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groningen horse

This breed was developed for working the heavy clay soil. The Groningen horse is a massive and powerful horse for farm work, but is also used as an imposing coach horse as well. The Groningen Association opened a special studbook for this breed in 1982 with the objective to preserve the breed and its distinct character.

The breed association 'Het Groninger Paard' (The Groningen Horse) was founded in 1982 and was recognized as an official studbook organization under the Horse Act by decree of the Netherlands monarch on November 28, 1985. The reason it was founded was that other Dutch breed associations at the time merged into a single association, the Dutch Warmblood Studbook, with the objective to breed horses for sport. The Groningen horse, a specific North Netherlands type of horse, would have lost its identity in that merger.

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