Hanoverian Info


Hanover has been a horse breeding land since time immemorial. The crossed horses heads that still decorate the gables of the farm houses of Lower Saxony today are a relic from prehistoric times. Milestones of Hanoverian horse breeding with its long tradition include the foundation of the Lower Saxon state stud of Celle in the year 1735 by King George II of England, who was at the same time the elector of Hanover, the studbook society which was founded in 1888 (the predecessor of the "Association of Hanoverian Warmblood Breeders e.V.", which was founded in 1922) and the beginning of the Verden horse auctions in the year 1949. Numerous further initiatives followed, such as for instance the stallion performance tests and broodmare tests. The Hanoverian breed today has a determining influence on practically every warmblood breed.


With 18.700 registered broodmares and in excess of 450 recognized stallions, of which 135 belong to the Celle state stud, Hanover is the largest German breeding region by far. The auctions that take place several times a year, as well as the stallion approvals are held in the Lower Saxon Hall (Niedersachsenhalle) in Verden and are a magnet for horse lovers from Germany and abroad.


Hanoverians enjoy a world-wide reputation as dressage horses, showjumpers and eventing horses but are just as frequently to be found in leisure time riding. They belong to the best world-wide in the dressage sport.

More Information at:

Pferderassen Online  |  Verband hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter e.V.  |  Niedersächsisches Landgestüt Celle