The Nokota® Horse Conservancy exists to preserve Foundation-bred Nokota® horses. We don’t sell or train horses, although the Kuntz family and other members do that on a limited basis — there aren’t a lot of Nokotas in existence (and virtually all of the money from Kuntz family horse sales goes to supporting the rest). All of our activities are organized by members, who volunteer to keep things running and who raise funds to care for the horses and publicize our mission. So far, we’re still working hardest at just keeping the horses alive and well. We are developing a number of collaborative projects that we hope will help us reach our ultimate and most essential goal: acquiring land for a sanctuary. You can read about some of our partnerships here on the web site, and we’re always open to new ideas.
This is why we do what we do!
Here’s a brief look at the kinds of activities that keep us busy:
- HORSE CARE: Leo and Frank Kuntz do this all day, everyday, with assistance from Seth Zeigler when he's here. They grow much of their own feed, maintain all of the farm and pasture land, ranch and haying equipment, fences, wells, corrals, etc., feed and water, do a lot of the doctoring and anything else that needs doing. Most donations are spent right here!
- NHC OFFICE: Shelly Hauge, Frank’s wife, manages the day–to–day NHC business with occasional help. This includes responding to email and phone inquires about anything Nokota–related, as well as filling merchandise orders and working with the databases and registry.
- NHC BUSINESS is otherwise divided among officers and members of the Board of Directors, who have formed committees to manage aspects of our operation. The entire board meets annually along with dozens of other interested parties to discuss our mission and projects, and to view the horses.
- FUND RAISING AND OUTREACH: dedicated Team Nokota! members organize many of these activities. These supporters rent booths at horse events and expos, including Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA and Columbus, OH, Dressage at Devon, and the PA Farm Show, where they talk to people, sell merchandise, and present horse demonstrations. They have also organized a number of specialty events, including a charity polo match, and have held auctions and raffles.