The transformation of Lone Pecan Ranch is really quite something to witness as we prepare for this event every year. The ranch is much like a word in its name, “lone”, meaning it sits idle with not many guests during the year. And this year it meant replacing 40 year old plumbing, besides the usual mowing and tree limb management for the trailers coming in. But our riding buddies show up in the weeks beforehand to help out with the preparation. Always managing to find the time to ride! Finally, donated decorations go up, pumpkins and fall color gets placed in the courtyard, solar lights get entwined around trees and the ranch is ready to receive its guests. The final look at the weather seemed promising and it’s a go!
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 Bisson 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
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®.
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.