McCurdy Plantation Horse Association

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McCurdy Horses are Versatile!

If you have a news worthy event to share about you and your McCurdy horse,
(field trial, trail ride, endurance, show, etc) please send information and picture to Colleen Cates
Include your name and your horse's name, date and place of event.

April 2014

The April 2014 Spring Trail Ride for the McCurdy Plantation Horse Association was held on April 5, 2014 at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge on Hwy. 80 east of Selma, AL.

We were blessed with beautiful warm weather on Saturday during a stormy weekend. A huge thanks to Bill Lyon who marked a new trail ride route for us through Lowndes County. The recent rains caused flooding in the creeks and low pastures.

We had 70 riders for the morning ride. The weather was clear, cool and sunny. The horses were fresh but we kept the pace slow and controlled due to the web conditions. The afternoon ride is always easy and beautiful thru the piney woods.

The terrain was varied with lovely wooded trails, open pastures, some water crossings and cross-country field roads.

We had 2 rest stops to gather up and enjoy bottled water provided by our intrepid truck crew of Jim, Tammy and Logan Mason, Vicki & Nathan Lipscomb.

The Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge provided wonderful food, camping and onsite lodging as always.

The tail-gate door prizes give-away after lunch is always a lot of fun. We had several junior riders this year!

A huge thanks to all show attended, and please come join us Oct 4, 2014 for the Fall Ride!

Happy Trails

Click here to see pictures of the Spring Ride.

Click here for more information on the Fall Ride.

January 2014

McCurdy Plantation Horse - Treasured Legacy of the Old South
by Pamela Brand, FOSH Executive Advisory Committee Member

Known as avid horsemen since the middle 1800s, the McCurdy family had raised standardbreds at their plantation in Lowndesboro, Alabama, and is credited with the development of the McCurdy Plantation Horse breed. In need of smooth-gaited horses to manage the affairs of its plantations, click here to read more...       FOSH Web Site

October 2013

The 2013 McCurdy Plantation Horse Association Fall Trail Ride was a hug success! The weather was clear, cool and bright. Approximately 60 riders gathered from near and far to enjoy the new ride paths through Lowndes County.

Several directors of the MPH Association met at the Southern Sportsman Lodge and spent all day on Friday getting the new ride formats clearly marked. We made it shorter and stayed cross-country in open pasture land with a pleasant mix of shady woods and creek crossings. It was easier to stay together and enjoy the camaraderie. Plus it was easier on the horses who are just getting legged up for the fall trail ride season.

Lunch was served back at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge by our wonderful hosts Jim Mason and Dave Lyon.

After lunch, everyone gathered under the shade trees for the fun door prizes give away from the truck bed by our professional auctioneer and emcee, Nathan Lipscomb. Several new Association members were introduced, whom we greatly appreciated! New members Darlene and Fred Wayne trailered in from Orlando, Florida, garnering the longest distance traveled award. Prizes were also given for the Hard Luck Rider Award, Best Tee Shirt Award and Youngest Rider Award.

The afternoon ride on the Lodge property was fantastic thru the cool and shady piney woods and beautiful rock creeks, about 30 of us made the enjoyable 1 1/2 hour loop.

I hope you enjoy all of the photos! We are working hard to infuse new and re-newed interest in our McCurdy Association. We will be having new tee shirts, caps and visors for the Spring 2013 Ride in April!

Please plan to come and ride with us, and bring your friends. We definitely missed the group from Georgia, and hope all of you will be here in the spring in your big rigs and campfire merriment.

On the website you may buy an ad for your business, promote your horses, or sell horses. Join our Facebook page at McCurdy Plantation Horse Association.

Colleen Cates -

Happy Trails and Blessing to all! Check out the photos here!

August 2013


Colleen Cates and McCurdy's 88 Attended 
Charmayne James Barrel Racing Clinic
in Brandon Mississippi

Charmayne is the all-time leading money earner in the sport - the first-ever million-dollar earner. She's won the most professional barrel racing world championships (11) and was the first Women's Professional Rodeo Association member to earn the coveted #1 back number at the National Finals Rodeo. She holds the record for most consecutive NFR qualifications (19) for men or women, and she's won more individual world championships than any other woman in professional sports. She's also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Charmayne is in demand as a speaker/clinician at horse expos and events worldwide. She's been featured in every major horse publication, as well as in Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, USA Today and others, and has appeared on "Good Morning America," the CBS "Morning Show," ABC "Wide World of Sports," and other major programs.

April 2013

Spring Trail Ride - April 6, 2013

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 great friends!

Our rides are fun, festive and well managed. Please mark your ride calendar's and plan to be with us for the Fall Ride on Saturday, October 5th. Get all the info on the Trail Ride Page!

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 Trail Challenge.

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 here!

Please plan to join us at our McCurdy Trail Rides on the first Saturday of April and October every year. It is open to all breeds. See the Trail Ride Page for all of the details!

June 2011


 "McCurdy's 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!

June 2011
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. Read more...
To view a video, click here.


May 2011

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.

Stock Horse 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. Read more...

Auburn Promotes Animal and Equine Sciences at Alabama Horse Fair Headlined by Craig Cameron

Casey 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.

Read the full article

Watch the video

McCurdy's 88 did Great today on
our first 25 mile endurance ride!

 It 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:

Gaited Horse Eventing - No Jumping Required
By Ashley Wakeman, Staff Writer

Article and interview with Pixie Jarvis.
March, 2010 issue

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2009 November/December FOSH Magazine - McCurdy Plantation Horses Breed Spotlight

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The McCurdy Plantation Horse Association was well represented again this year at the 3rd Annual "Gaited Three Phase Event" in Winchester, Ky on April 18th & 19th, 2009.

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 division.

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 division.

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 course.

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 enthusiasts.

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 the
trailer......once he got to the start and buddied up to Brego...who
is on the left......we were off in good shape. (look just how narrow
Brego is.........) Can't say that it wasn't embarrassing, however,
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 bugs and
hornets, and lots of rocky trail. We were looking out for the
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 tanks, and
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' would have been proud of him. He isn't the smoothest
ride, but he is the strongest ride. He Never quits.....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 with good
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 excitement and
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 was lots
of interest in the McCurdys at this ride.....Elayne and Blue
June and Ace getting ready for the 6am start of the 50 miler. We
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 are ready
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 there.

Needless to say, I am Very stiff today!!! Only thing that doesn't
hurt is my knees!

Hugs, June

Prineville Oregon 50 Miler

June Snook, Oregon, and her 6 year old gelding, Ace High McCurdy, completed their first 50 mile Endurance Race last week-end.

A 4 year old mare, McCurdy's Glory, was 8th out of 54 riders in the 25 Miler!!


Ace and June "trucking" along....

This 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 background.

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.

Hey guys, 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'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, June

Three Phase Event

The Three 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.

The three 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.

The First 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 state.

Breeds 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.

A gift 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.

McCurdy at Three Phase EventMcCurdy's Ragin CajunMcCurdy's Ragin Cajun, Destiny Hills Ranch

McCurdy's 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.

For more information, visit Destiny Hills Ranch at

Crossing creek picture taken by: Leanna Lunsford

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 horses.

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.

Pixie Jarvis - Drakes Creek Farm and Kennel

NWHA National Championship Show
September 18 - 22, 2007
Miller Coliseum, Murfreesboro, TN

Check out the pics!


The McCurdy Horse is one breed included in:

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.

paperback - $29.95
ISBN# 1-58017-612-7

hardcover with jacket - $40.00
ISBN# 1-58017-613-5

McCurdy Plantation Horse Registry (334) 872-5412
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