Breed of the Month – Hanoverians! Part 2

Submitted by Karen L. - My sweet guy 2014 Heinrich von Küsten. Never a dull moment at our house. He’s been with me almost two years.

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.  Make sure you check out Part 1 of this gallery if you missed it!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage of this breed month long, as we’ve celebrated them with photo galleries and exclusive stories from Hanoverian enthusiasts across the country! 

Join us next month, for our April Breed of the Month: Quarter Horses! 

Submitted by Alana A. – Donoban -2008 Hanoverian by Desperados FRH x Rohdiamant. We imported him from Spain and 10 days later I showed him in the PSG in Wellington. My very first time doing the FEI levels. Hanoverians have always had a special place in my heart as I believe their temperament and personalities have been marked by intelligence and a willingness to perform …not to mention their beauty
Submitted by Alexandra L.
Submitted by Amy A. – My boy is literally tailor-made just for me. He is so sweet, goofy, and even from the ground teaches me so much!
Submitted by Angie M. – Rockelle by Rotspon out of Wiesling (Wolkentanz) bred by Jovee Farm showing off for her American Hanoverian Society mare book placement- she was the highest scoring mare for 2019 (8.33) for the whole tour and in 2020 as a 4 year old she was the highest scoring for the Mare Performance Test. Such a special mare- she loves her work and is a in your pocket type of horse– always wants to be at your side. True partnership.
Submitted by Barbra R. – Vive Victory, 2006 stallion by Viva Voltaire x Akli (Akzent II). The best horse I have ever ridden or owned!!
Submitted by Barrett B. – Brooklyn GCF. I love the versatility and grit of the Hanoverian breed!
Submitted by Barrett B. 2 – Brooklyn GCF by ES Bonheur being a model for Purequestrian today!
Submitted by Carol C. – This is Delicanto, coming 5 this year…. such a funny, sweet, and lovable boy with so much talent! Don Index x Sir Donnerhall
Submitted by Carol Z. – Bingotti and Carrie Wilson. Such a nice Stallion
Submitted by Carola H. – Hyperbole (Hampton x Dyani – Dacaprio). In her inspection 2020 as a 3 yr old.
Submitted by Cassie G. – I am so lucky to be working and riding on a farm that breeds these unbelievable horses. Ratzberna, the most incredible mare, is spending her retirement from show biz as my schoolmaster (and later, broodmare)! She is the sweetest, kindest thing, goofy at times but just has the best heart. Just the right kind of spicy. I love everything about her!
Submitted by Cassie G. 2 – Wicked Cute (Widmark x EM Emme/El Bundy), the unbelievable youngster that I have the pleasure of bringing along. For me, she’s one of those rare heart horses! We just click in the best way – she’s a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet, with loads of personality. Cutie was the Hartwig Award reserve for 2019, top mare at her inspection (a large one), and recently took me to my first show. She’s talented as can be with a fantastic mind, a perfect ambassador for the breed. Photo by KRae Photography.
Submitted by Cathleen S. – Cordolass (aka Tango)
Submitted by Diane F. – Havanna 145 ridden by Ashley Holzer-. Beautiful, talented, sweet! competitor and pet
Submitted by Don K. – This is the Elite Mare Rising Star MF, sired by Rotspon (Rubinstein I/Argentan/Pik Bube) and out of Ronya Darling (Ramiro’s Son II/Pik Koenig/Abhang III), with seven St.Pr. Mares in her pedigree. Thank you to Wendell and Maryanna Haymon for allowing us the stewardship of this mare. She had 12 foals, and her last six foals were all sired by Doctor Wendell MF: Debonair MF (approved stallion), Danae MF (Grand Champion at Dressage at Devon), Dionysis MF (approved stallion), Dancing Moon OBX (AHS Top Filly, Breeders Award for High Scoring American Bred at Dressage at Devon, MPT Winner, NY), Diplomate OBX (AHS Top Colt) and Diamond Skye OBX (AHS Top Filly). She consistently passed along her trainability, with three outstanding gaits, as well as her ‘user-friendly’ attitude. All are so pleasant to work with and to be around. A very special Hanoverian Mare. * The attached photo is EM Rising Star MF, showing in the 4 yr old and older mare class at Dressage at Devon, when she was 14 years old, nursing her 10th foal (Dancing Moon OBX) and pregnant with her 11th foal (Diplomat OBX). Blessed are the Broodmares.
Submitted by Elyse H. – This is My Hanoverian, Bob. He is so special to me because of his emotional and willing mind. He is a smart and forgiving horse with me as we learn together. He helps me stay sober and as a team we are chasing dreams!  Photo by Leslie Lange. *Elyse & Bob have been featured on YourDressage before! You can read their stories in Riding & Recovery and Full Circle on Centerline.
Submitted by Heather V. – Cordelia and her new Hanoverian Daxton RS.
Submitted by Heather V. 2 – Cordelia and Caberet Lane
Submitted by Jan M. – We love & breed Hanoverians as well as the AHS organization. Left to right: Sammi Jo Stohler on Den Marq WS (Dancier x EM Wakaluba/Warkant); Cynthia P Hall on HPMC Sovereign WS (Sir Gregory x EM Royal Fortune/Romanov); Erika-West Danque Nece on Be Niro WS (Benetton Dream x EM Winessa/DeNiro)
All USDF 2017 Year End Winners!!
Submitted by Janet P.
Submitted by Jenna S. – My six year old Hanoverian by Freestyle
Submitted by Jennifer C. – Furst Class Riesling by Furst Impression out of Falen. Best decision i ever made
Submitted by Jennifer C. 2
Submitted by Jessica L. – Pandamonium: one of, if not the last foal by Palladium. Out of a most likely approved thoroughbred mare named Fleur. After the Maplewood Farms dispersal, so was never registered but a cool horse. Even if he does live up to his name sometimes with his off-set double whorl…
Submitted by Joan E. – Fredrikson FDL, 2010, By Fabuleux out of Mirabella. Nicest mover I have ever owned and quite a character.
Submitted by Joanna R. – Royal Tourmalet SPF – “Artie” – 2011 Hanoverian Stallion (Royal Prince/Armin/Futuro/Wurf). Approved Breeding Stallion with GOV, Westfalen, ISR/Oldenburg NA and KWPN-NA.
Submitted by Jodi W. – Lucky me to own such a special horse!  When I retired from teaching after 28 years, I bought Banderas RH – a Hanoverian with a mystery past – as my retirement gift!  He had no paperwork, though he was branded. After talking with a representative of the American Hanoverian Society, I sent hair samples for DNA testing. Weeks later, I received a phone call from a very excited person from AHS. They had a match!  Papers were available and issued to me!  I was beyond excited. He was from River House Hanoverians, and was a grandson of Weltmeyer! I’m thoroughly enjoying riding, training, and competing this wonderful chestnut gelding. I owe many thanks to my friend and trainer Hilda Donahue for helping me find him. He’s truly a once in a lifetime horse.
Submitted by Jordan G.
Submitted by Josie D. – My US bred Hanoverian, Darshan HM! my soulmate for sure. Darshan HM, Dash, has made Hanoverians hold a special place in my heart! He is by far the most personable, goofiest, and sweetest guy. Because of him I’m able to spend my first season in Wellington, FL this year!! Forever a Hanoverian fan thanks to this guy.
Submitted by Kathleen C. – He is half Hanoverian and amazing
Submitted by Kathy G. – Divine, 1993 American Hanoverian, high score winner 2011.
Submitted by Kelli D. – Sergent FS
Submitted by Lindsay C. – Alfredo “Alf”
Submitted by Lindsey F. – Pictured here is my 3 year old mare bred by Eliza Rutherford and ridden by Nicole Leikert! Fallon FH is by Fidertanz out of a Prince Thatch x Steadinger mare. I have never experienced a bond like I have with this sweet mare!
Submitted by Lisa M. – Because who wouldn’t love a mare named Independence
Submitted by Lynn G. – Love my bold mare who gives me confidence to learn every day. Micanopy RH (Maronjo/Mijou). Photo by Andrew Galbreath
Submitted by Marcy H. – My 6 year old mare, Donna London (Don Frederico x Londonderry)
Submitted by Monica S.- This is my lovely 2014 gelding Lionel DVE. He has the sweetest, puppy dog personality with immense talent and athleticism. Sire: Londonderry Dam sire: Weltmeyer.
Submitted by Nan H. – I always wanted a nice big Hanoverian and I got one in this guy, Benedictus WS by Belissimo M/EM Winessa. Great ride ability, disposition, just can’t be beat. This is the day I saw him and fell immediately in Love
Submitted by Naomi P. – Dare to Dream OBX! Bred by Don Kapper and Dee Kapper of Outer Banks Farm, LLC. My love!
Submitted by Nicole T. – To know him is to love him! His personality is as big as his heart. I’ve owned him for 7 years and he has gone from a big spooky insecure guy to now hacking around all my lesson kids. He’s got a life time home with me! Love my red headed Hanoverian!
Submitted by Paige Z. 1- Ducati in a chestnut gelding who was 2nd Level Jr/Yr champion for the 2020 year-end awards.  He is owned by Brenda Curnin.
Submitted by Paige Z. 2 – Flying Colors is a dark bay mare who won the 2019 Materiale Horse of the Year for 4-5 year old mares. She is also owned by Brenda Curnin. Both horses continuously impress me and my trainer Olivia Steidle with their intellect, rideability, and wonderful personalities. We love Hanoverians!
Submitted by Rebecca F. – Gordon, the biggest love bug in the world. I think he’d walk through fire for his people.
Submitted by Robin C. – Beltini (Bellissimo M x Der Radetsky) 2011 Hanoverian Premium mare
Submitted by Sabine W. – State Premium mare Witch Queen by Wenzel/ Latheran in the 1980’s.
Submitted by Sabine W. 2 – Dahlia by Darwin. This is in the 70’s. She was your typical redheaded mare!!
Submitted by Sally M.
Submitted by Sandi B. – Here’s my gorgeous Hanoverian, Stella. This photo really captures her personality: She’s sweet and takes care of her rider but I think she knows she’s beautiful!! *Note: USDF strongly recommends all riders wear protective headgear when mounted.
Submitted by Steeny S. – Our handsome baby Hanoverian, “Sir Donnte”. 2018 gelding by Sir Gregory. Bred by Rebecca Arnold. He is special to us because we’ve owned and raised him since he was just two weeks old. He’s always had the biggest personality in the barn and we totally love him!
Submitted by Steffi M. 2 – Future superstar. 2019 filly by Rascalino out of Don Gregory x Prince Thatch xx
Submitted by Suzie H. –  My baby. Sunday Serenade (Scuderia Dancier)

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