The Hungarian Warmblood Horse is a relatively uncommon breed of sport horse that was developed in Hungary by selective crossing. Primarily used in competitions and shows, these horses are exceptionally intelligent, with a noble personality. The United States of America has also played big role in the development of these equines after giving shelter to Hungarian immigrants along with their pet horses.
|Other Names||Hungarian Sport horse|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Docile temperament, extremely intelligent, adaptable|
|Physical Traits||Noticeably tall but delicate-looking frames, strong and long legs with denser bone and strong quarters|
|Coat Colors||Found in all horse colors; all colors are solid|
|Height/Size||16 to 17 hands|
|Common Uses||Jumping, dressage, general riding, endurance|
|Health Problems||Generally healthy|
|Ancestors (Bloodlines)||Nonius, Kisber Felver, Gidran (Hungarian Anglo Arab), Furioso(-North Star), Holsteiner, Hanoverian|
|Popular Traits||Durable, multi-talented, excellent in jumping, highly trainable|
|Feeding/Diet||General horse diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.|
|Time of Development||1784|
|Country of Origin||Hungary|
In 1784, the Hungarian Warmblood was developed for the first time in Hungary at the Mezohegyes State Stud. This was a popular stud that could successfully develop warmblood breeds that are capable of all modern sport like horse disciplines including show jumping, combined driving, dressage, and eventing. The HWB breed was created using the local Hungarian horses including Nonius horse, Kisber Felver, Gidran and Furioso-North Star.
From the late 30s and mid-40s, these horses withstood the hardships of the World War II, which further proved their durability emerging as a successful sport horse in the recent times. After the conclusion of the WW-II, quite a few breeds of Hungarian horses arrived in the US, which the American government confiscated from the German forces that were taken from the Hungarians.
In 1966, the ‘Hungarian Horse Association of America’ (HHAA) was founded in order to secure the continuation of the breed. At present, a very strict breeding standard has been implemented wherein the stallions are thoroughly inspected by the breeding committee before approval and giving license. The purpose of the HHAA is to keep relevant data about the breed, and to promote the development of the pre-World War II type horses and the crosses therefrom.