Jerusha Steinert with her Nokota® Mesabi has been selected to compete in this year’s
The Nokota Horse Conservancy® is very proud to announce that one of our board members, Jerusha Steinert and her Nokota® horse Mesabi Warrior will be competing at this year’s American Horsewoman’s Challenge. She has a blog (click here) on their website that she updates frequently with their progress as they near this incredibly exciting event which will be held on October 3-4, 2014 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma! Jerusha has done an amazing job in preparing herself and Mesabi for this challenge. They are both ready to compete and give it everything they have!!!
The American Horsewoman’s Challenge shines the spotlight on the incredibly diverse talents of North America’s woman trainers and rewards them for creating a well-balanced horse in the areas of Liberty, Cowboy Dressage and Ranch/Trail Versatility. Every woman trainer in the United States and Canada has the opportunity to choose their favorite horse, build a bond, and show how far they can take that relationship in just six months. It’s all about demonstrating their true skill and talent, not about creating just a “one-trick pony.” Click here to learn about this event - purchasing tickets, directions and more!
Low rumbles of thunder growled across the pasture, but a silvery-blue roan paid them no heed. He stood steadfast in the sheeting rain, his left hind cocked calmly as he ignored the three-sided shed built for his comfort. He is a hardy, rugged type, straight from the badlands of southwestern North Dakota. His name is Hunkpapa, and he is one of the seven Nokota® horses at Flowing Springs Farm in Chester Springs, PA.
Christine McGowan runs the Nokota® Horse Preserve and the Preserve Learning Center out of her 14-acre farm along with close friend and professional counselor, Kendra Prescott. McGowan started her career as a traditional English rider but without the means necessary to purchase her own horse at a young age. Instead, she made herself invaluable to the horse people around her and soaked up as much knowledge as she could. Finally, at age 40, she bought her first horse—an off-track Thoroughbred mare that scared her half to death.
However, when McGowan later moved to Flowing Springs Farm, she had a life-changing experience. A neighbor was riding down the lane on a breezy September morning, leading a toddler on another pony. McGowan was floored—“What are you on,” she had asked, “that you trust so much?” The answer was a Nokota®.
Dear Nokota® Supporter:
It was with gratitude and humility that I accepted the post of President of the Nokota® Horse Conservancy at the June 2014 annual meeting in Linton, North Dakota. With the continued invaluable assistance of our founders, Frank and Leo Kuntz, and those dedicated folks who have brought us here over the past years, it is my goal to establish a reliable income stream for the Conservancy. On the 'good news' side of the ledger, we continue to develop potential support from a number of substantial sources. On the 'bad news' side of that ledger, however, is the realization that we can't qualify for most of that support because we haven't developed a dependable income stream. As we continue to live 'hand-to-mouth', it's extremely difficult to convince grantors to help us develop the permanent sanctuary for these deserving animals. Until we can establish an endowment, we continue to need your generosity to carry on this noble mission.
With that in mind, I am asking each (and every one) of us to commit to a small, monthly donation for all of the next 24 months. If each of us commits to $10, $25, or more, for that period, we will be well on the road to the creation of a permanent sanctuary. By making the payment through PayPal, on our respective credit cards, or perhaps through arrangements with your personal financial institution, we will be able to make a sustaining donation for less than the cost of taking the family to McDonald's for lunch. PLEASE click here to DONATE NOW! By way of demonstrating my commitment to the cause, I have personally agreed to a monthly contribution of $100. I hope you will join me in taking our organization to the next level. As usual, we are in dire need of funds at this time. I urge you to do as I have in making your commitment NOW. PLEASE don't wait for that infamous someone else to make that pledge ... we need YOU!
In closing, I want to share with you my optimism that, with your support, we will continue to grow. The importance of what we are about was brought home to several of us as we moved mares (from one pasture to another) in June. It happened that, as darkness fell and a full moon rose, the mares galloped into their new pasture, up and across the hill, silhouetted by that moon. One of the most moving and beautiful things I've ever seen. Please help me save these horses for other folks and other moons.
I Remain Sincerely Yours,
Geoffrey C. Roehrs
“'Horse' wasn’t my first word,” said Castle McLaughlin, the associate curator of North American ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. “But it should have been.” McLaughin co-curated the Peabody exhibit "Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West,” which prominently features Nokota horses, a breed she is helping to preserve. By Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer
Castle McLaughlin came face to face with her future in the summer of 1986, staring into the eyes of a wild, blue roan stallion. She had parents who were equestrians, a grandfather who was a well-known polo player, and a pony from age 5, and she grew up with a profound love for the animals.
Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
UC-Berkeley student, Lucie Schwartz, filmed this mini-documentary in March 2008. A wonderfully new perspective on the work the Kuntz' have been doing to protect the Nokota® horses for the past 30 years.