Breed: Oldenburg, an excellent coach

What equestrian has never dreamed of a compact horse that dances at the same time powerful and elegant? This horse exists: it is Oldenburg. Coming from Germany, this breed has been developed in France for a few years. Known for his hard-working spirit and lithe and energetic gait, he has the ability to shine in competitions.

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Oldenburg enjoys working as a couple. At Haras de Bouchetis, near Toulouse, he was even an exceptionally diligent student. Breeder Virginie Garrigue started working with this breed 4 years ago,”accidental, and since then, she wanted to grow it. They are horsesmore malleable than others”, she explained. This does not mean that penetration and learning will be faster because “you must respect the rhythm of the horse“, But there is”less difficult“with them.

Champion Qualities

It is a “Sporty, strong horse, well developed hind legs and interesting power, the breeder of Haras de Bouchetis noted. “The race allowed to bring new blood from Germany when in France we started going around”, she explained, highlighting the progress of our German neighbors in terms of genetics. “There aren’t many old dogs in France but they have a good image, especially since the Germans have a good reputation,” she noted again. This positive image, breeders want to benefit from it. Registering a horse in the oldenburg guidebook is also a way to gain foreign vision.

According to Virginie Garrigue, if Oldenburg is popular, it is also because of the growing style of dress in France. “We found it in Saumur; In the past five years, the quality of the tampons has clearly improved“, she noted, noting the presence of oldenburg at the Black Frame.

The evolution of dress is also reflected in the increasing number of riders practicing the sport. In recent years, the association’s president, Caroline Rioche, has seen membership grow from 119 to 300. This is the case with Emma, ​​who was originally a CSO racer. The 19-year-old decided to switch to wearing skirts. At the same time, as a twist of fate, she meets Aladdin, a 14-year-old boy from Oldenburg. “It was a merchant who gave it to me, it was intended for the butcher’s shop” The coach noticed her inclinations very quickly. “Support, foot changes, untethered gait, good amplitude, recovery‘, Emma listed.

From sketch to sport horse

Before moving with an elegant and slender figure on the squares, oldenbourg was in charge of transporting firecrackers. With the end of World War I and the advent of the automobile, Oldenburg changed from a charioteer’s horse to a saddle horse of mixed blood. At that time, the breeders were really forced to reorient the breed. The strong and heavy Oldenburg was born in Oldenburg in the seventeenth centurye century – in Lower Saxony in northern Germany – was crossed with Thoroughbreds, Hanoverians, Trakehners or even KWPNs and Selle Français to become the horse we know today.

Orientation towards this sport horse model was born in the 1950s.thoroughbred stallion“used as”innovator” like “Hero Norman“where”French saddle Furioso II“Has had a big impact on Oldenburg today. He is still the heaviest and largest of the German horses but he is one of the “most famous sport horse breed“, She added. This is also the goal of the German Oldenburg Federation: to make the breed the best. To that end, the oldenburg manual is very liberal: many crossbreeds are accepted as long as the products are of quality in the dress, but as well as the jump. Because if the French mainly love the breed for these dress tendencies, the Germans are also interested in its qualities as a jumper. In Germany, there are dress code (OL) and obstacle course (OS) manuals. And it must be said that the two stud books prove it! In the September 2019 rankings of the World Federation of Sport Horse Breeds (WBFSH), the international reference body for sport horse breeding, we find the Oldenburg stud book in fourth place (in 31 total) in costumes and sixth (out of fifty -one) in dancing.

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Of the stallions labeled by France Dressage, about 10% are registered in the Oldenburg manual, which is 18 out of 168. In France, since 2008, the number of Oldenburg horses born has skyrocketed. . Ten years ago, only one birth was listed by IFCE-SIRE. In 2018, 41 Oldenburg ponies were born in the country. The peak was in 2017 with 51 births. “We sell our products”, confirms Dirk Längle, owner of Haras du Payrol, a benchmark for Oldenburg breeding in France. This professional, German veterinarian from Munich has worked in France for 35 years and has largely contributed to the breed’s development in France. He owned two stallions and four mother hens that could give birth to Oldenburgs. For him, there are three criteria to ensure: “Performance, movement and look. In addition to athletic ability, the horse must also be beautiful. “If not, it doesn’t sell“, he noted.

But the promise of an oldenburg horse made many riders dream, and even without seeing the eyes of their future work colleagues, they were captivated.

Identity profile

  • Height: More than 1.65 m.
  • Dresses: All outfits are allowed. Bay, chestnut, gray and black are the most common.
  • Uses: In France, it is mainly used in costumes. In Germany, a branch of instruction manuals devoted to dancing.
  • Birthplace: Oldenburg is of German origin and more precisely from Oldenburg in Lower Saxony. It is also high in Europe, the United States, Canada and South Africa.
  • Morphology: It has a well-developed hindquarters, an interesting attack power, oblique shoulders for long forelimbs, and sturdy hind legs.
  • Personality: He is reckless but knows how to work with his rider, he is a smart horse.

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