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Happy 100th Birthday to the Hannoveraner Verband

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By Jean Llewellyn / press release
Photography: Hannoveraner Verband

On July 25, 1922, the Provinzialverband Hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter was born, and today celebrates its 100th birthday. Since then, the Hannoveraner Verband has become one of the most successul riding horse breeding societies, with its distinctive trademark ‘H’ made with horses’ heads.

Producing some of the best sport and pleasure horses around the globe, its basis of Thoroughbred mare lines have a long tradition and significantly influenced other sport horse breeds. With this expertise, the Hannoveraner Verband is a solid foundation for modern sport horse breeding.
The 'Provinzialverband Hannoverscher Warmblut-züchter' (Provincial Society of Hannoveraner Warmblood Breeders) was renamed 'Verband Hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter' (Hannoveraner Warmblood Breeders Society) in 1934 and the 'Hannoveraner Verband' in 2007.
Shortly after the First World War, visionary breeders came together to initiate a union of Hannoveraner horse breeders and to establish a corresponding organization. At that time, Hannoveraner breeding already had a 200-year tradition. Since the foundation of the Celle State Stud in 1735 by King George II, not only stallions were made available to the rural breeders in the Kingdom of Hannover, but since 1790 all coverings by the state studs were registered and foal certificates issued. It was not until 1888 that the 'Hannoversches Stutbuch für Edles Warmblut' (Hannoveraner Studbook for Noble Warmblood) was founded, the predecessor of the Hannoveraner Verband. Even then, main societies were the direct contact to the local horse breeding clubs and breeders. Until today the structure of Regional Societies and delegates has remained.
The Hannoveraner Verband was a pioneer in many innovations in riding horse breeding. In addition to the long tradition, the Hannoveraner Verband and its breeders have always broken new ground and modernized breeding. Performance tests for stallions and mares were further developed. The Hannoveraner Verband has played a major role in numerous innovations such as the breeding value estimation. The welfare of the horses was always a special concern... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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