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I re-added the Sponenberg comment. First, he's an expert and did genetic studies on the herd, and has the evidence and expertise to make the judgment call. He's not some wildlife photographer swooning over how beautiful a sunset is. Second, his comment addresses the issue of whether the Spanish-descended horse is common throughout the American West, or whether horses with this genetic makeup are isolated in this area. I would conclude, therefore, that the comment is encyclopedic. It is no different than saying that the snail darter exists in a single small river in eastern Tennessee and nowhere else. It's a statement of genetics and facts, not some off-the-cuff comment. - Tim1965 (talk) 15:35, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
I can support this fully. Sponenberg is one of, if not THE leading expert on rare horse breed preservation and equine genetics in the USA. WPEQ uses his material quite a bit to verify data in our articles. Definitely relevant to this article. Montanabw(talk) 17:08, 21 June 2011 (UTC)