Golden Badge of Honour Awarded to Lynne Crowden

On Saturday 26th October 2019, the Golden Badge of Honour, the highest honour that the Hannoveraner Verband has to award, was presented to Lynne Crowden. Here is a copy of Dr Christmann's speech.

There is a real Grande Dame of Hannoveraner breeding in England. This is the meanwhile unfortunately deceased Eva-Maria Kirby, who was the most successful Hannoveraner breeder in England in the 90s of the last century. During one of her trips to Germany - this must have been in the middle of the 90s - she introduced me to an agile, red-haired companion - Lynne Crowden. She told me to keep an eye on her. She said that this is a clever, intelligent woman who wanted to start breeding Hannoveraner.

I first found the name Lynne Crowden in the catalogues of the Hannoveraner mare shows in England in 1996. On your name, the Thoroughbred mare Suffolk Broads xx was registered. In 1997, a foal by Eva-Maria Kirby's stallion Akkord was registered. From then until today, in a good 20 years, you have proven that you are a real power woman. Always supported by your husband Dave, you established the Woodlander Stud and made it one of the most important centres for dressage horse breeding in England. It has always been important to you that sport horse breeding is built up in your home country England, but you have also recognised the opportunities offered by England's connection to Europe.

In your actions, you have proven yourself to be a true European building up a strong network to Germany. I only mention the names Gestüt Hörem with family Poll, the Schwartze Hof of family Baumgart and the stallion station Pape as well as Hermann Kastens, where you boarded horses in Germany.

You have bred numerous successful horses, show winners, licensed stallions and the most successful sport horses.

Your greatest success in breeding is certainly the great British Hanoverian mare Woodlander Farouche, who was born in 2006. The Fürst Heinrich daughter out of the Dimaggio daughter Dornröschen was double world champion of young dressage horses in 2011 and 2012 with Michael Eilberg. A full brother to Farouche is the stallion Franz Ferdinand, who was used at Ingo Pape’s breeding station and who sired the stallion head number 76 in this year's stallion collection.

On Woodlander Stud you have impressively developed the W-line of the Weltmeyer. The starting point was the World Regent son Wavavoom out of St.Pr.St. Louisiana by Longchamp, who was licensed here in Verden in 2008. His son Wild Child out of Farouche was licensed in England in 2013. In my opinion, you have succeeded in creating a very special breeding success with the now four-year-old Wild Love by Wild Child, who was licensed in England two years ago. Now the Weltmeyer line is coming back from England to the Celle State Stud. You have reached an agreement with Dr Brockmann that Wild Child will be leased to Celle.

The impressive thing: all mentioned stallions and some more were bred by yourself. This was only possible because you selected your mares strictly, bought skilfully and always attached great importance to a high quality.

Today you receive the Golden Badge of Honour of the Hannoveraner Verband, the highest honour that the Hannoveraner Verband has to award. You have earned this not only through your great successes in breeding, but also through your commitment to sport horse breeding in England and especially to British Hannoveraner breeding. You have been a member of the board of the British Hanoverian Horse Society for many years. You have helped the BHHS with your great expertise, but also your organizational talent and management skills, which you have acquired in your main profession as a head-hunter in the automotive industry. A few years ago, with your support, the British Hanoverian Horse Society was able to relaunch with a new management, Kate Eaton, which proved to be extremely beneficial for our daughter society.