The Purpose of the breed
The purpose of blending of the Saddlebred with the draft or Friesian is to produce offspring that are the perfect blend, having the best of both "worlds", resulting in the heavier boned, "old fashioned" or Baroque saddlebred type; Such is the magnificent Georgian Grande.
The Georgian Grande horse has the elegance & noble bearing of the saddlebred perfectly blended with the size, good bone & calm disposition of the Friesian or draft. It carries itself with an attitude that eludes description, some call it "presence, class, or style", but this superior air distinguishes every movement of the Georgian Grande. They are extremely versatile & good at multiple disciplines, their movement is that of upper level dressage. They excel in driving as well as jumping, on trails they are dependable, quiet & calm. They grow big & stay sound. They possess strength, beauty & good mind!
The ideal Georgian Grande is well proportioned & presents a beautiful overall picture. Once mature the ideal Georgian Grande should definitely appear to be "built up hill" carrying itself with deep hocks, well up under the middle of the horse in movement. The Georgian Grande should be in good flesh, with good muscle tone, smooth glossy coat. Feathering on legs is quite acceptable, but not required & may be shown with feathering or clipped. Stallions should exhibit masculine look while femininity in mares is desired. Heights for horses can range from 14.2 hh to 17 hh & above, with the average being 16 hh. Weights from 1000 lb. to 1400 lb. Any color is acceptable
Head & Neck
Well shaped head with broad flat forehead. Eyes should be large, luminous, expressive & set wide apart. Eyes can be any color, blue eyes shall not be penalized. Faceline should be straight or slightly concave. Muzzle relatively fine but must have large nostrils, clean, smooth, strong jawline. The ears should be expressive, well shaped, attractively set & carried alertly.
The neck is one of the most important points of conformation in the Georgian Grande horse. It should be long, well muscled denoting strength, suppleness & power, should be well arched, & well flexed at poll with good clean throatlatch.
WITHERS: Well defined.
SHOULDER: Deep, sloping, well laid back allowing for great freedom of movement.
BACK: Strong, level & relatively short. Supple in movement with well sprung ribs.
CROUP: Long, not table top level but rather slightly sloping. The hips big, round, & powerful. The hindquarters should be strong & well muscled.
Chest proportionate to the horse.
The muscles of the forearms, croup & gaskins are especially emphasized
LEGS: Front legs set well forward under the shoulder, rear legs clean & correct, not cowhocked nor sickle hocked. Proper angulation to the rear legs to allow for a good jumper.
KNEES: Large, flat & clean.
HOCKS: Large, clean, flat in front & at the sides, wide from front to back. Hocks should be positioned so that a line dropped from the horse's buttocks falls straight down the back of the hock & cannon. Legs should be straight with plenty of good, clean flat bone. When mature there should be at least 9" (or more) of good hard flinty bone just below the knee. The more bone the better! It should be noted that Georgian Grande horses are not fully mature until five to six years of age.
CANNONS: Well made, when viewed from side should be flat & broad, tendons behind cannon firm & smooth. Pasterns are sloping, tendons well defined.
FEET: Hooves should be of proper size to carry the weight of this big beautiful animal. Well built, round, open at the heel, sound. May be shown shod or unshod.
Hair & Movement
Hair: The mane & tail are naturally full & flowing; however, for show purposes, a Georgian Grande may be exhibited with mane braided or unbraided. The mane may also be pulled as for hunter/jumper. (optional) Tail always natural, never docked (as the draft) & never cut (as the Saddlebred).
Feathering: Georgian Grandes may be shown with feathers, or without, at the owner's discretion.
Movement: The ideal Georgian Grande horse should move with a lot of suspension & power from behind. Great flexibility in the loins & freedom in the shoulder. Above all, the horse must be able to get his hocks well up under himself from behind. The horse must be able to deeply bend the hock & stifle, & set the hind foot well under the center of his weight. By bending the hind limb this way he lowers the entire hindquarters & thus appears to "lift up" the front end. The trot should be very light on the forehand, carrying most of the weight on the rear quarters. The trot must exhibit good impulsion, suspension & extension. The hind foot will actually contact the ground slightly
before the front foot on the opposite side (called Diagonal Advanced Positioning or "DAP"). The front feet should not wing nor paddle, but move straight ahead. The canter is balanced & round with hocks well up under the horse. The walk should be supple & very energetic with good overtrack. "Marching forward with good swing to the hips showing suppleness through the back."
One of grandeur, & great power, yet very gentle and submissive to rider or handler. A large, very impressive horse that commands attention wherever it is seen.
THE BEST OF THE SADDLEBRED & OF THE FRIESIAN OR DRAFT.