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The eventing Shagya mare Echozalla.

Photo courtesy of Abiah Sanford

“The breeding goal is for an elegant and substantial Arab bred horse suitable as an elegant riding and carriage horse.”

of Trakehner stallions carry Shagya bloodlines, mainly through Lapis, the sire of Burnus and grandsire of Habicht. Lapis was a purebred Yugoslavian Shagya stallion. Habicht has given the world Windfall, Cocktail and Sixtus. The famous Ramzes was half Shagya through his dam, the Shagya mare Jordi. His influence in the Trakehner breed can be seen through his son Condus, sire of Hilda Gurney’s Leonidas. Ramzes also has had a great influence on other breeds, including the Dutch Warmblood through Roemer and the Westphalian through Radetzky and Rembrandt. Gazal VII is often referred to in Warmblood pedigrees as Gazal ox, but make no mistake—he is indeed a purebred Shagya. Examining the pedigrees of the 2008 Olympic horses show a high percentage who carry Shagya bloodlines. The 2009 USDF Horse of the Year, Ravel, has multiple Shagya bloodlines through both Ramzes and the Holsteiner stallions Amor, Heinitz and Loretto. The German Olympic eventer from the 80’s, White Girl, was by the very influential and athletic Shagya sire Bajar. Other Warmblood jumpers from the Bajar Shagya line are such horses as Bacchus Z, Baldini I, Baldini II, Bricscar and Boritas. Ahorn N, the German Riding Pony that competed at top levels of international jumping, was also linebred to Bajar. Askar AA, Milton, Ramiro Z and the eventer Jagermeister from the New Zealand Olympic team are some of the many other Warmbloods who carry Shagya bloodlines and compete at the top levels of their sport. They all seem to prove the local saying in Hungary that “a drop [of Shagya

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blood] in the bucket is enough.” Although it may seem that all Shagyas are grey, they also come in bay, chestnut, and black. The breed standard recommends a height of 15.1–16.1 with a cannon not less than 18 cm, but horses can be found at either end of the spectrum. In spite of a relatively high percentage of Arabian blood, Shagyas should be clearly different from that breed in type, size, substance and bone. The breeding goal is for an elegant and substantial Arab bred horse suitable as an elegant riding and carriage horse. The Shagya should be beautiful

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