Also called the Eleia, Ilia, or Greek, the Andravida which is a very rare & mysterious light draft breed found in the region of Ilia, Greece.
Their ancestors were cavalry horses used by the Athenians in the fourth century BC. Later, in the seventh century BC the Greek cavalry again used the Andravida for war. During times of peace the animals continued to be useful as a light draft for transport & carrying goods.
During the 13th to 15th centuries Arabian blood was used to refine the stock, which created the lighter animal known today.
Early in the 20th century the breed saw an influx of Anglo-Norman breeds, but since they have not traditionally been bred outside of Ilia, which part of the reason they are so rare today.
In the 1990′s an Andravida stud sired around 50 healthy colts which were sent to breeders throughout Greece. This one animal may have saved the breed from extinction & became the foundation for the official studbook established in 1995. Their numbers remain very low & they are rarely found anywhere outside of Ilia even today.
Average height 14 – 16 hands
Large, strong horse
Chest is deep & muscular
Legs are stocky & powerful
Strong & willing draft type