Hardenberg Farm’s goal is to produce talented Hanoverian sporthorses with the athletic ability to excel in dressage and jumping competition at the highest level, both in the USA and abroad. We focus on an adherence to the breeding philosophies and protocols used successfully for centuries by the German Hanoverian Registry or “Verband” (Verband hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter e.V.) in Verden, Germany and its breeders.
Hanoverian horses are the predominant breed used by riders from around the world at the Olympics in dressage and jumping. Hanoverians have won the prestigious “Best Overall Breed” award from the World Breeding Federation of Sporthorses (WBFSH) for the “Best Overall Breed in the World” almost every year in the last two decades. This award is based on cumulative international show results in dressage, jumping and eventing. The “proof” of our breeding program is in the continued success of our Hanoverian horses in competition, both in hand and under saddle, with amateur and professional riders.
The key to our success is the quality of our mares. Our mares are all imported German Hanoverian broodmares with world class bloodlines. All are daughters of the leading sporthorse sires in the world and are out of performance-tested Hanoverian mares. All have records of producing correct conformation, brilliant movement and high rideability. Our foundation mares are daughters of two of Germany’s best; Donnerhall and Weltmeyer. Our mares are bred to outstanding stallions in the USA and Germany (via frozen semen) to produce outstanding offspring of international quality.
Hardenberg Farms produces a select number of top class foals each year with outstanding bloodlines for discriminating breeders and riders….the “limited editions” from Hardenberg Farms. The foals we produce rival those produced at by top German breeders, but are born here in the USA and are available without the added expense of travel to Germany, broker’s commissions, currency exchange rate losses and importation risk.
Hardenberg Farms LLC is owned by Diane & Ralph Nauman and family. Ralph is an MIT-educated engineer with an extensive career in corporate management, including British Petroleum, Thiokol and Wah Chang. Diane, a pharmacist and fourth generation horsewoman, has over 30 years of experience with riding, showing and breeding horses. She has traveled extensively in the USA and in Germany to horse shows, performance tests, breed association meetings, auctions, state studs, training facilities and breeding farms in Germany. This lifetime of experience is the basis of her in-depth knowledge of Hanoverian horses and sporthorse breeding in Germany.
Diane is also actively involved in the sport horse industry, having coordinated the 2006 AHS Annual Meeting and Debbie McDonald Training Symposium in Los Angeles, CA and the 2011 AHS Annual Meeting and Training Symposium with Stefan Blanken in Portland, OR. She served on the AHS Board of Directors from 2001 to 2011 and is still active on the Editorial Advisory and Nominations Committees. She has been an AHS delegate to the World Breeding Federation of Sporthorses (WBFSH) meeting in Dublin, Ireland and Brussels, Belgium.
Diane & Ralph also have four daughters, Grace, Claire, Rachel and Alexis, all with unique talents and aspirations. Grace and Claire are musically talented and have BS degrees in Biology from Dartmouth andMIT. Both are employed in the biotech industry. Rachel and Lexi are currently in high school and focused on academics and sports. Rachel was the 2011 5A State Champion and USATF JO National Champion in Women’s High Jump. She represented the USA on the 2011 Junior Pan American Team, placing 5th at Junior Pan Am Games in Florida at the age of 16. Younger sister, Lexi, also competes in sports and excels in gymnastics and cross country. She’s the only member of the family that can do a cartwheel on a balance beam and is the one daughter that still enjoys riding horses on weekends when she has time.