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Hanoverian Horse

The Hanoverian is the best known of the European Warmbloods, and has become very popular in the United States.

The Hanoverian horse excels in the equestrian disciplines of jumping, dressage, and eventing.

The success of Hanoverian horses in competition proves the soundness of the breed - 13 medals in the 1992 Olympics and four consecutive World Breeding Championships as well as five gold, one silver and two bronze medals in dressage and show jumping at the 1996 Olympics.

The American Hanoverian Society was established in 1978.

History of the Breed

The breed originated in northern Germany in the state of Lower Saxony, the former kingdom of Hannover. A flourishing horse-breeding industry has existed here for almost 300 years at Celle. Although the Hanoverian Studbook was officially begun in 1888, detailed pedigrees have been kept since the late 1700's.
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Orinially, Thoroughbreds were crossed with Holsteiner mares to improve the quality of horses for cavalry and farming. In the past 70 years, the Hanoverian breeding program has adapted to the need for a more athletic riding horse, introducing other breeds as appropriate. The result is the modern Hanoverian horse.

Breed Characteristics

The Hanoverian has elastic gaits characterized by an elastic ground-covering walk, a floating trot, and a round, rhythmic canter.

The Hanoverian stands at 15.3 to 16.2 hands. They are strong and athletic, and are quite even-tempered.

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