W.V. White Lightening
Deceased. All roan offspring are either deceased, have lost papers, or unavailable.
Herd of Roans
One time owned by Brad Messersmith. Most likely the majority of these roans have long been sold.
These ladies at one time belonged to Tommy Flowers. April is retired, and a granddaughter to the only known bay roan in the breed, Sedata. Her daughter Betsy (shown here) now resides in ID.
Again, in summer coat.
The most lovely roan mare. Her descendants and relatives can be seen in Brad Messersmith's herd.
A lovely team in CO.
Maple Grove's Gamblers Ace
This stallion is owned by me. He is 1 of 6 stallions known in the breed that are roan. 4 are blue roan. 1 is roan, potentially also grey. I haven't seen him since his yearling photos so do not know if he turned as I suspected. 1 is both Grey + Roan.
Belle and Pearl
These mares were some of the first I found many years ago. They were owned by a woman in Ontario. I found her through some comment made on a band site, I believe it was a discussion either for a Iron Maiden cover, or else Jethro Tull's - Heavy Horses. If I could find her again to talk with her about them, or if anyone recognizes the driver, or the horses please email me privately or call me.
This shows Ace's seasonal coat changes. A roan will always darken in the winter, to become light again through the summer, sometimes changing to a blue steel shade before black again at winter.
Ace in winter coat.
This mare was actually born Blue Roan, but has turned grey. She has a bloody shoulder marking which ran the entirety of her neck into her face, chin, and chest. A bloody shoulder marking will always show the base color underneath and never grey out. I don't know why. Sadly this mare is deceased. I sold her to Bill Bentley of Morley on a contract of trust of word, and he not only never finished paying me, but did not provide proper veterinary care for this mare. It is a shame and a complete waste
An example of a mare in France who is suspected roan. Yes this mare is also turning grey. All French photo's are courtesy of Jean Leo Dugast. Without his service and dedication to the Percheron breed we would not be able to enjoy these.
Another Roan + Grey mare in France.
A Roan + Grey colt in France A JLD Photo.
This is a perfect example of roan that has survived in France. This filly is shedding directly from her black foal coat into her blue roan summer coat. Although her head is greying, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that she truly is blue roan as well.
Candy again, showing her bloody shoulder marking.
This mare is heavily believed to be blue roan. I bred, and own this mare. She shed like the filly above as a 3 month old foal. She turned black in her winter coat.
A Roan colt was born in 2015 who was confirmed and tested to be Homozygous Roan. He is the first and only horse within the breed to boast this title.
Roan is currently only known to be in heterozygous form. (Rn). Because of this, Roan Percherons only have a 50% chance of passing on their gene with each foal. Blue Roan (Black) is the most common form of roan, although one Red Roan (Chestnut) does exist. A Bay Roan mare was alive, but passed away a few years ago. She had no Bay Roan offspring.
One of the biggest questions I am asked time and again is, "Where can I find a blue roan Percheron?" One of the most well known online breeders is Brad Messersmith of IA. He also advertises in the Draft Horse Journal. I personally am another breeder, but at this time I'm just coming into the program with the new acquisition of a Roan stallion. Before our past stallions were owned by my Parents and I had no say in their future. Both were sold on, one now deceased, the other, a very long ways away. My parents, Hacienda Percherons, are very active breeders of Blue Roan Percherons and have a good sized group of Roan mares with which they are using our Roan stallion on.
Most roan horses are dispersed and owned by individual horse owners who like the color but have no real interest in preservation. Many may have no clue how rare what they own is. Some are aware of this though. Very very few are in actual breeding programs. I will not list anyone with roans unless they themselves would wish to be advertised publicly. It is simply out of respect for them. If they don't have a problem with it, then I am more than happy to send a potential buyer their direction. My knowledge stemmed from countless hours of personal research. I spend a lot of time with 'an ear to the ground', ferreting out roans and new owners.
At this time I have counted 44 roans to be living within the breed. I know of 7 stallions. Of those 6, 6 I know without a doubt in my mind to be nothing but Roan. 1 is grey+roan. Of those 7 stallions, 4 are young horses. At this time, there are only 3 known bloodlines that Roan descends from and through. All three are photographed to the left.