“The Nez Perce Tribe, historically, were the only known group of people indigenous to North America who, after becoming a society revolving around a horse culture, selectively raised horses that stood up to tests of racing, endurance and stamina resulting in an economy that flourished with the demand for their horses and also resulted in acclaim of legendary proportions throughout the world.” —The Nez Perce Horse handbook..
A rare breed, also world-renowned for remarkable endurance, thrift, and courage, Akhal Teke has heritage remarkably similar to Nez Perce horse. Tribal horse, race horse, war horse, family horse, the Akhal Teke selectively bred Turkmenistan, prized and sought after by others, then subjected to a deliberate program of Russian outcrossing and extermination, kept pure in small pockets of ancient stock to revive and flourish in this century as national horse of Turkmenistan... In the 1990’s only a handful of these rare Akhal Tekes had ever been exported. In 1995, the Nez Perce tribe acquired four of these stallions and two mares, and began the Nez Perce Horse Registry, recording the acceptable outcrosses of Akhal Teke and ApHC breeding.