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About the Spanish Barb Horse Association

Mission Statement:  The Spanish Barb Horse Association (SBHA), formerly known as the Spanish Barb Breeders Association (SBBA) is dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the Spanish Barb Horse.  

We have changed our name but not our mission.
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"I was told by a Spanish Barb owner/breeder that everyone who has a Barb thinks they have the smartest horse and now I can see why. I have asked a couple of new Barb owners to join me at our weekly get together so we can share with others how special this breed is. Part of the journey that Zapata & I are on is to be a wonderful representative for this breed of horses. Like I said I have quite a task ahead of me but with Zap it will be a wonderful ride so to speak."  Becky Chandos


In 1972, the Spanish Barb Breeders Association (SBBA) began with approximately 30 horses from which to perpetuate the breed. Merits and faults of each horse were noted and thus the direction was given to the breeding programs.

In order to insure the continuation of a breed whose nucleus was so small, selective, intelligent line-breeding and in-breeding played a vital part in SBBA breeding programs in the early years. The successful use of close breeding programs became evident in the quality of the resulting foals and the stabilization of the desired attributes of the breed.

The Spanish-Barb Horse Association is not a registry merely concerned with certifying anSBHA Fall Fling 2009d numbering Spanish-Barb horses. Its concern is to accurately document and preserve the Spanish-Barb. This causes the registration procedure to differ from other equine registries. Regardless of bloodlines, each horse comes before official inspectors to be considered for registration. Submitted horses must be out of SBHA registered parents and each horse is reviewed on its own merit. According to quality and conformation the horse will be given either Appendix or Tentative registration status. At three years of age or older horses are eligible to apply for advancement to the Permanent Division, reserved for only the finest representatives of the breed.

Attaining Permanent status depends on a number of factors, one of the most important being the degree of conformance to all areas of the SBHA Breed Standard. Each application for advancement includes recording 15 different measurements of the horse. These measurements are utilized not only in the inspection review process and for overall statistics maintained, but also for on-going research carried on by the association since its inception. This system of registration has been undertaken to encourage breeders to upgrade their stock. A Hardship division is in place for horses that are not out of SBHA registered parents or have unknown bloodlines. Any horse applying for Hardship consideration must possess Spanish-Barb characteristics and traits evident for the process to continue. There is also a Half-blood listing for offspring sired by or out of a registered SBHA parent. Complete files are kept on each horse including a full set of conformation color photos.

The Spanish-Barb remains a rare breed in the United States and is listed as critically rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
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