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Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Bright Mahogany Bay Blanket Coat (left view)
Linebacked Bright Mahogany Bay Blanket Coat (left view)
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Brown Cream Pearl Varnish Coat (normal view)
Brown Cream Pearl Varnish Coat (normal view)

Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Brown Varnish Coat (front view)
Brown Varnish Coat (front view)
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Buckskin Snowcap Coat (right view)
Buckskin Snowcap Coat (right view)

The Sugarbush Harlequin Draft (also known as 'Sugarbush Draft Horse') is an American heavy draft breed, which is famous for its spotted coat.

Stonewall Horses:
While the Sugarbush Harlequin Draft breed was created in 1999, its story begins ten years earlier, in 1989, when a man named Mike Muir decided to breed strong harness horses with leopard coats. To this end, he crossed a Percheron stallion with Appaloosa mares. Those crosses became known as 'Stonewall Horses'.

Everett Smith and the birth of the Sugarbush Harlequin:
The Stonewall Horses gained the attention of Everett Smith, a horse breeder who owned a carriage company named Sugarbush Hitch Company. Everett liked the idea of using strong 'Percheron' horses who have a leopard coat to pull his carriages

Everett bred one of his Percheron mares to one of Mike's spotted 3/4 Percheron stallions. The mare gave birth to a spotted foal called Sugarbush Harley Quinne, who was the first Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Horse.

The Sugarbush Harlequin Drafts became popular and brought fame to Everett's carriage company. This encouraged Everett to continue the breeding program for Sugarbush Harlequin Drafts and to establish an official registry.

The Sugarbush Harlequin Draft today:
Things were fine until Everett's retirement in 2008, when improper breeding of his horses by other breeders put the entire breed at risk of extinction. However, in 2013, the American Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Association was established, and the proper breeding program was resumed.

Today, Sugarbush Harlequin Drafts serve as all-around drafts who use for harness work, such as for pulling carriages, and for riding, including for recreational show-jumping.

Conformation:
The head is of good size, with a straight profile, large eyes, and long ears. The neck is muscular, slightly arched, and of medium length, connects to slightly prominent withers. The back is short-to-medium in length, connects to short loins and a rounded croup. The legs are thick and muscular, connect to wide hooves.

Overall, the body is muscular and broad, with a more 'upright' frame than most other heavy warmblood breeds, resembling that of the Percheron, from which the Sugarbush decends, or the [American] Belgian.

The mane and tail of Sugarbush Harlequin Drafts are short or medium in length, although the tail can sometimes grow longer. The lower legs have light-to-medium feathering.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Sugarbush Harlequin Drafts in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 15.7-17.2, 16.5 (0.3), 0.06.
Sprint: 53-65, 59 (3), 0.51.

Accel: 0.86-1.02, 0.93 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 0.97-1.15, 1.07 (0.03), 0.01.

Jump: 4.99-5.30, 5.16 (0.06), 0.01.
Pull: 3.15-3.76, 3.49 (0.14), 0.03.

Turning: 47.38-61.60, 55.75 (2.69), 0.53.
Reverse: 2.5-3.1, 2.8 (0.1), 0.02.

Stamina: 55.51-59.87, 57.64 (0.95), 0.19.
Reaction: 0.77-0.86, 0.82 (0.02), 0.00.

Coats & Height:
Colors: all colors except for dominant-black, dominant-white, and mushroom.

Patterns: The coat usualy bears one of the leopard-complex ('appaloosa') patterns. However, in rare cases, it can also be solid. Pinto is unacceptable, though.

Additionals: flaxen, lineback, rabicnao, roan, sooty, dark mane & tail, grey mane & tail.

Height: 15.2hh to 17hh.
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Black Blanket Coat
Black Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Sooty Black Leopard Coat
Sooty Black Leopard Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Burgundy Seal Brown Snowcap Coat
Burgundy Seal Brown Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Sepia Brown Snowcap Coat
Linebacked Sepia Brown Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Sepia Brown Snowcap Coat
Sepia Brown Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Brown Leopard Coat
Brown Leopard Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Chocolate Brown Blanket Coat
Linebacked Chocolate Brown Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Brown Varnish Coat
Brown Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Auburn Brown Varnish Coat
Auburn Brown Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Red Bay Coat
Red Bay Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Red Bay Snowcap Coat
Red Bay Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Red Bay Leopard Coat
Red Bay Leopard Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Bright Mahogany Bay Blanket Coat
Linebacked Bright Mahogany Bay Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Bright Wild Bay Blanket Coat
Linebacked Bright Wild Bay Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Golden Bay Snowflake Coat
Linebacked Golden Bay Snowflake Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Sandy Bay Snowflake Coat
Sandy Bay Snowflake Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Sandy Bay Blanket Coat
Sandy Bay Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Liver Chestnut Snowflake Coat
Liver Chestnut Snowflake Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Liver Chestnut Varnish Coat
Liver Chestnut Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Red Chocolate Chestnut Blanket Coat
Red Chocolate Chestnut Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Red Chestnut Few Spot Leopard Coat
Red Chestnut Few Spot Leopard Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Red Chestnut Varnish Coat
Linebacked Red Chestnut Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Chestnut Snowflake Coat
Chestnut Snowflake Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Chestnut Snowcap Coat
Chestnut Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Linebacked Chestnut Varnish Coat
Linebacked Chestnut Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Bright Chestnut Snowcap Coat
Bright Chestnut Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Bright Chestnut Varnish Coat
Bright Chestnut Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Smoky Black Blanket Coat
Smoky Black Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Buckskin Coat
Buckskin Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Buckskin Snowcap Coat
Buckskin Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Golden Palomino Blanket Coat
Golden Palomino Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Sooty Copper Palomino Snowcap Coat
Sooty Copper Palomino Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Flaxen Bright Palomino Varnish Coat
Flaxen Bright Palomino Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Perlino Varnish Coat
Perlino Varnish Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Flaxen Pearl Blanket Coat
Flaxen Pearl Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Amber Cream Pearl Blanket Coat
Amber Cream Pearl Blanket Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Cream Pearl Few Spot Leopard Coat
Cream Pearl Few Spot Leopard Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Slate Grulla Snowcap Coat
Slate Grulla Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Silvery Grulla Snowcap Coat
Silvery Grulla Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Dun Snowcap Coat
Dun Snowcap Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Dunskin Leopard Coat
Dunskin Leopard Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Flaxen Cremello Dun Snowflake Coat
Flaxen Cremello Dun Snowflake Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Grey Snowcup Coat
Grey Snowcup Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Grey Varnish Roan Coat
Grey Varnish Roan Coat
Sugarbush Harlequin Draft Grey Few Spot Leopard Coat
Grey Few Spot Leopard Coat


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