Nadine and Hans-Heinrich Dittmer alongside Edward Photo: Hanoverian Verband

GERMANY (by Jean Llewellyn/press release) Edward – a true Hanoverian Celle State Stud stallion, was nominated as the 2018 Grand Prize winner during the Verden auction in March. The multi-talented Embassy x Fabriano son was bred by Hans- Heinrich Dittmer from Radbruch.

The Hannoveraner Verband honoured Edward’s breeding performances, awarded to the breeder of the stallion whose first progeny under saddle give rise to great hopes for having a positive influence on the Hanoverian breed.

Edward was registered with the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program after hav- ing successfully accomplished his stallion performance test. As he also displayed fantastic movement, he participated with Charlott-Maria Schürmann at the 2013 European young-rider championships where the duo won the silver medal. Edward is one of the last “true” Hanoverian horses that pass on their talent for both disciplines to their progeny. Last year, off- spring from his first crops of foals qualified for the Bundeschampionate in all three disciplines, dressage, show- jumping and eventing. Linked to the hope that the honoured stallion will sustainably improve the Hanoverian breed, Edward is a worthy winner of the Grand Prize.

The big-framed chestnut was bred in 2005 as the third foal of state premium mare Fabienne – who, herself, had once been nominated champion mare in Luhmühlen and was also specially awarded at the 2003 Louis-Wiegels Show. Her sire Fabriano is well-known for his all-round qualities, just like Edward’s sire Embassy. His breeding performances are therefore no coincidence...

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