Carole Mortimer: Is it time to embrace a breeding and producing system? *H&H VIP*

The “Breeding for Gold” symposium at the Royal Agricultural University (9 March) provided food for thought. The presentation by Dr Ludwig Christmann of the Hanoverian Verband was particularly interesting, not only because of the fascinating history of the breed, but because of the underlying emphasis on the Hanoverian system used to produce this successful horse. I was particularly intrigued to learn that any Hanoverian breeder wishing to breed their (already graded) mare has to register her each year and pay to do so. Imagine the outcry if any British breed society made that a rule.

Stallions at Stud