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By Jeffery Garfield

Last updated: 23rd March 2018

Romanian Sporthorse


Jeffery Garfield
Last updated: 23rd March 2018

The Romanian Sporthorse, as the name suggests, is a breed of horse from Romania developed to provide an equine that excels in not just riding but other disciplines of equestrian sports. A closed stud book was formed with the registered animals as well as their offspring tracing back to the foundation bloodstock. Even though the breed type was kept pure, the population has slightly decreased.

Romanian Sporthorse Pictures

Quick Information

Alternative Names Romanian Warmblood
Temperament/Personality Obedient, alert, elegant, social, easy to train
Physical Characteristics Short, muscular, and somewhat square profile; small, concave heads similar to the Arabians; short, strong, thick, and well-developed neck; wide chests, powerful hips, straight croup; clean, long legs with wide, robust joints
Colors Chestnut, gray, bay, and black; markings such as socks, blazes, and stripes are common
Height (size) 16-17 hands (162-172 cm, 64-68 inches)
Weight 1,157 lbs (525 kg) (average)
Common Uses Riding, carriage, show jumping, dressage, three-day eventing
Health A healthy breed with no known breed-specific equine diseases
Popular Traits High strength and endurance, easily maintainable
Feeding/Diet Hay, grass, grains, pellets, vitamins, mineral supplements, fresh water; apples, carrots, watermelon rinds, green beans, and celery could be given as treats
Country of Origin Romania
Ancestors Thoroughbred, Nonius, Furioso-North Star, Anglo-Arabian
Year/Time of Development Mid-20th century

Video: Romanian Sporthorse as a Show Horse

History and Development

This breed of warmblood horses originated in the mid-1900s when the criteria for their development were fully established. It was developed in 1962 at the Sâmbăta de Jos Stud while from 1970 at the Jegălia Stud. To increase the horse’s liveliness and improve its performance in competitions, the Romanian Sporthorse was subjected to a continuous refinement process through careful selective breeding works.

The breeding stock included Anglo-Arabian mares, horses from other breeds such as Nonius and Furioso-North Star, as well as Thoroughbred stallions, which were added to enhance the growth and agility of the offspring. Only those horses with the best qualities were selected for the breeding program. The breed is now being developed in isolation because the registry had been closed from the time when the last Thoroughbred called Finish was used.

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