Sunday, December 12, 2010


Victoria is confirmed 6 months pregnant!! The foal is already reserved by a gal that is brand new to the breed! She is hoping that the foal will be a breeding quality stud colt. She wants to campaign him and also train him for AI. So exciting! If things go the way that they are suppose to, I plan on breeding Victoria to a lovely 1999 grulla purebred stallion named Miakoda. I think that they will produce an amazing baby!

I am so curious about the color of the foal (lastly among the obvious of the baby being healthy, well conformed with a great temperament) as Victoria has only produced grullas so far. The sire was a zebra dun, and his parents were zebra duns. I don't know if he is homozygous for the agouti gene (gene that causes horses to have a bay base coat. Dun + bay = zebra dun) so I am really unsure if this foal will be a grulla or a zebra dun. If he is homozygous for the agouti gene, then this foal will be Victoria's first zebra dun foal! I love the honey colored horses (and of course the grullas!), but I will be thrilled with either color so long as the foal has amazing conformation, great temperament, and amazing breed type!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Grape Dragon's Rouge Empire

2003 14.2HH red dun Sulphur stallion FOR SALE

Has had two seasons of ground work at 2 and 3 years old. 90 days of under saddle training at 4 years. Started english. Trained to phantam. Has straws of semen in storage in northern California. Very good temperment. Is just a big dog in the yard at home. Would make excellent reining or cutting horse. Can send video of training sessions. Has one yearling stud colt on the ground.


Asking a reasonable $7,000 USD or best offer.

Located in Clearlake, CA

Contact Patty Copeland at:

Call: 707-994-0219


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

10 April 2010 Dressage Clinic

I finally got around to uploading some video that my sister took of me riding my purebred Spanish Sulphur mare La Victoria. Victoria is dragging her back legs a bit, but has gotten much better and more fit since this video. Enjoy!

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Mouth

Many people have commented on the mouth of the Spanish Sulphur breed and have often incorrectly referred them to be "parrot mouthed" due to the fact that the upper lip slightly overhangs the lower. In reading Juan Llamas' book titled This is the Spanish Horse we find this description fitting of a true Spanish horse. He quotes Joseph de Arcos who published a book titled Comentarios a la Real Ordenanza de Cavalleria del Reyno in 1757 defining the mouth of the Spanish horse as "large [in length] and proportionally long; fine lips, the upper one overhanging the lower".
So, we find that even centuries ago, this ideal mouth that is now relatively unknown in the American Iberian horse enthusiast population is actually the ideal Iberian mouth that has always been present in the old Iberian Spanish Sulphur population. We also come to find that the "Spanish" mouth preferred by these people that are unfamiliar with the true Iberian mouth often prefer a mouth that is referred by the Spaniards as a "calf's nose" that is often present on horses that have draught breeding or on draught breeds as pointed out by Juan Llamas who is a well respected expert on the Iberian horse.

La Victoria

My trainer has informed me that Victoria has once again not gone into season! So that would make Victoria 2 months pregnant!! I am so excited about this foal as it should be a really nice cross that should be better than both its parents and it is also a purebred! The color will be either a zebra dun or a grulla. Victoria has only ever produced grulla, but if Pueblo passes on an agouti gene then the foal will be a zebra dun.

Victoria has never not conceived on the first try (which she conceived after only one breeding) and has never not carried to term. She would rather be a broodmare than a riding horse. One of her daughters just had her first foal and the owner immediately commented on what a good mother Victoria's daughter is. Her daughter learned from the best!!

Friday, July 2, 2010


After all of the drama and nonsense that exists in the horse world and what type you prefer or whether you believe in strains or breeds or whatever. Every time I watch The Horse Whisperer a calm comes over me. It takes me back to the reason why I fell in love with horses. It isn't about what breed they are; it is about that they are horses. That I feel an amazing freedom and connection with them that I do not feel with any other animal. They are Pegasus. The untouchable dream. The only animal that gives me peace in my soul.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Breeding Section

Posted a new section to the Spanish Sulphurs website! If you have a Spanish Sulphur mare bred for the upcoming 2011 season or have a Spanish Sulphur stallion bred to any mares this year be sure to send pictures of information to so that they can be posted!

Planned Breeding Section

Saturday, June 19, 2010

USDF Dressage Show

On June 4th of this year, the purebred Spanish Sulphur mare named La Victoria qualified under judge Hilda Gurney (a two time olympian and legend in the sport of dressage) to attend the Great American USDF Breeders' Championship Series at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in October. In addition, La Victoria also won Reserve Champion in the mare dressage suitability class championship. This is a huge step for the Spanish Sulphur breed!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Sulphur Breed in California Riding Magazine!

The May Spanish breeds issue for the California Riding Magazine features the Spanish Sulphur breed. Article written by me. :)

Here is the online magazine that you can view now!

Monday, April 12, 2010

La Victoria in April Dressage Clinic

Training lesson by former Olympic games judge Jill Beltran. Photos by Hanah Fields-Austin.

Her head appears wedge shaped, but that isn't accurate as she does not have a wedge shaped head. Good photo anyways!

Dressage Clinic with Jill B.

I attended a dressage clinic yesterday with a trainer that was wait listed for the Olympics. Jill B. (can't remember last name... terrible with people names anyways! lol). Clinic went really well! There was a gal there that even knew what a Sulphur is! Said she has always wanted one! Very cool! A lot of other people there were asking what breed she was so I gave them a brief run down as to what a Sulphur is. Got some video of me and Victoria riding in the clinic. She did great! We walk, trot, cantered, bending, counter bending at walk, trot, canter, and bending on a straight line. Victoria tends to stiffen her neck. So, all of the exercises were to teach her to free up her shoulders which would free up her neck. The trainer said that Victoria improved A LOT in such a short lesson! Smart horse! She also said that it is clear that Victoria trusts me a lot and that she really, really likes me. lol hope so! The gal that knew what a Sulphur is even knew a breed trait in that once a Sulphur trusts you and they are your friend that they will go to the moon for you! So true! Even when Victoria is really scared of something, she still tries to please me!

Oh and I gotta say that walkie talkies are a God send for lessons! Hook one to your pants or riding boot and the instructor can communicate with you without screaming their heads off because the wind is blowing too hard or you are too far away to hear them. Makes for a much more relaxed communication style! Of course, your horse must not mind the odd sounds that walkie talkies make, etc. Victoria didn't bat an eye lash!

Video will be uploaded shortly, hopefully.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sulphur's Found

Two Sulphurs in Florida have been discovered at a rescue. Please contact Diane Delano at:
Website is:

2 year old mare

10 year old mare

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mestene's Pueblo

Mestene's Pueblo's owner has been contact and has stated that Pueblo is available for live cover only. Please contact me at for Pueblo's owner's contact information. Pueblo is located in Los Angeles County in the city of Palos Verdes, CA.

Chulita Ballo

Duane White had bred Chulita Ballo to Dragon's Sulphur Breath for a 2010 foal. Sadly, Chulita aborted due to twins. Both were fillies. A blessing in disguise! Horses are not meant to foal more than one foal at a time and can have serious health dangers if carried to full term.