The Hanoverian is the foremost German competition horse. It is great a show jumping as well as dressage. The origin dates back to the 18th century.
Originally, Holsteiner stallions were paired with local mares to produce all-around farm horses. Thoroughbreds were later introduced to produce a more quality horse. After WWII, emphasis changed toward competition and both Trakehner and Thoroughbred blood was used to obtain further refinement; these crossings were carefully controlled. They are often used under-saddle.
The strict selection process produced a horse of exceptional strength, correct movement, and a particularly good temperament. They stand around 16.2 to 17.2 hands. Although they are not very fast, the middle section of the body is exemplary in terms of conformational strength. The powerful, symmetrical legs feature bug joints, which are considered a requirement. All solid colors are possible.
The Trakehner passed on strength, constitution and stamina. The Holstein fulfilled the original need for the size, strength, and substance. Courage, improved speed, conformation and movement were all attributes of the Thoroughbred.