Last month, it was my pleasure to welcome to Connecticut Spanish-Norman breeder, Isabella Neukirchen-John, from Germany. I was truly honored that Isabella had planned an overnight stay at the historic Curtis House Inn here in Woodbury, CT.
Congratulations to Jessica Edwards & Spanish-Norman ‘Mombassa Ridge Dragonfly’ winners of USDF 2015 All Breeds Award Certificates…
Tribute to Spanish-Norman breed Ambassador, Romantico H.H.F… Fond memories of a special horse that inspired, supported and comforted his proud owner from the moment he was born.
Please join us in supporting Spanish-Norman owner and breeder, Scarlett Lewis, in moving forward and choosing to take the path of love and forgiveness in the wake of losing her son, Jesse, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
The Spanish-Norman Registry has again affiliated with USDF for the year 2015 in the All Breeds Award Program.
April 2013 United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Connection Magazine:… Spotlight Article on the SPANISH-NORMAN
Congratulations to “HANZEL” 2013 High Point Award Winner. Owner/Rider: Bernice Parker
The Spanish-Norman: ‘A Horse For All Seasons’ * Reprinted with permission from the Equine Journal Romantic Breeds 2009 issue, ‘Association Spotlight’
We are pleased to announce that the Spanish-Norman Horse Registry has affiliated as a participating registry/organization in the United States Dressage Federation All Breeds Award Program for 2012. What this means for the breed is that Spanish-Norman horses who compete at USDF shows are now eligible for USDF annual awards!
Congratulations go to MAGICO’S SAMANTHA SCF, 2010 High Point Award winner.
Classic Andalusian Stallion: Embajador IX… The ancestral look of this shimmery white Terry stallion is explained by the fact that he is of the purest Carthusian strain, a grandson of Nevado III, …
‘The Baroque Breeds’ A horse for the time traveler or the romantic in us all. * Reprinted with permission from Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar; June 2001
February 2010… Enjoy this reprint of a recent article in the Equine Journal’s Romantic Breeds issue about the Spanish-Norman.
Half-Andalusian, Pure Fun!… Victoria McIntire introduces you to the Half-Andalusian also known as the Spanish-Norman.
Newsletter: December 2006… Reprint from recently published article about ‘Romantic Breeds’ in the Equine Journal.
2005 High Point Award Winner: Soldado H.H.F, owned by Petra Sherman, a true scholar and expert on the history of the horse and the art of classical equitation,
Meet “ZINGARO”… 2nd Generation Spanish-Norman stallion owned by Ann Puthoff of Fremont, Indiana
Newsletter: March 2005… Join us in Medieval Merriment at BreyerFest 2005 at the Kentucky Horse Park!
Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar: “The Baroque Breeds”… Widespread Influence and Widespread Appeal… What these breeds share is a common heritage, docile personality, and striking good looks. But the slight differences between the breeds are perhaps what make them most unique
by Helen Peppi Equine Journal; May 2001 Founded in 1991, the Spanish-Norman breed history is still young with much unknown as the breed develops to its full potential in the different equine disciplines. Considered the “war horse of the ages,” the Spanish-Norman horse is a combination of the Andalusian of Spain and the Percheron of France, possessing the Andalusian’s agility and the Percheron’s docile temperament. A rare breed, the Spanish-Norman typically stands 15.3 to 17 hands, often closest to the large end of the height scale. The breed’s large size is not intimidating, however, as the Spanish-Norman possesses a gentle and kind nature when either in hand or under saddle. The Spanish-Norman is attracting the attention of equestrians around the world,” says Linda Osterman Hamid, co-founder of the breed registry. The Spanish-Norman’s predecessor, the lost Norman horse of medieval France, was strongly influenced by the Spanish horses. Norman horses mixed with Barb created what came to be known as the Percheron. Throughout history, horse bloodlines and pedigrees have been influenced by invasions and conquests, resulting in many breeds containing some of the same ancestors in their genealogies. The theory behind the Spanish-Norman horse is based on this common ancestry, breeding Andalusians to Percherons to produce get similar to the old Norman horse, the horse valued for its ability to face battle courageously. Linda and her husband Allan, a historian and educator with an interest in genetics, imported their legendary Andalusian stallion, Embajador IX in 1983 to Woodbury, Connecticut. When the Hamids felt they had recreated the breed characteristics of the extinct Norman horse, historically and genetically, they founded the Spanish-Norman breed and the Spanish-Norman Horse Registry, Inc.. Beginning with one foundation sire, Embajador IX, ten years ago, it says a lot for the growth of the Spanish-Norman breeds that there are now 76 Andalusian sires in the registry, located across the United States and Canada. Romántico H.H.F., also owned by Linda and Allan Hamid and sired by Embajador IX, is an outstanding representative of the Spanish-Norman and an ambassador for the breed. A grey standing 16.1 hands, Romántico H.H.F. exemplifies the breed’s best characteristics. Linda describes him as majestic, athletic, and with a wonderful temperament. “Allan and I were thrilled to see Romántico H.H.F. win a sixth place ribbon in the Freestyle Reining at the United States Equestrian Team ‘Festival of Champions’ last June at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone New Jersey. We were honored that a Spanish-Norman stallion was invited to compete in such a prestigious event. Our main goal in re-creating the medieval war horse and establishing the breed registry, was to produce excellent performance horses for various disciplines,” she says. Romántico H.H.F. creates a dramatic...