Historic Horses


"Our history was written on the backs of horses. Never was there an animal as completely absorbed in the service of man as the horse."  The Iberian horse is the most ancient riding horse, whose 6000 years of history is well documented.

The Wilbur-Cruce Horses


In 1989, an isolated herd of horses on the Wilbur-Cruce ranch in Arizona was discovered to be the genetically pure descendants of the Spanish horses brought to the Americas in 1519. 

Genetic Evaluation


“The Spanish Colonial Cruce horses are a most significant discovery of a type of horse thought to be gone forever.”

                                               —D.P. Sponenberg, DVM, PhD

          Rancho Del Sueño is home to the largest gene pool for the Colonial Spanish Wilbur-Cruce Mission Horse in existence.  These baroque type horses are highly athletic, extremely versatile, and exquisitely well-balanced by nature.  They possess a particularly remarkable character and a strikingly beautiful old world appearance.  They are the original horse of the Vaquero, highly suitable for both working and performance purposes.  Rancho Del Sueño is dedicated to the preservation of this unique and historically important breed.  The continued conservation of these incredible creatures is crucial as they are an important part of this nation's heritage and highly valuable to the genetic improvement of modern breeds.