|On his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus brought with him thirty Spanish Mustangs, a breed then considered to be the finest in the world. Breeding farms were established in the Caribbean and Mexico and the Spanish horses became a vital part of the new society. The mix of Spanish and native Mexican peoples produced a unique and colorful culture, the artwork of which blended brilliant color, texture and design. The Mexican Folk Art horse represents this blend of traditions and histories.|
The Quarter Horse is the quintessential highly-bred American horse. Named for its ability to outdistance other horses in races of a quarter mile or less, the Quarter Horse is the mount of choice cowboys, western pleasure riders and competitors in any equine sport from rodeo to ranching. The muscular build and compact body of this horse make it well suited for work requiring speed and maneuverability. Today the American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the world.