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.
|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|
|Common Uses||Dressage, Show jumping, competitive riding, endurance|
|Gaited||Balanced and uniform|
|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|
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.