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Cleveland Bay Stallion imported in the late 1800s to North America

The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America was founded in 1885 and by 1907 had registered 2000 stallions and mares. Imported as superb coach horses, interest in the breed waned as the world became more mechanized but was briefly revived in the 1930's when Alexander Mackay-Smith imported founding stock for hunters. 

There are currently* approximately 168 purebred Cleveland Bays in the United States and Canada.  Cleveland Bay horses compete in all disciplines of horsemanship.

Cleveland Bay horses can be registered with many breed and performance organizations around the world.  The Society recognizes Cleveland Bays with at least 1/8th blood and with papers indicating CB ancestry.  

The Society maintains a census of all Cleveland Bay horses in North America which includes pure bred Cleveland Bay horses and Cleveland Bay sport horses (or part breds) with at least 1/8 Cleveland Bay blood.    This census records such data as birth information, geographic location, and ownership. The census also records and lists any and all breed registrations of each horse as applicable.  

It is the mission of the Society to promote the Cleveland Bay Horse, preserve its heritage and ensure its future.

We wish to extend a sincere thank you for visiting our site!

(*as of October 2014)