A Warmblood is the result of cross-breeding between pure-blooded horses such as English Thoroughbreds and heavier farm horses to produce a horse for a specific function and purpose such as showjumping or dressage. Careful breeding programmes are carried out to produce a horse ideally suited to the breeders’ needs.

Much of the world’s Warmblood population lives in Europe. A South African Warmblood is essentially a European Warmblood which has been imported into this country, and has been entered into the studbook, or which has been bred here from imported stock and lines.

Warmbloods are athletic horses with good temperaments, which perform well in most forms of competition. A height of around 16hh is average.