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IGGHR The Perfect Blend!

Blending the graceful elegance of the Saddlebred with the size, bone and mind of the Friesian and/or Draft. 


Brief History of the Georgian Grande


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During the 1970s, a breeder named George Wagner Jr. started crossing drafts to Saddlebreds to recreate the as closely as possible the original Saddlebred type.  He wanted to bring back the heavier boned, bigger Saddlebreds of the historic past, which were more robust and sensible.  One example of the original type Saddlebred was General Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveler, who was Lee’s favorite horse throughout his many battle campaigns.  Other examples would be the noble Saddlebreds ridden by officers of the United States Calvary in the Civil War.  However those were the old fashioned, bigger Saddlebreds of yesteryear.  The American Saddlebred of today has changed a good deal from its original appearance, and tends to have much less bone.  Occasionally an “old fashioned” or baroque style Saddlebred can still be found, but most have disappeared from the equine scene. Due to Mr. Wagner’s dedicated efforts, the original Saddlebred type can again be seen in the magnificent Georgian Grande.  The name means “George’s Great Horse”, and indeed George Wagner did indeed succeed  in producing a truely great horse; A horse that is even more impressive, noble and dependable than the old time saddlebreds! These horses have emerged as a breed of their own, in their own right, The incredible Georgian Grande!!!!


The  International Georgian Grande Horse Registry (IGGHR) was founded in 1994. Since then IGGHR has grown by leaps and bounds. IGGHR is now a member of the United States Dressage Federation All Breeds Council and also a member of the American Horse Council. Also fully  recognized by USDF and USEF as  participating breed, Georgian Grandes are eligible to compete for the USEF/ USDF / IGGHR All-Breeds Awards. The breed is becoming quite popular and more so each day as its many abilities are noticed and appreciated. There are many International Georgian Grande Horse Registry horses winning in dressage, eventing and show jumping.  They can be shown in English Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Hunter Hack, English Show Hack, Driving and Western Pleasure.  They excel at Renaissance exhibitions and make wonderful and dependable trail horses for the entire family.





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