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Equine Affaire - MA

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What a ride!!!  This particular event has historically been the NHC's best ... hands down, over the years, and I'm pleased to announce that this one was no different.  And while the long haul there and back is a tough one, the supporters and fans that gather around the booth and horses totally ROCK!!  We had three amazing equine representatives sharing responsibilities at the booth as well as the demo, presentation ring and the random requests from people needing calm, steady horses for their demonstrations.  Dottie Bissen was there with her 9 yr old blue roan mare Prairie, as was Katie Davis, representing Cazabu Farms (Leigh Garber) with Target (a 2 yr old blue roan) and River (an 8 yr old red roan).  All exhibited great patience and composure with the masses, allowing pats, rubs, scratches and photo ops to anyone asking ... which made them (by far) the most popular breed in the building.                                                  

Paul & Dottie with Prairie                                                                                                                                                                  

Promoting the Nokota® Breed

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Nokota® - an unusual word, especially when setting it aside as a breed of horse.  Nokota® horses, though not well known about, have been around for centuries, settled in the upper Midwest near Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, N.D.  They are know as “wild” breed of horse; however, over of the last couple of decades, people have began to see how these wild horses can make the best companions.                                                                                                             Characteristics of the breed include a large diversity.  Their height ranges from less than 14 hands to larger than 17 hands.  They have distinguishable traits that often compare them to the Spanish Mustangs from which they originated from; these traits include an angular body frame and prominent withers.  The primary color of pure-blood Nokotas® is roan, but blue roan is specifically very dominant.  “We believe the main color of roan is because of the Native American civilization and their thoughts of it representing the color of the thunderstorm,” says Rory Schneider an advocate for the Nokotas®.      

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GRAND CHAMPIONS!!!

jwwebaOn Sunday, October 6, 2014 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Jerusha Steinert and her Nokota® gelding Mesabi Warrior won the GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP at the 2014 American Horsewoman's Challenge!!!!!
This is an INCREDIBLE feat and is the BIGGEST thing that's happened to the Nokota® horses and Jerusha's career as a trainer.   
Many of us followed the pair throughout the weekend on facebook as they performed for each event and were WOWed as they continued to excel with each consecutive performance. Click here to watch them in action during their freestyle performance.
We can only try to anticipate what good and wonderful things will come of this unparalleled success.
The entire board of the NHC and every Nokota® supporter are SOOOOO very proud of this accomplishment and can only imagine the time and effort it took on your part, Jerusha, to make this dream come true. 
And thanks to those of you on the ground (Jonathon Steinert, Kelly Williams, Jen Perez, Jack Lieser, as well as many others,) supporting Jerusha in any and every way possible so she could do what she needed to do to prepare for this life-changing event.

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They Save Horses Don't They?

castle“'Horse' wasn’t my first word,” said Castle McLaughlin, the associate curator of North American ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. “But it should have been.” McLaughin co-curated the Peabody exhibit "Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West,” which prominently features Nokota horses, a breed she is helping to preserve. By Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer

Castle McLaughlin came face to face with her future in the summer of 1986, staring into the eyes of a wild, blue roan stallion.  She had parents who were equestrians, a grandfather who was a well-known polo player, and a pony from age 5, and she grew up with a profound love for the animals. 

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Nokota® Documentary

UC-Berkeley student, Lucie Schwartz, filmed this mini-documentary in March 2008. A wonderfully new perspective on the work the Kuntz' have been doing to protect the Nokota® horses for the past 30 years.