Mission Statement

Manitoba Hanoverian Stable (MHS) strives for integrity and excellence for the health and fitness for both horse and rider for the English riding discipline in our community.

About Us

In 1985 Helmut and Barbara Beckmann moved their family to Canada from Germany.  It has always been Barbara’s dream to own Hanoverian horses, so they bought two young mares in Germany before they moved to Canada.  Manitoba Hanoverian Stable (MHS) formed as a small part time home-based breeding stable in 1989.  Barbara’s art for breeding quality horses and the joys of raising foals over the past 33 years have allowed her to experience many things.  She took part in the Hanoverian Breeders Course in Germany in 1990 and her focus is to breed qualities such as great character, temperament, rideability and quality gaits.  She became an inspector for the Canadian Warmblood Association in 2000.   

Heike has been involved with horses all her life.  She started with 4-H and Pony Club when she was young and then, once she moved to Calgary, worked as a volunteer at Spruce Meadows for the past 17 years.  Because she has observed the many fabulous opportunities Alberta provides students, she built a 80′ x 200′ arena in 2018 to provide the same kind of opportunities here in the Portage la Prairie area. We have started teaching riding lessons and re-started the Pony Club in the area. Together we have combined equestrian experience of over 70 years.

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