Letter from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

Choctaw Horse Rescue

June 2008

Dear Friends of Colonial Spanish Horses,

As you may already know, Bryant and Darlene Rickman have had to remove all
of their Colonial Spanish horses from the Kiamichi Mountains in southeastern
Oklahoma. They are now feeding close to 300 animals. While the Rickmans will
keep important breeding stock most must find new homes. Some horses should
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 your
situation, and consider adding to your breeding herd or riding animals. You
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 Sponenberg
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 the
Southwest Spanish Mustang Association, register offspring with SSMA, notify
the Rickmans and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy should sale of
the breeding stock be necessary, and participate cooperatively with other
Choctaw or Jones horse conservation breeders.

In addition to breeding stock, potential riding horses of all ages and in
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 first
to be notified of the herd reduction. Over the next four weeks Colonial
Spanish horse breeders, livestock breeders, and the general public will be
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 580-743-1991 (Bryant’s
Marjorie Bender (mbender@albc-usa.org) or Jeannette Beranger
(jberanger@albc-usa.org)at the ALBC office: 919-542-5704
Phil Sponenberg at Virginia Tech for breeding recommendations:  540-231-4805
Sisty Monroe  580-326-8096  or sistymonroe@aol.com


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 breeds
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 educational
venues; and educating the public through workshops, conferences and
publications. ALBC is the only organization in the United States that does
this important work. If you are not already a member, but would like to help
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

PO Box 477,
Pittsboro, NC 27312,

 (919) 542-5704

or on the web at www.albc-usa.org.


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