HORSES OF THE WORLD
Eurasia - Russia
The Tersk developed at the Stavropol Stud in the northern Caucasus,
between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, from 1921 onwards from part-bred Arabian and
Strelets horses. Only a few Strelets horses remained in the 1920's, including two
stallions and various crossbred mares.
The Strelets Stud in the Ukraine crossed pure-bred Arabians with high quality Orlov,
Anglo-Arabian, some Thoroughbred and other blood to produce a tall Arabian horse.
After about thirty years the Tersk emerged as a fixed type with the general appearance of
the Arabian, elegant paces and standing a little taller.
These days most Tersk horses are bred at the Stavropol Stud. The All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of the
Horse maintains the official studbook of the Tersk and provides expert evaluation, breed
certification and passports.
Head: fine head; large, expressive eyes; medium length mobile
Neck: high set, medium length
Shoulders: well sloped
Body: strong body; deep chest; wide back; muscular loins
Legs: fine limbs, well defined tendons
Mane and Tail: fine
Color: predominantly light grey or white with a silvery shine
Height: stallions 15hh, mares 14.3hh
Qualities: elegant paces, tremendous energy
The Tersk is popular as a sports horse and in the circus.