06-25-2010, 03:34 PM
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Dorling Kindersley Handbooks: Horses Updated: 2000
"...The modern Noriker is still exceptionally popular in Austria and is the estabolished all-purpose workhorse of the central Alps region. Now a breed of fixed and clearly recognizable type, The Noriker is subject to strictly enforced breed standards, and there is a rigorous system of inspection and performance testing. ..."
My more recently published breed book (2008 ) also mentions them being popular in Austria and well adapted to mountainous regions.
I hope this helps your search! And I love the Noriker!!