2019 Breeds

 

American Morgan Horse Association:

 

Ideal for today's modern family, the Morgan horse will take riders with diverse interests through any competitive or pleasure pursuit. Whether you or your family requires a quiet mount or harness horse for a beginner or enjoys aggressive sporting disciplines like eventing and jumpers, the Morgan can be all this and more. The Morgan's versatile roots go back to the beginning of the breed. Lifestyles of early American families demanded their horses be useful and strong in the field and also quick and stylish harness and riding horses. The Morgan was a popular answer to these needs. The Morgan is easily recognized by his proud carriage, upright graceful neck, blended with soundness of limb, athleticism, and stamina. In addition, Morgan thriftiness and longevity have made this breed a good bargain for more than 200 years—easy to love and affordable to own. The Morgan horse is free moving and calm under western tack or elegant and aristocratic when ridden in English style. A tractable temperament allows the Morgan to excel when driving in single or multiple hitches. Companionable and comfortable on a quiet pleasure ride anywhere open skies beckon, working as a sensible partner in a long day of ranch work or endurance riding, waiting alert and ready to enter a show ring, or performing in formal riding disciplines, the Morgan is a versatile horse within a versatile breed. This first American breed can be found worldwide.

For more information on the Morgan breed, visit www.morganhorse.com
or call (802) 985-4944
AMHA 4066 Shelburne Rd. Suite 5 Shelburne, VT 05482

 

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Andalusian:

 

AndalusianThe Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE, is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancestors have lived for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as a distinct breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over the centuries.

 
 
 

Arabian Horse:

 

The purebred Arabian horse is striking. An Arabian's most identifiable characteristics are its finely chiseled head, dished face, long arching neck and high tail carriage. Its entire appearance exudes energy, intelligence, courage and nobility. Every time an Arabian moves in its famous "floating trot," he announces to the world his proud, graceful nature.

In general, Arabians have a short, straight back, perfect balance and symmetry, a deep chest, well-sprung ribs, strong legs of thick density and a more horizontal pelvic bone position.

For thousands of years, Arabians lived among the desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula, bred by the Bedouins as war mounts for long treks and quick forays into enemy camps. In these harsh desert conditions evolved the Arabian with its large lung capacity and incredible endurance.

Historical figures like Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Alexander The Great and George Washington rode Arabians. Even today, one finds descendants of the earliest Arabian horses of antiquity. Then, a man's wealth was measured in his holdings of these fine animals. Given that the Arabian was the original source of quality and speed and remains foremost in the fields of endurance and soundness, he still either directly or indirectly contributed to the formation of virtually all the modern breeds of horses.

The severe climate required the nomads to share food and water, and sometimes even their tents with their horses. As a result, Arabians developed a close affinity to man and a high intelligence.

Even today the purebred Arabian is virtually the same as that ridden in ancient Arabia. Arabians now display their athletic talents in a variety of disciplines from English to Western, with the Arabian positioned as the undisputed champion of endurance events.

If you're looking for a companion who'll be your partner in adventure or competition - and your friend for life - then an Arabian may be the horse for you.

The traits that were bred into the Arabian through ancient times created a versatile horse that is not only a beautiful breed, but also one that excels at many activities. Considered the best breed for distances, the Arabian's superior endurance and stamina enable him to consistently win competitive trail and endurance rides.

The most popular activity with all horse owners is recreational riding-the Arabian horse is no exception. The loyal, willing nature of the Arabian breed suits itself as the perfect family horse. His affectionate personality also makes him a great horse for children.

In the show ring the Arabian is exceptional in English and western pleasure competition. The Arabian is well known for his balance and agility. Combined with his high intelligence and skillful footwork, he is more than capable in driving and reining events. For speed, agility and gracefulness, you'll want an Arabian. Arabians compete in more than 400 all-Arabian shows as well as in numerous Open shows around the U.S. and Canada.

The Arabian, as the original racehorse, is becoming more and more popular competing at racetracks throughout the country. Arabians race distances similar to Thoroughbreds, with more than 700 all-Arabian races held throughout the U.S. annually.

Although the most beautiful of all riding breeds, the Arabian is not just a pretty horse. He is an all-around family horse, show horse, competitive sport horse and work horse.

 
 

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Circle D Ranch

Chad

Chad is a dapple grey Percheron draft horse. He 8 years old and comes to us from Walnut Creek, Ohio. Throughout his Disney career, he has pulled our Horse Drawn Street Cars down Main Street U.S.A, and soon will become the newest horse to pull Cinderella’s Crystal Coach for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. During his off time, he enjoys “people watching” and hanging out with his friends in the turnout. Chief and Chad are teammates and occasionally pull a carriage together for events or parades!

 
 
 

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Dallas

Dallas is a black Percheron draft horse and is 12 years old. She comes to us from Grandview, Texas. Throughout Dallas’ career at Disneyland Resort, she has pulled the Horse-Drawn Street Cars down Main Street, U.S.A, and has participated in Norco Parades. During her off time, Dallas enjoys napping in the turnout.

 
 
 

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Lucky

Lucky is a brown and white Clydesdale draft horse who is 15 years old. Lucky was born in Strathclair, Canada. So far in his Disneyland Resort career, Lucky has pulled carriages through Downtown Disney District for Valentine’s Day, participated in Parade of Lights with his teammate, Eddie, and pulls our HorseDrawn Street Cars down Main Street, U.S.A. During his off time, Lucky enjoys eating and snoring loudly in his sleep.

 
 
 

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Chief

Chief is a dapple grey Percheron draft horse. He is 8 years old and comes to us from Walnut Creek, Ohio. Throughout Chief's career he has pulled the Horse Drawn Street Cars down Main Street U.S.A., participated in the Norco Horse Affair, Norco Parades and pulled Cinderella's Crystal Coach for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. During his off time, Chief enjoys eating and getting attention fro the crew!

 
 
 

Fresian:

 

The Friesian is an ancient horse breed originating in the northwestern area of the Netherlands known as Friesland. Friesian horses were pictured as war horses in Great Britain and Continental Europe 2,500 years ago. During the Middle Ages, Friesians were sought after and prized throughout Europe in the Aristocracy’s Destrier War Horse Category. When they were no longer needed for the battlefield, they were used as aristocratic carriage horses, and also excelled in 1/5 mile trotting races. With the advent of the auto, the breed was sent to the farms for light draft work, narrowly avoiding extinction. When farms became industrialized, the breed again faced extinction but in the mid-20th century, a Dutch dairyman in central California began importing Friesian breeding stock to supplement his operation and introduced the breed to the US.

Throughout history Friesians are depicted with a strong, cobby build, about 15+hh, most often all black in color, and much admired for their stunning appearance with thick manes and tails, and feathering of hair on the lower legs. In 1985, Hollywood released the period romantic film, Ladyhawke whose hero rode a Friesian stallion. His appearance quickly gained the Friesian breed notoriety in the US, and they have graced the silver screen in numerous films since then. Friesians are now bred to be taller, all black, and to again successfully compete in ridden disciplines, even to Grand Prix Level Dressage, as well as in front of the carriage. The Friesian breed currently numbers 70,000+ horses worldwide.

 
 

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Lipizzaner:

 

Lipizzaner, also spelled Lippizaner, also called Lipizzan, breed of horse that derived its name from the Austrian imperial stud at Lipizza, near Trieste, formerly a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The founding of the breed dates to 1580, and detailed breeding records date from 1700. The ancestry is Spanish, Arabian, and Berber. The six strains (Pluto, Conversano, Neapolitano, Favory, Maestoso, and Siglavy) are named from their foundation sires.

Lipizzaners are of comparatively small stature with a long back, a short, thick neck, and powerful conformation. They average 15 to 16.1 hands (about 60 to 64 inches, or 152 to 164 cm) high and weigh from 1,000 to 1,300 pounds (450 to 585 kg). The head, with a Roman nose, lacks the refinement of most light breeds, but they have attractive, expressive eyes. The colour is usually gray; bay and brown occur rarely. They are found to a limited extent in countries that were originally a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and a few have been exported to the United States. The best known Lipizzaners are those trained at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

 
 

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Miniature Horse:

 

Miniature Horses were used in England and in Northern Europe as early as 1765, to pull ore carts in the coalmines. They were also bred as pets for the royal families of Europe. The first mention of a small horse being imported into the United States was in 1888; and research shows little public awareness of true Miniatures until 1960. Popular belief is that American Miniature Horses utilized the blood of English and Dutch mine horses brought into this country and used in some Appalachian coal mines as late as 1950. Minis are measured at the last hair of the mane with the horse standing squarely on a level area. 34” – 38” is the maximum height, depending on the registry to be classified as a Miniature Horse. A healthy adult Miniature horse weighs between about 250 and 350lbs and eats about ¼ of what an average full-sized horse would consume! When Miniature foals are born, they only weigh 25lbs on average and can live to be 20-30 years old. Due to the nature of miniature horses being bred down from regular sized animals, nearly every single coat color and pattern exists in these small equines! Most disciplines, including jumping, trail, halter, and driving can be taught to Miniatures. Although, riding is out by any but the very small child. In-hand classes are very popular as is driving! They even compete in Combined Driving Events around the world! There are two registries for Miniature Horses. American Miniature Horse Association allows any equine that is under 34” and the American Miniature Horse Registry allows any equine that is under 38” with a second category for those under 34”. Locally, we have a few different clubs that host shows specifically for Miniature Horses. The Saddle & Harness Club of Norco has special classes just for minis and the Pacific Coast Miniature Horse Club has entire shows dedicated to these pint-sized ponies! Don’t forget, even though they may come in a small package, they are still equines and should be handled as such.

 
 

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