Did you know that there are over three-hundred and fifty (350) breeds of horses recognized in the world today? Many of us only get to meet a few in our equestrian experiences. The Western States Horse Expo and various breed associations from around the country have, over the last twenty years, created a fun opportunity for Attendees to experience some of the more unique breeds of horse in an event known as the Breed Revelation. Attendees will get to see this unique and rare breeds in action in the arena as they demonstrate their athletic ability, trainable minds and diverse natures. Attendees can also stroll through the Breed Revelation barn and meet the horses and the Associations that love, care and promote them. Be sure to take time and experience and interact with these rare and unique breeds during your “Horse Expo Experience” and craft memories that will last a lifetime.
2018 Participating Breeds
The Friesian horse is very charismatic. Their gentle and willing nature provides a strong base for versatile training. The intelligence of the Friesian leads to a rewarding partnership between horse and owner. Uses of the Friesian horse are limitless-dressage, saddle seat, trail, and pleasure riding, jumping, pleasure driving, combined driving, and more! The handsome appearance and naturally animated motion provide a noble “presence” in any show ring, parade, trail, or just in your own paddock.
In life or legend, no other horse is quite like the magnificent Kiger Mesteño Mustang. Their primitive markings and striking dun coloring are extraordinary. Their strength and spirit are outstanding, their versatility unequaled. Descendants of horses introduced to the New World by Spanish Conquistadors, Kiger Mesteños are bold yet willing to please. They are both athletic and extremely intelligent. Add their fine qualities of stamina and sure-footedness and you have an animal that excels in many disciplines, including working equitation, endurance, driving, cow work, and dressage. Breyer Horses and movies such as Disney’s Spirit have been made about the Kiger.
This horse, one of the world’s last remaining naturally gaited breeds, is becoming a sensation among American horse enthusiasts for several very good reasons. There is “something for everyone” in this smooth, elegant animal; riding comfort, strength and stamina for the avid trail rider; calm tractable disposition so important in the family mount; arrogant, flashy presence and action which set the exhibitor and parade rider apart from others, and investment potential solidly supported by its relative rarity and increasing popularity.
Although a newcomer to North America, the Peruvian had its origins over four centuries ago in South America, where the horses brought to Peru by the conquistadors and subsequent Spanish settlers were bred selectively to produce the genetic miracle which became the “National Horse of Peru.” The judicious fusion of several Old World breeds provided the foundation for the Peruvian horse. The Spanish Jennet gave its even temperament and smooth ambling gait, the African Barb contributed great energy, strength and stamina while the Andalusian imparted its excellent conformation, action, proud carriage and beauty to the new breed. Once established, the Peruvian was maintained in its native country as a closed population, isolated by geography and the dedication of its creators from the influence of additional outside blood.
Today, the Peruvian transmits its smooth gait to all purebred foals. No artificial devices or special training aids are necessary to enable the horse to perform its specialty – a natural four- beat footfall of medium speed that provides a ride of incomparable smoothness and harmony of movement.
National Pony Society
NPS America promotes, supports and recognizes Mountain & Moorland and British Riding Ponies in the United States in addition to fostering the welfare of ponies in general.
The United Kingdom’s National Pony Society was developed to encourage the breeding, registration and improvement of British Riding and Mountain & Moorland ponies and to foster the welfare of ponies in general and is honored to have HRH The Princess Royal as its patron. The organization has continually recognized the importance of the Mountain & Moorland breeds – the Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Fell, Highland, New Forest, British/Scottish Shetland and Welsh ponies.
BLM Wild Horse & Burro
In 1971, the United States Congress recognized wild horses and burros as living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people. Wild horses or burros are free-roaming equines of the North American west that the BLM manages and protects to ensure they will live in perpetuity on the western public lands.
These horses and burros have been living in the west for hundreds of years and are most recently influenced by the settlement of the West. You will see hints of various breeds in the wild horses, but they are bred by Mother Nature to survive in tough environments. Strong, intelligent, good bone and very hardy, wild horses can be trained to do anything their domestic cousins do. Wild burros are gentled and often trained for livestock guardians, riding, packing and driving.
Tennessee Walker (Plantation)
These horses and burros have been living in the west for hundreds of years and are most recently influenced by the settlement of the West. You will see hints of various breeds in the wild horses, but they are bred by Mother Nature to survive in a tough desert environment. Strong, intelligent, with good bone, and very hardy, wild horses can be trained to do anything their domestic cousins do. Wild burros are gentled and often trained for livestock guardians, riding, packing, and driving. These lovable animals make wonderful companions for horses.