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Spanish Mustang named Heritage Horse of OK

March 19, 2014

Photos by Jennie Smith, "Running of the colts" & Diane Weeks, "Spring foal", are on display on the Choctaw Cultural Wall in the Antlers, Oklahoma Library.)

The Spanish Mustang of Oklahoma, famous for excelling in endurance competitions and all around equine events was officially bestowed the honorable title of “The Heritage Horse of Oklahoma” on March 5, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

It was a very important day for the colonial Spanish horses preserved in the foundation herds of Bryant and Darlene Rickman of Southeast Oklahoma and other members of the Southwest Spanish Mustang Association who, with the Livestock Conservancy, have worked for many years ensuring the preservation of this genetic and cultural treasure.

We all extend a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to Senator Jerry Ellis and Representative Curtis McDaniel for their roles in the passing of "The Heritage Horse of Oklahoma" Concurrent Resolution No. 34 declaring these horses be recognized as the Official Heritage Horse of Oklahoma.

Sen. Jerry Ellis authored the resolution in the Senate and introduced it for a reading and vote shortly after the session began. It passed unanimously, and then rushed over to the House where Rep. Curtis McDaniel presented it shortly after noon, and again, it was approved unanimously. We were told it was quite an accomplishment to get both votes on the same day.

SSMA Chair, Bryant Rickman and his wife Darlene Rickman, were not able to join us but we all felt they were there with us in spirit, as well as Gilbert Jones, who established the SSMA in 1977, and all those before them who have worked so very hard to protect and preserve

 

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