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THE STANDARDBRED is renowned for its exemplary temperament - calm, good natured, trainable and extremely willing.

THE STANDARDBRED is also the epitome of a true performance horse:  it is a
mixture of the fastest, strongest, most elegant gaited breeds in the world, selected on the basis of performance only.

HISTORY

The Standardbred originated in the USA in the late 1700s. Messenger, a grey Thoroughbred stallion (at left), arrived in America in 1788 after a successful racing career in England. He was the grandsire of Rysdyk's Hambletonian (below right), who proved himself to be the greatest trotting sire in the country at the time. While trotting races had been going on in Australia since about 1810, Hambeltonian descendants arrived in Australia in around 1880 to begin the influx of American bloodlines into Australian harness racing.

The Harness Racing Studbook of America was founded in the late 1870s. To be classified as a Standardbred, a horse had to trot or pace a mile in less than 2 minutes 30 seconds at 3 years of age (meeting a "standard" - hence the name "Standardbred"). Inclusion in the original studbook and the foundation of the breed was therefore based originally on performance, not bloodlines or conformation. As a result, horses of many different backgrounds contributed to the genetics of the Standardbred - perhaps one of the reasons for the breed's versatility!

After the establishment of the studbook, the Standardbred came to be recognised as a distinct breed in its own right. As the breed has been bred to a performance standard, the type and conformation of the horses is wide-ranging.
 
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