Arabian Stallion! Sannoon! Who???

Okay, all you horse history buffs out there! I hope you find this "nugget" as interesting as I have!

I scanned the picture shown above from an original copy of a publication called "The Horseman". The issue is December 25, 1890. "The Horseman" was a weekly "newspaper" published by The Chicago Horsemen Newspaper Company with D. J. Campau being listed as the President and Treasurer.

We found 4 copies of The Horseman (from the early 1890's) at one of our favorite antique shops and snapped them up! I haven't been able to locate more issues since then. Most of the articles and information in The Horseman are devoted to racing, trotting and draft horses. In this era, horses were very much still a part of everyday life. While some were still "luxury" or "recreational" animals, the vast majority were still getting humans where they needed to go. Just like today, how fast you could get from one place to another was important...hence the focus on "trotters". They were the "passenger cars" of the day. And of course, the heavy draft horses were still the backbone of agriculture and commerce!

It's not surprising that my 4 issues of The Horseman have many articles and ads for trotters, thoroughbreds and draft horses and many advertisements for the equine care and tack products of the day. Great reference material that I plan on scanning and sharing in the future.

But what totally "grabbed" my interest was the one and only ad that featured an actual photograph of a horse, and wouldn't you was an Arabian stallion!


In checking datasource, I immediately determined that no stallion named Sannoon was ever included in "The Registry". However, as this ad states, this horse was imported by A. Rogy (and yes, that is a "g" in Rogy and I have determined that the "A" stands for "August") in 1886 and the Registry wasn't formed until 1908. Most early importers and breeders (both in England and America) of this time were importing Arabians to use on improving the local horse population. This is true of Kentucky horse breeder A. Keene Richards who imported Arabians in the 1853 and 1856 as well as Randolph Huntington who was using Arabians in the 1890's to improve the stamina in his Standardbreds. So it is very possible that Sannoon never bred an Arabian mare and was used to improve the local horse population in Seward Nebraska!