Bade, Dr Burchard
Discipline : Breeding
Born : 1943
Dr Burchard Bade came from a ‘horse family’, his father reared Hanoverian colts. The young Burchard studied agriculture, passed his doctoral degree and after a few years with the Minister for Agriculture in Lower Saxony he was transferred to the Celle State Stud to become stud assistant to the Director, Dr Christian Freiherr von Stenglin. In 1979 he took over from Stenglin and directed the Celle State Stud until 2007. In the late 70’s Germany’s horse industry was experiencing a change, breeding was at a new high, yet the focus had shifted and the demand for working horses had decreased. Dr Bade encouraged breeders to breed more modern sport horses instead. From then on the German breeding objective was solely focused on producing riding horses, which also meant that the breeding industry became more dependant on the German economic situation.
During his 35-year-term Dr Bade witnessed some major developments in the sport and the breeding industry, such as artificial insemination, embryo transfer or the electronic collection of data and breeding values and the structural changes to many studs and businesses. Dr Bade worked closely with the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Hanover and other scientific institutions to influence the Hanoverian breeding and direct the State Stud effectively during this time of progress.
It was Bade who discovered the successful stallions Weltmeyer, Stakkato and Lauries Crusador. The German Federation honoured his legacy to German breeding with a Gustav-Rau-Medal in 2007.