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The Rhode Island Horse Breeders Association - 1891
Narragansett Park, Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Horse Breeders
Association was established in 1890.
In the Colonial era, the chief
horse breeding area in America was the state of Rhode Island. John
Hull originally purchased acreage on the southwestern shores of
Narragansett Bay for raising horses during the mid 1600s.
During the Colonial period,
Rhode Island was the only New England colony that allowed horse racing
and maintained a race track located in South Kingstown.
Several of the Rhode Island
horse farms maintained herds of over 1000 horses; the chief breed
being the Narragansett Pacer.
The Narragansett Pacer
was most likely descended from the English and Dutch horses which
arrived in Massachusetts between 1629 to 1635. It is
said that the horse ridden by Paul Revere on his
was a Narragansett Pacer. The last of the purebred Narragansett Pacers
are believed to have died out during the early 1800s, although their
bloodline lives on in other breeds such as the Tennessee Walker.