Standardbreds evolved in North America as people began breeding faster harness horses for racing. Originally, the breed was used for farm and family work, and racing was for recreation.
The founding father of the breed is Hambletonian 10, grandson of Thoroughbred Messenger.
Standardbreds can be fierce competitors on the track, but off the track, they excel in show and pleasure horse pursuits. They are known for their willing temperaments, desire to please, and athletic ability in a wide range of skills under saddle and in harness.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 17:18