Betty J. Slade
Cammie Seferovich writes:
About my connection with these horses: I got my first from a friend of Ron Roubidoux's. Darcy Deuce was her name. Wow, one look was all it took. And everyone who met her also fell in love with her. It was all downhill from there.
I bought two Sulphurs from Ron. And I got one for people who loved mine. That was Pueblo. I drove them all the way to Utah from CA to pick him up. Although I'd had so many different breeds of horses up to that point (aside from the wild equine) I was fully invested in and taken by the Sulphurs. And I’ve never looked back. Almost 25 years and still have them. I believed in my heart, from the time I got my first mare (Wars with Thunder Felicia) that these horses are different.
All my senses tell me so. Everything I see in them and in comparisons to other breeds, as well as wild equine-like, I knew they were so special. And now that's exactly what the scientist is saying about these horses. That they're unique in the world. I wonder what that will reveal!
And as I look and read about Nisean horses I wonder. Did some of their bloodlines get into these horses? Is that why my stallion shows Caspian and Turkoman? (That breed report isn't known to be super accurate, but it is supposed to say what breeds are closest to your horse.) Only compared to 50 breeds listed, those breeds and your horse supposedly have ancestors in common. So that means Khan and the Caspian and Turkoman may have ancestors in common, also. Very interesting!
I read that the Nisean horses from Persia became so coveted that the Chinese came all the way to Persia and brought them back to China. They referred to them as "Tien ma" (heavenly horse) and outside China "Ferghana." They then were brought to Greece and Rome, where they beat the beloved native horses on races. This Nisean horse became coveted around the world. Eventually, I am wondering if it didn't end up in horses that wound up right there in Utah and on our ranches with Sulphurs. Maybe they came through the Iberian Peninsula by way of horses descended from Nisean horses? Possibly! Who knows. It's exciting to imagine who the ancestors of these horses are!
And of course I wonder about the possibility of the other part of these horses being from native Late Pleistocene horses. I know others laugh at me and scoff at this.