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 SBHA Mission Statement

The Spanish Barb Horse Association (SBHA), is dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the Spanish Barb Horse. The Barb Horse of Colonial Spain was exceptional because it was coveted and sought after to improve other breeds throughout Europe. It survived sailing to the New World and adapted to a vastly different and often hostile environment. It was upon this horse’s back that the Americas were settled. The SBHA reveres this heritage and seeks to honor it.

SBHA Media Contactbrown and white horse forequarter facing Spanish Barb horse image Flying Eagle by Kirk-Detberner

Beth Mendivil

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Tucson, AZ  85739


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Spanish Barb Horse Association (SBHA) history

History of the Spanish Barb Horses

SBHA Officers’ and Board of Directors’ biographies and photos

SBHA Media Fact Sheet

SBHA Breed Standards

Media Articles / Interviews:

All The Pretty Horses and the Vaqueras Bravas by Raechel Running, March 2015

An Arizona State Icon, by Nancy Jorgensen, The Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative Currents Magazine, May 2012.
North American Colonial Spanish Horse Update July 2011, by D. P. Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, 2011.
Spanish Mustangs in Southern Arizona, by Marye Ann Thompson and Dr. Philip Sponenberg, The Arizona Horsemen’s Newsletter, Summer, 1990.
Evaluation of the Cruce Herd of Horses, D. P. Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, 1990.
Preserving The Pride of The Conquistadors, Elizabeth Al-Hazzam Dawsari and Gail Pearl, Phoenix Home and Garden, March, 1991.
Spanish Barbs, From Conquistadors to Mounted Shooting, Marjorie Dixon.
Kino the Padre on Horseback, M. A. Thompson, Conquistador Magazine, June/July, 1992.
Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Barb Horses, by Marjorie Dixon, The Center for Desert Archaeology, Archaeology Southwest, Spring, 2009.

 Radio Interview with Silke Schneider on Spanish Mustang Radio 11/2014

Media Press Releases:

July 20, 2011 – The Spanish Barb Horse Association Presents, Discover The Horse That Discovered America at the Amerind Museum on August 27, 2011 – 9 am – 4 pm. Flyer.

January 6, 2011, SBHA has a booth at the 2nd Annual Southern Arizona Horse Expo!

August 30, 2010, the Spanish Barb Breeders Association announces their name change to the Spanish Barb Horse Association.

June 29, 2010, the Arizona Colonial Spanish Horse Project is developing a new Arizona State Heritage Bill.

May 17, 2010, SBBA sends a letter to New Mexico’s Governor on the McKinley herd.



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