The Russian Trakehner is slightly different from its European cousin. It is rangier and lighter and its legs are generally cleaner, especially cannons and fetlocks. It is an excellent mover. The Russian Trakehner is used to herd keeping, and hence is more economical to keep. Although not as enduring as endemic Russian breeds the Russian Trakehner compares favorably with his cousins from Europe.
Average measurements of Russian Trakehners (cm)
Performance of Russian Trakehners
The Trakehner is very popular in Russia
as a competition horse: whereas in the world Trakehners rank the 10th as
dressage and showjumping horses, in Russia Trakehners come second. Some Russian
Trakehners have been extremely successful in sports. The famous Pepel was many
times European and World champion, Topky and Espadron were placed at Olympics,
and Prince (Khokei-Pavana) is now one of the best competition horses in Europe.
Other outstanding Russian Trakehner performers were Kover, Epigraf, Epokha,
Ghercha, Aeron, Tantal, Paket, Fat, Farkhad, Fokus, and many others.
The Trakehner originated in what used to be
East Prussia and is now a part of Russia. In the early 13th century, the
province was colonized by the Order of Teutonic Knights. They established the
Trakehnen studs using the indigenous Schweiken as a base. These ponies were
plain and often common, but they were also tough and hardly. Schweiken Ponies
descend from the Konik Pony a direct derivative of the primitive Tarpan.
They inherit the Tarpans extraordinary natural vigor and powers of
The Trakehner has an excellent conformation,
which, overall, is like that of a Thoroughbred of substance. It is full of the
quality that has earned the breed the title of noble a word
much used in describing what may be regarded as Europes finest warmblood.
It also has an unmistakable character and expression, not always so evident in
other warmbloods. It is a wonderfully balanced horse athletic, agile and
having great freedom of movement at all paces. Russian Trakehners are slightly
rangier, they combine height with a light, powerful build and an overall
elegance of conformation.
Trakehners in Russia
Trakehners were first brought to Russia in 1925
from East Prussia. Most of them were used as remounts for the Russian cavalry.
When bred, the mares appeared to be unsuitable for herd keeping and most of
Russian Trakehner Association
In Russia there is a Trakehner association based at the Russian Institute of Horse Breeding. Its chairwoman is Dr. Dorofeeva.
Trakehner racing in Russia
Russian Trakehners are raced on the flat and over hurdles. The following are some of their records:
For further information please visit the Oros-L Stud