The Spring Ride was a
delightful event this year with perfect weather for the
debut of spring and summer riding for our open breed ride
at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge.
Thanks as always to
owners Jim Mason and Dave Lyon for hosting our MPHA ride
with great friends from all over the Southeast. Many of
our regulars came in with their horses and living-quarters
trailers and RVs on Thursday and stay until Sunday to
enjoy the Lodge and beautiful woods and trails of Lowndes
County, home of our McCurdy Plantation Horse breed.
The morning ride is a
leisurely 2 1/2 hour ride of approximately 12-14 miles
with a very diverse mix of wooded trails, open pastures,
hills and water crossings. Water and soft drinks are
provided along the ride for breaks and hospitality.
Lunch was provided
post ride at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge. After
lunch was a fun gather-up of all riders and attendees for
our McCurdy Horse Showcase and door prizes. At this time a
prize is presented to the rider who garnered the "Hard
Luck Rider" award and provided us all with entertainment.
Usually we grant the "Best Tee-Shirt" award as well, and
also recognize the youngest and most senior riders.
After the lunch break
and Showcase Presentations, there is an afternoon ride for
those who want to continue. It is a shorter ride through
mostly wooded trails on the property behind the Lodge, a
relaxing ride to close out the day of great horses and
Thanks to Tammy Mason
for the great pictures she sent to us!
See them here.
January 18-20, 2013
Alabama Horse Fair 2013
The MPHA was well represented this
year at the Alabama Horse Fair Jan 18-20, 2013 at Garret
Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama.
We had four McCurdy horses in the
Breed Barn for representation, 3 mares and 1 stallion as well
as our Association display which won second place.
In addition to participating in the
Parade of Breeds, two of our horses competed in the Extreme
This state-wide event was fun and
educational for attendees. Our MPHA and exhibitors were well
received. There are less than 600 registered MPHA in our breed
registry, truly a Legacy of the Old South!
A huge thank you to Teddy and Cullie
Pouncey for bringing their stallion, Pouncy's Chase and Casey
and Josh Kight for brining their 3 mares, 2 of which also
competed in the Extreme Trail Challenge. Also to everyone who
assisted with the week-end festivities and manning our
Association display and promotion. Check out the pictures
in Minnesota".... Joel and Tricia Wittenbraker of Welch,
Minnesota enjoying a summer's day drive with their 5 year old
McCurdy gelding, Cajun's Cosmo Cramer, aka "Romeo". They are
also avid trail riders, and Tricia has logged many miles
across the United States on long distance rides with Romeo.
They purchased him as a 3 year old with only 2 months training
under saddle, Tricia has completed his saddle training and
started him in harness this past year. Romeo is a great
ambassador for the McCurdy Plantation Horse Association!
Claibelle’s Shadow McCurdy Takes on KY
By: Casey Eckert
Since this is basically my last Summer (last one before the
real world), I decided to spend some of my time at home with
my parents in Versailles, Ky.
To view a video,
Miss Haley Bowen (11 yr old granddaughter of Janice and
Roy Rogers) showed Haley's McCurdy Buddy in the
horse show at Central. She ended up with two first, two
second, and one third place finish.
Buddy, now a gelding, is the Roger's former stallion.
Weekend Brings Out Best in Horses and Owners by Jade Currid
Craig Cameron offers a Horsemanship Clinic to the crowd.
Cameron conducted an ASHA clinic on Friday, January 21, and
headlined the Alabama Horse Fair on January 22-23.
Promotes Animal and Equine Sciences at Alabama Horse Fair
Headlined by Craig Cameron
Eckert, a student who is studying Veterinary Medicine,
attended the Horse Fair, and enjoyed Craig Cameron's
clinics and all of the vendors. Casey also loved
competing in the ASHA show on Sunday, and won the trail
class division on her McCurdy Plantation Horse, Shadow.
McCurdy's 88 did Great today on
our first 25 mile endurance ride!
was on the sand flats at Trace Trails, lots of hill work
in the woods, and then on the sand flats. I had a riding
buddy, who is the endurance rider for Miars Arabians, here
in Athens. Mary was riding a 7 year old Arabian gelding
named M.A. Marauder--both veterans at endurance. 88 and I
led the way, we were speed racking, long trotting with the
Arabian, , and some cantering pretty much the whole time.
It was Fantastic!!!--- My helmet pretty much saved my
life....we were speeding thru some close switch backs in
the hills, I was looking down at our footing for tree
roots, then sat up--and took a sawed off tree limb to the
right side of my head--the helmet took the brunt of it and
deflected the blow. Great battle scar on my helmet, yea!!
88 just handled the whole ride in stride--he never got
winded--his vet checks were all A's, his pulses were low.
He got tired twice--we slowed up, and had to walk it
out--then picked it back up. OH!! 33 entries---Mary and I
came in together at 10th and 11th places!! A great
surprise. Guess I'm hooked...... Colleen Cates
GOING Gaited Online Magazine -
for gaited horse enthusiasts
Three Phase Event:
Eventing - No Jumping Required
By Ashley Wakeman, Staff Writer
interview with Pixie Jarvis.
March, 2010 issue
McCurdy Plantation Horse Association was well
represented again this year at the 3rd Annual "Gaited
Three Phase Event" in Winchester, Ky on April 18th &
McCurdy Association members, Pixie and Jim Jarvis,
Drakes Creek Farm and Kennels of Alvaton, Ky had two
of their McCurdy horses in the competition which
consists of a dressage test, stadium obstacle, and
cross-country trail obstacle course.
Each horse has to compete in all three phases and
their combined score determines the placement in their
Pixie did very well with her first time ever to show a
horse, and was in the ribbons with their five year old
gelding, McCurdy's Iron Rebel for a 6th place in their
Trainer Jason Crawhorn of J & T Stables, Franklin, Ky
garnered a 5th place ribbon on the Jarvis' coming
three year old gelding, Drakes Creek McCurdy Gabriel.
In addition, Jason captured the 2nd place high point
ribbon on Gabe in the cross-country trail obstacle
Both McCurdy horses were shown in all three phases of
competition in a snaffle bit and were barefoot.
Congratulations to Pixie and Jim Jarvis on their
dedication and success to promote their McCurdy
Plantation Horses and our Association on a national
level at the "Gaited Three Phase Event"!
At the 2009
Pacific Northwest Endurance Riders Convention this
last January, June Snook won the award of Top Three
Novice Senior Rider for the 2008 season. She and Ace
High McCurdy finished 150 miles of competition. Both
Ace and June hope to complete at least 300 miles in
the upcoming 2009 season, starting this April. She
will also compete on her young filly, McCurdy's Helles
Belles, in limited distance rides. June has generated
a great deal of interest in the McCurdys from her
participation in the sport of Endurance riding. She
has sold 6 McCurdys this year to endurance
Bandit Springs Endurance Ride
Sponsored by Arabians in Motion
July 19, 2008
Central Oregon’s beautiful Ochoco National Forest, 28
miles east of Prineville, OR
This is the beginning
of the first 20 miles of the 50 mile endurance
ride. Ace was a "pill" and didn't want to leave Blue at
trailer......once he got to the start and buddied up to
is on the left......we were off in good shape. (look
just how narrow
Brego is.........) Can't say that it wasn't
when he was a jerk!!!!
This is the finish of
the 50 miles in less than 8 hours. We are
getting faster, but it was really hot, tons of flying
hornets, and lots of rocky trail. We were looking out
horses, number one, and did a good job of keeping the
horses as cool as we could to pulse down at the Vet
checks and keep their core temperature under control.
This is the gravel road
that comes into the camp at the finish, where the vets
are waiting to check the pulse, all the vitals, get them
to trot out about 20 yards, and then pulse them again.
The horse cannot be higher than the resting pulse for
completion. This is
really tough on a hot day. Electrolyte paste at water
constant awareness of the horse's core temperature are
the only ways to accomplish this....Ace started with all
A's and finished with all A's....you would have been
proud of him. He isn't the smoothest
ride, but he is the strongest ride. He Never
loses condition....what a McCurdy!!!!
Blue is on the left and
Ace is on the right. This is at the pre-
ride Vet check in.
This is Elayne Barclay
who has been riding Blue. This was Blue's
first endurance ride. He did the 30 miler and finished
time. However, he couldn't pulse down to the 60 BPM
within the 30
minutes allowed at the end of the ride. I think the
newness of the competition was too much for him to
handle without a familiar horse around him. He will get
better, and this is
exposing him to people that might want to buy him. There
of interest in the McCurdys at this ride.....Elayne and
June and Ace getting ready for the 6am start of the 50
braid their mane to keep the heavy manehair off their
necks, so they can cool off easier with sponging of
water along the ride. It
really makes a difference, and you can keep sponging
them from a
water tank until their necks feel cool again. Then you
to "kick ass" again!
Elayne and Blue in
front and me with Ace in back going down the camp road
to the Vet check-in preride. There were over 200 rigs
there, because Tevis Cup 110 Ride was cancelled because
of the California fires right on the course. So, we had
tons of people doing the 100 miler instead of the Tevis.
There were even 2 people all the way from Australia
Needless to say, I am Very stiff today!!! Only thing
hurt is my knees!
Oregon 50 Miler
Snook, Oregon, and her 6 year old gelding, Ace High
McCurdy, completed their first 50 mile Endurance Race
A 4 year
old mare, McCurdy's Glory, was 8th out of 54 riders
in the 25 Miler!!
Ace and June "trucking"
shows you part of one of the downhill shale trails. You
can see that one of the Arabs is being led down the
trail. I think it's more dangerous to get off and be in
front of a horse on a slippery trail...
Ace and June after
first hill climb, with Redmond, Oregon in the
June and Ace, Brenda
and Brego(TWH), Melinda and Dazzle(TWH) on the flat
grasslands part of the second half of the 25 mile loop.
This is at the Out Vet
check at 14 miles.
I thought I would do a synopsis of the ride so that I
could remember what happened and at the same time tell you
the whole skinny:
My friend Brenda and I followed each other over Mt Hood
and down to Cyrus Horse Camp that is near Prineville,
Oregon (central Oregon...high desert with mountains). We
arrived around 1pm on Friday and set up camp with about
100 other rigs! The horses were kept on high ties from the
trailer (like I did), portable corrals, electric
tape corrals, or just tied to the trailers. We set
up so our horses could see each other and be settled. It
worked great! I had Ace, Brenda brought three horses and
riders, including herself. McCurdy's Glory was entered in
the 25 mile limited distance with Mary... and Ace and I,
Brenda and her TWH Brego, and Melinda and her spotted TWH
Dazzle did the 50 miler (endurance).
After setting up camp, we took a short ride up the start
of the ride trail to get the horses used to the terrain.
The first part of the ride is up a steep steep grade.
It's good for excitable horses to calm down and settle in
for the rest of the ride's ups and downs. After the
short ride, we had to do the Pre Ride first exam by one of
the four Vets handling the ride. They grade on a
scale of A,B,C, or D.
They also determine a resting pulse. They check:Mucus
membranes, capillary refill, jugular refill, skin tenting,
gut sounds, anal tone, muscle tone, back/withers pain,
tack galls, wounds, gait, impulsion, attitude, and overall
impression. (Ace got all A's, and a resting pulse of 44!)
To check the impulsion they have you trot....yes trot
(sigh)....your horse for a straight 20 yards out and back
in front of the Vet. They are used to Arabs, and not
gaited horses, so you have to practice this and Really go
fast to try and get the horse to trot out evenly and well.
At the end of the ride I wasn't as able to run with Ace as
fast as the other Vet checks! (I must attribute that to my
age!!!!) Ace received all A's.
So....the next morning,
after a long night with 40 MPH winds rocking the trailer,
the 75 milers started out at 5:30am. (This ride did not
have a 100 miler...) There were 12 starters in the 75
miler...all Arabs. (Fractious and uncontrollable mostly!,
but fast trotters and crazy gallopers!) A gaited horse
usually cannot begin to compete for a top ten placement
against the Arabs.... Then the 50 milers started at
6:15am. We waited for the big rush of horses competing for
the Top Ten awards to leave, to avoid our horses possibly
getting caught up in the stramble! We left about 15
minutes later and we still saw two gals get bucked off
their Arabs in the first few moments. Ace was a good boy
and was listening to me and doing his job. The 25 milers
left about 45 minutes after us, including McCurdy's Glory.
Brenda bought Glory from field trialer, Paul Wells, and
picked her up at the Pacific Coast Championships in
Washington the middle of March. So, Glory has had limited
conditioning for endurance, but she's tough and determined
and loves the job!
The ride for the 50 milers consisted of two 25 mile
loops...starting at camp and ending up at camp. It
consisted mostly of up hill and down hill single track
trails, and flat grasslands with sage brush long
stretches. The mountain climbs took us up into ageless
juniper groves, with tons of wild flowers....verbena,
lupine, red indian paintbrush, and yellow lillies of some
sort! The downhill descents were loose shale steep single
track trails that some Arab people took on foot.
(Cowards!!!) Point of interest: many times I would see the
Arab riders off their horses and running beside
them....probably because their butts were so sore from the
trot and their legs cramped from posting! They say to
conserve their horses. Our horses were either fast
racking, loping, or fast walking. Being the first ride for
us and our horses.....(Melinda and I)...we took the whole
ride conservatively, to see how our horses would handle
the distance and competition. Ace was the only first time
endurance horse in our group. He NEVER took a false step
or stumble. He NEVER hit a wall....never did I have to ask
him for more speed. I was SO proud of him. He did a great
job and loved it!
There were 52 starters in the 50 miler. (42
finished.....ten of which were eliminated at one of the
Vet checks or chose to not finish) There were 54 starters
in the 25 miler. (52 finished) There were 12 in the 75
miler (10 finished) There is an etiquette on the trail:
announce when you want to pass, get over to the right off
the trail, and let the 75 milers to the water troughs
first. Stay with other horses when a rider is off, until
they mount. (Makes perfect sense....)
So, I will explain the 50 mile course only, so as not to
bore you too much! The first Vet check was at the 14
mile marker. You try to walk your horse into the Vet check
to allow the horse's pulse to get to 60 or lower. If it is
over 60, you must cool your horse down and sponge the
horse with cool water until it's down. Then be
checked again. Your "In" time does not start until the
pulse is accepted. The first Vet check had a 15 minute
"Hold" time. During this time you must take your horse
through the Vet check successfully, and rest and water and
feed yourself and your horse. (Plus, go potty!) The Vets
get you to trot your horse out again....same as the
pre-ride exam. Then they grade the same areas as they did
in the pre-vet exam. Some horses are eliminated with poor
gut sounds, lameness, etc. We try to let the horses drink
water and eat some of the native bunch grass on the trail
to keep their gastric system moving. Ace easily pulsed in,
and passed the Vet check with all A's and a B for gut
signs. This gut B is typical. The other horses in the
group sometimes had longer Holds because of pulses, so I
waited until they were released for us to continue
together. Brenda was a terrific mentor for me,
because she's been doing endurance for over 10 years. It
was a good learning experience for me. I learned many
things to make the ride easier for me and Ace. The next
Vet check was at the end of the 25 miles. Same procedure
except we were required to un-tack for this Vet check,
same Vet check, and a 60 minute hold. �Ace continued with
his good scores. We had to re-tack and went back to our
trailers, because we were in camp. We ate, fed and watered
the horses, sponged them off, re-tacked again, and started
out at the "Release" time. Oh, I forgot to tell you
that the horses had Rider #'s painted on their rumps. We
had to announce our numbers leaving and arriving at the
Vet checks. There were plenty of volunteers helping to
take the pulses and numbers and announcing the rider
numbers when the horses were released to continue after
their hold periods. The next Vet check was again at the 14
mile post, and there we had a 30 minute Hold after the
pulsing in and Vet check. They have plenty of water at the
Vet checks and on the trail. They provided hay at the Out
check from camp and we also had prepared packs of grain,
carrots, etc....Advil, sunscreen, water, powerbars, etc to
be at the Out check waiting for us. Oh, also, we used
electrolyte pastes after each Vet check after the horses
had gotten plenty of water. We had pre-ride
electrolyted the horses and also post ride. Then we had
the long 11 miles back into camp to finish the ride!
The 25 milers had 6 hours to finish. The 50 milers had 12
hours. The 75 milers had 18 hours. This also includes the
times of the Holds at the various Vet checks.
Glory finished the 25 miler in 8th place!! We were
so proud of her! She kept up with the Arabs.
That's pretty good out of 54 horses! She was just fine
after the ride. In fact, she finished in 5th place for
Best Condition! The top ten finishing horses can compete
for Best Condition, which includes another Vet check one
hour post completion. They pulse them before a trotting
out, and the pulse should be lower after one minute post
trotting out. Amazing..... The three of us in the 50 miler
made it with 45 minutes to spare. Dazzle is really a 25
miler, and held us back a little. We took the whole ride
with the spirit of "To Win is To Finish", and we did just
that! Ace was just as strong, if not stronger, at the
finish. I wanted it to be a good experience for him. I
think it would have been easier on my body if we had gone
faster and quicker to finish! We shall see next time,
because Dazzle will be doing the 25 miler and Brenda and I
have horses that compete about the same. It should be
fun!! (Just push the Aleve!) I was sore in every muscle
the day after and today I am pretty much completely
normal! I was told that this ride was one of the hardest
with all the mountain climbs and shale rock downgrades. It
was a gorgeous ride, however.
There were 16 gaited horses there. I am a member of the
"Master Gaiters" team and we made points for year end
awards. There is an "Insta-Gaiters" team as well. We all
pot-lucked the dinners there, although local riding groups
provided meals for a fee. Sunday morning, the morning
after the ride, they had a wonderful breakfast for the
riders and an awards presentation. Everyone that completed
their rides got an award. They gave out ribbons for Top
Ten placements and also Best Condition awards. So, to me,
if you don't go for the Top Ten placements, you should
pace your horse well, and win with a sound, happy horse,
instead of pushing the horse too hard to come in 11th!! As
you can see, the horses come first for care. The Vets make
dern sure that that takes place.
I had a great experience and look forward to the next
ride. Ace will rest until next Sunday's conditioning ride.
Then he will be ridden once or twice a week until the next
ride the end of June in Washington in the Klickitat Canyon
Natural Resources Area. (Julie, you should be familiar
with this area...it's north of White Salmon)
I wish all of you could do one of these rides! Granted the
25 miler sounds more sensible, but it is not considered an
endurance ride. They classify it as a Limited Distance
Ride and it doesn't get endurance ride points. The 50
miler is the first distance to be considered
"endurance"......maybe a 30 mile ride is, but not too many
are offered. (And....sigh......I have NO desire to go for
a 100, or even a 75 miler!!!)
They even ride in the dark with glo-sticks on for light!!!
NOT ME !!!
Thanks for enduring my synopsis of my experience!!!! Hugs,
Three Phase Event
Phase Event was held in Winchester, KY. on April 18, 19 and
20, 2008. This new venue for gaited horse breeds is tailored
after the Rolex Three Day Event and the organizers hope it
will be accepted as an Olympic equestrian event in the future.
components for gaited horses are a dressage test, stadium
trail obstacle course and a 3-5 mile cross-country trail
course. There are four divisions: Beginner Novice, Novice,
Training and Preliminary. The best combined score of the three
phases determines the winner of each division.
The MPH breed
was represented by McCurdy's Iron Rebel, stallion owned
by breeders Pixie and Jim Jarvis of Alverton, KY, and
McCurdy's Ragin' Cajun, stallion owned by breeders Colleen
and Ron Cates of Athens, TX. Both horses were trained and
ridden by Jason Crawhorn, J & T Stables, Franklin, KY.
Lady of Kentucky, Mrs. Jane K. Beshears, spoke at the opening
ceremony and voiced her support of hosting the three Phase
Event in Kentucky and the promotion of gaited breeds with the
competing in the Three Phase Event were the Kentucky Mountain
Horses, The Rocky Mt. Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses,
American Saddlebreds and the McCurdy Plantation Horses.
presentation was made to the First Lady of Kentucky, Mrs. Jane
Beshears on behalf of the McCurdy Plantation Association by
Pixie Jarvis and Colleen Cates. they spent about 20 minutes
visiting with her and sharing the breed history in which she
was very interested.
Ragin' Cajun is a 7 year old stallion, and this was his
2nd time to be shown and the first time by a professional. He
is owned by Ron and Colleen J. Cates of Athens, TX and stands
at their Destiny Hills Ranch. He was trained and ridden by
Jason Crawhorn, J & T Stables, Franklin, KY. they placed 2nd
in Dressage, 2nd in Stadium Trail Obstacle and 1st in
Cross-Country Trail, giving a combined winning score for the
Blue Ribbon in his Cajun's division.
McCurdy's Iron Rebel is a
coming five year old stallion I purchased from Tammy Mason of
Bentoak Farm as a yearling at the first McCurdy Plantation
Horse Production Sale. Rebel and I have been "growing up"
together, as I have never owned nor handled a stud. He's been
a wonderful teacher.
Rebel and I started taking weekly natural horsemanship lessons
with a local trainer named Jason Crawhorn in the summer of
'07. I introduced Jason and his wife, Tiffany, to Colleen
Cates at the NWHA Nationals and bragged on his teaching and
training skills. I was so excited when Colleen decided to
bring her stallion, McCurdy's Ragin Cajun, to Ky so Jason
could prepare him for the Gaited Three Phase Event. I decided
to put Rebel with Jason full-time and let him show Rebel, as
well, because we realized this would be such a wonderful venue
to promote the McCurdy breed!
Rebel has never been anywhere but my farm and to a trainer's,
so showing was a totally new experience for this young
stallion. He was a bit overwhelmed by it all but I was still
pleased with him. Jason got him through each phase of the
event. I was very happy when Rebel came in third (out of seven
in his class) in the stadium trail obstacle.
Unfortunately there was some miscommunication between the
people putting on the show and the handlers, as we thought the
riders could not walk the cross country course ahead of time.
As a result, Jason got lost off the course and this eliminated
any chance Rebel had to place but that's okay. After Jason
told me what all he and Rebel went through to get back on
course, I know I have a wonderful cross country horse. They
were gone for nearly an hour and a half and Jason cantered
Rebel quite a few times, took him through tight spots and
thick brush, cow paths and fields, and Rebel did all this
barefoot. When they crossed the finish line there was a vet
check and Rebel passed. I do believe I also have a wonderful
endurance horse, too. So, even though Rebel didn't get
consideration, we know what a great job he did out there. Next
year! I sincerely hope this event continues to grow. I was
most impressed by the atmosphere of camaraderie, support, and
encouragement to showcase the versatility of our gaited
I want to thank Colleen Cates for her inspiration and
enthusiasm which encouraged me to give Rebel this chance. I
also want to thank Jason and Tiffany Crawhorn of J and T
Stables for the wonderful care they gave my stallion and to
Jason Crawhorn for the exceptional training he's given Rebel.
My stallion has truly been transformed into a light and
responsive gaiting machine who has learned patience and how to
be a partner in all we do together. I look forward to my
weekly lessons with Jason and Rebel and hope to keep building
upon this wonderful foundation Jason has given us.
September 18 - 22, 2007
Miller Coliseum, Murfreesboro, TN Check out the pics!
The McCurdy Horse is one breed
Storey's Illustrated Guide to 96
Horse Breeds of North America
by Judith Dutson
416 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 trim size,
full-color photographs and illustrations throughout.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE the history of
North America without the horse. For more than 500 years, horses have
served as workers and warhorses, as companions and partners. In this
first-ever comprehensive tribute, equestrian author and expert Judith
Dutson captures the spirit of these noble animals and provides a wealth of
information about each breed's particular history, special uses,
conformation standards, and much more. Handsome, full-color action
photographs and explanatory drawings enliven every page.
This 96-breed panorama covers North America's remarkable diversity of
horse breeds, from the popular and well known to the rare and obscure.
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