Breed of the Month – Hanoverians! Part 1

Submitted by Kristina H. - My Hanoverian Winzer 207, better known as Goose, is an amateur dream horse. He can go from schooling 4th level one day to giving pony rides to a complete beginner the next. He has the best mind of any horse I ever worked with, and every day he lives up to his nickname of “The Golden Goose”.

Hanoverians are our YourDressage Breed of the Month for March!  This breed originated in Germany, and is one of the oldest and most numerous of the Warmblood breeds.  Hanoverians are known for their good temperament, athleticism, beauty, and grace. 

Dressage enthusiasts who ride Hanoverians have the opportunity to earn special awards through the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards as The American Hanoverian Society is a Participating Organization

We recently asked our social media followers to share photos of their Hanoverians, and let us know what makes this breed so special. Below, you can see their photos and stories.  Keep an eye out for the second part of this gallery at the end of March 2021! 

Do you want to share a photo of your Hanoverian? E-mail us at for your chance to be featured on YourDressage!

Stay tuned to our website all month long as we celebrate this breed, with photo galleries and exclusive stories from Hanoverian enthusiasts across the country!

Submitted by Adrian W. – Riptide (Riccione x Feinbrand) 2014 17.3hh Gelding
Submitted by Alexandra L. – Ciacci “cici” is our resident in your pocket almost 17hh puppy. I couldn’t imagine my life without this horse’s constant need to show his love and work ethic no matter the job. He will be with me until the day he can no longer snuggle for treats and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Submitted by Amelia C. – He’s the kindest, most generous, most fun horse I’ve had the pleasure to own! Oh and he can piaffe with the best of them! Which usually makes me giggle with glee!! By Rotspon, I can’t remember the mare line
Submitted by Amy B. – Dreamdancer H aka Dreamer is 26 years young and helped me earn my final scores for my Bronze in 2020.
Photo by Angie H. – Semper Paratus SCH by Sinatra Song out of HPM Rayna May. Beauty, brains and gaits! Gold Medal and Top Foal at his AHS inspection.
Submitted by Angie M. – I adore this lovely young filly– pictured at one year of age– Royse out of Wiesling by Rotspon bred by Jovee Farm- registered Hanoverian. She loves to be with you at your shoulder– walking along to see what we can do together– nuzzles your neck and shoulder– what more can you ask for from such a sweet young filly.
Submitted by Beth B. – 5 y.o. Falkor, by Fantastic. He won the region 1 AA training level championship, the CBLM championship, finished reserve for AA year-end awards and 7th for HOY with a median score of 75% in his first year of showing.
Submitted by Bri S. – My Hanoverian Laurence, affectionately nicknamed Sven after the reindeer from Frozen. He is by Lauries Crusader and out of Walt Disney. He has one of the sweetest, biggest personalities and always gives his all!
Submitted by Brittany C. – This is Zeus! I love him for many reasons but mostly for his amazing temperament
Submitted by Carol C. – Weltson, WeltbekanntxVienna Waltz… such a forgiving and generous beast. Competed to I1 before we discovered cardiac issues that required a less stressful life.
Submitted by Carol R. – Fuerst Olivia by Fuerst Romancier out of Finalee. Livvy is my living, breathing dream horse. She is fiery and a challenge, but in the ring or on the trail, I could never ask for more!
Submitted by Carolyn T. – My beautiful and quirky Hyperion FH by Hotline out of a Konsequent mare! My first Hanoverian and I could not imagine life without him. Photo by Katelyn McKenzie
Submitted by Charlotte S. – My Donatella, affectionately known as Della, is by the amazing Damsey and out of a Lauries Crusador xx mare. She is fantastically athletic, incredibly smart and level-headed, and so sweet. She’s my dream horse.
Submitted by Colleen H. – Danato 16 year old Hanoverian that I have owned since he was 2. We have shown through I1 in spite of him having undergone 3 surgeries on his face. I am very blessed to own and ride such a strong beautiful animal.
Submitted by Daphne P. – I bought my dream horse 5 years ago: Lady Godiva, aka Liszy. Although I was not looking for a horse, she crossed my path and I just could not resist. She has an amazing personality (yes, and she is a chestnut mare!), willing, athletic and elegant.. what more can I ask for?
Submitted by Deborah B. – Baltimore. He’s a kind boy who tries hard for me!
Submitted by Don K. – This is our first Hanoverian mare, Brimming, sired by Banter (Bolero/Grande/Duellant) and out of Abundance (Adroit/Akzent I/Ceylon), who was bred by George and Catherine Walker. She produced 13 offspring, 9 were fillies. Eight of those were Elite Mares/Hanoverian Premium Mares and one Elite Eligible Mare. Her offspring have gone on to win at all levels of dressage and are now producing another generation of ‘Brimmings’. Such a prolific broodmare, who passed along her trainability as well as her excellent conformation (form to function). She is the main reason we are breeding Hanoverians today at OBX Farm.
Submitted by Elizabeth L. – Wisteria Lane (Whispering Hope) by Weltbekannt out of an M-line mare…she was not what I ever wanted, but she has been the most amazing horse. I count my blessings every day with her.
Submitted by Erin T. – Empress Ebony PF by Escudo I (foaled 2017). She is my first young, unbroke horse and has been nothing but amazing to work with. She is kind, willing, forgiving, and ready to work, everything I could have asked for. It will be 1 year in July that we have been together and I look forward to the years to come. (Sorry, no show pictures yet for this youngster)
Submitted by Genevieve M. – I just got this handsome guy, Corsare, and I’m already in love— he tries so hard for me
Submitted by Harmonie W. – Hespera ASH by Hohenstein out of Elite and Competition Mare, Whipped Cream (Weltmeyer/Wendenburg/Winnetou). Hoshi is the 2020 USDF DSHB HOY Filly of Current Calendar Year. We are immensely proud of her and beyond excited for her future.
Submitted by Heather J. – Five year old Hanoverian, Frequent Flyer (“Max”) has phenomenal character and ride-ability. He gives everything he’s got. I feel blessed to train such a comfortable, trainable, sweet horse…a true reflection of his breeding (x Freestyle). (Photo credit: KTB Creative Group)
Submitted by Heather R. – My heart horse Windsor. I bought him for $1 because he’d been diagnosed with navicular and was no longer useful in the riding school lesson program. A good farrier got him sound (it wasn’t navicular), and he ended up taking me to the USDF junior/young rider team championship in 2001.
Submitted by Holly T. – Verlaine (Vilancio/Fidertanz/Londonderry). I love the work ethic and personalities on the Hanoverians. They are people pleasers.
Submitted by Jamie F. – Hanoverians On Fire!!! Photo by the great Susan Stickle. Rupert Angus bred by  Joan Lavallee. Rotspon x Davignon
Submitted by Jamie R. – This is Beatrix WS – 2018 Hanoverian filly by Benicio, out of EM Fly High (Florencio/Hohenstein), bred as a custom foal for me by Walkabout Station. She is coming three and already has two USDF Breeders Series Championships under her belt – she was the Southern Region Champion Filly in 2019 and 2020. She is now home in Region 6 and will be started under saddle soon. I’m very excited about her future!
Submitted by Janae K. – 12 y.o. Hanoverian cross gelding. I bred him, raised him and trained him through achieving my silver medal.
Submitted by Jeanne K. – This is Wonder. She is my gold medal Grand Prix mare. She is ridable by any level rider and has the ability to turn on the rocket engines when needed because she is sweet and smart. I have shown her up and down the East coast. Wildcard x Graf Genius.
Submitted by Jen B. – This boy unexpectedly came in our life last year we are having so much fun learning on him! 
Submitted by Jodi L. – My just about ready to go up the centerline at GP Hanoverian gelding – Sequel. I bought him as a resale opportunity and kept him for myself. He is strong and yet would climb in my lap if I let him. He has my heart.
Submitted by Kasey M. – Falstaff (aka Henry) is a gentle giant with the biggest heart!
Submitted by Kate O. – Sinco De Mayo SPF 2014 Hanoverian gelding. I love him because he is the smartest, sweetest and most athletic horse I’ve ever had the privilege to ride.
Submitted by Kathryn B. – My now retired Hanoverian “Coalhouse” by Weltmeyer out of a Don Juan mare. He was 18.1 and the kindest soul you’d ever meet. We went from Jrs through the U-25 Grand Prix ranks. He was a sensitive and emotional horse, but he gave me his all and exceeded all expectations. Truly my heart horse.
Submitted by Kim K. – My first homebred Hanoverian earned me my USDF bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as a trip to the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®.
Submitted Kris S. – Faberge EMF (Franziskus-Roi du Soleil), 2018 Hanoverian. I love the beauty, gaits and rideability of Hanoverians. Faberge is a 4th generation from my Hanoverian breeding program
Submitted by Laura G. – Winter’s Valentine (20 years old) with my 10 year old daughter. Valentine is an amazing teacher and we are so grateful to have her join our family later in her life to finish out her riding career and enjoy a future retirement when the time comes!
Submitted by Lindsey F. – This breed has always been near and dear to my heart as a friend is a local Hanoverian breeder – I am lucky to have my 3 year old mare out of her breeding program! I have always been astonished by the ride-ability of the horses she produces! Grateful to have 2 amazing Hanoverians in my life. Pictured here is Perazzi DS he is out of Prince Thatch who came into our life Mid-August because our amazing trainer knew this would be a wonderful home for him with Jen Barrett and I along with our cousin. This guy is teaching us so much and we are incredibly blessed he came into our lives when he did! Looking forward to teaching the tricks Perazzi is showing us to my Young Hanoverian mare Fallon FH in the future
Submitted by Liz H. – This is my beloved US Bred, Sir Lancelot, a turning 12 yo Hanoverian. I have had him since he was 1. He is a wonderful horse who should be making his FEI debut this year. He is very tolerant of my AA riding. He has a fabulous brain, and when ridden well, amazing ability.
Submitted by Lori M. – Will by Wild Dance out of Dignity R. He’s special because he gives his all and tries so hard. Always has a smile and ready to snuggle.
Submitted by Megan C. – Absolutely adore this breed…I have 4 in my pipeline all by the same sire, Razmataz, a Royal Prince son all bred at Indian Land Farm in SC. Pictured is Revival HVF, 10yr old mare doing I1. I also have her half sister Regenbogen (retired FEI mare), half brother Razounding HVF (2yr old), and full brother Redemption HVF (coming 5yr old).
Submitted by Nancy B. – Baby picture of Rich Rousseau, by Rousseau(Dutch) out of Blue Diamond (Hanovarian) by Bordeaux
Submitted by Regina C. – Ehrenvort Junior, gives pony rides and does grand prix on the side! Great mind!
Submitted by Sammi S. – Shamrock, such a solid mind right from the start! He has been just a gem to train. He is by Supermat OLD (Sandro Hit) and out of EM LA Vienna (Londonderry) and bred by Mary Nuttall of Southernwood Farms.
Submitted by Sarah C. – Bailamos by Harmony’s Baroncelli out of Dendarah ( Davingport-Vienna Waltz) . I love his temperament, gaits and intelligence
Submitted by Steffi M. – My 7 year old Hanoverian Samyco. By Samico F out of a DeNiro x Noble Roi xx dam. Bought him when he was 10 weeks old in Germany and was finally able to bring him to the US in Nov 2019. It was a bit of a rocky start with him but we are now on the right path and I enjoy him every single day.
Submitted by Victoria R. – This is my sweet boy, Florentino (Floratio x donnerball x donnerhall). Last year he was reserve champion in First Level Open ridden by trainer Tiago Ernesto. I love this breed for their elegance and athletic nature. Photo by Patricia Ernesto


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