Rescued Colonial Spanish Horses at Home at The Center for America’s First Horse
02/03/2012

Center is also featured in top French horse-lover’s magazine, Cheval Pratique

Online PR News Р03-February-2012 РРJohnson, Vt (January 28, 12) The Center for America’s First Horse is pleased to announce the arrival of five horses from the Baca Chica Farm in New Mexico. Thanks to the extraordinary response to an appeal for financial support, these endangered Colonial Spanish Horses are now settled on seventy lush and pristine acres at the Center’s Johnson, Vermont location.

Record-breaking drought and the resulting financial hardship precipitated the relocation of these horses, which were dispersed from one of the last original families; this family had nurtured these horses for six decades. The Center for America's First Horse, a non-profit organization, partnered with the Baca Chica Farm to rescue a stallion, a mare and her young filly, an 11-year-old broodmare, and a three-year old filly. The deep friendships of horse lovers in Vermont and in New Mexico resulted in a full-scale, cross-country effort to relocate these horses.

Not only will The Center be providing a loving and forever home for this group, they will also continue the legacy of these bloodlines. A number of offspring from the stallion already reside at The Center and are proven performance and ambassador horses. One of the missions of The Center is to assist in rescuing Colonial Spanish horses in need, and to aid in their genetic conservation.

In Other News: The Center for America’s First Horse has been featured in the latest issue of Cheval Pratique, the preeminent monthly magazine for horse lovers, published in France and available widely in Europe and in Canada. The magazine’s editor and photographer paid a visit to the Center in September, and were duly impressed with the expertise and commitment of founder and executive director, Stephanie Lockhart, and the work that the non-profit is undertaking in the preservation of the Colonial Spanish Horse.

About the Colonial Spanish Horse
Like the buffalo, the Colonial Spanish Horse has served many of America's native tribes for centuries, and is now listed as critically endangered, with less than 3,000 remaining worldwide. Brought to the New World by Spanish explorers in the 1500's, these small, hardy horses were used as courageous war horses, the mounts of the Native Americans, and Pony Express riders. By the turn of the 20th century, they were near extinction, due in large part to U.S. government attacks on feral and sacred tribal herds. Today, preservation efforts are underway to secure the Colonial Spanish horse for future generations.
About the Center for America’s First Horse
The Center for America’s First Horse, founded by Stephanie Lockhart in Johnson, Vermont, is, with 21 horses, home to the most diverse herd of Colonial Spanish horses in the eastern United States. Their mission is to enrich lives through the spirit of the Colonial Spanish horse. The Center offers programs focusing on education and public awareness, natural horsemanship, community outreach, work-study and rescue of Colonial Spanish horses.
The Center for America’s First Horse is home to movie star horse Impressively Better (aka Oscar), who played the title role of a Colonial Spanish horse in the Disney film HIDALGO.