The Danish Warmblood is modern sport horse breed of Denmark. They were initially established in the middle of the 20th century and the breed was developed by crossing elite stallions from established European bloodlines with native Danish mares.
In the mid-20th century the Danish Warmblood registry was established and its role is to oversee the registration of Danish Warmblood foals and to approve stallions for breeding. Certain standards must be reached by the stallions for them to be able to be bred and foals with approved pedigrees may receive a brand depicting a crown over a wave. Though they are a relatively ‘young’ breed, Danish breeders have succeeded in producing a competition horse they claim to be of superior quality and more versatility than many of the European breeds.
These horses are currently represented at international competitions in both dressage and showjumping. They are still rather uncommon in the United States, however in 2001 a north American Danish Warmblood Association was formed to promote the breed in the USA.
The best of the Danish horses have a Thoroughbred outline that is combined with plenty of substance and strength. The Danish Warmblood horse also tends to be very courageous and spirited and they also have excellent temperaments. They are also known for having strong legs and good free action. They make brilliant performers in cross-country and are often used as dressage horses, however, they also make great show jumpers.
When it comes to colors, Danish Warmbloods can be all solid colors and can stand anywhere from 16.2 to 17 hands.