The Thoroughbred evolved in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries due to an interest in racing. The first pureblood Thoroughbred in Australia was a stallion named Northumberland and was imported from England in 1802.
Thoroughbreds display a smooth flowing gait and have powerful athleticism. They are the ultimate sport horse and their influence can be found in many equestrian disciplines.
Agile, fast, athletic and spirited, Thoroughbreds have slim bodies, well muscled thighs, broad chests and a delicate fine chiselled head. They range between 15 and 18 hands and the principal colours are brown, bay, chestnut, grey and black. Their bloodlines are now often used to add refinement and athleticism to other horse breeds.
In general, Thoroughbreds have even temperaments, are extremely intelligent, durable, and highly athletic horses. They are the most popular breed for sport horse competition and they dominate the horse racing industry. They excel in polo, show horse, showjumping, dressage, eventing, pony club and adult riding club groups.