On the occasion of the Delegates Conference of the Hannoveraner Verband Breeding Manager Dr. Werner Schade presented the planned modifications of the studbook regulations. They were approved by the Board, thus granting Hanoverian breeders more autonomy and self-responsibility. Three new stipulations were approved:
1. International Top Stallions
"International top sport is given more and more attention, and today, worldwide successful top stallions manage to combine success in sport and breeding alike," Dr. Werner Schade explained. "Our breeders focus on international top sport, and therefore, it is our aim to facilitate the approval of top stallions for the Hanoverian breed." The Hannoveraner Verband will now accept the licensing results of other breed societies, provided the stallions have an appropriate hereditary background and provided they are registered in the stallion book, category I, of an approved riding horse population, including appropriate proof of performance. Registration criteria will be the world rankings of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH).
2. Early Availability
Stallions from other breed societies are now also allowed to be presented for the Stallion Licensing after having completed a 30-day performance test only. The qualification for the Final of the Federal Championships at the age of three is no longer required. "Breeders are now able to choose stallions from other breed societies considerably earlier," Dr. Werner Schade said. A qualification for the Federal Championships at the age of five shall be required for the final entry in the stallion book, category I, as is already requested for Hanoverian stallions.
3. Wider Breeding Spectrum
The last amendment of the constitution is the cancellation of the so-called 50%-rule. This means that all mares registered with the Hannoveraner Verband can be bred to all registered stallions and the consequent foals shall carry the Hanoverian brand. This would help new Hanoverian breeders start their breeding business. "82% of the mares registered with the Hannoveraner Verband carry the Hanoverian brand, only 2% are mares from other breed societies," Dr. Werner Schade summarized. "It is our aim to more and more strengthen the Hanoverian blood as it stands for high performance and quality. However, we also want our breeders to act independently and to decide themselves. Our selection criteria will remain unchanged, because the quality of the horses is decisive for successful sales and success in sports."