Canadian Warmblood

Canadian Warmblood is a relatively new breed of horse that has been gaining in popularity in recent years.

They are known for their athleticism and versatility, making them a popular choice for riders of all skill levels.

If you’re looking to add a Canadian Warmblood to your stable, here’s what you need to know!

Canadian Warmblood Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Canadian Warmblood:

Height (size) 14.0 – 16.0 hands high
Colors Dark brown, bay, chestnut, black
Country of Origin Canada
Common Uses Dressage, jumping, eventing, driving

Canadian Warmblood Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

Recent decades have seen remarkable progress in Canada’s Warmblood breeding programs with Canadian horse breeders now reaching the level of quality seen in horses from Europe.

In the past, the various “types” of Warmblood horses, such as the Holsteiner, Hanoveranian, Dutch Warmblood etc., were considered to be separate breeds.

However, scientific progress in genetic testing, along with in-depth research of European studbooks and records, have recently debunked this theory.

It is now understood that the Warmblood is a separate breed of horse, and that the various so-called “types” of Warmblood horses are actually just different registries of the same fundamental breed.

We’re not creating a new breed. We’re a registry in Canada for Warmblood horses. We’ve done extensive research on pedigree and examined several genetic studies and we’ve concluded unequivocally that the Warmblood is a breed regardless of where the horse may come from, Sweden, France, or Germany, says Chris Gould, Chairman of the CWHBA.

So, all Warmblood horses, regardless of where they were registered or their country, have the same genetic make-up.

The Warmblood was initially used largely as a cavalry horse and for light farm labor.

By the time of the 1912 Olympics, however, Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds had become the two most common types of horses used in equestrian competition.

Following this, the number of Warmblood horses, and indeed all horse breeds, plummeted in the 1940s.

In large part, this can be attributed to the widespread availability of automobiles and mechanization of farming tools that followed the end of WWII.

Post-World War II also marks the beginning of the transition from the Warmbloods traditional role as a work horse to its modern role as a sport horse.

This was also the time when the Warmblood really began to grow in popularity in Canada.

The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) was established in 1988.

The goal of CWHBA is to produce a quality sport horse.

Its conformation, movement, temperament, and trainability were meant to be suitable for sport, primarily in dressage, jumping and eventing.

The CWHBA has been successful in their mission to create and develop the Canadian Warmblood by following the example of European Warmblood associations and using bloodlines originating from European stud books.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names



Docile, intelligent, sociable

Physical Characteristics

A noble, harmonious, balanced, and athletic presence best describes this horse.

The body should be well-balanced, and the frame should impress with its substance rather than its lightness or fineness.

They appear as they are built ‘uphill’ with their rectangular frame supported by muscular hindquarters.

The legs should be strong and have wide, flat joints, and the body should be large without being massive.

The hooves should be a good size, uniform in shape, and free of any defects.


Dark brown, bay, chestnut, black

Height (size)

14.0 – 16.0 hands high







Blood Type


Common Uses

Dressage, jumping, eventing, driving



Popular Traits




Country of Origin



various European Warmbloods