The Spanish Barb Horse Association (SBHA) is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the genetically and historically unique Spanish Barb Horse.
The SPANISH BARB HORSE ASSOCIATION was originally established as the SPANISH BARB BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (SBBA) in 1972. The desire was to both preserve and restore horses of Colonial Spanish descent to the original quality from which time and circumstances had extracted a toll. The SBBA members endeavored to recreate the horse as depicted in historic art and literature while keeping the wonderful temperament, acute intelligence and athletic abilities praised in historical writings.
This has been accomplished by the use of selective breeding of individual horses showing exceptional Spanish type. Despite all efforts, the Spanish Barb is still a critically endangered population. The breed is listed in the critical category both by the Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the Equine Survival Trust.
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Through various activities such as putting on public events and demonstrations, setting up informational booths and participating in parades, our members are always trying to make the greater public aware of the treasure that is the Spanish Barb Horse. We also maintain a social media presence, publish newsletters and manage our website.
Our membership is not large, but our members are continuing the selective breeding practices, endeavoring to produce a small supply of quality horses. SBHA is supportive of our members interested in breeding. Only a single mare can have an impact.
SAVE OUR STALLIONS is a program to raise funds to use for the collection and storage of semen from our quality stallions.