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2007 Hoosier Horse Fair & Exposition by Carrie Freeland

The end of March found Woodke's Walnut Woods at the Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo, held annually in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is run entirely by volunteers, and the largest of its kind in the country. There were 35 breeds showcased this year, and we were glad to once again be a part of the Fair with the Curly horses. Marv and I brought DCC Drifter to participate in Stallion Row, as well as two fillies, Silvie Rose of Sharon and Marv's Miracle for the breed demonstration portion of the Fair.  Sandra Hendrickson, owner of Greycoat Farms, brought four horses, representing Curly Sporthorses. They did a great Dressage Quadrille with GCF SparLarka, GCF SparTrek, GCF VesSpar, and GCF SparEgal. Overall, there was a nice selection of Curlies at HHF '07 !

Silvie Rose of Sharon and "Friend" Carrie and DCC Drifter representing the Curly breed during Parade of Stallions GCF SparLarka, GCF SparTrek, GCF VesSpar, and GCF SparEgal.
Drifter's stall on Stallion Row Bobbi VanderHeyden on Marv's Miracle Lauren Marshall cantering on GCF SparLarka, Curly Sporthorse Demo

I realize that the idea of loading your horse(s) up and heading out to a demonstration can be a daunting task, so am listing a few helpful hints for anyone interested in attending a demo with the Curlies. A lot more goes into a breed demo than what some might expect, the best thing is to always be prepared for any situation with your horses when you are in strange surroundings. What may be exciting and interesting for people can be extremely stressful  for your horse- he may see things in an entirely different way and may even react in ways he never has in the past, even in similar situations like horse shows or parades. Much of having a successful demo is keeping you, your horse and spectators safe.

Woodke's Walnut Woods Helpful Hints for Breed Demos

  •  Have your horse used to trailering safely and on longer trips.This includes reliable loading and unloading, even on pavement  and unfamiliar territory.
  • Check ( and recheck) your tack, have extra ropes and halters, girths, and bridles WITH you in case something breaks while you are away.
  • Practice in the tack and clothing you plan to ride in, so you are both comfortable. This is a bad time to try out the new bit or saddle , no matter how tempting it may be !
  • Have your horse clean and presentable as if you were going to a horse show. Trims manes, scrub hooves, use CONDITIONER to keep the frizzies away.
  • Take your horse to new places, let him see as many unusual sights and sounds as you possibly can before going to a large demo. Garbage cans, street signs, P.A. Systems, large crowds of people, traffic, pavement, overhead doors and wash bays are all good things to be prepared for. Be sure your horse does not spook at camera flashes, people love to photograph the Curlies !
  • Be sure your horse has been vaccinated completely and is up to date on all booster shots. Strangles, Rhino, and EHV are a huge risk these days, protect your horse and herd from disease by vetting responsibly before travelling. If going out of state, check with your vet regarding health papers and travel clearance from state to state.
  •  Be sure to bring along electrolytes and some kind of supplement for calming effect on your horse if he needs it. Many do not show signs of stress until hours or even days after arriving at a new place. Watch for signs of nervousness; sweating while not working, pawing or digging in stalls, lethargic behavior, biting, pacing, refusals to enter or leave their stall are all signs your horse is stressed and may need some help. If possible hand walk you horse outside to help him acclimate and be reassured you are with him ! I have found this to work VERY well.
  • Have your music and script prepared before you leave home. Be prepared to answer questions from the spectators about the Curly breed, your experiences with them, and how they fit into your lifestyle.
  • Bring all the feed and bedding you feel you will need with you. Changes in diet are not a good idea when going away from home. A lot of places have concrete floors in the stalls, if you think your horse needs it, bring stall mats. If you dont have any, old rubber truck bed mats work great.
  • If you know your horse to be choosy about drinking water, bring your own. Old Culligan jugs work well for this, you can rubber band a piece of plastic wrap around the neck so it won't spill on the trip.
  • Try to arrive early enough to settle in. Saddle your horse up and bring him into the area you will be riding in. Walk him around, let him see the sights. Ride if at all possible to establish communication with your horse in this new place. Remember most people applaud after you finish your demo, try to be prepared ! Some horses do not like the applause, even though it is for them !
  • Think about the image you would like to project at your stalls. If you are representing a particular breed registry, have copied materials available for the public to take. Ask your registry if they can loan you a banner or other kind of sign so people can identify the breed.
  • People always ask to pet your horses, but sometimes are not familiar with horses, so are not aware of how to safely approach them. Be prepared to spend lots of time letting people touch your Curlies !  Its really best to bring a horse that enjoys this, some don't like being "invaded" by strange people, some just love attention of any kind. You know your horses better than anyone, so make a wise choice in temperament when going to a demo. Sometimes looks can be deceiving, and we always like to promote the fact that Curlies are known for the excellent dispositions !
            And .... Last but not least... HAVE LOTS OF FUN OUT THERE ! ! ! ! ! !

Comments from Brie who helped with Green Mt Curlies Expo last year

I really think the ICHO pamphlets are a good resource for people who have never seen Curlies before. It provides some good general info on Curlies, instead of advertising one barn. One year, we didn't have the ICHO pamphlets with us, and we really missed them.

Plastic bags with the Ride a wave logo are a great way to package up 'info kits' for people.

#1 People seem to enjoy having an easy way to carry pamphlets around, rather than being handed yet another piece of paper that they have to carry / keep track of.

#2 An 'info kit' in a little plastic bag with a specific breed logo on it provides a more deluxe image of the breed, and a more inviting / professional look.

#3 People carry them around the event, other people see them and get curious, and word spreads. Loads of free advertising!!!

I think having a spinner, and a larger booth would be an awesome way to attract more attention. Certainly there's isn't any other breed with a spinner in THEIR booth. Everyone was really curious about the knitted items Adria did have, and I think expanding that into a spinner demo might work really well, although you would certainly have to have a larger booth which costs more money.

Adria also had Curly yarn in all the different stages of creation set up on display, and people loved it.

I also think having knit Curly yarn items in a raffle would be a good way to attract people. Raffle off curly yarn hats or mittens.

One year my printer broke when I was printing off pamphlets the night before. So I encourage everyone to have that stuff printed ahead of time!!!

Bring more water than you think you could possibly drink. Telling everyone about Curlies and answering their questions leaves you with a really dry mouth! I went thru 2 water bottles!!!

The food for sale at these events is overpriced and often greasy. I packed my own food and brought it with me, and was really glad I didn't have to stand in line for half an hour to buy overpriced french fries and a limp hamburger. Also, eat a good breakfast because sometimes lunch is a longtime in coming. You get caught up talking to people and there's just no break to eat.

Wear very comfortable shoes. :-)

Comments and Curly Script from Cozy Nook Curlies and Agape Ranch Curlies

My one suggestion is to be sure to have enough help with you so that you can get ready while the horse is getting ready.  The more help the better and it will go more smoothly.  We did not have enough help and we had sooooo much to do. And they ended up double booking our events!  So if at all possble check your schedule and get in touch with the scheduler if needed.    Thank you Sheryl  - Cozy Nook Curlies

Cozy Nook Curly's and Agape Ranch Curlies Would like to start by Welcoming everyone to "Ride the West 2007". It is our Pleasure to Introduce to you our rare and  wonderful breed The Curly  Horse" also known as North American Curly/ International Curly Horse/ and American Bashkir Curly.    This awesome Breed is becoming widely known for it's Magnificent and easy going Disposition, For their Hypo-Allergenic Coats, for their versatility in all Equine Disciplines, And their Range of sizes and colors.    We have experienced their Gentleness by watching a Child interact with a Stallion, seen their Hypo-Allergenic Coat cause no reactions with our Children and friends that are allergic to Horses. Seen the variations in size, from Mini to Draft, seen the wide range of colors, including Pinto, buckskin, appaloosa, roans, grulla's, to all shades of solids.    Their coats can range from Straight, minimal, wavy, curly, micro-curl, curly to Brillo.  Their body sheds in the spring and summer to produce a coat of wavy to farely straight hair.  Some(such as some of the extreme's) have been known to shed their coats completely on areas of there body.   Their  mane and tail retains their curls year round. And some are also known to shed out their mane and tails in the summer.    The exact origin of the Curly horse still remains a mystery. There has been many theories on this. One being the Curly Horse came from the Bashkir region of Russia, and some feeling perhaps from the Lokia horses of Tajikistan.  To this date nothing has been accurately proven. What is known is that the earliest documented Curly Horses in North America were with the Native Americans in the Winter of 1801-1802. At this time it is said that the Sioux had stolen Curly Horses from the Crow. From then to now, several Ranchers/Breeders have been responsible for maintaining Curly Horse Breeding. Some of the names you will here are: Damele, Eli Bad Warrior, Berndt, Neidhard, Skjonsberg, and Fredell.    To Continue the Breeding of Curlies, it was necessary to cross breed them to other Breeds. Some Breeds used were Arabians, Morgans, Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, Standardbreds, Drafts, & Missouri Fox Trotters.   The Curly had a great  beginning thanks to the planned crossbreeding of dedicated Breeder's that   wanted  "good usin Horses".   Some of the outstanding Breeds used were, Damele's Arabian Stallion "Nevada Red" Their Morgan Stallion "Ruby Red King".  Two famous Quarter Horse Stallions that had an impact on the Curlies were "Hard Twist" and "Wendy Bars". Some Curlies also carry the "McQue" and Oklahoma Star" Lines.  Some Curlies carry the Appaloosa lines of the Legendary "Chief of Fourmile" who is part of the "Tate Topa" Line.  "Walker's Merry Lad" has had a big influence on the Fox Trot Gaited Curlies through his Son "Walkers Prince T".     The Curly Horses Representing us today are  "KC Prince Charles" Fondly known as "Chuck" Black 11 yr old Stallion, just starting his carrier under saddle and with the Mounted Search and Rescue. Trainer is Misty Wegner out of Chewelah and also with Agape Ranch Curlies.  Arcon'  is a 2yr old gray stallion, and is the Son Of Chuck,  CNC Asako's Lacey Dee is the yearling full sister to Arcon' Come visit us at our stalls and see the difference between the 2 coats of full siblings. DSF Buzz Light Year a yearling buckskin pinto colt, DSF Hawk's Day Lily a yearling bay Filly ARC Nissi a  __ yr old extreme Chestnut Stallion,  Mare_____&Foal?, Mare_____&foal??  Handlers are_______________________.     Those that are not present in the Arena may be viewed and visited with back at our stalls in Barn C stalls 1-10.  We hope that we have been successful in gaining your interest in the Curly Horse and hope that you take the time to stop by and visit with us.  Thank you and are there any Questions????

Script Idea from Amber

Amber attended an expo and submitted her copy of the written material read about her curly Dolly.

Curly Horse This mare's name is Dolly and she is handled today by Amber. In her opinion, one of the MOST amazing traits of this breed is that they are the only horses known to be hypoallergenic. There is a distinct protein that makes Curlies different from other breeds, and is responsible for their hypoallergenic status. For Amber, finding out that she could spend time with Dolly and be spared the typical allergy symptoms was all she needed to know when deciding on the breed of horse to buy. It was just an extra bonus that Curly horses also tend to have wonderful personalities. They tend to be very easy-going, intelligent, curious, and love people. They will often turn to face scary objects rather than run away from them. There are nearly 4000 registered Curlies in the world today, and they are gaining in popularity. This is because Curly horses are extremely versatile and are used in nearly all disciplines, including dressage, endurance, driving, gymkhana, jumping, and all manner of ranch work. They come in just about any size and color. They tend to have very strong bones and hooves while also growing tough winter coats that are great for our Alaskan winters. Their winter coats can range all the way from tight microcurls, to very loose, barely-noticeable waves that shed out completely in the summer. "Extreme" Curlies grow very little mane and tail, while other Curlies can grow long, double-sided manes that can be full of tight ringlets. Some Curlies grow manes and tails in the winter, only to shed them in the summer, like Dolly. All members of this breed retain curly hairs inside of their ears and on their fetlocks year-round. If you or somebody you know is kept away from horses due to allergies, you might find it worth your time to contact a local Curly horse breeder to schedule an allergy-testing session to one of these amazing horses. Amber in AK


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These pictures show the curtains done up for a demo at Breyerfest where all the curly's are in one stalling area.

Rental charge is the same whether you are renting just the large tack stall curtains or the stall fronts.  Each stall front has the ABC logo embroidered on it.  If you would like any of the additional material: flags, navy drape for table, candy bucket, info sheets in 8"x10" frames - just let me know that can all be included at no additional cost.  You may change out the pictures in the 5"x7" frames to your own, I only ask that you put the original pictures back.  Anyone who would like to donate pictures of their curly in action is welcome to do so.  Ideally we would like the pictures in this display to be changed regularly to continue to show all the things that we do with our curlies.  If you would like copies of the breeders list from the Curly Cues, that can also be included, please just let me know.  This list is EXTREMELY beneficial when going to a large demo such as Breyerfest where prospective buyers are visiting from all over the world.

Andrea donated these curtains to the ABC registry. Please contact them to use.

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