieved in dressage and show jumping competitions appear to be important indicators to increase genetic progress for competition related breeding goals of German riding horses.

Expert opinion by Anouk van Breukelen

By including highest level achieved in dressage and show jumping competitions it is attempted to minimalize the rider effect. However, this is difficult to evaluate. 



> From: Welker et al., Livestock Science 212 (2018) 93-98. All rights reserved to Elsevier B.V.. Click here for the online summary.

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