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Studies of this art history reveal the early existence of what we recognize today as the Pinto Horse: a horse whose dual-colored coat pattern is comprised of white areas combined with another of the basic coat colors common to horses, making each Pinto unique. The Pinto is acolour breed with documentation of pedigree as well as certain restrictions and exclusions thatmay apply depending on the sex, classification and background of each animal.

Though commonly associated with the Native American for its legendary magical qualities in battle, the Pinto horse was actually introduced to North America by European explorers, chiefly those from Spain, bringing their Barb stock that had been crossed with native European stock years before. It is believed that the Pinto patterns may have arrived in Europe via the Arabian strains, as Pinto markings appear in ancient art throughout the Middle East. However, evidence of the more dominant Tobiano pattern among the wild horses of the Russian Steppes suggests the introduction of Pinto coloring to Europe possibly as early as during the Roman Empire.

This Western-bred horse became a fixture of America, especially the uniquely marked Pinto whose colorful presence in parades and films always added a little extra glamour.

Susan Speedy will be judging the Pinto classes in 2010. She has been actively involved in Hunting her entire life and is an experienced Judge.

Her previous experience includes Hacks & Hunters on the Flat including Paced & Mannered, Ponies & Hunter Ponies including Paced & Mannered, Riding classes and Around the Ring Jumping.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Shani Hughes, The Pinto Society, Maxine Soler and Awatea Farms for their support in 2010.

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