The Noriker is a moderately heavy, powerful, persevering in addition, quite sporty mountain-cold-blood-horse. The breeding area is primarily in Austria.
The Noriker is a moderately heavy, powerful, persevering in addition, quite sporty mountain-cold-blood-horse. The breeding area is primarily in Austria. The South German cold-blood is a cold-blood-race, that came out from the Noriker, that is represented rather in the Bavarian area.
The name Noriker goes back to the Roman province “Noricum”, which explains the long history of this horse breed up to the times of the Romans in the alpine Country.
Noriker are incredibly versatile and strong horses, which are ideal for recreation but also for ambitious riders. The aim of breeding today is a correct and strong building and a balanced character. Particularly interesting is the variety of colours of the Noriker, which are available as pintoes, blue roan, tiger pintoes, but also chestnuts, black centime, brown etc..
An overview of the Noriker stallions can be found on the page of the Zentrale Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Pferdezüchter.
The Vulkan line has been the most widespread line since its inception. More than 50 % of the Noriker belong to the Vulkan line today. It was founded by the brown stallion 13 Vulkan 635, born 1887 in Pinzgau.
The Vulkan line represents very typified, heavy horses with rough nobility, much frame and strong foundation with good gaits. The Vulkan horses have a balanced character.
The Nero line is the second largest line, which was founded by the stallion 554 liz. Nero. The most famous of them is the fox 1378 Stoissen-Nero V/977.
This stallion still fully meets the requirements of modern Noriker breeding. Especially his dry, noble expressive head corresponds to the desired cold blood needle. The reasons for the strong spreading of the Nero line are comparable with those of the Vulkan line.
The Diamant Line was the second strongest line until the fifties of the last century, but it was subsequently pushed back by the Nero Line. Today there are only a few Noriker of this line left. However, the name of the line comes from his great-grandson 216 Diamant 496, born in 1903.
These horses are all very typey cold-blooded horses with temperament, nobility and a lot of gait. Rather lighter, very typified stroke, dry and wiry, with strict head lines and good proportions.
Horses from the Schaunitz line were known in earlier times for their temperament and their ability to walk. Their lively character may have been the reason for the problematic situation of this line in the 1980s, when the continuity of the line was only ensured by three stallions.
Recently, the Schaunitz type of horse has been particularly popular with modern Noriker breeders. The lively temperament, upright necks and forward thrust in the movement help this formerly threatened branch to a new flight of Fancy.
The stallions of the Elmar line are mainly tiger coloured, they were founded by the 1886 born stallion 80 Arnulf 55. In this line the baroque influence is most obvious. In addition to colour, typical Elmar horses tend to have a square format, a lighter calibre and ram-headed profiles.
The proportion of Noriker from the Elmar line is small, beautifully drawn tigers are very popular.