The search for my ‘ideal’ horse to train in Classical dressage (high school) began in the late 1980’s leading me to the conclusion that I would need to breed it.
Enter the Friesian and a stunning big stallion from the Tsjalling 235 Pref (Ritske 202 Pref) line who I originally crossed with my thoroughbred dressage mares. Loving the results, I purchased my first Friesian, a stallion Valentino El Domino Classique who was predominantly Age 168 (classic) and Ritske 202 Pref (baroque) lines.
Domino lived for 26 years and I trained him to high school.
With his conformation in mind, I looked for a complimentary breed that could improve the ride ability and form. There began my love for the Andalusian and I purchased several mares one of which I bred to him.
In 1990, I started to write my breed standard of my ideal horse. I called it the Warlander.
The Warlander had to have the docility of the old style Friesian, the willingness and athleticism of the Andalusian - a baroque horse in type, ideally around 15.3hh, round with good bone, a flowing topline with an elevated well set neck with plenty of room at the throat and poll. A horse that could collect effortlessly and give a Rolls Royce smooth ride.
The first born Warlander, Dominador CS lived up to expectations.
With my agreement, in 2000, a Mother Studbook for the Warlander was formed in the USA. In 2012, the Mother Studbook came back to Australia and nowadays there are over 22 countries in the world with WSS registered Warlander horses.
It is no doubt that in the 16th Century Spanish stallions bred with the native Friesian horses in the Netherlands, however this was the first time that this hybrid cross had a future direction and standards.
Warlander horses are nowadays assessed internationally on the Warlander Studbook Society Breed Standard. To find out more visit www.warlanderstudbooksociety.com.au