Hanoverian: The breed originated in northern Germany at the principal stallion depot, Celle, located in Lower Saxony. Originally a carriage horse, infusions of Thoroughbred blood lightened it to make it more agile and useful for competition. The breed is known for a good temperament, athleticism, beauty, and grace.

Today, the Hanoverian breeders' association offers many incentives to breed the best, including the famous auctions at Verden, and extensive grading opportunities for stallions, mares and young horses.

In addition, few breeds have such well-kept records, allowing the breeders to trace bloodlines over many generations, improving their chances to find the best stallion-mare match.
Chestnut, bay, brown, black, and gray are the most common colors of this breed. Regulations prohibit horses with too much white, and buckskin, palomino and cremello horses from being registered.

The horses can be 15.3 to 17.2 hands high, but most are in the range of 16 to 16.2 hands. They are strong and athletic, and are very even in temperament.

This elegant horse has natural impulsion and light and elastic gaits characterized by a ground-covering walk, a floating trot, and a soft, round, rhythmic canter.

The hanoverian is the best known of the european warmbloods, always ranking high at international show jumping competition, dressage and eventing.

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