The Foundation & AraAppaloosa Collective
Restoring & Preserving the Nez Perce Type of Appaloosa,
drawing from lines of the Foundation & AraAppaloosa,
the Ghost Wind Appaloosa, and the CMK Arabian
Welcome to the FAApC (fapsee), the virtual home of the Foundation Appaloosa, the Ghost Wind Preserve, the CMK Chronicles and more. Our featured sites are Rocky Point Horse Ranch, and the book "The Legacy of the Nez Perce Spotted Horse".
The purpose of the FAApC is to direct focus on the remnant of Chief Joseph's horses - the True Appaloosa. After his surrender in 1877 and on his exile to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Joseph mourned the loss of his family and his home in the Wallowa. Upon realizing that the terms of surrender were not going to be honored, he only said, "Somebody has got our horses." The Appaloosa breeders of today have the Nez Perce Spotted Horses. We have a serious responsibility to Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce, and history to keep their legacy alive.
Unfortunately, the majority of Appaloosa breeders today are either ignoring or destroying the gene pool of the Nez Perce type. Whether this is done in ignorance or simply to follow the latest fad is irrelevant. The fact remains that the rampant indescriminate outcrossing and excessive introduction of solid color genes, is destroying over a century of careful breeding. The Nez Perce were the only North American tribe credited with the selective breeding of any animal. History records that the Nez Perce horses were known for much more than their beautiful coats. In addition to color, these horses of the Palouse Region were bred for their disposition, soundness, versatility, racing, and were also used for hunting and carrying warriors into battle. However, it was the Nez Perce War of 1877 where these spotted ponies demonstrated their abilities as an endurance horse. Doesn't history demand that these horses be preserved true to their breeding?
Today, a small group of dedicated breeders are striving diligently to breed true to the Nez Perce type of Appaloosa. Although we are fragmented and largely ignored by the Appaloosa Horse Club, it is our continued dedication and breeding results that truly matter. Whether you are presently a Foundation Breeder, an AraAppaloosa Breeder, or even a Spotline Arabian Breeder, I hope you will find the FAApC informative and inspiring. If you are only now discovering the fascinating story of Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce, and their colorful horses, be prepared...both the history and the True Appaloosa horse are infectious!