The Antiquity Of It All
Five top American breeders discuss their devotion to a handful of ancient, elegant breeds with smooth gaits and amazing style
Diana Stuart Jones
From the Print Edition:
Susan Lucci, Sep/Oct 99
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A gentle, willing disposition is also a hallmark of the breed. "Early breeders worked hard to develop a horse that looked spirited but was really very gentle," Pepe says. "You're really aware of these horses' dispositions when you go there and see little kids riding stallions. It's really amazing. The Peruvians simply don't allow horses with bad natures to reproduce. The horses they're breeding to and from are all gentle and, as a result, so are most of the babies."
Pepe pauses and looks out the window of his study. It's an unseasonably warm day for January in Pawling. A mare that has just arrived from his farm in Ocala, Florida, where most of his horses spend the winter months, is being led from the barn into the sunshine. She follows the handler, quietly looking at the fields, occasionally nuzzling the man's shoulder as the two proceed down the lane. "When I got my first Peruvians, there were only a handful of these horses in the entire country," Pepe says. "Now there are about 10,000, and I own 100 of them. Look at that horse. How could you not fall in love with something that looks like that?"
Diana Stuart Jones is a reporter and equestrian correspondent for two western Connecticut newspapers.
Anyone seriously interested in purchasing a horse or pony from the breeders featured is invited to contact them directly: Icelandic horses at Dan Slott's Mill Farm start at $15,000 but can go as high as $100,000 each. Interested parties should contact either him or Kristjan Kristjansson by phoning (518) 329-0185 or faxing (518) 329-0188. You can also write to Icelandic Sports Ltd., Mill Farm, P.O. Box 113, Route 3, Ancramdale, New York 12503. Web site: www.icesport.com
To purchase a Polish Arabian, contact Audrey Fisher or Larry Jones at Dunromin' Arabians, R.D. 2--Box 87 A, Pine Plains, New York 12567-9693; phone (518) 398-6500; fax (518) 398-5393. Prices will be discussed at that time.
Iberian horses can be purchased by contacting Bettina Drummond at Pruyn Stud at Auden Field, 19 Ox Hill Road, Newtown, Connecticut 06470. The telephone and fax is (203) 426-6699. Prices available upon request.
Connemara ponies at Ballywhim Farm start at $7,500. For more information, contact Nancy Burr, Ballywhim Farm, Roxbury, Connecticut 06783. Call (860) 354-6972 or fax (860) 355-3494.
Peruvian Pasos at Eugene Pepe's Westview Farms in Pawling, New York, are priced between $4,000 and $300,000 each.
Inquiries only should be addressed to Pepe at Westview Farms, 50 Bank Street, White Plains, New York 10606; phone (914) 949-4000; fax (914) 949-4270.
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