Holsteiner horse is a type of German Warmblood so named because
they were and still are, bred in the region of Holstein in
Germany. They date back to as far as 450 AD when the Holsteiners
were used as a type of German Marsh horse similar to a heavy
draft. In the 1600 and 1700's Holsteiners were used around
Europe as Cavalry mounts. By the 19th century heavy cavalry
horses were no longer required for the battlefields and the
first modification in type was made when Thoroughbred and
other lighter types of stallions were used to influence the
breed. The result was a most noble and sturdy of carriage
horses that were most popular around Europe.
the 20th century and breeding of the Holsteiner was interrupted
by the two World Wars. Numbers became depleted and disbursed
through Europe. It wasn't until 1960 that a new governing
body in Germany was formed and by 1976 the official mare band
was back to 3000 and stallions 70. Since the sixties Thoroughbred
and Anglo Norman blood has been added to the breed to produce
a horse suitable as a sporthorse. The Holsteiner has acquired
more elegant looks and has the most promising future as a
jumper, event or dressage horse. The breed has combined the
elegance of the Thoroughbred with the dependability, power,
ability, heart and stamina of the Holsteiner to today produce
one of the most successful and sought after modern sporthorses.
result of careful breeding over many centuries are seen through
the successes of such horses as Ratina Z -World Champion showjumping
mare, Classic Touch - Olympic Showjumping Gold Medallist,
Lucky Lord and Corlandus -both sensational dressage horses,
Granat - World Champion and Gold Medal winning dressage horse
and finally My Fair Lady who was a World Champion in Eventing.
At the most recent Olympic games at Sydney there were 19 Holsteiners
competing and these included two gold medal winning horses
in Chacomo(Team Dressage) and Dobel's Cento (Team Showjumping).
These successes have seen the other great breeds of Europe
introduce Holsteiner blood into their studbooks to improve
their breeds. To us this says it all.
HOLSTEINERS IN AUSTRALIA
The Holsteiner Horse Association of Australia was first formed
in 1975 after the importation from Germany of several Holsteiner
stallions which included Flaneur, Romedio, Wildfeuer and Talisman.
In the early eighties Contact and Falkland arrived and together
these stallions formed the Foundation Sires of our Association.
It is the aim of this Association to register and promote
Holsteiner horses in Australia and to lay down breeding guidelines
for breeders to follow. In the short space of time Holsteiners
have been in this country their influence has been outstanding.
We have seen Talkind and Colleen Brook represent us overseas
in Showjumping and Close Encounters and Jadalco (Imp now exp)
performed well on the World Cup circuit, as well as several
talented young horses who are rapidly rising through the ranks
including Jeff Bloomfields mount Williamsburg and David Dobson's
Supanova and Kelly Anne Crowes Too Red as well as the Noblewood
Park imports Collins, Cantara, Carlotta and Lidwina.
the dressage world an early Flaneur stallion Condor went to
Prix St George, Isle of Hinton and Snowview Romboli are competing
at Grand Prix and on a National level horses such as Barrabadeen
Troubadour (Aust. Champ Prix St George) and HRH (starting
at Inter I and II) are waving the Holsteiner flag. On the
eventing scene we have seen the success of Darien Powers and
Andrew Hoy at the Atlanta games and Rimini Park Fabien representing
us at Badminton.
is the aim of the Association to produce a horse who is well
balanced, 16 to 17hh with round generous strides and natural
elastic movement. We seek to produce a bold willing horse
which is physically and mentally able to perform at a level
of excellence in the modern sporthorse disciplines. We at
the moment have over 1500 horses registered with us and many
licensed stallions and with the importation of frozen semen
becoming so popular we can see the fame and success of the
Holsteiner horse really excelling in the years to come. There
are many talented young horses out there so watch out for
the Holsteiner bred horses in the years to come or, even better,
why don't you experience one yourself!