Breed Profiles - Hanoverian

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Find out all about the Hanoverian, including typical height, colours, conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breed Profiles - Hanoverian
Breed Profiles - Hanoverian

Hanoverian breed summary:

Origin - Germany
Height - 15.3hh to 17.1hh
Colour - Any solid colour
Conformation - Long neck, strong and powerful hindquarters and long muscular legs
Ideal disciplines - Dressage, show jumping, eventing, hunting, showing, all-rounder

The original Hanoverian stud was founded in Germany by King George II in 1735. Using high quality stallions and local mares, he introduced Thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay, Neapolitan, Andalusian, Prussian and Mecklenburg bloodlines to produce the Hanoverian horse. In 1844, laws were introduced which meant only certain stallions were allowed to be used for breeding, to help protect the high quality of the breed. In 1888 the official stud book was established.


The Hanoverian has a long neck, strong and powerful hindquarters and long muscular legs. They can range from 15.3 right up to 17.1 hands in height and can be any solid colour.


The Hanoverian is a very confident and bold horse, which is why they are very popular in the competition ring. They are sensible and stay focused on a job.

Ideal Disciplines

The Hanoverian is very popular among the world’s top riders. They have won Olympic gold medals in dressage, show jumping and eventing. If you are looking to get to the top in a particular discipline, then it is definitely worth considering the Hanoverian.

They are ideal for:

• Dressage

Show Jumping

• Eventing

• Hunter

• Showing

• All-rounder

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