Bavarian Warmblood

The Bavarian Warmblood is a horse of southern Germany that was bred using the old Bavarian "Rottaler" breed, and English Thoroughbred and Trakehner stallions. The Bavarian Warmblood was registered as a separate breed since 1963.



The Bavarian Warmblood is an elegant and large warmblood horse, and is similar to the Hanoverian. It has a well set neck, a heavy chest, long sloping shoulders, high withers, a well muscled, long back, and strong legs with big hocks. It is 15.2-16.2 hands high. Bavarian Warmbloods come mainly in bay or chestnut, though they can come in all solid colors. It is used as a multi-purpose sport horse with good character and large, flat strides, and is not considered a fast horse.


The Bavarian Warmblood is used for riding, light draft, and carriage work, and is not a fast horse. It is also an excellent show jumping and dressage horse.


The Bavarian Warmblood has its home in Bavaria, one of the oldest horse breeding regions in Germany and was known in the past for the local Rottal horse. At the end of the 18th century, these Rottals were mixed with Holstein stallions which had Neapolitan and Andalusian bloodlines. In the first half of the 19th century, half-breds of Norfolk, Zweibruecken and Normandy blood were mixed in, and the breed became primarily for military usage as they were too light for farm use. This strong calibre horse breed was achieved by using Normandy and Oldenburg stallions. They were greatly used for carriage and field until World War II. Today's Bavarian Warmbloods, though, are based mainly on Hanoverian and Westphalian blood, which they appear most like. They were also refined with some Thoroughbred and Trakehner blood. The stud at Scwaiganger became the center of Bavarian breeding after the Landshut state stud was abandoned.

Alternative Names

The International breed name in English is the Bavarian Warmblood, but its local breed name in Germany is the Bayerisches Warmblut.


Cossino is a talented, athletic Bavarian Warmblood, and grandson of Cor de la Bryere. Cossino is son of Cosinus, a Holsteiner stallion that was Bavarian Stallion of the Year in 2000 and 2002. Cossino's damsire is Gepard, who is owned by Paul Schockemohle and is sire of many approved stallion sons. Noted sons in the United States of Gepard are All the Gold, Gonzo, and Gaylord. Cossino's dam is Gepard's Girl (aka "Pinta").

Cossino placed 1st of 29 stallions at his 100 day Stallion Test in Munich, Germany. With a score of 140.15 points, Cossino was the champion in dressage. With a score of 134.22 points, he placed 3rd in jumping. He was given a "9" for temperament and constitution, and a "10" for character.

Cossino's offspring have proved themselves winners in dressage and jumping. He has 14 daughter in the Bayerisches Warmblut (Bavarian Warmblood) Main Mare Book.

Breed: Bavarian Warmblood
Color: Bay
Height: 16.2 hands
Date of Birth: April 29, 1986
Breeder: Burgstaller Josef, Germany
Rendezvous Farm


British Bavarian Warmblood Association: British Bavarian Warmblood Association. Breeding British Bavarian Horses suitable for all equestrian disciplines. Based in Straloch.

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