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Purpose of the breed
The purpose of blending of the Saddlebred with the draft or Friesian is to produce offspring that are the perfect blend, having the best of both "worlds", resulting in the heavier boned, "old fashioned" or Baroque saddlebred type; Such is the magnificent Georgian Grande.
STANDARD OF THE BREED
The Georgian Grande horse has the elegance and noble bearing of the Saddlebred perfectly blended with the size, good bone and calm disposition of the Friesian or draft.
It carries itself with an attitude that eludes description, some call it "presence, class, or style", but this superior air distinguishes every movement of the Georgian Grande. They are extremely versatile and good at multiple disciplines, their movement is that of upper level dressage. They excel in driving as well as jumping, on trails they are dependable, quiet and calm. They grow big and stay sound. They possess strength, beauty and good mind!
DISPOSITION: Intelligent, alert, proud but always calm and quiet. Easy to train and very willing to work.
CONFORMATION: The ideal Georgian Grande is well proportioned and presents a beautiful overall picture. Once mature the ideal Georgian Grande should definitely appear to be "built up hill" carrying itself with deep hocks, well up under the middle of the horse in movement. The Georgian Grande should be in good flesh, with good muscle tone, smooth glossy coat. Feathering on legs is quite acceptable, but not required and may be shown with feathering or clipped. Stallions should exhibit masculine look while femininity in mares is desired. Heights for horses can range from 14.2 hands to 17 hands and above, with the average being 16 hands. Weights from 1000 lb. to 1400 lb. Any color is acceptable.
HEAD: Well shaped head with broad flat forehead. Eyes should be large, luminous, expressive and set wide apart. Eyes can be any color, blue eyes shall not be penalized. Faceline should be straight or slightly concave. Muzzle relatively fine but must have large nostrils, clean, smooth, strong jawline. The ears should be expressive, well shaped, attractively set and carried alertly.
NECK: The neck is one of the most important points of conformation in the Georgian Grande horse. It should be long, well muscled denoting strength, suppleness and power, should be well arched, and well flexed at poll with good clean throatlatch.
BACK: Strong, level and relatively short. Supple in movement with well sprung ribs.
CROUP: Long, not table top level but rather slightly sloping. The hips big, round, and powerful. The hindquarters should be strong and well muscled.
Chest proportionate to the horse. The muscles of the forearms, croup and gaskins are especially emphasized.
LEGS: Front legs set well forward under the shoulder, rear legs clean and correct, not cowhocked nor sickle hocked. Proper angulation to the rear legs to allow for a good jumper. The mane and tail are naturally full and flowing; however, for show purposes, a Georgian Grande may be exhibited with mane braided or unbraided. Georgian Grandes may be shown with feathers, or without, at the owner's discretion.
The mane may also be pulled as for hunter/jumper. (optional)
Tail always natural, never docked (as the draft) and never cut (as the Saddlebred).
Color: Any Color is acceptable for this magnificent breed. Pinto Patterns are accepted as well.
A friesian body style
A Saddlebred body style