Europe - Netherlands

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The selective breeding of the Dutch Warmblood began only recently when native Gelderland and Groning mares were crossed with carefully chosen Thoroughbred stallions from Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and the USA. Many stallions coming from the best racing lines produced the best warmbloods. In the early years breeders also imported Trakehner stallions and Hosteiner mares. One of the most influential Trakehner stallions was Marco Polo (1965-1976). Later some Selle Franšais, Hanoverian and Westphalian blood was added coinciding with gradually limited use of Gelderland and Groning blood.
The highly efficient performance-based selection system used by Dutch breeders produced an excellent riding horse with harmonious conformation, good temperament, easy ground covering stride and straight action in a relatively short time. Dutch Warmbloods have been used to establish warmblood lines in Britain, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

handsome, well proportioned
Head: well shaped head; usually straight profile; alert, intelligent expression
Neck: well muscled, arched
Shoulders: well sloped; prominent withers
Body: strong, straight, long back; deep chest; short, broad, flat croup; powerful, well muscled hindquarters
Tail: high set
Legs: strong, sound limbs; long forearms
Feet: good, sound
Color: any solid color but mostly chestnut, bay, brown, often white markings on face and legs
Height: 16 to 17hh
Temperament: good, eager, intelligent, reliable
Qualities: excellent action, sound, athletic

The Dutch Warmblood is highly suitable for competitive sports and has been successful at top level international dressage, showjumping and carriage driving events. It is also a great leisure horse.