Letter from the American
Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Choctaw Horse Rescue
Dear Friends of Colonial Spanish Horses,
As you may already know, Bryant and Darlene Rickman have had to remove
of their Colonial Spanish horses from the Kiamichi Mountains in
Oklahoma. They are now feeding close to 300 animals. While the Rickmans
keep important breeding stock most must find new homes. Some horses
go to breeders who will be committed to the Choctaw and Jones Horse
Conservation Programs and the conservation of Colonial Spanish Horses.
Others would make excellent riding horses. Please carefully consider
situation, and consider adding to your breeding herd or riding animals.
are the first to be notified.
The horses have all been documented by pedigree and with photographs by
staff from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Dr. Phil
has identified which horses should remain in the Conservation Programs.
Available Breeding Groups
Choctaw Horse Conservation Program
Choctaw horses (90% or more Choctaw breeding)
3-4 breeding groups of 3-4 mares and 1-2 stallions
Cherokee horses (25%-88% Cherokee breeding)
2-3 breeding groups with 3-5 mares and 1-2 stallions
Huasteca horses (12-31% Huasteca breeding)
1 breeding group with 1-2 mares and 1 stallion
Gilbert Jones Horse Conservation Program
3-4 breeding groups with 3-5 mares and 1-2 stallions
Those interested in breeding animals would be expected to be a member of
Southwest Spanish Mustang Association, register offspring with SSMA,
the Rickmans and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy should sale
the breeding stock be necessary, and participate cooperatively with
Choctaw or Jones horse conservation breeders.
In addition to breeding stock, potential riding horses of all ages and
all colors are available in a range of prices, including many young
stallions that can be gelded and trained immediately.
All horses have been tested for EIA and have a negative Coggins.
If you are interested, we encourage you to act promptly. You are the
to be notified of the herd reduction. Over the next four weeks Colonial
Spanish horse breeders, livestock breeders, and the general public will
notified of the availability of these horses.
To see some recent photos of the horses click on this link (or paste
it into your browser's address box). Many of these horses are either
for sale or have offspring for sale.
For more information contact:
Bryant & Darlene Rickman
580-326-6005 (home) or
Marjorie Bender (email@example.com)
or Jeannette Beranger
the ALBC office:
Phil Sponenberg at Virginia Tech for breeding recommendations:
Established in 1977, The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a
national, non-profit, membership organization based in Pittsboro, North
Carolina, dedicated to the conservation and promotion of endangered
of livestock and poultry. ALBC's conservation efforts include
research on breed status and characteristics; developing breed specific
strategies for conservation; maintaining a gene bank of rare breeds;
strengthening the stewardship skills of breeders through various
venues; and educating the public through workshops, conferences and
publications. ALBC is the only organization in the United States that
this important work. If you are not already a member, but would like to
save rare, endangered breeds of livestock and poultry, consider joining!
Membership is only $30. To become a member, for information about breed
conservation, or to contribute to ALBC's efforts,contact us at:
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Pittsboro, NC 27312,
or on the web at
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