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The Caspian Horse: 50th anniversary of its rediscovery

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation


Organised by: Iran Heritage Foundation

Date: Wednesday 7 October 2015, 6.30pm

Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP


This year is the 50th anniversary of the rediscovery of the Caspian horse. The breed is thought to have been the preferred choice of the kings of ancient Persia, with carvings depicting Caspians found at the Achaemenid site of Persepolis. Scholars had unsuccessfully looked for this unique horse for two centuries and eventually the species was thought to be extinct. Fortuitously, an American horse lover, Louise Firouz, rediscovered the animal in the streets of Amol in 1965. She then spent the rest of her life breeding and promoting this Iranian national treasure.

Despite this, however, there are fewer than 1,000 Caspian horses around the world and so steps need to be taken to preserve and continue the breed. For this reason the Caspian Horse Sperm Bank Project is being set up which aims to help collect samples from the best Caspian stallions in Iran and elsewhere, so that these can be frozen for posterity and also be exchanged in order to continue and improve the breed. The Project will be supervised by a board of trustees, members of which will be carefully selected from various Caspian horse societies and the equine veterinary world.

To celebrate this significant anniversary, TV director and Caspian Horse Society council member, Farokh Khorooshi has teamed up with renowned equine photographer Colin Barker to produce a luxury commemorative calendar depicting Caspian horses throughout the world, including Belgium, Holland, Sweden, USA, the UK and their native Iran. Proceeds from the calendar will then go toward the Project and its crucial work.

The trip diaries can be read on
Details of the calendar and a video can be seen on on


Copies of this limited edition calendar will be available to buy at the event. Farokh and Colin will also be present to sign these collectable pieces.

Tickets: £10 book now

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make it payable to ‘IHF’ and send this along with your contact details to: IHF, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP

For any inquiries please contact, Tel: 020 3651 2121
The event will start promptly at 6.30pm so please ensure you arrive on time

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