National Stud Kladruby nad Labem

Czech Republic

The region around Kladruby and Pardubice has been known for centuries for its horse breeding. In 1579, Emperor Rudolf II made the remote Kladrub on the Elbe, 75 km east of Prague, an imperial court stud farm. This makes the old Kladruber horses bred here the oldest systematically bred cultivated horse breed in Central Europe.

The stud’s pedigree herd has been a national cultural monument since 2002. The total population of the breed comprises around 1400 animals, around half of which live at the National Stud. White and black horses are bred. The white horses were originally used for ceremonial purposes, the black horses for religious occasions.

National Stud Kladruby nad Labem

NH Kladruby nad Labem, s.p.o.
53314 Kladruby nad Labem
Tschechische Republik


Today, the Altkladruber horses with their striking convex noses are used for driving, as carriage horses, in baroque riding, as well as for leisure riding and hippotherapy. The stud farm includes 1200 hectares of meadows, pastures and forests, as well as various historic building complexes connected by avenues.