Sir Donnerhall - Grand Prix Dressage Stallion standing at Paul Schocomhle - Warmblood Horses
Warmblood horses dominate the dressage with the vast majority of dressage horses competing at the highest level being classified as warmbloods, below is a picture of Sir Donnerhall one of Europe`s leading dressage stallions, click here for more information an to watch a video of Donnerhall in action.
Whisper In The Wind (Showjumping Stallion) - Warmblood Horses
Based in Birmingham in the UK Whisper In The Wind is a warmblood showjumping stallion with winnings over £40,000 Below you can see a picture of Whisper In The Wind competing at the world young horse championships at Zangersheide stud, a competition that show cases many of the worlds most exciting young showjumping horses click here to watch Whisper In The Wind in winning form at the Horse of the year show
UK breeders of warmblood horses, with a selection of foals and young horses for sale with some of the finest warmblood bloodlines. View High Offley Stud Horses
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Nimmerdor KWPN Warmblood Stallion - Warmblood Horses
The KWPN stud book is the breeding association for warmblood horses in Holland, Dutch warmbloods are recognised as one of the worlds top sport horses, below you can see a picture of the great KWPN breeding stallion Nimmerdor.
Coloured Warmblood Stallion - Fernando - Warmblood Horses
Most warmblood horses are solid coloured, here is a coloured jumping stallion High Offley Fernando, sired by the great showjumping stallion Kannan with a maternal line of Samber who was the first coloured stallion approved by the KWPN Dutch warmblood breeding association. Watch a video of High Offley Fernando in action
Cassini I - Holstein Stallion - Warmblood Horses
The holstein breeding association is the society for German warmblood horse breeders, below you can see a picture of the influential German warmblood stallion Cassini I who was successful showjumper with Franke Sloothak and has sired so many excellent sport horses. Watch video of Cassini I
Warmblood Foals For Sale at Euro Sport Horse - Warmblood Horses
Euro Sport Horse is a UK based stud farm and breeder of warmblood horses, progeny from Euro Sport Horses breeding program can be seen competing at the top levels of the sport of showjumping all around the world, for more information on horses currently available at Euro Sport Horse, please call 07968 161133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiziano and Jessica Springsteen - Warmblood Horses
Just as in Europe, in the USA warmblood horses are the dominant choice for competition horses, and with advances in Artificial Insemination you find that stallions are becoming popular for breeding globally. Below you can see a picture of American showjumper Jessica Springsteen with her horse Tiziano (sired by Hors la Loi II, French Warmblood)
Le Tot De Semelly - Warmblood Horses
A selle francais (French Warmblood) stallion Le Tot De Semelly is one of the worlds leading sires of competition horses, progeny of Le Tot De Semelly include Diamont de Semelly winner of the gold at the world equestrian games as part of the French national team.
Sam & Michael Jung - Warmblood Horses
Eventing is one equestrian sport that have a higher percentage of thoroughbred blood in the warmblood horses that compete in the sport, below is Sam Olympic gold medal winner with German rider Michael Jung. Sam is a three quarter thoroughbred sired by Stan The Man xx, but still technically a warmblood sport horse.
Piaff & Liselott Linsenhoff - 1972 Olympic Gold Medal Winner - Warmblood Horses
Warmblood horses have been the choice of top competition riders for decades Piaff is a Swedish warmblood, who won gold in Munich. Watch video of Piaff in action.
Zangersheide Stud - Warmblood Horses
As breeding has advanced new stud yards have come to the fore dedicted to breeding warmblood for competition purposes. One such stud farm is Zangersheide Stud, home of many proven jumping stallions, they also host the world young horse championships and offer stallion gradings and young horse auctions.
Belgian Warmblood Darco - Warmblood Horses
Competed by Ludo Philippaerts, Darco really put Belgium horse breeding on the world map, his progeny ranked Darco in the world breeding rankings with offspring that includes Parco, Otterongo and many others.
Danish Warmblood Foals - Warmblood Horses
Callaho Warmblood Sport Horses - Callaho Larimo SOLD for R210 000 - Warmblood Horses
Warmblood Stallions of North America, Hilken`s Go For Gold - Imported - Warmblood Horses
Also find warmblood horses for sale from around the UK, Europe, USA and the rest of the world.
Wamblood Horses For Sale
High Offley Stud is a UK breeder of warmblood horses, combing some of of Europes leading bloodlines from the variety of different warmblood breeding associations that includes German (Holstein, Oldenburg, Hanoverian), French (Selle Francais), Dutch (KWPN) and Belgium (BWP, Zangersheide). For more information please email us at email@example.com. High Offley Stud have horses for sale from foals through to international sport horses.
History Of Warmblood Horses
Warmblood Origins Warmbloods are a type of horse that carry several breeds within it. Warmbloods originated in Europe by selectively breeding horses for specific uses to individual European countries. The warmblood horses are named according to each country that produced them. For example, Swedish Warmbloods came from Sweden and Westphalians came from Westphalen, a northern region of Germany.
In the early 1900`s in Europe, horses were used for farming, transportation, and war. Farmers needed hardy horses to pull carts and plows. Horses suitable for that type of work had to be robust and rugged, such as Shires and cob horses. Soldiers needed agile horses with great endurance, but they also needed to be responsive and well-controlled such as the Thoroughbred and Arabian. As the kind of work required of the horses shifted, breeders began to infuse the draft bloodlines with lighter built and more refined breeds such as the Arabian and the Thoroughbred horse.
Before World War I, equestrian events were growing more popularity. In 1912, equestrian events, such as show jumping and dressage, were added to the Olympic Games. This addition to the most prestigious sporting games called for a much more powerful horse than the farming horses. Participation in these Olympic equestrian events touted futures of fame and profit for each country.
From Farming to Sport Horses
Mechanization began after World War I and horses were no longer needed for transportation after the invention of motorized vehicles. However, they were still needed for farming. The need for heavy horses exceeded the need for lighter built horses again until after World War II. In post-war Europe, breeding continued at a lower rate. But after World War II, mechanization had significantly improved, and there was no longer the need to use heavy draft horses for transportation. Once the equestrian events began again in post-war Europe, the athletic European horses began to take over the winner`s circle as more emphasis was placed upon the sport horse over the work horse.
Breeders began to develop sport horses by adding more Thoroughbred and Arabian bloodlines to the draft horse bloodlines. The combined pedigrees produced a horse that had an upright neck, sloped shoulders, wide yet strong legs, and shorter backs than their heavier built relatives. The smaller and sleeker characteristics of the Thoroughbred and Arabian reduced the size of the large draft horses while adding speed and endurance. This process of careful and selective breeding produced the first generations to today`s warmbloods. Modern warmblood horses are defined by five generations of sport horse bloodlines that were thoroughly inspected by the Warmblood breed registries.
The selective breeding continued to progress based on each country`s need and desire to excel in equestrian sports. However, there were notable differences in which events that each country`s warmblood dominated the field. For example, Germany`s warmblood excelled in show jumping while Sweden`s warmblood was better suited for dressage. These differences in abilities are still prevalent in each warmblood type today. It is typical to see German Warmbloods dominating the field in show jumping, Swedish Warmbloods in dressage, and Belgian Warmbloods in eventing.
Warmblood Registries and Societies
At first, the registries for warmbloods were based on the geographical location where the horse was born because breeders had to use local studs and mares. For example, horses that were bred in Westphalen, Germany, were registered as `Westphalians.` Horses that were bred in Holstein, Germany, were recorded as `Holsteiners.` However, if a Westphalian horse was imported to Holstein, Germany, then the Westphalian would have also been bred to Holsteiners. The geographical limitations and the individual breeding goals between each country resulted in a distinguished type of horse in each registry.
Later on, as horses were exchanged between countries and it became easier to transport horses to other nations, the registries began to have registration concerns with warmbloods that may or may not have been authentic German Warmbloods or Swedish Warmbloods being registered into their studbooks.
Warmbloods that were crossed back with foundation blood such as the draft horses were no longer eligible to be registered as true warmbloods but the horses still needed to be registered with a breeding and competitive representative body. Warmblood societies began to develop as breeders began to cross warmblood types back with draft horse blood and others were bred to more Arabians and Thoroughbreds. The societies also cover the need for registering a warmblood whose sire or dam were not registered. Warmblood societies are not as stringent about bloodstock and breeding as the registries and are typically open to all breeds of sport horses and sport ponies.
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