The Danish Warmblood is a breed of horse from Denmark established in the mid-1900s. It was produced by crossing native Danish mares with choice European stallions. Frederiksborg stock was crossed with Thoroughbred, and the mares were bred with AngloNorman stallions, Thoroughbreds and Trakehners. Over time the mixture of breeds were adjusted to produce the Danish Warmblood horse.
The Danish Warmblood registry oversees the approval of stallions for breeding and registering the foals. Stallions must meet certain criteria to be permitted to breed and approved foals may be branded with a crown or wave. The Danish Warmblood studbook began in the 1960s and breeders have produced a horse claimed to be of superior quality and more versatile than other European breeds.
Although the breed is still fairly new, it is represented in many competitions like dressage and show jumping. Although it is an uncommon breed in the United States, the North American Danish Warmblood Association was formed in 2001 to promote the breed.
The Danish Warmblood is strong with good legs. It is courageous, spirited and has an excellent temperament. They can be of any solid color and stand around 66 inches tall.
They are very agile and make excellent performers in dressage, show jumping and riding.
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