On behalf of the Spanish-Norman Horse Registry…

President Allan H. Hamid & Registrar Linda Osterman Hamid are pleased to formally announce exciting news and a great honor for a special ambassador of the  Spanish-Norman breed. The image of the magnificent Spanish-Norman foal, El Coquetón, is featured on a beautiful Christmas card produced by the prestigious Leanin’ Tree greeting card company!

Sired by the Andalusian stallion Elixir TG, El Coqueton lives up to his name, translated from Spanish as ‘big flirt’, as evidenced by his wonderful disposition and sweet nature. A photo taken when he was a month old captured the attention of renowned artist Susan von Borstel who was inspired to paint a beautiful winter scene which was selected by Leanin’ Tree for their 2003 Classic Holiday Christmas Card series.

This lovely painting of El Coquetón with an oat straw in his mouth, him glancing back at a cardinal on his rump is proving to be one of the new favorites. Spanish-Norman fans can purchase this unique Christmas card in their local tack shop or by placing a catalog order. El Coquetón appears on the top right of page 12 in the catalog; item # C70497. Online ordering through the Leanin’ Tree website is also available.

Warmest congratulations to Ken and Susan Gordon of Iberian Cross Farm, Litchfield Michigan, proud owners and breeders of El Coquetón, who is a joyful messenger to extend the card’s greeting of “Best Wishes for a Warm and Wonderful Christmas Season.”



When my neighbor, Joan, turns her mare out in the pasture a cowbird almost always flies up and perches on her back. It looks like it’s always the same one, and it stays and rides around even when the mare walks quickly down the hill.

When I saw Sue Gordon’s posting of her Spanish-Norman foal on the Internet I immediately imagined a bird on the baby’s cute furry rump. I’m always looking for ideas for greeting cards for Leanin’ Tree and this one seemed like an inspiration for Christmas. Sue was amenable to the idea and kindly sent me an enlargement of the shot.
I wanted red, white and green so I included a row of green trees and made the bird a cardinal. It seemed that a bit of grass nesting material in the bird’s beak would tie into the grass the foal was eating… sort of an interspecies affirmation of friendship. The original pastel is 18″ x 24″ on canvas. I call it, “Friends“. I hope you enjoy it.



Susan von Borstel is a nationally known artist of horses, wildlife and people. She offers original oil paintings, commissions, portraits and fine art prints. 

Susan von Borstel grew up crazy about horses and wild about art. She started painting and drawing horses at a young age and went on to receive a BA degree from the University of Colorado in Zoology and Art. She has completed over 200 commissions of horses and dogs using shape and expression to suggest deeper, hidden meanings which give her works “staying power.” After being chosen to illustrate the horse breeds for the multimillion dollar Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, she went on to join the American Academy of Equine Art and won the People’s Choice Award in the AAEA annual art show.

Susan won first place for oil paintings at the Western States Horse Expo in 1999 and 2000. Her work has appeared on numerous magazine covers, in magazine articles and at many art galleries.  www.susanvonborstel.com


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