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By Maurice Gainsbourg

Last updated: 23rd March 2018

Wielkopolski Horse


Maurice Gainsbourg
Last updated: 23rd March 2018

The Wielkopolski horse originated in 1964 in the Central and Western parts of Poland. Deriving its name from the Polish meaning of Greater Poland, where it originated, this not-so-popular breed has excellent jumping skills along with a smooth rideability, thus being suitable for dressage and show jumping.

Wielkopolski Horse

Quick Information

Other Names Mazursko -Poznanski
Temperament Talented, versatile,  gentle disposition, strong and hardy
Physical Traits Fine, small head; straight profile; high, long neck; sloping shoulders; deep, wide chest; powerful hindquarters; well-muscled legs; lengthy cannons; well-defined tendons and joints;
Color Gray, Bay, Black, Chestnut
Height/Size 15.2 to 16.2 hands
Weight Approximately 1250 pounds
Category Light, Heavy
Common Uses Dressage, Show jumping, competitive riding, endurance
Gaited Balanced and uniform
Blood type Warmblood
Ancestors Poznan, Mazury
Popular Traits Hardy, has comfortable gaits and an athletic body
Health Problems No breed-specific health problems recorded
Feeding Hay, grass, grain
Country of Origin Poland

Wielkopolski Horse Video


This breed was developed by crossing the Mazury and Poznan, thus being also referred to as the Mazurka-Poznanski horse. The Poznan, a mixture of the Arabian Thoroughbred, Hanoverian, and Trakehner, developed in Poland, was a rare kind, bred in the studs of Racot, Posadawo, and Gogolewo. The Mazury, on the other hand, evolved in Poland as a riding horse, owing its bloodline to the Trakehner horses. Apart from the Mazury and Poznan, the Arabian thoroughbreds were also included, thus resulting in a beautiful, elegant breed with a refined, balanced and smooth gait.

There are two lines of the Wielkopolski horse, one is the lighter variation used for the purpose of competitive riding while the other is the heavier breed used as a riding horse as well as in harness.

Interesting Facts

  • The Malopolski is another variety of Polish Warmblood, produced in the Little Poland region (Malopolska), which is smaller than Wielkopolski, also less suitable for show jumping.

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