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A Short History of the Shagya Arabian


The Shagya is an endangered and rare breed that came into being in 1789 when the Austria Hungarian monarchy, demanded a superior calvary horse. Desert bred Arabian stallions were bred to the native mares and a brutal selection process produced the breed as it is known today. The Shagya has excellent conformation and a kind and willing attitude. Larger bone, strong back and loins, and excellent legs and feet are commonly observed in this Arabian based breed. Demanding military and endurance tests allowed only the best of the best to reproduce. WWII decimated the population and only recently has the world popu- lation reached about 2000. They are wonderful family horses and very versatile as they can excel in jumping, eventing, dressage, endurance or as dependable trail horses. Many are winning world championships in endurance races. They have world championships at WEG, the Tevis, President’s Cups and other prestigious events. Whatever your chosen discipline you will find that the Shagya is a natural! It is a breed defined by a blue print for the ideal riding type horse, and the Shagya is certainly proof that the Hungarian Stud masters achieved their goal.


Probably the greatest use of the Shagya breed has been as an out- cross improvement for other breeds. Many Shagya stallions have been approved and are found in several warm blood stud books. RAMZES, founder of the “R” line was an Anglo Shagya. His dam was purebred Shagya and sire was a Thoroughbred. ASAV is the first registry to recognize this powerful cross and has an Anglo Shagya studbook. WINDFALL II is by HABICHT, a strong Shagya line through LAPIS. THE ASAV’S APPENDIX SHAGYA ARABIAN STUDBOOK RECORDS THE LINAGE OF


ALL HALF ARABIAN (PUREBRED) AND HALF SHAGYA ARABIAN HORSES IN THE USA. THIS STUDBOOK COMPLIMENTS THE AHA HALF ARABIAN REGISTRY. HORSES EQUALLY AS HALF-ARABIANS, CAN BE REGISTERED IN BOTH REGISTRIES, COMPETE AND RECEIVE AWARDS.


Shagya blood adds refinement without losing the height and seems to reinforce the gene for a steady, non-reactive manner. steadiness, more concentration and improved ability to please their partner.


It is rare to


meet any Shagya owner who does not expound upon this unique and elusive quality.


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