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American Holsteiner Horse Association


Te Modern Holsteiner Horse


like the majestic and proud horse from “between the seas.” Whether you aspire to floating through a dressage test as effortlessly as a ballerina, tackling a grueling cross country course with the agility of a deer or leaping obstacles of dramatic proportions in a show jumping venue, the Holsteiner provides the character, substance and extraordinary athletic talent to bring your dreams of flight to fruition. The modern Holsteiner horse is bred from a recipe with a clear goal using carefully selected ingredients to make up the finished product. Through selective outcrossing and culling of breeding stock, over the last 700 years the Holsteiner has developed its characteristic conformation and gaits. A strong hind-end and


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sturdy foundation with looseness through the back and shoulder give the horse power and agility making it the Ferrari of the sport horse world. Ancestors of today’s Holsteiner humbly pulled the farm equipment in deep soil and inclement weather which over


generations of breeding created a horse with a “turbo boost” in the hind


end. This attribute benefits today’s rider by providing extra lift over the highest jumps, substantial carrying power and push for upper level dressage movements and an agility for negotiating cross country obstacles at speed over rough terrain. The farmers could not afford the luxury


he legendary horse Pegasus surely must have been a Holsteiner for no other breed of horse can give a rider that lighter-than-air sensation of flying


By Wendy Webster


of resting their horses once the spring thaw allowed the ground to be tilled. Horses that had done little work all winter were harnessed up and those that were lacking in energy and spirit were also culled. Today’s Holsteiner comes from generations of willing workers and will give his all when asked to perform. Observing


the Holsteiner in the stable one is immediately drawn to his intelligent and noble expression. While taking in his surroundings with large quiet eyes, his alert ears are tuned to all activity and he will not miss the opportunity to zero in on a favorite friend, human or animal. Holsteiners are sensitive and will develop strong bonds with humans who treat them with consideration, respect and good horsemanship.They are quick learners and intelligent making them extremely trainable. This manifests itself at the highest levels of competition where Holsteiners repeatedly occupy the winners’ circles. No exception was the 2008 Olympic Games where Holsteiners were in evidence as gold medalists in three day eventing


Left: Crown Affair, champion hunter stallion and his owner/rider Gail Morey. Crown Affair recently was awarded Overall Grand Circuit Champion at HITS Thermal in the Amateur Owner Hunters 3’6 and over. Photo by JumpShot Photography


Above: Rantares and owner/rider Cheryl Kellerman. In 2007 he was the #1 stallion standing anywhere in the world for dressage horses competing in the U.S. as computed by USEF. Two successful grand prix dressage horses by Rantares are Rantaro and Raymeister. Photo by Susan Sexton


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