Equifest Program 2023


Andalusian The Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (pura raza espaƱola, is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancestors have lived for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as a distinct breed since the 15th century, and its confor mation has changed very little over the centuries. Throughout its his tory, it has been known for its prowess as a war horse, and was prized by the nobility. The breed was used as a tool of diplomacy by the Spanish government and kings across Europe rode and owned Spanish horses. During the 19th century, warfare, disease and cross breeding reduced herd numbers dramatically, and despite some recovery in the late 19th century, the trend continued into the early 20th century. Exports of Andalusians from Spain were restricted until the 1960s, but the breed has since spread throughout the world, despite their low population. In 2010, there were more than 185,000 registered Andalusians worldwide. Isadoro was imported for Spain as a 4 year old. He is a Level 2 dressage horse and lived in Texas for most of his career. He is now owned and shown by 12 year old Maddy Gatrel.

Appaloosa The Appaloosa is an American Color Breed prized for being quick footed and steady. While the breed is mostly exhibited as a stock horse, the Appaloosa Horse Club accepts crosses from the registries of the Arabian, Thoroughbred, and American Quarter horse.The Appaloosa Horse Club was chartered in 1938, and is still located in Moscow, Idaho today. Presently, the ApHC is an international breed registry with more than 635,000 Appaloosas recorded and 33,000 members and growing. Today Appaloosas are used in nearly every equine discipline, including racing, jumping, dressage, reining, roping, gam ing, pleasure and endurance. Outside the competitive arena Appaloosas are used as working ranch horses, trail horses, lesson horses and as safe and reli able family horses. The ApHC is dedicated to developing and providing pro grams and services to support Appaloosas and Appaloosa advocates through both competitive and non-competitive events. The Appaloosa is most recog nized with the snowy blanket across the hips and large irregular shaped spots within the blanket. Appaloosas may have any based color from black, bay, red as well as the muted tones of cream, dun, or grey

T&D Donkey Rescue We work hard at T&D Donkey Rescue to teach compassion as well as treat the sick, neglected, and abandoned horses and donkeys. We empower people of all ages by getting them involved hands on. Pictured, Kylie Grace-7 years old, has been volunteering with her family for 4 years! Come meet McGee in the stall barn. He came to us in terrible condition, not halter broke, and needed foot surgery for lameness. He has been a conversation starter now for 3 years with T&D Donkey Rescue. He is 3/4 of an inch shorter than the tallest donkey in the world!


2023 EquiFest of Kansas Official Program v 27

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