Lexington, KY: A few months ago, the American Hanoverian Society (AHS) had their annual meeting at the impressive South Point Hotel at Las Vegas. Many of the 90 attending members came a day or more early to take in the plethora of sights and activities outside of the scheduled AHS meeting. One of the big topics was the recent merger of the German Hanoverian Verband and the Rhineland Verband. In the presence of Dr. Werner Schade, managing director of the German Hanoverian Society, it was decided to establish the Rhineland studbook in the US.
A major changed in the leadership of a key AHS committee was noted on the AHS Mare and Stallion Committee. For many years, Suzanne Quarles, Some Day Soon Farm, MD, was in charge of this important committee, running it with professionalism and excellent diplomatic skills. Meg Williams, Oakwood Farms, IN, has now been elected to take over her position. Meg Williams is a successful dressage rider, starts her homebred young horses under saddle by herself and has been on the AHS judging panel for many years.
AHS is very thankful to Suzanne Quarles many years of excellent work on the Mare and Stallion Committee and on the AHS Board of Directors. She has graciously been available to help in this transition and is still serving on several other committees.
Another change on the AHS Board of Directors and Finance Committee is Vanessa Carlson stepping down from both positions after 20 years of service. Vanessa was presented with a beautiful plaque for her service on the AHS Board of Directors and multiple committees. She will continue as a judge on the Mare and Stallion committee.
Both Susanne and Vanessa were given honourable AHS memberships by the AHS Board of Directors.
Two new board members were elected by the membership and welcomed to the AHS Board of Directors: Rachel Ehrlich, Greengate Stud, MA and Kate Palmquist, Autumn Hill Farm, VA. Both are off to a running start with many good suggestions and ideas during the meetings in Las Vegas. Kate also initiated the already sold out "Breeder's Orientation" course this year.
All attendees enjoyed the roster of great speakers. Dennis Moore did a super job as our MC and moderator and tied together great talks and discussions with the likes of Rich Fellers, Dr. Jack Snyder and Dr Travers who also gave a live horse demo in the arena the next day. We had Don and Dee Kapper to introduce the new members to AHS, followed by a great cocktail reception.
Saturday's program started with an update from Verden regarding news and activities of the German Hanoverian Verband and Hanoverian breeding in Europe from Dr. Werner Schade, Breeding and Business Manager for the German Hanoverian Verband. The evening's program ended with the long anticipated banquet awards dinner and silent auction. Some items were auctioned "live" by Tim Jennings, Flashpoint Bloodstock LLC, WV, and the highest "live auction" price was paid for a stallion trainer's cap from Landgestüt Celle. In this case, the cap was that of world famous trainer, Manfred Lopp, and was donated by the management of Landgestüt Celle. Mr. Lopp, now deceased, was the retired Hauptsattelmeister a. D. des Niedersächsischen Landgestüt Celle. Sunday's highlight the general membership business meeting with lively, active discussion on many topics. All meeting attendees left Las Vegas with great memories and the knowledge that AHS and the Hanoverian horse have a bright future in the USA!