Annual General Meeting 2019

The British Hanoverian Horse Society (BHHS) AGM was held on Saturday 23 March 2019 at Horwood House Hotel in Buckinghamshire. It was an extremely positive meeting with a lot of plans for the future development of the Society. 

Chairman of the BHHS, Katy Holder-Vale welcomed the members and Committee to the AGM by stating that “2018 has been another good year for our Society.  Our top foals at the annual show were among the highest marked foals in the Futurity yet again. 

We had the privilege of Dr Werner Shade, the Verband Breeding Manager judging at the annual show. We were very thrilled when he presented a Verband award to Judith Davis for Delicato success at the World Equestrian Games. We also had a new award of the BHHS mare of the year presented to Sarah Openhiemer for Rubinsteener by Rubinstein out of a Donnerhall dam. Great mare who has bred several National winners and some going on to International Grand Prix. We licensed Grand Designs by Grand Galaxy Win out of Florencio dam, bred by Lynn Crowden and owned by Sylvia Tainton a recent convert from TB’S. Werner said he was impressed by the variety and quality of the foals presented. Our champion foal was Saskatoon WD by San Amour out of a Don Frederico dam, bred by Lindsay Roberts and he was also reserve champion at the Elite foal tour final. Where we had the champion event foal was Amalie by Asagio xx out of a Don Bosco dam bred by Ella Livingstone.

Katy went on to describe how 2018 was a difficult year for the Society covering the Hanoverian Regional Shows along with the Elite Registration Tour and BEF Futurity.  Both Katy and Kate Eaton, Studbook Manager, toured the Country with judging support from Ted Green, Judith Davis and Lynne Crowden.  Kate also judged alongside mentor Rainer Ahlers who spoke highly of her developing judging skills.  

At the breeder’s dinner the BHHS presented awards to recognise our breeders whose horses were successful on the International stage. Dressage award went to Judith Davis for Delicato by Diamond hit out of a Regazzoni dam, Eventing award went to Lucy Nelson’s mare Hester by Heinrich Heine out of a Blue Henry dam.  Show Jumping went to Nicola Williams Contendro’s Quest by Contender 1 out of a Raphael dam. Breeders collected 5 awards for their young horses. With Judith Davis collecting for the third year for her winning 6-year-old young national champion dressage horse San Floriana who is now owned by Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin.

Katy mentioned that she had the privilege to be invited by the Australian Hanoverian Society to judge their annual foal tour and mare tests, fantastic experience, loads of flying around and staying with friendly breeders. Interesting bloodlines and they are breeding world class Hanoverians.

Katy also thanked all our volunteers who give their time and expertise and the committee for all their work. 

The BHHS is very pleased to announce we have two new Committee Members, please welcome Sandy Senior and Sarah Maskell.

One of our long standing Committee Members, Lynne Crowden, has retired from the Committee this year (due to the Society retirement rules). We would like to say a special thank you to Lynne for her exceptional contribution to the Society. The Society has benefitted enormously from Lynne’s knowledge of Hanoverian breeding and her outstanding judging skills have been invaluable to us over many years.   Lynne has always been a dedicated committee member but going forward is still happy to help and judge at all our shows.

We also had a special presentation for Ros and Dennis Palmer.  Ros and Dennis have supported British Hanoverians from the start approximately 30 years ago.  

Honorary President Ted Green and Chairman Katy Holder-Vale thanked Ros and Dennis of Northcliff Equine for their dedication and contribution to the Society over the years.