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An Arabian stallion named Siglavi Gidran born in Arabia in 1810 by the tribe “Nejd” and imported in the year 1816 to a Hungarian stud farm Bábolna, founded this line of oriental halfbloods. According to well-preserved records, he was very elegant and graceful in appearance, of lively temperament, lest distinct withers and lighter back. He stood 15’1 hands tall. In Bábolna he was bred to various mares of domestic breeds, producing much offspring. The most prosperous of his sons were Gidran I and Gidran II who was out of a bay Lipizzaner mare Fortuna.

On account that the progeny of Gidrans was somewhat too heavy, when bred to mares from a military stud farms, the entire herd of Gidrans was moved from Bábolna at first to Mezöhegyesh to be cross bred with English fullbloods (thoroughbreds). From here, part of the herd was moved to the Austrian stud farm in Radovec. Here they were crossbred further with halfblooded and oriental mares. It was common those days, to exchange larger counts of horses, since both of these stud farms worked closely together. First one to excel from the first stallions in Mezöhegyesh was Gidran XIV, sired by Gidran VII out of Arabian mare 375 Koheil I, born in Bábolna.

Oriental halfblood stallion 24 Gidran XXXIV born 1924

In Mezöhegyesh the Gidran line was bred to English fullbloods (thoroughbreds) every 2nd or 3rd generation. Henceforth, in appearance they resembled the English type of horses, which was detectable in the straight head, long and low set neck, longer and mildly sloped hind quarters, strong back and build.

In the first half of the 20th century the line of Gidran was bred in Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. The most common color of the Gidran line is chestnut.

 

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