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.


Winter Olympics – Balancing Costs and Development Positives

Saree Kayne is passionate about outdoor activities such as skiing and horseback riding and has been show jumping competitively since age 16. Currently a Stanford University doctoral student, Saree Kayne focuses her research on the International Olympic Committee’s structural and cultural attributes, and how they affect the games’ production. In early 2014, she had the opportunity to take a research trip to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

As reported by CBS in May, some critics speculate that the costs associated with the Sochi games are likely to act as a damper to current bidding for the winter games in 2022. The price tag of $51 billion for an event that is approximately one-third the size of the summer games is seen as exorbitantly high, given that a large percentage of the newly constructed facilities return to high vacancy rates directly following the games. Some critics have noted that current Winter Olympic development costs are more likely to cause bankruptcy, rather than sustained economic gain.