Gelderland breed information
Gelderland horse general information
COLORGelderlanders are typically chestnut, but may be bay, black, or gray
SIZEHeight of this breed is around 15.2 to 16 hh
WEIGHTThey are best described as medium-weight riding horses
ORIGINGelderland , Holland
USESThe breed is a dominant force in the sport of combined driving, for which they are well-suited. However, many Gelderlanders - and especially their progeny - have competed in dressage and show jumping at the international level.
INFLUENCEGroningen and Thoroughbred
TEMPRERAMENTIt is said to be docile, but not without spirit, and has great stamina
They often have a great deal of white markings on the legs and face in the sabino pattern, and there are a handful of tobianos as well. Their heads are long and flat with a straight or convex profile and the neck is well shaped and muscular with an arch. Their withers are prominent and broad, and their backs are relatively long but running smoothly into a level croup. The limbs are clean and strong and of medium length.The tail is usually set high, the chest is full and deep, the shoulder long and sloped, and the legs are muscular with long forearms and strong, broad joints. Hooves are usually broad and strong.
Also called 'Gelderlander', is a good looking and handsome horse with an excellent temperament and hard working nature. The Gelderland is a powerfully built horse with smooth active paces who makes an excellent riding, driving and competition sports horse
This warmblood horse originated in the sandy province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. Native mares of this province were crossed with Andalusian, Neapolitan, Norman, Norfold Roadster, and Holstein stallions to produce the Gelderland (also known as the Gelderlander). In the nineteenth century, other breeds were introduced, such as the East Friesian, Oldenburg, Hackney, and Thoroughbred. Today the Gelderland is used as a carriage horse and as a show jumper. It has an effective high stepping trot. Since the late 1960s, the Gelderland was been absorbed into the Dutch Warmblood breed and have not been officially bred since then. A few breeders, though, still maintain this old breed.
Gelderland fun facts
The Gelderland is a successful example of the careful crossing of different types of breeds to achieve a new breed of horse. For instance, its substantial body and stylish gait reflect its Hackney ancestry. Its docile, cooperative temperament reflects the influence of the Friesian, and its excellent jumping ability is probably due to Thoroughbred influences. The Gelderland, in short is a rare instance of combined excellence in the attempt to create a new breed of horse.