Like most German warmbloods, the Hanoverian is named for its region of origin: Lower Saxony in northern Germany was formerly the kingdom of Hannover. In 1714, King George I of England—originally the elector of Hannover—sent several English Thoroughbreds to Germany to refine the native stock. His son, George II, created a state stud at Celle in 1735, with the purpose of creating a breeding program that would supply farmers with superb working horses, as well as top cavalry mounts. Fourteen black Holsteiners dominated the original breeding program; then Thoroughbred blood was added. The original Celle stallion station is still the center of Hanoverian breeding. Hanoverians often top the leader boards in dressage, jumping, and even in the hunter ring. They are also found in eventing and in combined driving.
The Hanoverian stands from 15.3 to 17 hands high and is found in the following colors: chestnut, bay, brown, black and gray. Since the horse is bred for sport, conformation of the haunches is particularly important since they are the power source of the horse. The Hanoverian is a renowned mover, covering the ground with plenty of spring and impulsion. This gorgeous movement and presence make them specialists in jumping and dressage.
For more information:
The American Hanoverian Association, www.hanoverian.org