The American Warmblood, like many of the European Warmbloods,
is generally thought to be any horse that fits into the warmblood
type that is used primarily for jumping or dressage competition.
It originated in the United States, and an American Warmblood
must have been born in the United States, Canada, or Mexico
to be registered in the American Warmblood Registry. It has
also been called the Sport Horse, the American Warmblood Sporthorse,
or simply Warmblood.
American Warmbloods often excel in dressage, show jumping
and eventing, which is what they are being bred for.
The American Warmblood is a result of breeding hot blooded
horses (Thoroughbreds) with cold blooded horses (drafts) to
produce an athletic, well rounded warm blooded mount. Many
American breeders claim that all the various European Warmbloods
are highly intermingled and do not represent distinct breeds,
but rather various types of Warmbloods. So, rather than splitting
up the various types in the United States, the American Warmbloods
have been grouped into a single registry. Out of this desire
to combine all imports, the American Warmblood Registry has
been registering European imports and their American offspring
on an equal basis. The combining of all European Warmbloods
into one American Warmblood Registry is believed to be a way
to save the Warmblood from being ruined by too many splinter
groups trying to control small numbers of horses.
The American Warmblood has been influenced by Thoroughbreds
for speed, Arabians for stamina and has also added other European
Warmbloods to further enhance the American breed. The European
Warmbloods also have draft horses in their backgrounds. Horses
of nearly all bloodlines are acceptable for registration as
long as they are of a sport horse or warmblood type, and are
able to meet the appropriate studbook selection or performance
criteria. Yet the American Warmblood breeders consider them
to be a more distinct breed than the European Warmbloods,
even though they are mixed with the Europeans and thus share
the same backgrounds. Even though they are still selecting
breeding specimens to very high standards, the American Warmblood
type is a work in progress at this time. Since the stud books
are still open to outcrossing, they are not yet a pure breed.
American Warmbloods come in all shapes, colors and sizes,
but average between 16 to 18 hands. They have many of the
quality characteristics found in other competition warmblood
types in Europe, such as being powerful and balanced with
elastic gaits. Its head is similar to the Thoroughbred, as
well as having the sloping shoulders with powerful, well muscles
hindquarters, which are much needed in jumping competition.
Its short back makes it an excellent horse for all riding
events. All colors are accepted, but the solid colors and
Bay are the most common.
There are two main gaits of the American Warmblood. The Quality
Walk is four even beats in length as well as height. When
stepping forward from behind in a generous & athletic way,
it creates a swinging momentum throughout the body. The horse
should be freely reaching forward through the shoulders down
to the hooves showing articulation in all the joints which
results in a harmonious and balanced walk with a marching
tempo. The Quality Trot is two even beats in length as well
as height. When stepping clearly forward from behind with
there is an uphill profile with suspension off the ground.
The head reflects the balanced self carriage of the horse
being nearly vertical.
The American Warmblood is a noble, well mannered and attentive
horse with an alert presence. It possesses a willing, yet
calm, attitude and is attentive, obedient, tractable, and
eager to please to its handler or rider. The energetic way
that the horse approaches its work, and the concentration
and focus it has, shows an inner drive that indicates a propensity
There are two registering bodies for the American Warmblood,
neither of which is affiliated with the other.
The American Warmblood Registry (AWR) was established in
1981 and is the one most people consider to be the main registry.
The American Warmblood Registry has a goal to develop the
American Warmblood Sporthorse to the highest possible standard
in North America through careful maintenance of their registries,
studbooks, and annual breeding stock approvals. They have
chosen a distinct and unique brand to identify these American
bred Warmblood Sporthorses.
There is also the American Warmblood Society (AWS), which
is an International, non profit Performance horse corporation
founded in 1983, that is dedicated to the development of Sport
horses from grass roots through the Olympic levels. As one
of the Associate Members of the World Breeding Federation
for Sport Horses (WBFSH), the AWS promotes, represents, nominates,
records and registers horses for the Olympic sports and for
American Warmbloods are rapidly gaining ground as the horse
of choice in the demanding sports of 3 Day Eventing, which
includes dressage, cross country and stadium jumping. The
American Warmblood has also proven to be competitive at the
world class level in dressage.
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