Only 36 years ago in 1978!
The American Hanoverian Society (AHS) was incorporated in 1978 to establish, maintain and operate a non-profit association of breeders, owners and friends for the promotion and preservation of the Hanoverian horse on the North American continent. AHS maintains a public registry of Hanoverian horses, brands approved stallions, mares & foals with the society's registered brand, disseminates information to breeders, owners and friends pertaining to the breeding and raising of Hanoverian horses and promotes the performance of the Hanoverian horse in dressage, eventing, hunters, jumping and driving. AHS diligently works to promote the Hanoverian breed in the USA and does all things appropriate to encourage public understanding of the Hanoverian horse, its breeding and performance.
AHS works closely with the German Hanoverian Verband. This organization is known in Germany as the Hannoveraner Verband is an alliance of breeders and associated with the German National Equestrian Federation (FN). It carries the original studbook of the Hanoverian breed. The breeders are organized in local horse breeders clubs. The individual horse breeders clubs in turn are organized in regional breeding clubs with the Hannoveraner Verband as umbrella organization. There are the regional breeding clubs of Braunschweig, Hanover, Hessen/Southern Germany, Lüneburg, Osnabrück/Emsland, East Frisia/Oldenburg, Stade and International. The regional breeding clubs serve as center position between the Verband and the horse breeders clubs of their district. Most of the foreign breeders are organized in the Hanoverian subsidiaries of their home country, like AHS.
The breed originated in Germany with the foundation of the State Stud at Celle in 1735, the same year Paul Revere was born in Boston. Since this time the State stud has kept careful records of pedigrees of their stallions and the mares bred to them, so when in 1888 the Royal Agricultural Society officially established the "Hanoverian Warmblood Studbook" it had already an excellent basis on which could be build up. In 1899 the Chamber of Agriculture took over the stud-book as keeper, and it carried on until 1922 when it passed these duties on to the Verband hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter (the Society of Hanoverian Warmblood Breeders), which came into existence that same year and is the governing body today.
The "Verband" came into being in 1922 through the unification of 54 local breeding clubs, which existed in Hanover at the same time, and of which some were more than 50 years old. Combined, they accounted for more than 10,560 breeders. The idea was not so much to rob these clubs of their independence and their individual, peculiar character but rather to co-ordinate their activities for the good of all. These local clubs, most of them still exist today and even have increased in number, are the main pillars of the Verband. They determine to a far reaching extent the choice of state stallions sent to their district and they organize the annual mare grading shows.
(Source: 2014 American Hanoverian Society Breeder's Guide/Stallion Directory/Mare Book & www.hannoveraner.com)