When Karen Lewis was living on an island in North Carolina called Ocracoke, she owned and managed a stable of fourteen horses which she made available for rent to tourists visiting the island and wanting to ride the seashore on horseback. Her interest in Andalusians began with a magazine photograph of a horse with a long flowing mane and obvious spirit, an image she felt might appear on a cave painting from thousands of years ago.
She first purchased a two year old stallion, brought him home to Ocracoke, and trained him on the seashore. His willingness, intelligence, and temperament introduced Karen to a whole new world and education on horses that first originated in Spain and first came ashore in America on Spanish galleons, the Pura Raza Espanola (P.R.E.), or “Pure Spanish Horse.” Karen imported four P.R.E. mares with foals in 2004, and travels to Spain frequently to educate herself about these beautiful and intelligent horses and their traditions in Spain.