"Ian" Huizink of http://www.lusitano-nederland.nl,
a member of the newdilutions list and pearl color researcher.
Liver chestnut (DNA confirmed) PRE (Andalusian) mare who has been DNA
confirmed to carry a
recessive ("pearl") dilution gene. She has birthed two foals that looked
like double-dilutes at maturity (see below), by the double-cream-dilute
stallions, Q and Saphiro. She has been DNA color tested and is ee
crcr (no cream.) At one time she was owned by Spanish
When Chica foaled Majodero by Q , back in 2001, Barbara Kostelnik (the
author of this web site) thought that meant that Q and the foal were Iberian
champagnes. But Carolyn Shepard, president of the ICHR, somehow knew
this wasn't the case. Majodero did not look like a champagne
cream as he matured. Q's many, many other foals never showed any unexplained
(non-cream) dilutions. Instead,
it was Chica's progeny which followed the pattern we could expect if she were carrying
recessive dilution gene which was activated by cream. Only cream dilute sires
produced "pearl-creams" out of her, and only about 50% of the time.
Those same cream dilute sires never produced this new color out of other mares.
That made her the carrier; and since she was so dark, it was obvious it
must be recessive.
Chica's 10 foals (please correct as needed, by
emailing the webmaster) are:
6 non dilute foals (blacks & bays) sired by black & bay stallions,
at least one of which (a mare, Querida) is a Pearl carrier
2 "pearl-cream" foals sired by Saphiro & Q
1 single dilute foal (palomino) sired by Q
1 chestnut foal sired by a chestnut stallion
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