North Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders Club members and prospects came together to staff the American Hanoverian information booth at the Equine Affaire in Springfield, Mass. Over the course of four days 99,400 people visited the Equine Affaire. Equine enthusiasts were able to interact with 500 vendors, equine clubs, and breed organizations who set up booths located in six buildings at the Eastern States Fairgrounds in Springfield, Mass. Stable barns housed 276 horses and farm exhibit stalls, and 26 breed display stalls were housed in the Breed Pavilion where the Hanoverian booth took a central location. An indoor coliseum arena hosted many well-known clinicians, as well as the evening horse performance called Fantasia that sells out every year. The 2011 Fantasia production highlighted a Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle with the Hanoverian stallion Don Principe (Donnerhall-SPS Papagena/Prince Thatch xx) owned by Maryanna and Wendell Haymon of Marydell Farm, and ridden by Jennifer Baumert.
Staffing for the Hanoverian booth was provided by Larissa Anderson, Linda Mendenhall, Warren and Rachel Ehrlich, Heather Waite, and Robin and Michaela Dupuis. Many questions about registration, inspections, the Mare Performance Test (MPT), and the paperwork process were answered by the volunteers. This year's top questions included: My horse has a Hanoverian brand but I did not get any papers when I bought the horse, can I find out bloodlines and get a copy of the papers? And, are the Hanoverian bridle racks for sale and where can I get them!
The opportunity for sport horse enthusiasts to get a close-up look at Hanoverians was had as member's horses volunteered to participate in the “Showing your Sporthorse In-Hand” lecture series taught by Phil Silva at the event. Durante (Dacaprio-Windspiel/Weltmeyer), a yearling colt owned by Heather Waite demonstrated proper showing on the triangle and use of handling technique in Friday's lecture, “The Ins and Outs of Showing a Sporthorse In Hand.” On Sunday, Symphonee GGF (Sammarant-SPS Walkeure/Wolkenstein II), owned by Robin and Michaela Dupuis was chosen for the class “Introduction to Sporthorse Judging and Conformation.” The lecturer remarked that Symphonee GGF had been chosen for her calm and focused attitude. He felt Symphonee was the best horse to stand calmly for the conformation analysis while alone in the demonstration ring. We of course, attributed this to her Hanoverian breeding!
Photo: Courtesy Larissa Anderson