Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
From the homepage of the Nokota Horse Conservancy website: "Foundation Nokotas were removed directly from the park, primarily during the 1980s and early 1990s. Many of the foundation stallions and mares, which formed the nucleus of the breed, are now deceased. Their offspring are termed “Foundation-bred” Nokotas.
On the advice of Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, the Foundation and Foundation-bred horses have been differentiated into two phenotypic categories, National Park Traditionals and National Park Ranch types (See “Nokota® type”). The conservancy manages a small herd of mostly traditional, but also of ranch-type foundation horses (approximately 75 in 2009) in order to maintain as much of the original spectrum of Foundation bloodlines as possible. Many of the foundation-bred ranch horses are owned by the Kuntz family."