State of Oklahoma Passes Resolution to Designate the
Oklahoma Colonial Spanish Horse as the official  Heritage Horse of
Oklahoma   
STATE OF OKLAHOMA

1st Session of the 54th Legislature (2013)

ENGROSSED SENATE
CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION NO. 34     By:  Ellis of the Senate
and
          McDaniel (Curtis) of the House



A Concurrent Resolution recognizing the Oklahoma Colonial Spanish horse as the
Official Heritage Horse of Oklahoma; and directing distribution
.


WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Colonial Spanish horse, which originated from Spanish horses brought to
the Americas with early settlers, is unique in its genetics, history, geography and contributions to the
people of Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, the Oklahoma Colonial Spanish horse maintains 100 percent Spanish genetic markers
and has been considered the purest free-roaming Colonial Spanish horse in the United States, and
since 1980 their genetics have been preserved in the foundation herds of Bryant and Darlene
Rickman of Southeastern Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, thousands of these Spanish horses were relocated in the 19th century to Indian Territory
when tribal peoples were removed from their ancestral homes and were carefully bred and maintained
by families who treasured them as cultural remnants and practical beasts of burden; and
WHEREAS, these horses hovered on the brink of extinction following the Civil War and again in the
1970s; however, a number of families closely guarded large herds, insuring their preservation and
preventing crossbreeding; and
WHEREAS, due to the movement and demise of most of these families, numbers have dwindled,
placing the horses on The Livestock Conservancy's Conservation Priority List for livestock breeds in
danger of extinction; and
WHEREAS, according to the Southwest Spanish Mustang Association, which works closely with The
Livestock Conservancy to ensure the purity and survival of the Oklahoma Colonial Spanish horse,
800 - 900 of these registered horses remain alive today; and
WHEREAS, with its rich heritage, resilience, and perseverance, the Oklahoma Colonial Spanish
horse embodies the very spirit of Oklahoma and remains a living piece of state history.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE 54TH
OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN:
THAT the Oklahoma Colonial Spanish horse be recognized as the Official Heritage Horse of
Oklahoma.
THAT a copy of this resolution be distributed to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the
designation of the Official Heritage
Horse of Oklahoma be included in the publication of the Oklahoma Almanac.