When Eventer Sarah Gibbons lived in the United Kingdom and was shopping around for a new stallion, she thought of the time when her friend showed her a Knabstrupper stallion that she was going to breed her mare to. “I liked the idea that they were to the best of my knowledge the only spotted warmblood around,” says Sarah, “and were so easily trained, easy to work with, and so colorful without compromising on temperament.”
Knabstruppers are a rare breed, even in Europe. Originating in Denmark, they have the conformation of a Warmblood, with the colouring of an Appaloosa, although they developed independently of each other. However, in 1971, three Appaloosa stallions were imported to Denmark to add new blood to the breed. The first Knabstrupper was born in North America in 2002.