Louise Firouz, an American woman who discovered and promoted the rare Caspian Pony, has died. Caspian Ponies, genetically linked to the Arabian horse, are a native Iranian breed. Firouz discovered them while traveling there, and exported some to Europe and the US. Already rare in Iran, they were decimated in their homeland during the revolution and subsequent wars. Despite the upheavals there, Firouz (who had married an Iranian man) lived most of her life on a farm near Turkmenistan.
Read more about Caspian Ponies here.
And the full obituary from the Washington Post here.