Cleveland Bay Horse

The Cleveland Bay is probably the oldest British breed, developed from a packhorse known as the Chapman horse.

In the 17th century, Andalusian and Barb blood was introduced to produce a fine carriage horse – named the Cleveland Bay.

Motorized transport saw the breed decline, but when crossed with the thoroughbred, the breed produces excellent heavyweight hunters and carriage horses.

Origin: Yorkshire, England.

Colour: Bay, small star allowed.

Height: between 15.2 and 16hh.

Conformation: large head on long neck, long deep-girthed body, short, strong legs with no feather.

Character: intelligent, calm natured but can be ‘independent thinkers’.

Uses: riding, driving.

Cleveland Bay Horse Society
York Livestock Centre, Murton, York
UK Y01 3UF
Tel: (01904) 489731
Fax: (01904) 489782
Contact: Secretary: James Stephenson

Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America
P.O. Box 483,
Goshen, New Hampshire
USA 03752
Contact: Jane Scott, Secretary, at

The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of Australasia
1374 Acton Rd
Tel: 03 6248 4103
Email: UK –, USA –