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About the Registry

The Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) brings to North America a tradition of excellence in Warmblood breeding, as well as a dedicated, friendly, and approachable staff.

The RPSI is the official North American extension of the German Verband, the Pferdezuchterverband Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar e.V. RPSI (Deutsches Sportpferd, formerly called Zweibrücker) horses receive official passport-style registration papers from Germany, as well as a Life Number and brand, and are entered into the German database of sport horses (VIT). North American horses registered with the RPSI are eligible to compete and breed in Germany, under the same rules as horses born in Germany, and breeders here get input and advice from the same German judges and officials who oversee the direction of sport horse breeding in Germany. The RPSI was the first North American Warmblood breeding organization to offer its members the opportunity to market US-bred foals in a Select Auction Format - offered each fall for RPSI registered foals.

The History -
For centuries Zweibrücker has been the Rheinland Pfalz-Saar breed name. Starting in 2014, foals born in N.A. and Germany from the six member organizations of the South German Breeding Association, which includes the PRPS/RPSI and makes up more than half of Germany, will be Deutsches Sportpferd (DSP). All of the member registries voted to adapt a single breed name, which better represents the broad vision of their sport horse breeding goals.

The territory of the Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar developed in southern Germany along the Rhine River. During the Roman Empire the area was principally known as Rheinland Palatinate. In 1755 Duke Christian IV von Pfalz-Zweibrücken established a state stud. More than 100 stallions were traded with Trakehnen. During the Napoleonic wars many stallions were lost to the French. There is even a famous painting of Napoleon riding a grey Zweibrücken stallion named "Fayom". It is said that Napoleon was impressed by the beauty and stamina of the breed. The Pferdezuchterverband Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar e.V. was formed in 1977 and still maintains the registry today. The PRPS is one of the few German breed associations with its own riding/training facilities. Their equestrian center (Pferdezentrum) was built in Standebuhl/Sonnersbergkreis in 1992, and is the center of administration as well as offering sales and training.

The Brand -
The brand for the Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar territory was created By Duke Christian. The symbol is the joining of two famous bridges found in the city of Zweibrücken. A replica of the Duke's Crown rests above the bridges. The literal translation of Zweibrücken is "two bridges".

What We Offer -
R.P.S.I. uses only the top educated and qualified representatives directly from the German Verband at its North American Inspections. Using the same representatives here and in Germany assures more correct and ethical Keurings. As in Europe, approved mares and stallions are entered directly into the Mare and Stud Books as they do in Germany, and foals are given a registration number at birth. This number follows the foal's show results, location, and breeding records, if applicable. From 2013, the RPSI has started microchipping foals, either in addition or in place of a brand. Starting in 2016, all foals will be required to be microchipped, while branding will be optional. Also in 2016, all RPSI Registered foals will receive a USEF lifetime number!

Inspection Judge Otto Schalter traveling between keurings

RPSI staff and judges travel across North America for 2 1/2 months each year on the annual inspection tour to see as many breeders/farms as possible. Stud Book Director Otto Schalter carries the computerized German sport horse database (V.I.T.) with him to ensure accuracy and up-to-the-minute information for breeders, as well as offering instant official temporary registration documents and score sheet printouts at the inspection site.

Our Motivation -
The main goal of the R.P.S.I. is to preserve and expand the quality of sport horses in all disciplines on the North American continent. There is dedication to offer service, advice and stability for both the breeders and those purchasing and competing on R.P.S.I horses. North America is producing some of the highest quality equine athletes in the world. It is our job at R.P.S.I. to ensure that the breeder receives the registration and promotion they deserve.

Breeding Standards -
Deutsches Sportpferd horses are bred for quality of movement, correctness of conformation and clear character for competition and reproduction. We believe that this foundation produces a superior athlete with high trainability and competitiveness.

Some Successful Zweibrücker and Deutsches Sportpferd Horses
Many outstanding and internationally successful horses have come from the ranks of this breed. Recently, DSP currently has one of the largest mare bases in Germany with approx. 13,500 mares and more than 500 stallions. The quality of the horses speaks for itself with Gold Medalist winners such as La Biosthetique Sam ridden by Michael Jung representing the DSP at the 2012 London Olympics. DSP Belantis by Benetton Dream just won the five-year-old class at the 2014 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf. Other familiar names in the news are Rocana, world champion in eventing, Chilli Morning ridden by William Fox Pitt, and the Bundeschampion 5 y.o. German Riding Pony jumper High Noon (Halifax x Chico).

Under the Zweibrücker breed name are such notables as Lucky Lord ridden by Margit Otto-Crepin in the 1996 Olympic Games, Romantico, a Zweibrücker gelding ridden by Robert Dover at the 1984 Olympic Games as well as Apricot D by Alexis, who is ranked as one of the top two most successful show jumpers of all time. His rider Hugo simon of Austria has achieved international success on two other Zweibrückers, Magnum and Amaretto D.