In 1845, Mr Patrick Newtall, noticed that on the Argentine meadowlands to the south of Buenos Aires the tribes of Pampas Indians had, among their horses, some unusually small ones that caught his attention, and he managed to collect a few specimens from the Indians.
In 1853, after ,many years of experiments and selections, Patrick was successful in creating a herd of perfectly built horses, characterized by a nature of their own, smaller than one meter inj height.
In 1879, his son-in-law, Mr. Juan Falabella, joined the family and Newtall passed to him all his findings and knowledge of his breeding.
In 1893, Mr. Juan Falabella, through successive crossings, gradually builds the first miniature horses, of uniform shape and with a height lower than 85 cms.
In 1905, Juan Falabella passed the breeding of this new breed already known as FALABELLA to his son, Emilio, who proceeds with the breeding and, through a strict selection, manages to establish the characteristics of the breed known today.
In 1927, Senor Julio Cesar Falabella, takes on the Establishment, inheriting from his ancestors not only breeding horses, but also the wisdom and knowledge, through several generations, of the breed FALABELLA. He is responsible for the systematization of the breed, and begins the creation of genealogic records for the breed.
In 1937 NAPOLEON I is born, a chestnut colored-piebald horse that would give one of the best blood lines to the breed. He was a favorite of the Falabella family, short and stocky. Napoleon, who matured at only 27 inches and weighed one hundred pounds, lived to a ripe old age of 42 and upon his death, a monument was erected in his honor on the Falabella Ranch. At the time of his death, he was claimed to be the oldest living horse in the world.
In 1950, through the promotion of his miniature horses, Julio Falabella promotes interests in his breed, and many horse breeders and amateurs are prompted to breed them in different parts of the world. FALABELLA horses are exported to Europe, America and the Far East.
In 1962, The Regina Winery in California, owned by John B and Frank Elena, imported the first 12 FALABELLA horses to the United States from the Falabella Ranch in Argentina. The horses became a great attraction at the Winery, and were known as the FALABELLA Lilliputian Miniature Horses. One of these horses was the famous appaloosa CHIANTI. This magnificent leopard appaloosa stallion became one of the most famous appaloosa stallions in the country; and his name appears in the pedigrees of many miniature horses today.
October 1964 First UK Falabella imports -Perky, Blackbird and Mrs Skew were imported by Mrs Shirley Marler.
In 1968 JAUNCITO 168 FALABELLA was born, a chestnut horse who was included in the breed nursery, and was of the most important blood lines
In 1973, together with his second wife, Maria L.B. Falabella, Julio Cesar systematizes the breed pattern, establishing the records that now regulate the reproduction of this breed.
In 1977, Julio Falabella, who especially liked the loud coloured horses with many of his herd descendants today appaloosa and pinto, agrees to sell one of his favorites, an appaloosa stallion named Menelek. Sold to Lord and Lady Fisher of England in 1977, imported to England he was the foundation used to start the 2nd Falabella bloodline in the United Kingdom. The Kilverstone Zoo was established to promote the breed. Menelek was one of the most prolific sires of Falabella Miniature Horses in England, and Europe. With great regret, Menelek, met his untimely death, as the direct result of an irate mare's violent kick.
In 1980, Senor Julio Cesar Falabella dies, and his wife, Maria Luisa B. de Falabella and his only true heir, daughter, Maria Angelica Falabella begin the long process of settling the Falabella estate. Maria Luisa and her 3 sons from a previous marriage, take on the Falabella Establishments, as Argentine law sways toward the wife getting most everything in an estate. Julio's daughter, Angelica, had a farm outside Buenos Aires, and was given rights to about half of the original Falabella herd. As the only true blood heir, she is the true owner and successor of generations of breeders of this unique miniature horse.
In 1990, the shared interests of a group of Falabella breeders pursuing common goals resulted in the creation of the Falabella Horse Breeders Association, Association of Equine Development-with honorary member status- and by the Argentine Undersecretary of Agriculture. Livestock and Fishing. Under the honorary Presidency of Maria Luisa Falabella, the Association has authorities of other nations and foreign horse breeding associations.
In the early 1990's, Maria Angelica Falabella came to the US, and with her partner, Washington Sea, began a Falabella ranch, Falabella AF Farm, in South Carolina. Horses purchased from Angelica Falabella and "hard-shipped" into the American registries--AMHA and AMHR...were often registered with the Falabella AF name. Any that were imported from Angelica's ranch in Argentina -- Rancho Falabella Caballos Miniatura -- carried the Falabella name with the AF in it. In the early 1990's, when Angelica came to the USA her horses were switched to using just the AF prefix. The FMHA (Falabella Miniature Horse Association--Registry for Falabella Horses) began using Angelica's rightful Falabella name in registering her horses in 2001. The "FALABELLA AF" horses are Angelica's. The Falabella prefix horses are from "her" Argentina farm, Rancho Falabella Caballos Miniatura.