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    The Hanoverian


Hannoverian Horse



This well - known German Warmblood horse was born out of the interest of the Kings of England and Hanover  in the horses of the region. King George I had a lot of Thoroughbred stallions crossed with various Hanoverian mares , some of which were descendants of the medieval heavy horse . King George I I  founded the state stud ( " Landgestuet " ) at Celle in 1735 , keeping the Holstein and Thoroughbred Stallion.

For many years , the purpose of the stud was to produce all - purpose horses for riding , driving and agricultural ploughing . After World War 2 the breed changed over to create elegant riding and sports horses with the help of the Trakehner and Thoroughbred blood.

In 1888 the Hanover breed registry was founded and in 1922 its functions were taken over by the " Provincial Society of Hanovarian Horse Breeders " which in turn is the predecessor of todays Hanovarian horse breeders society. 

  Hanoverian 1



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The zenith of state breeding was reached in the first half of this century . In the 1920's , 500 and in the 1940's , 560  state stallions were breeding with over  35,000 broodmares. A number of the high quality Trakehner stallion which had been evacuated from East Prussia to Lower Saxony just in time , refined the Hanoverian breed after the war. At the low tide of breeding  around 1960 , only 4200 broodmares and 180 state stallions were left but at the end of the 60's , sport and pleasure riding took an unforeseen rise. According to the demand , the Hanoverian changed to today's light and elegant riding horse.

                                                                           ' Breed ' Characteristics

The different  ground conditions in the breeding regions create a rather large bandwidth in the type. There are heavy types with great jumping ability as well as noble , light Hanoverians well suited for dressage or pleasure riding.

The coat colours are mostly bay and chestnut but there is also a growing number of black and some grey horses.

Their size averages 165 - 175 cm,   The head is sometimes a bit heavy although of a noble outline and with a well set long neck.

Usage :  All -purpose horse.    ( In Europe , the Hanoverian horses dominate show jumping by quantity as well as quality .)





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