After an overwhelming majority of members of Rhinelander breed society already voted in favour of the merger, the delegates of the Hanoverian society met on Monday 8 December 2014 in Verden, to cast their vote. 82 percent decided in favour of the merger, thus filling the future-oriented project with life.
The chairmen of the two studbooks, Manfred Schaefer and Theo Leuchten, as well as the two breeding and business managers, Dr. Werner Schade and Martin Spoo, answered a number of questions before the project was put up for vote. 86 of the attending 105 Hanoverian delegates voted in favour of the project with a clear commitment for a common, constructive future development.
The clear majority of votes in Verden and Wickrath underlines the importance of the decision and creates a solid and sound basis for the merger. "The last year of co-operation has shown that the Rhenish breeders feel comfortable in Hanover," Manfred Schaefer summarized and added: "The Hanoverian breeders, on the other hand, greeted the result from Wickrath with much appreciation, and this is exactly what the delegates have expressed with their vote in Verden."
Theo Leuchten commented on the decided merger as follows: "This is a special day that will certainly go down in the history books of the German horse breed. Our two studbooks have a rich tradition and have now set new priorities that underline that structural change of modern times have been identified and that they are willing to shape the future together."
The merger between the Rhinelander and Hanoverian society will become effective as of 1 January 2015.