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Kinsky, or Equus Kinsky, were Europe's original sport horse.rnThey were bred until the middle of the 20th century in Bohemia, a part of thernmodern-day Czech Republic. At one time they were the most prominent breed in europe.rnrn 

rnrnThe development of the Kinsky horse is closely linked withrnthe history of the Chlumec branch of the Kinsky family and in particular CountrnOktavian Kinsky (1813 - 1896). The family of the Count had for decades bredrnThoroughbreds for horse racing or steeplechasing. The first known mention ofrnthe breed term "Kinsky horse" or the now-protected designationrn"Equus Kinsky" is from the year 1838, with the creation of modernrnsport horse stud book. Prior to 1838, the horses were known only as thernparticular horses bred by the various Counts Kinsky of the branch living inrnChlumec nad Cidlinou.rnrn 

rnrnThe Kinsky family leaders were raised to the rank of Countrnin 1628. Thereafter, the Kinsky family received an order to develop their studrnfarm and breed horses for the Emperor's cavalry in the early 18th century.rnHorses with the best stamina, boldness and amenable personality suitable forrnbattle and loyal to their riders were preferred, along with the golden color.rnIn 1776, the quality of the horse was further improved through bloodstock fromrnEngland. In 1814 Countess Kinsky arrived in Vienna for the InternationalrnCongress riding a golden Kinsky horse; this attracted huge attention and therngolden horse became sought after throughout Europe. Under the direction ofrnCount Oktavian Kinsky, the stud near the Chlumec castle was expanded furtherrnand the studbook, which is still in use, was developed. Count Octavian wasrneccentric but a keen horseman. In 1874 he introduced an exhaustingrnsteeplechase, the Paradubice, where his own horses competed, frequently placedrn- and sometimes won.rnrn 

rnrnCount Karel Kinsky rode the Kinsky mare Zoedone to win thernGrand National at Aintree England in 1883. The next year at the same race, hisrnhorse collapsed. The horse was not raced again and was retired to the Kinskyrnstud.rnrn 

rnrnFollowing the communist takeover and the election of KlementrnGottwald in 1948, many of the Bohemian nobility fled, including the Kinskyrnfamily, who left Chlumec, with a consequent dispersal of the Kinsky herd.rnHowever, Count Radslav Kinsky remained in Chlumec until 1953 and when hernreturned in 1989 to reclaim his property, he helped found a club calledrn"Equus Kinsky" to protect the remaining herd of Kinsky horses andrneventually resurrect the breed. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 andrnexpanded contact with the west brought the breed greater recognition. Authoritiesrnin the Czech Republic now consider this breed an emblem of the country and thernhorses are now legally protected.rnrn 

rnrnBy the end of the 20th century, the Kinsky horse breed hadrnbeen partly assimilated into the Czech warm blood. The Kinsky horse is nornlonger threatened today (2006), but with less than 1,000 Kinsky horsesrnsurviving worldwide it is one of the rarest horse breeds in the world.rnrn 

rnrnThe Czech Republic has recognized that Kinsky horses werernworth saving as cultural property. Various breeders of Kinsky horses arernexpanding their breeding programs in central Europe and there are also breedersrnand enthusiasts of the Kinsky horse in England, America, and elsewhere. Theirrnfuture looks safer, and some promoters have the goal of seeing a Kinsky horsernonce again running at The European Grand National - Pardubice to celebrate morernthan 160 years of the Kinsky sport horse and countless more of the Kinsky horsernin general.rnrn 

rnrnKinsky horses are usually between 15.2 to 17 hands (62 to 68rninches, 157 to 173 cm) in height. They are considered to have stamina,rnathleticism and good character. Much importance is attached to the balanced,rngood-natured character of these horses. From birth, Kinsky horses are all veryrnmuch inclined towards humans, friendly and curious. Around 40% of Kinsky horsesrnhave coats in various shades of gold, due to the cream dilution gene, whilernothers are bay, chestnut, or black (although black is very rare). The Kinskyrnhorse is known for its extremely glossy, almost metallic, coat.rnrn 

rnrnThey are a versatile, multipurpose horse, suited torndressage, military and police applications, eventing, steeplechasing, fox hunting,rnshow jumping and polo.

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