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Dutch Warmblood horses are exceptional sport horses that havernrecently been prominent in the international equestrian. Some of the Dutch Warmbloodrnsuperstars include Calypso, Next Milton, Big Ben, Ampere, Ommen, Zucarlos, Linky,rnEastern Sunrise, Pascal, Ideaal and many more.

rnrnDutch Warmblood horses are sport horses that have evolved fromrnDutch Gelderlander and Groningen horses. Gelderlander horses comernfrom the light sandy soils of central Holland; they are a stylish chestnut horsernof medium stature. Groningen horses come from the heavy clay soils of northern Hollandrnand are a large, heavy, black horse.

rnrnIn the heyday of coaching in the 19th century, horses were importedrnto Europe from England - the Norfolk Trotter, the Yorkshire Coach, the ClevelandrnBay, the Hackney - to be crossed on the native mares, becoming the ancestors ofrnthe moden sport horses of today's foremost horse-breeding countries and regions.rnAs horse use grew to include more farm work, the breeding goal changed. The farmrnhorses had to be all-round horses honest and tractable enough for plowing, yet stylishrnenough for carriage use and for riding. As farm mechanization progressed after WorldrnWar II, the breeding goal was redirected toward producing pleasure sport horses.rnDuring this process of modernization, there was again considerable foreign influencernfrom France, England (Thoroughbreds), and Germany (Holsteiners and Trakehners).

Even today, the Dutch horses continue to be influenced by importedrnblood, but the special qualities (temperament, adaptability and soundness) whichrnhave made the Dutch Warmblood horse unique, continue to be treasured and cultivated.rnAlthough the word "breed" denotes to most English speaking horsemen arnclosed studbook (like that of the Arabians and Thoroughbreds), it has a differentrnconnotation in the European Warmblood breeding community. Breed refers to the "breedingrnarea" as much as to the strict purity of the bloodlines. Each breeding arearnsets its own breeding goals and style of administration which, despite shared backgroundrnand bloodlines, gives specific qualities and characteristics to its horses.

rnrnToday in Holland there are three distinct types of horses bred.

rnrnThe most numerous and internationally important is the "Rijpaardtype" or Riding Horse Type a distinctly modern, elegant sport horse bred for athleticism,rngood character and soundness. International jumpers, dressage horses, combined driving,rnand vaulting horses are selected from this category.

rnrnIn addition, there is the "Tuigpaardtype" or Show Driving Type - an extravagant, stylish, high stepping carriage horse which is shown rather likernthe American Fine Harness horse. These horses have mostly Gelderlander blood, withrnan infusion of Hackney.

rnrnThe third type is the "Basistype" or Basic type - arnstylish all - round horse reminiscent of the earlier Gelderlander, useful for riding,rndriving, and farm work, and important for maintaining the gene pool of the old Gelderlandersrnthat is still used in the breeding of the Riding and Show Driving types.rnrn

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