What is a Hanoverian?

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What is a Hanoverian?

A Hanoverian is a Warmblood horse breed originating in Germany, which is often seen in the Olympic Games and other competitive English riding styles, and have won gold medals in all three equestrian Olympic competitions. It is one of the oldest, most numerous, and most successful of the Warmbloods. Originally a carriage horse, infusions of Thoroughbred blood lightened it to make it more agile and useful for competition. The Hanoverian is known for a good temperament, athleticism, beauty, and grace.

For generations, the Hanoverian has been recognized as one of the world's most prominent and successful breeds of riding horses. The breed originated in northern Germany in the state of Lower Saxony, the former kingdom of Hannover, where a flourishing horse-breeding industry has existed for 400 years. The State Stud was established at Celle in 1735, and the Hanoverian Studbook was officially begun in 1888.

Breeding Goal
The breed retains the substantial bone, sturdiness and stamina of its heritage: nearly 300 years ago the Hanoverian was bred to serve as a robust carriage and military horse. Since the end of World War II, the breeding goal has been to exclusively produce a more versatile performance horse. Breeding stock is very carefully inspected and selected for correct conformation, athletic ability and inner qualities such as disposition and trainability. The Hanoverian has natural impulsion and light and elastic gaits characterized by a ground-covering walk, a floating trot, and a soft, round, rhythmic canter.

The Hanoverian in Australia & New Zealand
The stallion ‘Domherr’ was imported into Australian by the Oatley family in 1976. On the 1st January, 1993, the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia (Inc.) was formed. However, Hanoverian breeders in Australia were serviced by the Hannoveraner Verband in the form of the Hanoverian Horse Society of New Zealand and Australia since 1981.

The formation of the Australian Society in a contract with the Hannoveraner Verband has meant international recognition for our pedigrees, access to Hannoveraner Verband breeding values and data, and the maintenance of the highest Hanoverian standards through inspection visits from Hannoveraner Verband officials whilst allowing the Society to efficiently administer financial, promotional and office procedures.

Selectivity Enhances Success
Quality performance prospects are the result of the Hanoverian selection process. Each year the HHSA organizes a national inspection tour to register foals, inspect and performance test mares, and license stallions. In order for a foal to be registered, both the sire and dam must be HHSA approved.

Mare inspections take place at age three or older. German and Australian inspectors evaluate mares for type, conformation and gaits. The Mare Performance Test (MPT) scores a mare’s rideability, gaits and jumping talent. Eligible high-scoring Main Studbook mares that pass this performance test to become Premium Mare Candidates (formerly called Elite Mare Candidates). Once they have completed the final requirement of producing a HHSA-registered foal they are awarded the prestigious title of Premium Mare.

All stallion candidates must be presented for physical inspection. If scores on conformation, movement and jumping ability are sufficient, a temporary breeding license is granted. Stallions must then either complete the 70-Day (formerly 100-day) Stallion Test which evaluates their gaits, trainability and athletic ability in dressage, show jumping and cross country, or they must meet specified performance requirements. Breeding eligibility is verified annually.

Only foals from HHSA inspected and approved parents may register with the HHSA. Foals with only one approved parent can receive ID registration.

Non-Hanoverian Eligibility
Certain non-Hanoverian mares and stallions are eligible for inspection and entry into the studbook if they meet strict breed and pedigree requirements and attain sufficient scores upon presentation. A horse with only one HHSA approved parent may be eligible for ID registration.

To view a detailed version of the HHSA Breeding Guidelines, please go to http://www.hanoverian.org.au/breeding-guidelines/

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