This breed of horse originated from Germany and is a warmblood. Back in 1735, George II, Elector of Hanover and King of England established the Hanoverian breed. King George II wanted to provide he people with quality stallion services. The stallions that were bred to local mares were Andalusian, Neapolitan, Cleveland Bay, Holsteiner, Mecklenburg and Thoroughbreds. The Hanoverian was transformed into an all around horse that could work the land, be ridden and pull a light carriage. When wars rolled around the Hanoverian numbers drastically depleted by the end of 1816 as a result more outside blood was brought in to rebuild the breed. After World War II the breed had to again be readapted to a different way of life, this time one of leisure.
Hanoverians in today's world are lighter than their ancestors once were and are often seen in the Olympic Games and other competitive English riding styles such as dressage, eventing and show jumping. Hanoverian are one of the oldest and most successful of the warmbloods. They are known for having good temperaments, athleticism, beauty and grace.