Some breeds are better suited to eventing competition than others, and breeds tend to fall in and out of favor in the highly fickle world of eventing.
Here I’ve compiled a list of the most popular breeds used in by the 2008 Olympics equestrian eventing teams.
The Belgian Warmblood is a rather new breed whose bloodlines have been carefully orchestrated to produce a superior eventing and show horse which is both intelligent and fearless.
Another breed descendant from mounts of war, the Hanoverian blood comes from the tough horses of the middle ages.
Their ancestors bloodlines date back to the 14th century and the Holsteiner was originally developed as a war horse. Their blood runs through the veins of many of the horse breeds used in eventing and show jumping today.
Bred originally by Irish farmers to create a mount for farmers more versatile than the draft work horses who worked the land, the Irish Sport Horse proved versatile enough to rule the show ring too.
France’s answer to the perfect eventing horse, the Selle Français has been aggressively bred for the show ring crossing native French horses with Thoroughbreds and adding a dash of French Trotter for flash.
Also called the Einsiedeln, the Swiss Warmblood was founded in the 10th century as a cavalry troop horse.
One of the first Thoroughbreds brought to America in 1757 (Janus) was the founder of the Quarter Horse breed.