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Wielkopolski horses originated in Central and Western Polandrnin 1964. Their name comes from Wielkopolska ("Great Poland"), arnregion in west central Poland centred on Poznan.rnrn 

Wielkopolski horses were developed by crossing two nowrnextinct Polish breeds, the Pozan and the Mazury, so it is also referred to as Mazursko-Poznanskirnhorses. The Pozan, or Poznan, horse was developed in Poland. This breed isrnextremely rare. These horses are known to be quite noteworthy. It was bred atrnthe studs at Posadowo, Racot, and Gogolewo. The Pozan was a mixture of Arabian,rnThoroughbred, Trakehner, and Hanoverian blood. It was a middleweight farmrnworker, very versatile, used for riding and agricultural work. The Mazury, alsornknown as the Masuren, is a now extinct breed of horse. It was once a veryrnnotable breed, developed in Poland, and was a quality riding horse. It mainlyrnoriginated from the Trakehner, and, crossed with the Pozan went on to developrnthe Wielkopolski breed. These two breeds formed a base, on which Thoroughbred,rnArabian, and Anglo-Arabian blood was further added.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnThey are versatile and talented. Although not well-known, theyrnarea a great sport-horse, with fantastic temperaments, comfortable gaits, andrnhardiness. They are natural athletes and are quite fast, due in part to theirrnThoroughbred blood. They make great horses for show jumping and eventing. Theirrnnatural balance and good movement also make them very suitable for dressage.rnrn 

rnrnThey are bred along two lines. One is lighter, forrncompetitive riding. The other is heavier, and used in harness and as a ridingrnhorse.rnrn 

rnrnWielkopolski horses have a fine, small head with a straightrnprofile and lively eyes. This is set into an elegant, strong, long neck. Thernhorse has sloping shoulders and a deep and wide chest. It is muscular, compact,rnand deep in the body, with powerful hindquarters. Their legs are well muscledrnwith long cannons and good, clearly defined joints and tendons. They can be anyrnsolid color, and usually stand between 15.2 and 16.2 hh.

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