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Date of visit:
June 27, 2002

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 Location of Hubbard Museum of the American West

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Site Highlights:
 On State Hwy 70
 Free parking
 Exhibit outdoors
 Larger than life size
 Great configuration
 Story of each breed
 Museum next door
 Billy the Kid Museum


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The American Horse - A Brief Introduction

The American Quarter HorseThe American Quarter Horse

… originated in colonial times and earned his name from his superiority in races of a quarter mile.

Its reputation as cow horse was established long before the formation, in 1940, of the American Quarter Horse Association, the largest equine breed registry in the world.

With more than 3,000,000 registrants, the American Quarter Horse is the world’s most popular breed. It is renowned for its speed, agility, and strength.

The Thoroughbred HorseThe Thoroughbred Horse

… is considered the aristocrat of horse racing and supports a multi-national racing industry. The term “thoroughbred” implies 300 years of genetic uniformity which traces the sources of English stock to selected Arabian bloodlines.

This master of the turf evolved in England long before other countries developed an appreciation of racing.

Beyond the oval, Thoroughbreds are powerful contenders in jumping, dressage, and other show events. The physical ability, stamina, and courage of the Thoroughbred distinguish its refined lines which, when introduced into other breeds, exert an unmistakable influence.

The American Paint HorseThe American Paint Horse

… in North America can be traced to the two-toned horses introduced by the Spanish explorers. Some escaped to create herds of wild horses.

Captured and gentled, they were cherished by the finest horsemen of the Western frontier. Breeders gradually improved the conformation and athleticism of these horses, creating the American paint Horse.

The Arabian HorseThe Arabian Horse

… possesses intense affection, loyalty, strength, beauty, versatility and intelligence. This long list of superlatives describes the world’s oldest known equine breed.

Bedouin legend tells how God fashioned the desert wind into a creature that “shall fly without wings.” As a treasured member of the tribe, the Arabian epitomized steadfast performance and developed a strong devotion to humans.

History tells that celebrated mares in wartime refused to abandon their fallen Bedouin riders. Today, ownership of an Arabian is for those who value a close relationship with an equine companion.

The Standardbred HorseThe Standardbred Horse

… (so called because early peformance had to meet a time performance standard for admission to the stud book) has competed in this country for more than 150 years.

Races contested in its trotting or pacing gait coupled with the flashing colors worn by drivers perched in the sulky have thrilled millions in America and more than 30 other countries.

Whether racing at quaint country fairs or on major metropolitan raceways, the Standardbred’s clean, muscular lines express its courage and desire tow in. Away from the racetrack, the Standardbred is renowned as a surprisingly excellent all-around performer adept at all forms of riding and driving – truly an “American Classic.”

The Morgan HorseThe Morgan Horse

… descends from a single stallion foaled in Massachusetts in 1789. Of unknown parentage, the bay stallion, named Figure, moved to Vermont with its owner, Justin Morgan, and founded a dynasty. His descendants became known as Morgan Horses and contributed their blood to every American breed. Centuries later his offspring still bear his exceptional characteristics including intelligence, a kind and willing disposition, great stamina, and athletic ability.

Upheaded, refined, and sound of mind and body, Morgans are at ease in harness or under saddle.

The American Appaloosa HorseThe Appaloosa Horse

… is a page out oh history, having come to the Americas with Spanish explorers. The Nez Perce Indians of the Northwest bred these spotted individuals selectively for specific traits. After the Nez Perce War of 1877, the breed faced extinction.

In 1938, the Appaloosa Horse Club was founded for the preservation and improvements of this horse with distinct characteristics. There are over 750,000 registered horses as of the mid-1990s.

Rite of Passage
Rite of Passage by Sandy Scott (1991)

The Hubbard Museum of the American West is located in Ruidoso, New Mexico
All text source extracted from display signages.
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