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Champagne on (Seal) Brown

With the ability to test for the agouti (bay) gene came the revelation that seal brown horses were not solid black horses with another gene added to cause the lighter shading.  They tested "non-a" at at least one locus, making their genotype look like bay!

Later, a test was developed to discern the difference between bay and brown.  Thus, we were forced to deal with the fact that there are champagne horses whose color is the result of champagne on this newly isolated color.  That color was dubbed Sable, and has taken its rightful place alongside Amber, Gold, and Classic.  Here are some examples of horses now classified as Sable.  They look much like Classic, but test positive for agouti, and further testing reveals their base color to be brown (At).  Visually, they are almost impossible to distinguish from Classic.  This makes sense, as Classic is Champagne on black, and Sable is Champagne on the mostly-black color, brown.  Click to enlarge the photos below.

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California Champagne, a  Sable, homozygous tobiano, APHA colt bred by Carolyn Shepard of California.  Sire is Good Gold Almighty, #16.   Here is his PEDIGREE.

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Glass Eyed Doc, a Sable QH stallion owned by Jeanette and Terry Slocum.  Has many DNA verified Sable offspring.

Glass Eyed Pure Tari is a DNA verified Sable QH filly owned by Keith & Bonny Kirby of Texas (ICHR reg. #173)


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Doc Bars Lil Bandit has been DNA confirmed to be Sable  (ICHR Reg. #241) owned by Merlin & Jen Kemp of Wisconsin.

Also Sable, tested: CHA Champagne Taste (365), Bo's Champagne Bandalerro (381), Raffels Star (502 - who just had a sable foal by the horse listed at the top of this page), Champagnesugarcookie (503), Champagne Royal Secret (520 - who may also be silver)

To look for more horses of the rare Sable Champagne color, 


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