On July 25, 1922, the Provinzialverband hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter was founded in Hannover, Germany. Today, the Hannoveraner Verband is one of the most successful riding horse breeding societies in the world. On Saturday, September 24, a grand jubilee ball will take place at the Niedersachsenhalle in Verden to celebrate the 100-year history of the Verband.

The horses sporting the Verband’s trademark, the distinctive H with the horses’ heads, became a success story. Whether sport or leisure mounts, they are among the best around the globe. Its basis, the dam lines, have a long tradition and have significantly influenced other sport horse breeds.

Shortly after the First World War, visionary breeders had come together to initiate a union of Hannoveraner horse breeders and to establish a corresponding organization. At that time, Hannoveraner breeding already had a 200- year tradition. Since the foundation of the Celle State Stud in 1735 by King George II, not only stallions were made available to the rural breeders in the Kingdom of Hannover, but since 1790 all coverings by the state studs were registered and foal certificates issued.

It was not until 1888 that the Hannoversches Stutbuch für Edles Warmblut (Hannoveraner Studbook for Noble Warmblood) was founded, the predecessor of the Hannoveraner Verband.

The Provinzialverband hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter (Provincial Society of Hannoveraner Warmblood Breeders) was renamed Verband hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter (Hannoveraner Warmblood Breeders Society) in 1934 and Hannoveraner Verband in 2007.

As early as 1975, the Hannoveraner Verband merged with the East Frisian studbook. In 2005, the Verband of Hessian Horse Breeders joined, and in 2014, the Rhineland Riding Horses Studbook. In addition to breeding and marketing, young breeders, consulting, science and research are an important part of the Verband’s work.

The Hannoveraner Verband was a pioneer in many innovations in riding horse breeding. Performance tests for stallions and mares were developed, as were numerous innovations such as the breeding value estimation.The Verden Auctions set the trend and are still a model for many other breeding societies and sellers today. Hans Joachim Köhler laid the foundation for this successful idea in 1949.

Today around 800 horses – from foals and two-and-a-half-year-old stallions to broodmares and riding horses – find a new owner every year in the Niedersachsenhalle. Many international careers have started at a Hannoveraner auction.

The grounds on Lindhooper Straße have developed into an absolute hotspot. Not only do the auctions and stallion licensing attract visitors from all over the world to Verden, but also the Herwart von der Decken-Show and the major Verden shows with the Hannoveraner Championships have an irresistible appeal. Says the chairman of the Hannoveraner Verband, Dr. Hinni Lührs-Behnke. “Our members drive their breeding with passion, love for horses, tact and individual ideas!”

~ with files from Hannoveraner Verband