The Kinsky horse legend originated in Bohemia over one-thousand
years ago. A hunting party led by a princess was attacked
by wolves. One man stood his ground against the wolves and
drove them off killing three of of the villians. For the young
mans courage, the King knighted the Kinsky man and gave him
a coat of arms featuring the three wolves' teeth as a reminder
of his brave act. This Kinsky came to raise and name the famous
Kinsky line of horses.
There have been many stories of the brave Kinsky horses
throughout the years, characterized by their stamina and character
and they are considered to be one of the worlds rarest and
outstanding horses. Europeans know the Kinsky better than
in America because of its European roots.
Over time, the Kinsky family name and power grew as did
the reputation of the Kinsky horses. They were used for many
things, from cavalry to carriage horses. Count Kinsky traveled
all over the country to find the best thoroughbreds possible
to strengthen the bloodlines. Over time they began to be known
as the Gold Kinsky horses because of the extraordinary gold
metallic shine to their coats, although not all Kinsky's are
gold. They can be of all shades of gold and brown and there
is the very rare black Kinsky, but all have the same glossy
sheen to their coats.
The Kinsky horses won the Pardubice Grand National seven
times in the 20th century. The most remembered races were
in 1937 when the race was won by the gold Kinsky mare Norma.
Countess Lata Brandisova was the rider and the first and only
woman rider to ever win the European race. The breed won countless
famous races all over Europe that are written in the history
books of Europe where it is well loved.
The USSR confiscated all Kinsky Estates at the beginning
of the war and banned foxhunting. Fortunately, thanks to the
efforts of some of the family the Kinsky horse's standards
did not suffer during this time. Now known as the Czech Republic,
the Kinsky horse is regarded as a treasure to their country.
There are less than one-thousand registered Kinsky horses
today, making it one of the most rare breeds in all the world.
There is a growing renewed interested in this breed since
the fall of the iron curtain and now a stud farm has been
opened in the UK to breed this rare horse for the first time
ever. Hopefully, this will increase the number of Kinsky's
to the wide range and plentiful number they once were.
The Kinsky horse has an extremely long and grand history
that has stood the test of time. They are balanced, good-natured
and have the stamina necessary for many different activities
such as Dressage, Western riding, Fox Hunting and polo. From
birth, they are very friendly to humans and can bond easily
to their owners. In short, they look up to their human owners
and are easily trained.
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