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