Courtney Deneault and friend Carmen arrived with Sir Thomas Hawke aka "Popcorn" at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD for the Maryland Horseworld Expo late Thursday evening, January 17th. Popcorn was bedded down after traveling over 2 1/2 hours from southern Maryland for the popular 3 day horse expo starting Friday the 18th through Sunday the 20th. This was the second time that the Nokota Horse Conservancy had been represented at this expo and this time there was a Nokota horse representative. With help from friends and volunteer Sue Pizzini the NHC booth was decorated and readied with brochures and articles about Nokotas. A photo frame played repeated assorted Nokota horses, foals, mares and stallions from ND and privately owned horses too. Thank you Courtney, Carmen and Sue for the hard work in making this happen for the Nokota horse and the Nokota Horse Conservancy and being such a great friend to Popcorn. Article provided by Sue Pizzini.
Our 12th year at Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA was a HUGE success. And while we weren't completely optimistic about that considering Hurricane Sandy and the path of destruction that brought her so close, our worries were all for naught. Shelly accompanied Frank this year, as did daughter Christa and nephew Brandon. Our consistent sponsors, Jim and Judy Mackler, were absent this year for the very first time due to a health issue, but the NHC booth was manned and well cared for in spite of that setback! We were blessed to have Dr. Castle McLaughlin drive in from Boston, as well as Nokota owners Pearl and Karen Neve and Linda Barcomb from upstate New York, who all pitched in selflessly to do whatever needed doing to accommodate demos, take pictures, man the booth, etc.