The Georgian Grande is a relatively new breed and itís developed in the United States of America. The efforts of developing and bringing back a heavier saddle-bred horse breed started in the 1970ís. The initiator was an appreciated horse breeder Mr. George Wagner Jr. that lived in Piketon, Ohio. He wanted to create a new horse breed that is more Saddlebred in look but with qualities of heavier horse breeds. Another goal was to recreate the historic old Saddlebred type, which was a Baroque type of horse used as cavalry mount, for riding warriors on their backs during the American Civil War. The old Saddlebred type was agile but heavier boned, strong-bodied and bigger, ridden by many officers and generals throughout the battle campaigns. These horses were with more studier look, robust, sensible and stockier than the nowadays purebred Saddlebred horse breed. For this purpose he crossed an American Saddlebred with a Friesian horse and added bloodlines of other draft horse breeds.
Georgeís goal was accomplished and he succeeds in producing the final result, a truly great horse, which was even more impressive, impressive and reliable than the older type. Therefore it earned its name, with full right caring the breederís name, Georgian Grande, which means Georgeís Great Horse.
An association for the breed was established in 1994 and was named the International Georgian Grande Horse Registry (IGGHR). Since then, the population number and the interests for the breed have widely increased, due to the demand and the approval of the Georgian Grande in various equestrian and driving sport disciplines. Later on the association was accepted under the United States Dressage Federation All Breeds Council (USEF) and the American Horse council.
According to the studbook, to be qualified for registration the Georgian Grande must have minimum 25% bloodline of the American Saddlebred, but not over 75% influence in its pedigree. They can also be a Friesian cross with one purebred Friesian parent, thus can compete in part-bred Friesian classes. No other non-draft horse breed, except the American Saddlebred can have influence on the breed. Horse breeds that can be crossed with the American Seddlebred include: the Friesian horse, Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire, Irish Draught and the Belgian Draft horse.
The Georgian Grande Horse has an average height between 14.2-17 hands at the withers and it weighs between 450 and 640kg. All coat colors and markings are accepted, as well as the eye color.
The most desirable impression of the Georgian Grande is a tall, strong-boned horse with a striking appearance and overall confirmation that allows good movements and jumping abilities. It has the elegance of the Saddlebred and the confirmation and the disposition of the Friesian or the other draft breeds. Its maturity begins late even after the age of six years. The head is well-formed with a wide forehead; large and bright eyes that are set wide apart; alert and expressive ears; delicate muzzle; large nostrils; and the profile is straight or slightly convex. The neck is long, muscled and arched; the withers are well defined; and the croup is sloping rather than level. Shoulders are deep and sloping; the back is strong and sloped. The legs are long, well-set and muscular with large, clean and flat joints. The feathers on the lower legs can be clipped or they may have little feathering. The hooves are well-built, rounded and proportioned to the size of the horse. The mane and tail are naturally full, but the mane sometimes can be pulled for hunting or jumping purposes.
The Georgian Grande has excellent, energetic gaits, both the trot and the canter makes them to excel in many equestrian disciplines, as show jumping, dressage and eventing. They are versatile and wonderful horses used for trail, carriage and pleasure riding for the whole family.
They are bred for their grand presence, intelligence and alertness. Solve this grand horse puzzle and find out an image of the Georgian Grand horse, which is proud, but with calm disposition and easy trainable. Charisma, class and style- those are the synonyms for the Georgian Grand horse.