An American-bred colt has made history by becoming the first Thoroughbred to be registered as a coloured horse by Weatherbys.

So unprecedented was the case of the brown and white I Was Framed that it was discussed at the annual meeting of the International Stud Book committee.

“It was the first time we’d ever seen anything like this,” admitted Weatherbys stud book director Andrea Mercer. “But we have verified I Was Framed’s parentage and he fully qualifies.”

The four-year-old is registered as overo, a colour type that tends to have erratic patches of white and a white face against a solid dark colour.

Despite his unusual looks, I Was Framed is well related, with the legendary Northern Dancer on his dam’s side and former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero Sunday Silence traceable through his sire.

Owner Melanie Phillips bought “Hannibal” at the beginning of 2006 and he has since covered 20 Thoroughbred mares.

  • This news report was first published in Horse & Hound (16 November, ’06)