Now and then I have been wondering about, or get questions about Rockies in Europe. I finally tried to find some answers. According to the RMHA’s database there is 410 Rockis in Europe but the numbers is questioned. Some horses might have moved out of Europe, some might not live any longer and all foals and youngsters are probably not yet in the registry. Either way, this gives a clue about the numbers.
When did the first Rockies arrive in Europe then? After some searching I found the Swiss Ruth and Beat Urben. The told me that they bought two pregnant mares to Europe 1998, two stallions in 1999 and two more mares in year 2000. They have heard rumors about a Rocky in Europe before that, but have never found out anything more, so probably their horses were the first. But, they don’t live in Switzerland, but in France. They also seems to have a lot of information on their web page, but as I don’t understand German, I don’t get it very well.