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[ INDEX ] Equine Type: Horse Breed: Dutch Riding Horse and Pony (NRPS)   [ PREV ] [ NEXT ]
The Dutch Riding Horse and Pony (widely known as 'NRPS') is a breed which is essentially a Dutch sport horse or pony who has at least 12.5% Arabian blood or, specifically in the case of the Dutch sport horse, at least 12.5% Anglo-Arab blood. This breed was officially created in 1981, with the establishment of its studbook.

The breeding program of Dutch Riding Horses and Ponies allows them to be crossed with a specific list of other breeds of sport ponies and horses. However, because Dutch Riding Ponies must have at least 12.5% Arabian blood, and because Dutch Riding Horses must have at least 12.5% Arabian or Anglo-Arab blood, then in Horse Isle both Dutch Riding Horses and Ponies are allowed to be crossed only with Arabians.

The Dutch Riding Horse and Pony is a sport breed which often performs in international levels. As such, the grading process of these horses and ponies includes an extensive assessment of their athletic abilities, be it in show-jumping, dressage, or driving.

Dutch Riding Horses and Ponies are usually brown, bay, black, grey, and chestnut, but they can come in all of the colors that exist in the Arabian and sport-warmblood breeds. In addition, they can also have leopard and pinto coats. When it comes to their height, the NRPS studbook is divided into two categories: ponies, who stand between 12hh and 15.1hh, and horses, who stand between 15.2hh and 17.2hh.


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