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Anglo-Norman horse

Anglo-Norman horse
Anglo-Norman horse
Country of origin: France
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

The Anglo-Norman horse is a horse breed developed from Thoroughbreds and heavy horses from Normandy, France. Norman breeders began crossing English Thoroughbreds and halfbreds with their local mare stock in the 1830s.[1] While later breeders used only Thoroughbreds, the original half-breds had strong Norfolk Roadster character.[2] The term "Anglo-Norman" was replaced in 1958 by the term "Cheval de Selle Francais" meaning French Saddle Horse.

Prominent Anglo-Norman horses include Nonius, Condor, Furioso II, Almé Z, and Cor de la Bryere.

The Anglo-Norman horse has excelled in jumping competitions. Their winners have included Lutteur B, who was an Olympic gold medal winner at Tokyo in 1964.[3]


The ancestry of the breed may date to when the ancient Romans crossed the small, hardy Bidet horses with their large heavyweight mares to produce a sturdy horse for war and horse artillery. It was also for remount and for use as a light draft horse. The Anglo-Norman horse came in a variety of types: a small draft horse called the Normandy Cob, harness horses that were the forebears of the modern French Trotter, and middle-weight riding horses which were developed into the Selle Francais.[2] The heavier, stockier Normandy cob, used for light draft, farm work, and carriage is not recognized as a breed, even though stud books are kept and breeding records are recorded. [4].


  1. "Halfbred/Anglo-Norman descendants". Animal Genetic Data Bank. EAAP. 2008-09-22. http://www.tiho-hannover.de/einricht/zucht/eaap/groups/h3_2.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Selle Francais". Warmblood Breed History. Greenacres Stud. http://www.greenacres-stud.com/sellefrancais.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  3. Hayes FRCVS, Horace M., Points of the Horse, Stanley Paul, London, 1969
  4. "The Ultimate Horse Book". Elwyn Hartley Edwards. http://books.google.com/books?id=PsujOwAACAAJ&dq=The+Ultimate+Horse+Book&ei=7ruFSsaFLqKKkATJ9PSaCg. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 


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