The mares' awards highlight their breeding value and increase at the same time the value of their progeny as they will be shown in the progeny’s pedigrees.
Hanoverian Premium Mare
The Hanoverian award (Hanoverian premium mare) is a trademark for Hanoverian and Rhineland broodmares. Three-, four- and five-year-old mares are nominated Hanoverian Premium Candidate at mare shows only. Mares of this age that are awarded a Ia prize are at the same time nominated Hanoverian Premium Candidate.
To finally obtain this award, the mares have to complete the mare performance test. Five-year-old mares must have completed the mare performance test before participating in the mare show.
There are three possibilities to achieve the necessary result:
1. Dressage mares: An average score for basic gaits and rideability of at least 7.25 and free jumping of at least 5 is required.
2. Show jumping mares: An average score for free jumping and rideability of at least 7.25 and of at least 6 for basic gaits is required.
3. Multi-purpose disposition: A score for basic gaits, rideability and free jumping of at least 7 is required.
Hanoverian premium mares have to show no signs of roaring. Provided above mentioned requirements have been fulfilled within the stipulated deadline, the mare’s premium candidacy remains unchanged until the Hannoveraner Verband has registered her first foal. The title is only awarded then, will be mentioned as name supplement and entered into the horse passport.
Mare of the Year
The Hannoveraner Verband has been honouring the „Mare of the Year“ since 2007. This award, combined with well-endowed prize money, is meant to highlight the importance of mares for the Hanoverian breed. Partner for this award is the insurance company R+V/VTV-Versicherungen. The mares are the basis for sport and breeding successes, and their value cannot be appreciated highly enough. There are extraordinary mares who, bred to different stallions, accomplish to produce a number of top horses in their breeding careers. These progeny shine at show grounds all over the world or pass on their valuable genes as sires. The title “Hanoverian Mare of the Year” is the highest award a mare can win.
Hanoverian Mare of the year 2016: Donna Carara
„She is special“
It was the 10th time that a mare was awarded the title „Hanoverian Mare of the Year“ at the Gala Evening Show of the 133rd Elite Auction. Only special mares are honoured with this price. And this is how this year’s prize winner is seen by her owner. “She is special,” says Gaby Huntemann from Wagenfeld when being asked about Donna Carara. Donna Carara by Drosselklang II/Vollkorn xx is 23 years old and has her 15th foal at foot this year. Three of her progeny are successful international competition horses. Six of her offspring qualified for the Federal Championships. The pedigree already reveals a lot about the chestnut mare who was bred by Wilhelm Sprado from Wagenfeld. Apart from Drosselklang II and Vollkorn xx, Wendekreis and Czardasz ox can be found further down in her pedigree, more time Hanoverian performance blood and thoroughbred influence. Which means: nobles, strong nerves, toughness.
Galaxi Gräfin by Graf Top is her third foal. She qualified for the Federal Show Jumping Championships at the age of five and six and was then successful at the advanced show jumping level under Frank Lugge. The first of four successful advanced level jumpers out of Donna Carara until today.
Golden Gun’s career was quite similar, the one year younger full brother of Galaxi Gräfin. Golden Glenn was his name when he qualified for the Federal Championships. The Austrian Dieter Köfler started to ride him in 2009, and his name was changed into Golden Gun. Both celebrated international show jumping successes, they recently earned a high placement at the CSI**-tournament in Vienna in August.
The bloodline combination with Contendro proved to be particularly successful. Contendro is known for producing extraordinary horses when being bred to Hanoverian mares with a tough genetic performance background. As is the case with state premium mare Daily Sun by Contendro, born in 2005. She achieved her biggest successes until today with Mario Stevens who competed with the Donna Carara-daughter for two years, earning high placements in the Balve and Wiesbaden Grand Prix. Leonie Böckmann started to ride Daily Sun at the end of the last season, and she already achieved more international placements.
Copperfield is one year younger than Daily Sun, and he is also by Contendro. He was trained at the breeder’s site and celebrated successes with Christian Temme, Andreas Kreuzer and now with Philip Rüping. Both recently won the Geesteren Grand Prix in the Netherlands a couple of months ago.
The younger progeny of Donna Carara also show great promise. State premium candidate Quinelle by Quicksilber was the best participant at her mare performance test at the age of three in the Hanoverian regional breeding district, she wins jumper classes up to M**-level and will now be the successor to her dam at her breeder’s site. Ventus by Valentino is five years old, and he was also qualified for the Federal Championships this year. Julia Lange was the first rider of Ventus, as she was with almost all Donna Carara-progeny at the beginning of their sports careers. This is why she perfectly knows and appreciates the hereditary qualities of this special mare. Her comment about her offspring: “They all have their own character, a lot of Drosselklang II-influence. This means more work in the beginning, although they are always handsome. But later on, they present an incredible work ethic, caution and willingness to perform.”
Mare of the Year 2015: St.Pr.St. Goldmarie
State premium mare Goldmarie by Goldfever/Gragenit was nominated „2015 Hanoverian Mare of the Year“. The chestnut mare has not only produced outstanding progeny, she also impressively showcased her work ethic in the show jumping course.
Goldmarie was born with Ernst Stahlhut in Stadthagen in 1999. First-class awarded at the mare show in Stadthagen and nominated state premium candidate, she then successfully completed her mare performance test with an above-average result. She scored 9 for her free jumping style and 10 for her scope with the result that she was registered with the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program, just like her dam.
Goldmarie had her first foal at foot at the age of three. The Concetto-daughter Cera was also active in the breeding shed of the Stahlhut-family later on. Goldmarie was then successfully competing and earned placements in suitability classes as well as in jumper riding horse classes of novice and elementary level with Mark Ernst Stahlhut at the age of four and five before she gave birth to her second foal at the age of six, the latter Moritzburg state stud stallion Lemwerder by Lordanos. Lemwerder won the Hanoverian Show Jumping Championships in Verden at the age of five, and he successfully competed at the advanced show jumping level with Andres Stude. The same year in October, her bridle was already decorated once again with a golden ribbon. She had her third foal at the age of eight, again by Lordanos. Daughter Lilly Lordanos was presented at the 2011 Spring Auction, changing to a French show stable as one of the top jumpers of the collection. She is eight years old now and earned first international placements in jumper classes with the Belgian riders Gregory Wathelet and Damien Plume.
Following the birth of her third foal, Goldmarie started to compete again, earning victories and placements up to the medium show jumping level between 2008 and 2012, with another “baby break” in 2009/2010. The product from this break shows up in the collection of the 132nd Elite Auction. The youngest of her five foals was sold at the 2014 Elite Foal Auction. Locke Lordanos by Lordanos is enjoying his youth in Belgium.
Goldmarie successfully accomplished to be nominated „Hanoverian Mare of the Year“ with five foals only. Parallel to her breeding activities, she was tested at horse shows. Ernst Stahlhut has already been testing his broodmares in sports for generations with all female ancestors participating at competitions until the generation of the great-granddam. The breeder particularly appreciates Goldmarie’s fitness and amazing character. Two properties that are very important for a performance horse.
Mare of the Year 2014: La Belle
Hanoverian Mare of the year 2014 is the Argetinus/Landadel-daughter La Belle. Her maximum performance traits are no coincidence. She descends from a successful foundation line and passes on her talents to her offspring.
La Belle by Argentinus/Landadel was born with Heinrich Wecke, Stadthagen, on April 20, 1998. La Belle’s dam is half sister of the stallions Quinnus I and II by Quidam’s Rubin, licensed in Oldenburg and successful up to advanced level. Besides La Belle, she is also dam of the privately owned stallion Albatros by Acord II, successful in advanced level jumper classes, and of Coco Mademoiselle by Cento, just as successful at the advanced level as La Belle’s full brother Air Force One. Over the years, La Belle has been constantly boosting her reputation for secured maximum performance traits.
She already impressed at her studbook registration when she had a foal at foot that is today successful in international jumper courses with the Dutch rider Arne van Heel. Just as six other progeny, Cocktailparty by Cento was sold at the Verden auction and then introduced into top sports. Cour de Caramel by Cordalme is the second foal out of La Belle. He was licensed in Redefin for the Mecklenburg breeding area at the age of two and continued his breeding career as privately owned stallion in Saxony. La Belle’s first daughter, state premium candidate Baquita by Balou du Rouet, was nominated Champion Show Jumping Mare at the second Herwart v. d. Decken-Show in 2009. Back then as well as today, she is owned by Bernfried Erdmann who started to have her carefully trained. She is now successfully competing under Karl Brocks. Bon Balou, a full brother to Baquita, was one of the most captivating jumping sires at the 2008 Verden Stallion Licensing. The lively coloured chestnut changed to Denmark at the Verden Stallion Market, was then standing in Germany for a couple of years and is meanwhile at home in Canada. Another son by La Belle showed up at the 2011 Verden Stallion Licensing. Bernfried Erdmann had purchased this youngster that was presented in the foal collection of the 2009 Elite Spring Auction in Verden. Quidam’ Son is also ridden by Karl Brocks and age-appropriately successful, just like Baquita. As in the past two years, another foal out of La Belle was presented in the foal collection of the 131st Elite Auction: Her seventh offspring, entering the Verden Niedersachsenhalle.
Mare of the year 2013: Ria Grande
The Ritual/Grande-daughter Ria Grande was nominated 2013 Hanoverian Mare of the Year. Her breeder Kornelia Haak-Hoering, Drochtersen, and her owner Dorit Kothe, Osten, happily attended the honour ceremony at the Gala Evening of the 129th Elite Auction in Verden. Ria Grande’s two progeny, Daianira van de Helle, and privately owned stallion Damsey FRH, impressively highlight the hereditary qualities of their dam in the dressage ring. Ria Grande entered the Verden show ring in the Niedersachsenhalle with sparkling eyes and an impressive personality, accompanied by her latest foal, a full sister of the Dressage Royal-son Damsey FRH.
Ria Grande was born with her breeder Kornelia Haak-Höring in Drochtersen in 1991. She already presented an impressive type, personality, conformation and amazing gaits as a foal. Ria Grande was first purchased by her today’s owners, Dorit and Hermann Kothe. The qualities of the young mare also convinced Leon Melchior of the Zangersheide stud at the foal show on Alsenhof in Wacken, and so mare changed owner one more time. Ria Grande made some detours to return to Dorit and Hermann Kothe in 1997 where she then started her breeding career.
Bred to Dream of Glory and Dressage Royal, the breeders successfully accomplished to breed extraordinary dressage horses. Her daughter Daianira van de Helle is maturing into an internationally successful dressage horse. She competed in the Final of the 2005 World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden with the Belgian rider Vicky Smits-Vanderhasselt, and both also won a number of Grand Prix-tests. Damsey FRH by Dressage Royal, born in 2002, has so far been the most outstanding foal out of Ria Grande. The sports career of the Premium stallion also included the Final of the World Championships of young dressage horses, but also victories in Grand Prix-tests with Steffen Frahm. He was honoured with the abbreviation of the Hanoverian Supporters Club FRH in August 2013. He also shows great promise when it comes to breeding.
Supported by the insurance company R+V/VTV Versicherungen, the Hannoveraner Verband has been nominating the „Mare of the Year“ since 2007. This award, combined with well-endowed p rize money, is meant to highlight the importance of mares for the Hanoverian breed.
Mare of the year 2012: St.Pr.St. Sammy Jo
The 18-year-old state premium mare Sammy Jo by Silvio/Calypso II was awarded 2012 Hanoverian Mare of the Year on the occasion of the Gala Evening Show of the 127th Elite Auction. Born with Bonny-Jasmin Jacobs in Bierbergen, she has always remained in the possession of the Jacobs-family and has been producing 13 foals to date. Among them was the Celle state stud stallion Embassy. Meanwhile, his full brother Embassy II is one of the most successful German jumpers with Hans-Dieter Dreher.
The three-year-old state premium mare Sammy Jo completed her stationary mare performance test with highest scores. Thus perfectly prepared, she left the mare show with a state premium award at the age of four and was entered with the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program. In 1999, at the age of five and following the birth of two foals, she was successfully placed in jumper riding horse classes up to medium level. Following six more foals, Sammy Jo started to compete again, and she was again successful in horse shows up to medium level. The work ethic of this mare is simply incredible. And she truly passes on this attribute to her offspring.
The breeding combination with Escudo I proved to be particularly successful. Her first foal came as a real bombshell. The Celle state stud stallion Embassy I, raised at Hunnesrück, completed his stallion performance test with highest scores and was awarded the Grande-Prize in 2010. The second licensed son out of Sammy Jo accepted for the Hanoverian breed, Embassy III, was also standing with the Celle National State Stud. In regards to sport, he is a bit different than his brothers as he successfully competes in dressage sport with the young Canadian rider Mathilde Blais Tetreault. However, the best-known successfully competing offspring of this extraordinary mare is Embassy II, the 2012 show jumping shooting star. He won golden ribbons at the horse shows in Braunschweig, Munich, Lausanne and Crans Montana and finished second in Aachen and Monte Carlo – and all within one year.
Since 2007, the Hannoveraner Verband has been honoring the Mare of the Year with the support of the insurance company R+V/VTV Versicherungen. This award, combined with well-endowed prize money, is meant to highlight the importance of mares for the Hanoverian breed.
Mare of the year 2011: Wanda
The “Hanoverian Mare of the Year 2011” was honoured on the occasion of the Gala Evening of the 125th Elite Auction: the award went to the Wanderbursch II/Derrik-daughter Wanda, bred and owned by Weert-Arnold Sweers, Krummhörn. She is the fifth mare to be rewarded with this prize for her breeding accomplishments.
Wanda was born 19 years ago on the farm of her breeder Weert-Arnold Sweers in Krummhörn/East Frisia where she is still living today. The chestnut mare belongs to the dam line of Juka that produced many successful stallions such as the Celle state stud stallion Dürkheim. Wanda has been delivering 11 foals until today. She was bred to the dressage stallion De Niro ten times, and she is again in-foal to him for next year. A more than perfect combination. Her second foal was particularly successful: D-Online is today one of the most interesting stud stallions with the Hessen National State Stud Dillenburg.
As regards sports, D-Online’s accomplishments are even topped by his two-year younger full brother Dablino who became well-known at the age of six when he participated at the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses under Holga Finken. The duo finished fifth in the Final. Dablino then changed to Anabel Balkenhol. Both won with the german team the bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year, Anabel Balkenhol’s hitherto biggest success. This year, the duo belonged to the victorious german Nations Cup team in Aachen.
Since 2007, the Hannoveraner Verband has been honouring the „mare of the year“ with the support of the insurance company R+V/VTV Versicherungen. This award, combined with a well-endowed prize money, is meant to highlight the importance of mares f or the Hanoverian breed.
Mare of the Year 2010: Cecile
20-year-old Cecile by Calypso II/Abajo xx was awarded „Hanoverian Mare of the Year“ on the occasion of the Gala Show Evening at the 123rd Elite Auction on October 8th. Cecile was born on the farm of Manfred Drews in Klein Häuslingen where Rainer Schulz from Burgdorf purchased her as foal. Burgdorf became her new breeding home, and in her 17 breeding years in total, she has been supplying 14 foals for his breed. Among them are two licensed sons and four offspring that are successfully competing in international show jumping sport.
This impressive breeding balance is the result of consequently and performance-oriented fostering and upgrading the sound bloodline composition of Cecile and her progeny. Hanoverian performance stallions like Weingau and Abhang formed the basis, complemented by the necessary thoroughbred influence with Abajo xx, and by crossbreeding Holstein qualities via by Calypso II. Cecile’s successful offspring exclusively descend from Hanoverian top performers. Cecile is a representative of the foundation stock of Schutzsiegel, 1939 (Borcherding, Balkum) and is registered with the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program.
The combination with Stakkato was especially successful. The full brothers Satisfaction I and II are Cecile’s two licensed sons. A third full brother qualified for the Verden Stallion Licensing this year. The Celle state stud stallion Satisfaction I is successful with Eva Bitter, just like the one year elder Sambucca. Satisfaction II represents the Hanoverian colours in the Czech Republic. He is standing at stud with the breeding station Staj Mustang and is successfully shown at competition. Famous riders of the 10-year-old Sundari are Ludger Beerbaum and Phillip Weishaupt, achieving top placements at international level. Emely by Escudo, born in 1997, placed in advanced level jumper classes under Jennifer Lee, and she complements the team of successful advanced level offspring of this exceptional mare.
Meanwhile, state premium mare Sunny Girl la Magnifica by Stakkato, placed in the Free Jumping Competition in her youth and finalist at the Hanoverian Show Jumping Championships, enriches the Hanoverian show jumping breed in Italy.
Mare of the Year 2009: April Sun
April Sun is the third Hanoverian Mare of the Year. She was born on April 12, 1993 at Carsten Mueller-Rulfs’ farm in Ritterhude. She is the only foal of dam Sanny, a successful competitor herself up to the M-level.
April Sun completed her mare performance test as a three-year old. A nine for style and ability confirmed her value for breeding jumper horses. She was accepted into the Hanoverian Program for Jumper Horse Breeding. Her pedigree is loaded with Hanoverian performance genes. Furthermore she carries the so important share of Thoroughbred blood with Sinus xx in the forth generation.
Carsten Mueller-Rulfs’ brother Henning used April Sun in his breeding program with great success: Lantinus by Landkoenig, her second foal, was the top selling horse on the 107th elite auction in the Fall of 2002. He sold for Euro 215,000.00. The exhibitor at the time was Carsten Mueller-Rulfs. Lantinus went to Gregory Wathelet from Belgium after the Bundeschampionships. The pair celebrated their first international successes riding for the Ukraine. Lantinus continued his career with rider Denis Lynch in 2007. A victory in the Great Prize of Aachen in 2009 has been the pair’s highlight up to now.
Two years later April Sun delivered Fiodora by Fighting Alpha. Her career also began on one of Verden’s elite auctions. She has already had her first successes at the S-level with Enrico Suessenbach in the saddle. For Argentinus by For Keeps is the first licensed son out of April Sun. Under rider Florian Meyer zu Hartum 5-year old For Argentinus won the Hanoverian Championships in Verden last year. A few months later Denis Lynch bought the very promising youngster on the elite auction.
Two daughters out of April Sun are stabled in the barn of breeder Henning Mueller-Rulfs. Two other descendants successfully compete at the M-level. Being awarded the title Hanoverian Mare of the Year confirms that the value of the exceptional breeding performance of April Sun is much appreciated. She is closely connected to Verden’s auction program, even if April Sun entered the Niedersachsenhalle for the first time during the gala evening.
Family Mueller-Rulfs is devoted to the breeding of jumper horses. The family utilizes the success not only for their own benefit, but also for a large group of breeders in the vicinity of Bremen. This group of breeders formed around the breeding station in cooperation with the breeding farm Waeldershausen and gained in tremendous importance.
This title is awarded to Hanoverian, Hessian and Rhenish main studbook mares who have accomplished above-average sports performances before they became active for breeding.
The titles are given in the disciplines show jumping, dressage, eventing, racing and driving. Mares have to achieve at least five placements in medium level (M** or higher) jumper classes or dressage tests (place one to three) or one placement (one to five) and two other placements in a medium level eventing competition. Hanoverian halfbred racehorses have to achieve a weight surcharge of at least 60 kg.
Written applications for the title are required by the mare owner if a liveborn foal is registered with the Hannoveraner Verband apart from the mare’s sport activities. Like with the Hanoverian Premium, this award is entered into the horse passport and is carried as name supplement.