The Spanish-Norman embodies the proud heritage of its
ancestors: majesty, power and great presence. The breed combines
the elegant beauty, boldness and natural collection of the Andalusian and the size, strength and bone density of the Percheron.
Endowed with the unique combination of presence with
docility, the Spanish-Norman possesses outstanding character and
temperament, qualities essential to a successful performance
The majestic Spanish-Norman stands between 15.3 to 17 hands
and is predominately gray with some bays and blacks. The Spanish-Norman is a horse of substance: short coupled, strong
hindquarters, sloping shoulder, ample heart girth, broad chest,
medium length of neck, with its head showing a slightly convex
to straight profile. Sturdy feet and legs and strong, wide
hooves are the norm. Physical characteristics of this athletic
breed are large, expressive eyes. The mane is thick, luxuriant
and often wavy. The tail is usually abundant, long and low set.
Fine, thin ears are of medium length.
The Spanish-Norman is bred to move freely from the shoulder
with elastic, fluid movement and impulsion, displaying agility,
engagement, cadence and elevation with extension and projecting
an image of harmony, balance and symmetry.
The Spanish-Norman displays a keen aptitude for learning, a
strong work ethic, tractability, exceptional stamina and
enthusiasm for performance.
Versatile sporthorses, Spanish-Normans have the potential to
excel in a variety of equine disciplines including jumping,
eventing, dressage and driving.
The 1992 Spanish-Norman
H.H.F, owned by Hamid Hill Farm, Ltd.,
Woodbury, CT, competed in reining, a discipline newly recognized
as an Olympic sport by the United States Equestrian Team and the
Federation Equestre Internationale. Romántico H.H.F and his
trainer Garry McAllister won 4th place in the Pfizer Freestyle
Open Reining-Open at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in
Columbus, Ohio in October 1999.
In June 2000 they won a
6th place in the Invitational Freestyle Reining at the United
States Equestrian Team Festival of Champions at the USET
Headquarters and Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, New
The Spanish-Norman gelding
Agincourt H.H.F., sired by the Andalusian Embajador IX, was
imported to France and is in training with the French three-day
event rider Guillaume Chesneau.
Since Spanish-Normans are
a minimum of 50% Andalusian, they are eligible to compete as
Half-Andalusians in shows sponsored by the IALHA. In July 1999
the three year old, black Spanish-Norman mare Mantilla TCV, sired by
Maestro of Caballos de los Cristiani and owned by Tina Veder of
Wilton, New York, was Senior Grand Champion horse at the
Northeast Classical Breed Show in Northampton, Massachusetts,
where she competed again purebred Andalusians, Lusitanos,
Lipizzans and Friesians.
Mantilla TCV was recently
purchased by Judith Cardella of South Londonderry, Vermont and
will remain in training with Don Bourque in Wilton, New York.
The now five-year old Spanish-Norman mare is a 'natural' jumper
and will compete on the hunter/jumper circuit this spring.
Victoria McIntire and Ronald Phillips own five Spanish-Normans
at their Fox Run Farm in Kentucky. One of their mares, Victoria
of Fox Run, is the official representative for the
Spanish-Norman breed and gives daily demonstrations at the
Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. She is also being trained
there to compete in medieval games.
Victoria of Fox Run is the
year 2000 award winner of the Spanish-Norman Horse Registry,
Inc. annual high point award. She will represent the breed at
Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, April 5-8, 2001.
The designer and
administrator of the official Spanish-Norman Horse
Registry website, Susan Gordon of Iberian Cross Farm in Litchfield, Michigan has become an enthusiastic owner/breeder of
Spanish-Normans. She and her husband Ken purchased the lovely
1999 Spanish-Norman filly Elixir's
Gabriella, sired by the
Andalusian Elixir TG, and out of the Spanish-Norman mare, Mi
Vida Isabeau last summer, and have plans to show this filly in
dressage. They also have two of their three Percheron mares bred
to different Andalusian stallions for 2002 foals.
Joanne Fiola of Tiverton,
Rhode Island, has her two Spanish-Norman geldings Guerrero and
Vivaracho in training as jumpers. Both were sired by the late
Trainer Shanna Goodpasture
of Elk Grove, California competed Monarch's
Thor, owned by Vicki
Quattlebaum, at the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse
Association National Show in Fort Worth, Texas last October. The
young, bay stallion Monarch's Thor, was sired by Goodpasture
Andalusians stallion Altanero
D, and out of a Percheron mare at
Monarch Stables in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Bobbie Newton of Dos
Desperados Ranch in Sedona, Arizona, exhibited her
Spanish-Norman yearling filly 'Bella', sired by
Bravio at EqWest
in Del Mar, California.
Ann Puthoff of Serenity
Acres Sporthorses in Fremont, Indiana specializes in breeding
Spanish-Normans for dressage. She has chosen to breed her
Spanish-Norman mares to her Andalusian stallion Elixir TG. She
has a young Spanish-Norman stallion Zingaro, who she has begun
competing with in dressage. Ann and Zingaro will be at the Hoosier
Horse Fair April 6,7 & 8, 2001.
After living over
twenty-five years on the Balearic Island of Formentera, Petra
Sherman moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, leaving behind her
beloved Andalusian Arlequin. A serious scholar of classical
equitation and equine history, she now devotes her time and
energy to training her Spanish-Norman stallion Soldado H.H.F. ,
following the precepts of the classical masters.
Registry, Inc. President Allan Hamid states:
"The main goal
is to produce an outstanding sporthorse
that retains the
presence, physical and mental abilities of
the classic European
warhorse. The Spanish-Norman is destined to make an important
to the equestrian world."