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Kinsky Horses depicted on new Czech stamps

Kinsky Horses depicted on new Czech stamps
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Kinsky horses (Equus Kinsky) from the Kinsky stud depicted on new stamps by Czech Post belong to the best horse breeds in the Czech Republic. The typical feature is their gold-coloured coat and black (duns) mane. The breeding of horses in Chlumetz stud started in the 17th century. The gold-coloured horses served mainly military and farming purposes. On the Empress Maria Theresa's order, the breeding programme was extended to cover the army demand during the seven-year war between Austria and Prussia.

Originally, no horse pedigrees were kept. This was changed in 1832 by the introduction of the Kinsky horse studbook; the studbook is still in use today as the evidence of the history of Chlumetzer horses.

A new race course was built in 1843; three years later, it hosted the first race in the Bohemian Kingdom held according to the English rules and won by the Chlumetzer stallion Caesar. The emphasis was clearly shifting from hunting to racing, which helped establish the long-lasting tradition of the Pardubice Grand National in 1874. Many of the Pardubice Grand National winners came from the Kinsky horse breeds including but not limited to, 1897, 1900 - Magyarad, 1899 - Sláva, 1931 - Pohanka, 1937 - Norma, 1966 - Nestor. These as well as many other Chlumetzer horses were regularly among the top award winners.

The character, colour and ease of ride of these horses make them in high demand by breeders and riders all around the world. The talent of Chlumetzer horses is universal; they can be used for many disciplines from classic dressage to jumping, teaming and hunting. They are frequently saddled as sport horses for children.

Most stallions at stud in the Czech Republic are imported; the export of Chlumetzer horses to the world is a rare exception. A Chlumetzer horse can also be found at the Royal Stud in England; the mare Johanka Kinska (Joan Kinsky) was a 100th birthday present to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

The stamps depict a Chlumetzer Dun and a Chlumetzer Palomino.

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