The Cleveland Bay can be described with just about any word that means "good" and you'd have a fairly accurate description of the breed overall. They're hardy, fast, and are very easy horses to care for.
Cleveland Bay horses are critically endangered. They were first imported to the United States in the early Buffalo Bill Cody was among those interested in the breed, and he drove a hitch of four Cleveland Bay stallions in his Wild West Show.
Cleveland Bay horse. Originating in the 17th century, it is the oldest established horse breed in England. Always bay, it is well-muscled and excels in hunting, jumping, and harness. Once extremely popular, it fell out of fashion and almost disappeared until Queen Elizabeth II acquired a stallion in the 1960s and started promoting the breed. Its numbers are still critical.