For centuries, Hanoverians have been known as one of the
most successful breeds in riding. Yet for all its prominence
and success, including being touted as the best known of the
German Warmbloods, there is very little useful information
to be found about this 400 year old variety, either on breeders’
websites or on any of the six international registry sites.
Piecing together machine translations from German is woefully
imprecise, but there is very little info in English.
Known in Germany as the Hannoveraner, or Hannöverschen Horse,
the origins of selective breeding can be traced back to 16th
Century to the Kingdom of Hanover in northern Germany, which
is now the state of Lower Saxony. Breeding in Hanover at that
time was a major livelihood of farmers, and the Hanoverian
was bred for agriculture, carriage, and for the cavalry. Originally
developed as a draft horse, the breed has been enhanced by
the Trakehner, with imported Thoroughbred stallions. regularly
crossed with domestic war horse German mares for improvements.
The result is the modern Hanoverian horse.
The State Stud in Celle, Germany, was founded in 1735 at
a time when the individual reining German sovereigns wanted
to be independent of importing horses. Since horses were of
prime military importance, the goal of the State Stud was
to offer good stallions at low fees to individual breeders.
This goal remains, although the horses are no longer used
Those unfamiliar with the Hanoverian tend to think that the
State Stud at Celle and the Hanoverian Society are one entity,
but they are not. Both are separate organizations that co
operate to the benefit of the Hanoverian breed. The Hanoverian
Society e.V. is a private co operation financed by members’
dues, whereas the State Stud Celle is a wholly state owned
institution. Currently, 130 stallions are stationed there
and during the breeding season, between February and July,
from two to ten stallions are stabled at each of the 42 breeding
stations that are spread out over the region. Out of 12,060
services registered with the Verband in 1997, about 7,444
were carried out by state owned stallions. Currently the Hanoverian
stud book has approximately 19,000 mares and 540 stallions
Sometime after 1870, breeders consolidated, taking into account
the indigenous tribes, in which the coach and military suitability
of the Hanoverian stood in the foreground; and the Hanover
Chen Stutbuches (Hanoverian Studbook) was officially begun
in 1888 and in 1899 the Chamber of Agriculture took over the
stud book as keeper. Verband hannoverscher Warmblutzuchter,
e.V. (VhW), (The Society of Hanoverian Warmblood Breeders)
was later founded in 1922 in Germany through a merger of breeders
and abolished the requirement for a centrally controlled,
uniform breeding and evaluation of all recorded breeding operations.
During the time between the two World Wars special emphasis
was on use in agriculture.Since the end of World War II, the
breeding goal has been a redevelopment of Hanoverian breeding
to exclusively produce a more versatile performance horse.
The Hanoverian is a rideable, noble, big framed and correct
warmblood horse, which, on the basis of its natural abilities,
its temperament and character is suitable as a performance
horse as well as a pleasure horse. Breeding stock is very
carefully inspected and selected for correct conformation,
athletic ability and inner qualities such as disposition and
Hanoverians are large but refined, with long necks, sloping
shoulders and pronounced withers. The Hanoverian is characterized
by a strong build, muscular hidquarters, and hard hooves.
The head should be medium sized, and the eyes should be large
and expressive. The horses can be 15.3 17.2 hands high, but
most are in the range of 15.3 16.2 hands. The colors of Chestnut,
bay, brown, black, and gray are the most common. Regulations
prohibit buckskin, palomino and cremello horses, as well as
horses with too much white, from being registered. The Hanoverian
is a well proportioned warmblood horse with natural balance,
impulsion and three elegant, light, elastic gaits described
only as a ground covering walk; a floating trot; and a soft,
round, rhythmic canter. No further information is available.
The Hanoverian is calm and level headed, even in difficult
situations. The horse has an honest and trusting disposition,
and gives in willingly to the rider’s commands. They have
been bred to be willing and trainable.
A large number of top competition horses have been branded
with a special H brand of the Hanoverian trade mark on their
back left side. Its inspiration came from the crossed horse
heads that still decorate the gables of the breeding farm
house in Lower Saxony and is a relic from prehistoric times.
In the United States, the American Hanoverian Society (AHS)
was incorporated in 1978 in Kentucky with only 40 members,
for the purpose of gathering the Hanoverians in North America
into a registry to preserve and promote the breed. While the
AHS is an independent organization, it maintains a close relationship
with the German VhW, regarding inspection, registration and
licensing procedures and educational activities.
But not only top riders who engage in Olympic caliber dressage,
eventing, hunting, jumping and driving benefit from Hanoverian
Horses. The Horses with the H Brand also deligth pleasure
riders in many countries throughout the world. Hanoverians,
elegant, strong, and robust, excel in dressage, show jumping
and cross country.
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