Hanoverian and Rhineland Horse Breeding

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The Hanoverian horse is one of the most important horse breeds of the world. With approx. 16,000 registered brood mares and more than 400 stallions, Hanover occupies a pole position worldwide and has considerably influenced many other riding horse breeds.

Horses with the Hanoverian brand shine as competition horses at tournaments all around the world. Olympic champions, world and European champions in dressage, show jumping and eventing descend from Lower Saxony, and they are the perfect ambassadors for quality and performance. Our horses also become increasingly popular when it comes to pleasure riding. The Verden auctions are appreciated showcase of our breed. 

Hanoverian Stallions

Hanover's outstanding position at national and international competitions is only possible due to consistently pursued selection measures.
There are approx. 400 stallions available for breeding. The Lower Saxonian National State Stud has stationed approx. 120 state stud sires at its different insemination stations. The other stallions are privately owned with a huge part of these owners being organized as association “Verein Hannoveraner Privathengsthalter P.B” (Association of Private Stallion Owners). 

Hanoverian Mares

More than 1,800 Hanoverian dam lines form the maternal background of the breed. They provide the foundation of success of the Hanoverian breed and are the result of thorough selection measures over generations.

Hanoverian Foals

A healthy foal is the greatest luck and pleasure for every breeder. The Hannoveraner Verband registers foals in the studbooks for Hanover, Rhineland and Hanoverian halfbred racehorses.

Hanoverian Dam lines

Mares out of well-bred foundation lines with a secured prepotency are the most valuable property of a horse breeder. Particularly the Hanoverian breed provides a huge number of outstanding dam lines that constantly produce excellent competition horses for the different disciplines, licensed stallions and valuable mares.

Hanoverian Breeding Programs

The extraordinary position of the Hanoverian horse at the national and international level was only possible to achieve due to consequently applied selection measures. The goals anchored in the breeding principles are meant to be achieved by means of a breeding program. Guidelines cope with up-to-date fields of action, and the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program forms the pillar for this partial population.

Keeping with tradition is one principle, but at the same time regularly searching and revealing new options is as important. 

History and origin of the Hanoverian Horse

The beginnings of purposefully breeding Hanoverian horses can be traced back into the 16th century. Hanoverian horses were bred and raised for agricultural and military purposes. Breeding horses was an essential basis of existence for the farmers. The foundation of the Celle National State Stud in 1735, launching the central registration of breeding and foalings, was tremendously important. Thoroughbred and English halfbred stallions were increasingly used to refine the breed “Hannöversches Pferd” at the beginning of the 19th century. The breed was consolidated after 1870 under consideration of native lines with the focus being placed on the horses being suitable as coach or military horses. The Hanoverian Studbook was founded during this time in 1888, the predecessor of the Verband we know today.
In 1922, the breeders teamed up and founded “Verband Hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter”, thus creating the basis for a central and uniform processing and assessment of all registered breeding activities. While special importance was placed on using the horses in agriculture in the years between the two World Wars, the Hanoverian breed was reorganized and restructured after the World War II. The Hanoverian breed was once again refined with Trakehnen and thoroughbred horses and developed into what it is today: an excellently to ride, noble, big-framed and correct warmblood horse, appreciated all over the world as sports and pleasure partner.

Hanoverian Sport and FRH

Today, the breeding of Hanoverian horses is focused on sports purposes. Hanoverian horses have all times been counting among the most successful horse breeds worldwide in the Olympic disciplines dressage, show jumping and eventing. This is still a fact today. The Hannoveraner Verband is also active in the field of sports promotion with its “Supporter’s Club for Hanoverian Sports Horses” FRH.