Saturday, May 23, 2015

Some of Our Stallions: Stitch

Stitch is a pure Corolla stallion. The Corolla herd is one of only two remaining wild herds of the Banker horses of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The other herd is in Shackleford. Only about 210 wild Bankers are left. In 1927 there were over 6,000 of these horses running wild on the Outer Banks.

There lineage goes back to the earliest Spanish efforts to settle on mainland America. In the 18th century their genetics may have been enriched by the inclusion of a few horses that the white settlers called "Chickasaws", likely Native American bred colonial Spanish horses that are exemplified today by the Choctaw, and Cherokee strain.

The Corollas have been called the oldest and rarest distinct genetic grouping of American horse. They have been isolated so long on the upper Outer Banks that some have called them a breed onto themselves.

We head up the effort to prevent the extinction of these historic horses by breeding them domestically and encouraging others to do so. We are constantly in search of breeders who want to participate in this program.

His son, Poncho, was born in the early spring of 2015 and will make an excellent breeding stallion for program participants.

We work to promote protect these horses not as a money making endeavor. We are a breed conservation non-profit under 501(c)5. Our program is administered by volunteers--no one is paid.

To learn more about becoming a breeder of these horses just send me an email.

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