The Belgian Sport Horse

Saree Kayne, a PhD candidate studying cultural anthropology at Stanford University, has competed in show jumping for approximately 10 years. Over that period, she and has won numerous awards. Recently, Saree Kayne began riding a Belgian Sport Horse named Rexar Du Houssoit.

The Belgian Sport Horse, otherwise known as the Belgian Half-Blood, began with the efforts of the Society for Encouraging the Breeding of Horses for the Army to produce mounts for Belgian army. Some breeders directed their attention towards the production of saddle horses that would be lighter and more elegant. In 1930, this shift in the breeders’ focus prompted the change of the society’s name to the Belgian Half-Blood. However, breeders did not begin focusing on breeding for athletic capabilities until after the Second World War, when interest in equestrian sporting events began to rise.

The society originally crossbred the English Thoroughbred, Belgian Draft, and Selle Français. Several factors left the resultant breed’s population tremendously low after the Second World War. As a consequence, the breeders concentrated their efforts on producing an adaptable horse with athletic capabilities in the post-war period. They crossed their bloodlines with breeds such as the Selle Français, Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, and Thoroughbred. These efforts gave rise to the Belgian Sport Horse. In 1967, the society changed its name to the Royal Belgian Sport Horse Society.

The modern Belgian Sport Horse is registered with the Royal Belgian Sport Horse Society, which is also known as the Stud-Book sBs. Present-day Belgian Sport Horses stand 16 hands high on average, and their coats feature solid colors. They are highly energetic with willing temperaments.