Name of breed: Warlander
Country of origin: Variable
Breed origin: The Warlander is a horse of Baroque type produced by crossing Friesians with horses of a purebred registered Iberian horse breed such as the Andalusian, Lusitano or Menorquina. This particular crossing of horse breeds has a history going back to at least the 16th century, although the term ‘Warlander’ wasn’t coined until the late 20th century by the Classical Sporthorse Stud in Western Australia who named the breed after their association with veterinarian Dr Warwick Vale.
Distinguishing features: Warlander breeders seek to augment the strongest and most desirable qualities of Iberian and Friesian breeds. The ideal Warlander combines the Iberian horse’s intelligence, flexibility and powerful hindquarters, with the Friesian’s tractability, dramatic leg action, bone, and strong front legs.
Modern day Warlander: Warlanders are mainly used as saddle horses, with a particular flair for dressage.