What happens when a small group of dedicated, passionate horse folk gets together to celebrate and exhibit their storied horses? A whole lot of Nokota® magic!
On December 6, 2015, the first Minnesota Nokota® Experience was held at Lakeview Farm in Hugo. The event exceeded expectations in so many ways. A great turnout of Nokota® horses was exhibited. Good attendance supported strong fundraising. Best of all, our primary goal of “friend-raising” certainly hit the mark.
Since acquiring my Nokota®, Crescent, in June of 2014, I have often been asked about his breed, his background, and special attributes. These inquiries and this attention have prompted me to learn more and to think of ways to support the Nokota Horse Conservancy® as well as inform the horse community in our region of Minnesota. Fundraising is always important to non-profit organizations like the Nokota Horse Conservancy®. It is vital to survival of this incredible historic breed. Fundamental to fundraising, however, is friend-raising. Finding ways to bring in new supporters was the focus of this event. Learning more about this breed through a personal interactive experience is a foundational step to garnering interest, support and ultimately solid fundraising. The concept of this event was to provide a fun and informative opportunity for people in our region to have that personal experience which will take curiosity to the next level…connection. There are no better ambassadors to achieve this goal than six Nokota® horses, their proud owners and Frank Kuntz.
The event had several purposeful components: