Charles B. Roth considered him the "supreme rider." Famed western
historian J. Frank Dobie listed him in his homage to the country's best
and last true mustangers, and Albert Harris dedicated two chapters to him
in his famed book, Blood of the Arab.
According to the U.S. Remount Service Journal of 1936, he competed in and won over 400 long-distance races, including a legendary 3,000-mile endurance ride across the Arabian Desert in 1890 on his mustang stallion, Hidalgo.
Now a popular Touchstone Pictures' movie has been based on his life and legend.
Still, few have ever heard the name Frank Hopkins.
Welcome to the official tribute site to America's great distance rider and early-day champion of the mustang horse.
Many trail and endurance riders have long wondered if Hopkins' own words on horsemanship and distance technique have survived in any form. In our Spanish Mustangs area, "Hopkins Horse Sense" will make those words available and might provide some insight into how the man related to White-Y, Dunny Joe, Blueskin, Darkie, Chenanko, Hidalgo, and other "Indian ponies" he cared for and competed on.
As conservators of America's first true horse (Spanish Mustang, Barb, Cayuse, Original Indian Horse, whatever name we give him) and his rightful range land, we wish to pay tribute to the man who was, above all things, a proponent of mustang preservation and promotion at a critical time, and so we'll share historical and genetic research on the breed that Hopkins called the most significant animal on the North American continent.
Special thanks to Dr. Deb Bennett, Director, Equine Studies Institute, Dr. Sponenberg at Virginia Tech, Dr. Paul Hutton at the University of New Mexico, the HOA, the Spanish Mustang Registry, American Indian Horse Registry, American Paint Horse Association, the National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Museum, the Brislawn family from Wyoming, Dayton O. Hyde and his Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and to our relatives in the Oglala-Lakota Nation, South Dakota. Pilamaya!
Extra special thanks to natural artist and graphic designer, Natalya Zahn, for all the great work. And to Mack Brislawn of Laramie who has put more miles on his truck than a Hopkins ride, following the FTH trail and sending us rare photos, brand registrations, and other materials.
This site is a tribute to the legend and lore of Frank Hopkins, and a celebration of the horses that he rode then, and we ride today.
In the words of our fellow Mustanger, Tom Hebert, "Frank Hopkins breaks down barriers of time and place, from Wyoming and Vermont to Aden and Arabia, from then 'til now. He gathers in the world. And along with himself, Frank T. Hopkins still causes us to dream about adventure and a beautiful horse outstripping the wind."
Fire the starting gun.
Welcome to Frankhopkins.com
this site sponsored by
The Horse of the Americas Registry,
& IRAM - the Institute of Range and the American Mustang