The Hungarian Warmblood (also called the Hungarian Sport Horse) originated at the Mezohegyes State Stud in southeast Hungary that was established in 1784. The stud also developed other Hungarian breeds including the Nonius, Furioso, and Gidran, all of which contributed to the development of the Hungarian Warmblood. Through selective crossing with established warmblood breeds such as the Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, and Holsteiner, the stud produced an athletic breed capable of excelling at all modern equestrian sports.
The breed flourished during the 19th century, but in the early 20th century it was nearly wiped out. Hungary suffered immensely during both world wars, during which recreational riding was not encouraged and many horses were conscripted for the military or slaughtered for meat. Following WWII, some Hungarian breeders managed to flee the country with their horses, in one case assisted by US General Patton when he managed to rescue some Hungarian Warmbloods along with Lippizaners and other horses from Russian-occupied territory. Today, the population is recovering in Hungary, while Canada and the US are home to a number of Hungarian warmblood breeders.
Hungarian Warmblood horses are typically a bit taller and lighter than other warmblood breeds and have been compared to the English Thoroughbred. Their long legs are strong, with dense bone, and they have powerful quarters for jumping.They are intelligent, quick learners, friendly and good-natured.
The Hungarian Warmblood is a beautiful animal of noble bearing. They can be found in any solid colour and stand between 16-17 hands.
Like many warmblood breeds, Hungarians can be excellent athletes and partners in the hands of professionals, but may not be compatible with amateur riders. They excel as competition horses in jumping, dressage, eventing, and combined driving.