Standardbred horses Breed Profile
Origins: Bred in the mid 19th century, the Standardbred is widely considered as the fastest harness racinghorse in the world. This particular breed can be traced back to 1788 to a Thoroughbredstallion called Messenger (a Darley Arabian descendent). This horse is bred for speed not conformation. In 1871, the American Trotting Register was founded. In 1879, a racing"standard" was laid down. Over a distance of 1 mile, trotters were toclock in at 2 minutes 30 seconds, pacers at 2 minutes 25 seconds. These"standards" gave the breed its name. The average speed of these"races" is 30 m.p.h. Since 1879, harness racing has become a hugely popular sport worldwide.It is found in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Germany, France andRussia.?
Characteristics: Varies due to breeding. Generally a Thoroughbred physique but heaver.
Height: 14.1 - 16 hands
Color: Usually solid colors - Bay, brown, black, chestnut and others
Personality: Keen, willing, courageous; but also calm
- Missouri Fox Trotter
- Champagne D’Argent