Name of breed: Gelderland Horse
Country of origin: Netherlands
Breed origin: The Gelderland (also known as the Gelderlander), is a heavy warmblood breed of horse that was developed in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. Native mares of this province were crossed with Andalusian, Neapolitan, Norman, Norfolk Roadster and Holstein stallions to produce this breed. In the 19th century other breeds were introduced, including the East Friesian, Oldenburg, Hackney and Thoroughbred.
Distinguishing features: Typically chestnut (but can be bay, black or grey), Gelderlanders have many white markings on the legs and face in the sabino pattern. Their heads are long and flat with a straight or convex profile and their withers are prominent and broad. The chest is full and deep, the shoulder long and sloped, and the legs are muscular with strong, broad joints. These horses tend to have high-stepping action, particularly at the trot.
Modern day Gelderland: The Gelderland is a dominant force in the sport of combined driving and are known to be a versatile, family-friendly horse. Many have also competed in dressage and show jumping at an international level, with one of their greatest qualities being their longevity and soundness.