Standing at Stud
Welcome to the home of leading South Island Warmblood sire Maestro. Our sires all have top international backgrounds, but please also take the time to look at our mares, who are the backbone of Caithness Stud.
History of Swedish warmblood
The Swedish Warmblood horse is one of the oldest Warmblood Breeds in the world . Horses have been breed in Flyinge since the 12th Danish Archbishops held a fortified stronghold with mounted troops there. After the Swedes negotiated a peace treaty in Roskilde in 1658, King Carl X Gustaf ordered the establishment of a Royal Stud at Flyinge.
While most Warmbloods wre initially bred primarily for agriculture and carriage horses, Swedish Warmbloods were bred specially for riding.
The military selected stallions which could produce comfortable and ride able horses for the army
, carefully choosing thoroughbred and other Warmblood to introduce desirable characteristics. Farmer’s owned the mares, breeding offspring suitable for purchase by the army. This was the classic model for modern Warmblood breeding. The Swedish Warmblood Association (SWA) was formed in 1928 with the encouragement of the army. Their main purpose was the development of high and uniform quality mares. When the Army ceased using horse in the 1970s,
the breeding program was transferred into hands of the SWA. The official Swedish Warmblood website ( in English ) is www.warmblood.se
. The AVSH is the official Swedish Warmblood registry. The only other country, outside of Sweden, where official Swedish Classification of mares and stallions takes place, is the USA. SWANA (Swedish Warmblood of North America) has its own website, www.swanaoffice.org
The following commentary covers the early years of the formation of SWANA up until early 2000s. Since then, SWANA has been quietly (perhaps too quietly) going about its business.
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