Spotted horses have appeared throughout history, but it was in the USA’s Pacific Northwest region where those spotted horses became the distinctive Appaloosa breed. The Nez Perce Native American tribe was the first to selectively breed the Appaloosa horse, choosing horses with strength, endurance, speed and intelligence.
The legacy of the Appaloosa was nearly destroyed when war ensued between the Nez Perce and the U.S. Army in 1877. Following the capture of Chief Joseph in Montana, the spotted horses were rounded up and distributed to local farmers who crossed the Appaloosa with farm stock. It was this indiscriminate breeding that almost caused the Appaloosa to be lost forever.
Realizing the importance of preserving and improving the spotted horse breed, Claude Thompson, a long-time Appaloosa breeder, along with the help of a small group of dedicated horsemen, established the Appaloosa Horse Club in 1938. From those first few enthusiasts, the Club has grown into one of the leading equine breed registries in the world.
Breeders have worked hard to preserve the special characteristics of the Appaloosa. By selecting for top performance and conformation traits, they have continued to develop a truly extraordinary and versatile horse. From ranch work to the dressage arena, from the racetrack to the show ring, Appaloosas stand out and are being recognized for their abilities and accomplishments. To keep up with this spectacular evolution – the Appaloosa evolution – the Appaloosa Horse Club strives to meet the varied interests and activities of members and owners. Programs vary to include breeding, showing, racing pleasure and competitive trail riding, and simply caring for an Appaloosa companion.
Contact: Appalosa Horse Club
2720 West Pullman Road
Moscow, ID 83843 USA
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