The following article appeared in the 1969 stable sheet.
from Eastern Oregon, Dawn Green writes that their newest
purchase, El Spartez, a 13 year old stallion, is the
nicest riding horse she’s ever been on. In fact,
all their friends who have ridden him agree that a smoother
riding horse or more sure-footed couldn’t be found.
He’s sired by El Cortez, (who was formerly named
Hiebert’s Challenge 8076 and changed by Roland
Hill in California). “Unlike older brother-in-blood
Joaquin Morgan, whose good looks and type had actually
prompted the purchase of the younger colt, El Cortez
proved to be perfectly gentle, as did his get. Used
far less than Joaquin Morgan in spite of that, El Cortez
left few entire sons and not many more daughters. Somewhat
small, but exceedingly typy, his daughters have nonetheless
produced well and their names still appear in the pedigrees
of many of California’s oldest and best Morgan
horses.” (April 1968, Morgan Horse Magazine, by
Mabel Owen). The dam of El Spartez is Princess Spar,
who is now owned by Mr. And Mrs. Jim Michels, Wren,
Spartez 12019, was foaled August 27, 1956, and bred
by the estate of M.C. Bloh of Redding, California. I
received a letter recently from Rosie saying that Spartez
is 32 years old and doing very well in his advanced
years. His latest foals dropped in 1985. He spent 10
years of his life siring working ranch horses on the
Hastings Ranch in Northern California.
was first attracted to him “because of his old,
type Morgan beauty, but felt that 14.2 was to small.
After riding him, she realized she had a lot of horse
under her. She states, “He throws his long elastic,
smooth gaits, unusual agility, an extra measure of endurance,
extra good joints and big joints, good feet and high
withers reaching into the back. They are extremely sure
footed in the mountains and fast travelers. There is
also an unusual intelligence along with the high spirits,
good nature and speed.”
Cortez, the sire of El Spartez traces to the General
Gates line as well as close Headlight and Donald lineage.
El Cortez was a product of Elmer Brown’s breeding
program in Halstead, Kansas.
For additional information:
See the Extended
Pictorial Pedigree of El Spartez compiled by Rosemary
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photo credits: Rosemary O'Neil
credits: Rosemary O'Neil