The American Hanoverian Society (AHS) is pleased to announce the results of this past week's voting to revise the association's breeding rules. Conducted online for the first time, the voting period concluded at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. A total of 233 individuals (26.1% of eligible voters) cast their ballot, of which 209, a resounding 89.7%, approved adoption of the two new rules. Twenty four members (10.3%) voted against the proposed revisions; additionally there were two abstentions.
Said AHS Executive Director Hugh Bellis-Jones, "It is gratifying that we had a better than 26% participation for this membership referendum. This figure is somewhat higher compared to previous AHS postal voting. Members had the opportunity to provide feedback on the electronic voting process and many did; their opinions were overwhelmingly positive."
The vote concerned two proposed breeding rules changes which went into effect in Germany earlier this year. Specifically, one was the elimination of the so-called 50% Hanoverian blood rule. The second concerned the possible approval for Hanoverian breeding of top international stallions deemed to have world-class performance careers or deemed to have sired world-class offspring. Specific questions regarding these two new rules should be directed to the AHS central office.
During the election period a number of voters posed questions regarding the two new rules. As all voting was anonymous, AHS President Edgar Schutte will shortly take the opportunity to provide answers to these inquiries on social media, on the AHS website, and in the next issue of our quarterly magazine, The American Hanoverian.
Continued Bellis-Jones, "The AHS values its very close and cooperative relationship with the Hanoverian Verband. We have worked long and hard to obtain full reciprocity between our respective breeding programs, and consider it as one of the AHS's great strengths. Now breeders of Hanoverian horses in the United States have been afforded the same opportunities in their breeding programs as enjoyed by breeders in Germany."