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rnrnZweibrucker, or Zweibrucken, are warmblooded horses thatrnwere originally bred at the state-owned stud facilities in Zweibrucken, Germanyrn(one of Germany's smaller state run facilities.) However since 1977 they havernbeen breed under the jurisdiction of the Horse Breeders' Association of Rhineland-Palatinate-Saarrn(PRPS). Modern Zweibrucker horses are elegant, large-framed, correct sportrnhorses with powerful, elastic gaits suitable for dressage, show jumping,rneventing, and combined driving.

The Zweibrucker stud program was founded in the mid-18thrncentury and populated with animals of noble bearing. These animals wererncarefully crossed and further improved upon until 1801 when the farm was moved.rnNapoleon saw several Zweibrucken animals and was so impressed that he ensuredrnthe stud was re-established in 1806. Breeding stock came from local Germanrnfarms as well as the influence of Spanish animals, Anglo-Normans, Thoroughbreds,rnand Arabians.

rnrnrnDuring the first half of the 20th century a need arose for arnheavier type for agriculture and military purposes. This demand changedrnbreeding practices and introduced the blood of heavier warmbloods like thernOldenburger. As with many studs the late 20th century moved away from heavyrndraft types and towards more refined sport horses. Trakehner stallions replacedrnthe draft breeds and later Hanoverian and Holsteiner stock was used.rnrn

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