The Nez Perce Horse


MAJESTIC, admirably, endurance

While attending an event near Spaulding, Idaho,

as one of two chosen photographers by the Nez Perce tribe to cover the “Nez Perce Renaming Ceremony”, I encountered an amazing and beyond beautiful horse that belongs to the breed of the Appaloosa.
The people who know me know that I was born to be horse crazy. There is an infinite love inside my soul for a creature so beautiful, so wild, and filled with eternal spirit, that I just can’t help myself. It’s almost like God squeezing my hand saying don’t miss this!
So here it is… Me falling out of my car to get to my camera in the trunk (a play on words 😁) because Katy is hollering “horses”. And it is not just any horse! It is an Appaloosa which is [the] horse breed that is deeply associated with the Nez Perce (Niimipuu). It is THEIR breed!
More pictures and information about the actual event coming soon.

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A little Background

After the end of the Nez Perce War in the 1870s, many of the horses belonging to the Nez Perce were confiscated by the U.S. Army and sold off or killed. The Nez Perce people that survived the war were forced to settle in reservations and coerced to become farmers rather than horse breeders. They were allowed to keep few horses, and were forced by the authorities to mate their stallions with Quarter Horse mares to create horses deemed more suitable for agriculture.

The Nez Perce horse breeding program

In 1994, the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho started a horse breeding program with the idea of crossbreeding Appaloosa horses with a Central Asian breed called Akhal-Teke to produce a new breed: The Nez Perce Horse.

Based in Lapwai, Idaho, the program was, and is, aiming to help restore the traditional horse breeding culture of the Nez Perce.

The start of the Nez Perce horse breeding program was jointly financed by the Nez Perce tribe, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and a nonprofit called The First Nations Development Institute.

The Nez Perce Horse

The Nez Perce Horse is a spotted horse breed derived from old-line Appaloosa (the Wallowa herd) and Central-Asians horse belonging to the Akhal-Teke breed.

The formal registry for these horses is the Nez Perce Horse Registry (NPHR).

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ANGELIKA URSULA DIETRICH, owner and publisher of Wild Horses Thunder and Wild Horses Media Productions, is a professional Freelance Photographer, Videographer, Publisher, Writer, Social Media Consultant, and Website Developer.

Angelika's photography work has been displayed on the front cover of Idaho Magazine (2022), the Nimiipuu Tribal Tribune, Cowboy Lifestyle Network (2021), Cowboys & Indians (2016 & 2018), and in various Oregon and Washington entertainment and vacation publications, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program and website (2012-2020), at Art Gallery Festivals, private businesses, as well as for display advertisement for many clients in and out of Wallowa County including the Wallowa County Chieftain (2003-2007).

Between 2007 and 2009, Angelika worked in radio as the news and sports director for owners Lee and Carol Lee Perkins at KWVR Radio in Enterprise, Oregon. After the station was sold, she created Wallowa Valley Online, an independent online news magazine publishing and writing news and engaging in photojournalism.

After ten years of Wallowa Valley Online, Angelika decided to concentrate more on her photography & video productions, and cover and write human interest stories on Wild Horses Thunder - The studio & journal, and volunteer at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland.

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