An exclusively chestnut Hungarian Anglo-Arabian
breed. Developed at the Mezöhegyes State Stud in 1816 with the import of
the desert-bred Arabian Stallion named Siglavy Gidran. He was
believed to be of the Seglawi-Jedran strain. In 1817, this chestnut stallion
known as Gidrán Senior served Arabian, Turkish,
Transylvanian, and Spanish-Naples mares. Seven colts resulting from these mares
went on to become chief stallions at Mezöhegyes. In 1820, the Spanish
Naples mare named Arrogante,foaled the colt later to be named
Gidrán II. He became the breeds foundation stallion. Every
Gidrán in existence today can be traced to this one stallion.
Then English Thoroughbreds were increasingly
introduced, in 1893 Thoroughbred stallions were used in three generations
subsequently improving the breed. The Shagya Arabian stallions Gazal III
and Siglavy II were then used in order to establish a
more stable Anglo-Arabian type. The result was a heterogeneous type known for
their excellent jumping and galloping ability.
|Until 1855, the dams of the Gidrán
chief stallions were 33% Arabian, 22% Transylvanian, 16% Spanish, 16% Nonius,
6% Native Hungarian, and 6% Gidrán mares.
|The modern Gidrán is a
high quality riding and driving horse who has achieved recognition in
international competitions. Particularly well known for their athletic ability,
well balanced temperaments, and sturdy builds. Gidrán excel in
disciplines where their speed, agility, endurance, and courage are showcased. A
very rare breed and in danger of extinction, there are less than 200
Gidráns in the world.
|An exclusively chestnut
Hungarian Anglo-Arabian breed. Anglo-Arabians are bred all over the world.
In Hungary, however, the Gidrán breed is of particular importance as a
high quality riding and driving horse. An elegant medium sized horse with a
sturdy build and straight profile. Long, arched neck, and powerful
The general impression is of
power and vigor without coarseness. Particularly well known for their jumping
ability, their well balanced temperaments and overall strength has made them
unrivaled as a driving horse. Because of their enormous courage, agility, and
endurance Gidráns excel in competitive disciplines. Their noble stature
and aristocratic bloodlines give them the willpower to triumph.
|The information and
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Gidran Association of North America. For further information on this breed,
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