The Hackney is a dynamic, high-stepper with
two branches -- the horse and the pony -- both bred specifically for
their brilliant performance in harness. The Hackney horse was developed in Great
Britain in the early 18th Century from the Darley Arabian through
his son, Flying Childerns, foaled in 1715, and grandson, Blaze, a
renowned British Thoroughbred foaled in 1733.