The Dutch Warmblood is one of the many sleek, tall, muscular horses you’ll frequently
see competing at the top levels
of show jumping, dressage or
eventing. Its natural aptitude
for the sport horse disciplines
developed soon after World War II,
when farm work was increasingly
mechanized and horses were
needed less for hard labor.
A heavy workhorse isn’t naturally inclined to have the level of
speed, agility and finesse needed
for the quick turns, high speeds
and graceful maneuvers of jumping and dressage. The Netherlands,
however, was home to the Gelderlander, a horse of medium stature,
and the Groningen, a heavier
draft-type horse. Both were used
to create the foundation for the
modern Dutch Warmblood.
One of the world’s most popular
sport horse breeds hails
from the Netherlands.
BY KIM KLIMEK