This website was previously the home of the Gaited Baroque Horse Association. To give you a brief history of the association, it was created in 2000, in Texas USA. The purpose was to provide the registration of, and encourage the breeding of Gaited Baroque horses.
A sister association was started in 2009 in Holland and the reason was to replicate the success of the Texas bases section. I made it easier for horse owners in Europe to be able to register. A few years later, the European section because the main registry.
The goal of the new Gaited Baroque Horse Club is to promote the breeding of gaited horses that are the baroque type. This is mainly determined by ancestry, similar to the pedigree system for dogs.
Only certain breeds could be called true Gaited Baroque’s, for example Paso Fino’s and Peruvian Paso’s. There are also a few of crossbreeds that can be considered on par, including Mangalarga Marchador x Lusitano.
There are a number of requirements a horse needs to meet in order to be of interest to our club. The horse needs to be gaited, baroque in type and also have a (at least a partial) baroque ancestry.
Baroque horses with an extra fourbeat gait (in addition to walking) were fashionable around the 16th century. The original ancestor of all baroque breeds – the Jennet – had the extra fourbeat gait: the Andadura. Nowadays we can sometimes see pure bred Barbs, Andalusians, Lusitano’s and Friesians gaiting. These gaits are of no interest to most breeders for their studbooks, so sadly the majority of horses within these breeds lost the ability to gait.