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Horse Breeds

The Fjord

July 2015

The Norwegian Fjord is considered one of the world’s few pure breeds and one of its oldest. Herds of wild Fjord ponies existed in Norway after the last Ice Age and archaeological excavations at Viking burial sites reveal that it has been intentionally bred for at least 2,000 years. 

Australian Warmblood

June 2015

The modern Warmblood horse is bred specifically to excel in the equestrian sports of dressage, show jumping, eventing and driving. In other words a performance horse showing quality, correct conformation, correct movement with impulsion, balance and cadence, a suitable character and willing temperament, and jumping ability, style and technique. Warmblood horses evolved in Europe where selected imports were crossed judiciously by German nobles and legislators to produce cavalry and light draught horses.

The Percheron

May 2015

The Percheron horse originated in the small district of La Perche in north-western France. Here, the Arabian horses, abandoned by the defeated Moors at the Battle of Tours in 732 AD, were crossed with the massive Flemish stock that were native to the rich, fertile province of Flanders. From this cross, came the Percheron type, which has endured for more than 12 Centuries. 

The Paint Horse

May 2015

The vibrant coat pattens of the Paint Horse have long attracted people from many equestrian disciplines. Each Paint horse is a true individual; colourfully different from all others due to their distinctive colours and coat markings. They have captured the imagination of many horse enthusiasts. Each horse has a particular combination of white and any colour of the horse spectrum, including chestnut, bay, black, brown, roan, buckskin, dun, grullo, grey, perlino, palomino, cremello, champagne, and more. 

The Asturcon

May 2015

Small and lively, strong and lightweight, fast and hardy. For centuries, they managed to preserve the breed’s identity, free from outside crosses and influence. Protected by the difficult terrain of the Cantabrian coast in the north of Spain, they became the emblem and living legend of the place that proudly named them Asturcons, the horses of the ‘Astur’ people, ponies of Asturias. 

The Caspian

March 2015

From a time millennia past, when a kingdom’s strength was often measured by its ability to master the art of horsemanship, comes a small horse of legend. A legend that reached forward into the later part of the 20th Century and gripped the heart of an American woman named Louise Firouz. A legend that she spent much of her life defending, sometimes at the risk of her own.  Louise Firouz 

The Hanoverian

January 2015

Welcome to the story of the Hanoverian horse. Few people realise that this noble breed of horse has one of the longest traceable genetic lineages in the equine world, the story behind this being just as interesting as the understanding of the modern Hanoverian horse today. Origin of the breed

The Connemara

November 2014

Native to Connemara, a part of Ireland that is west of Galway, the Connemara Pony is a compact, well-balanced riding type with good depth and substance, and good heart room, standing on short legs and covering a lot of ground. Known in old Irish as Capaillín Chonamara, the Connemara Pony is renowned for its athleticism, versatility and elegance. Hardy and intelligent, with great agility, ponies should measure between 128cm and 148cm, and are coloured grey, black, bay, brown, buckskin, roan, chestnut, palomino, and dark- and blue-eyed cream.  Origins of the Connemara 

The Pinto

September 2014

When you first mention the coloured Pinto horse in history, most people think about the American West and native Indians, and the coloured horses they rode, which were their favoured choice as war horses as they were thought to have magical qualities in battle. Various cultures throughout history appear to have selectively bred for Pinto patterns, which is a horse of any colour with large patches of white. Many breeds of horse carry the Pinto pattern and they are specific genetic traits, and not a result of cross-breeding, either body type or colour.  The painted horse 

The Australian Miniature Pony

September 2014

This year, the Australian Miniature Pony Society is celebrating 40 years. Since forming in 1974, interest in the Australian Miniature Pony has spread rapidly to all Australian states, with quality breeding stock being in great demand. The Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc., formed in July 1974 in Liverpool, New South Wales, was the result of an inaugural meeting attended by a number of people intent on creating and promoting this unique new Australian pony breed.

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