Tigre's Founding members
(Victoria & Mark Varley)
Address: 32 Jack Rabbit Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Telephone: (505)438-2827


Welcome and enjoy with us the return of the world's most beautiful horse breed

           Meet Annandale's Love Story (photo right)
    For a horse like this, make sure it traces to Annandale stock, and is either  registered with TIGRE, The Tiger Horse Breed Registry, or The Soulon Tiger Horse Registry. Only then may you be certain that truthful DNA or blood typing numbers are on file and that the horse you are considering buying, really is an approved Tiger Horse.       
           No wonder wars were fought over ownership of majestic horses like this one. Firstly because they were magnificent, and secondly because, then as now, they were rare.
See our
HISTORY page for more information on El Caballo Tigre and the horse once used to hunt the Siberian Tiger.
         Fortunately before going extinct, their spotting genes and some of their original genetics were passed on to others, many of which began arriving in the Americas 300 years ago from Spain.  Spain had begun producing "Tiger Horses" experimentally; mainly for the King of Spain, and Lords and Ladies of the royal court. Perhaps of a lighter frame than the bullfighting Andalusians, they were highly suitable for the refined gentry to ride.  Their exotic coat patterns are certainly ceremonial in nature.

       As history has a habit of repeating itself,  Tiger Horses are once again thundering into existence from their ancient  past. Can you imagine centuries ago, an entire herd of these magnficent creatures, frolicking and grazing on fertile valley floors, and at the foot of the Heavenly Mountains district? We can, and like Spain, have worked hard to bring some of their legendary characteristics back to life, but of course in a larger modern day version.   Many nations have built herds on the spotted coat patterns of these ancient horses. This has resulted in a variety of breeds whose pheno-types are vastly different one from the other. We at Annandale have concentrated on the pheno-type of the Ancient ones.

     (above left) "Annandale's Carbon Copy," (daughter of "Annandale's Love Story," top of page). There is a striking resemblance to the ceramic T'Ang Dynasty horses (above right). The Chinese named them SOULONS ("sue-laahns") and bred for the middle gaits and a robust substance, similar to the photos you see of our modern day SOULONS.
     Solid colored horses, and horses with a variety of spotted coat patterns were part of the ancient
SOULON'S development, but Annandale prefers to concentrate on the gene responsible for leopard and roan spotted coat patterns ie., the LP or Lp gene. We do accept the Sabino gene, provided it is present at the same time as the LP gene, but do not knowingly use horses displaying copies of the Pinto gene. It's not always a good match.
     Solid colored horses are an integral part of our modern day breed and is the only way to ensure that good pigmentation remains within the present mix of coat patterns. De-pigmented like the pink mottling you see around muzzles, eyes and genitalia are prone to sunburn and our summers are hotter and brighter than those of Indo-Europe where these original coat patterns evolved.  Many solid colored horses are in fact hiding copies of the Lp gene and are not "solid in color" at all. That is how a solid colored mare, or stallion, will suddenly produce a spotted foal. DNA testing is therefore mandatory and important in our breed.

(above and below) Some of our earliest experiments to bring back the Tiger Horse, show a strong resemblance to the early Chinese horses. China eventually produced the superior SOULON. Now extinct, Annandale is proud to announce the return of the ancient SOULON'S phenotype, and we can help others do the same.  Since 1992 we have worked hard to reproduce antiquity.

Our first experiments gave us similar horses to some of China's earliest breeds, as you can see from these amazing likenesses. The bay ghost horse stud colt and red leopard filly, above left, were both sired by "Annandale's Storyteller," (below right) and exhibit the identical markings to the horses in this oriental painting on the right..

Here below, you see the almost identical pheno-type our horses share with the life sized clay horse unearthed in china during an archaeological dig

Below, A painting of a statuesque horse under attack from a big cat. Tiger Horses were used to hunt the Siberian tiger, but were also subject to being hunted. (Right) A modern day Tiger Horse mare exhibiting similar conformation and stature. She is Annandale's Carbon Copy, the founders favorite riding horse.


Stage Three There can be no argument that Annandale has a reputation for colorful excellence in Tiger Horse circles. This was made possible because of careful breeding choices, and a focus on reproducing the SOULON phenotype.  Not only are we producing exotic coat patterns on gaited horses, but have moved from some earlier Arabian influenced profiles, and made a radical shift to the regal and aristocrataic SOULON profile. 
SOULON was a horse the Chinese developed by crossing light framed Heavenly Horses from the West, (China/Siberia border) to their heavier Draft horses. Earlier emphasis had been placed on achieving a riding sized breed, that would give China the advantage over marauding Mongolians. It was not until 200 years later during the illustrious T'Ang Dynasty (china 615-780) that the magnificent parade horses were developed and china named them SOULON.
The Soulon Seal of Approval was created in 2011 to recognize the SOULON look-alikes within our modern day herds.  Annandale is proud to announce that our farm now displays several horses that have received, or are eligible for,  The Soulon Seal of Approval.


Visit our home and horse property FOR SALE:
We are the Founders of today's Soulon,
TIGRE and The Tiger Horse breed as well as the Soulon Seal Of Approval.
We can help you achieve your goals for Tiger Horse ownership.

(We offer financing and purchasing plans for horses priced above $10,000.00)

This Web Site is maintained by Victoria Varley.
Contact the her for questions about this site. Last updated March, 2014