Photographer's Note

Old Kladruby Horse or so called The Kladruber (Czech Kladrubský kůň) is the oldest unique Czech horse breed is and it is included in the National heritage of the country. The main breeding centre is in National stud farm Kladruby nad Labem in the Czech republic where Kladrubers have been bred for more than 400 years, being now one of the world's oldest horse breeds. Kladrubers have always been bred to be a galakarosier - a heavy type of carriage horse for the court of the House of Habsburg.

There are white and black horses bred separately (the white ones in Kladruby nad Labem and the black ones in Slatiňany).

As the first horses were originally from Spain the horse and his rider are performing Spanish Garrocha dance a special dressage with a long pole at the Horse festival in Kuks on a very rainy day.

Timeline of Imperial stud farm Kladruby nad Labem - from Wikip.

* 1491 Pernstein family has bought the Pardubice estate, later including Kladruby park

* 1560 Maxmilian II. (emperor since 1563) was given the Pardubice estate with Kladruby park as a gift from the Czech estates

* 1562 Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor has founded an old-Spanish horse stud farm in Kladruby

* 1579 Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor gave the stud farm an Imperial Court Stud Farm statute

* 1757 Stud farm (with studbook documents) has burned down

* 1770 Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor has rebuilt the stud farm

* 1764 born Pepoli, founding stallion of the gray variety of Kladrubers

* 1787 born Generale, gray stallion

* 1797 born Generalissimus, gray stallion

* 1800 born Sacramoso, black stallion

* 1844 new Empire (style) stables built

* 1918 the stud farm managed by the newly established Czechoslovakia

* 1922 Napoleone bloodline extinct

* 1995 Kladruber breed was designated a Czech Historic Landmark

* 2002 Kladruby stud farm and the basic herd of gray Kladrubers was designated a Czech National Historic Landmark

* 2005 Kladrubers serve on ceremonial occasions at Royal Court of Sweden and are used by mounted police of Sweden as well

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