Friday, January 17, 2014

Grand Champions Announced 2013!!

It's time to announce the 2013 Grand Prize Winners! Adult & Youth!!

But first I want to thank EVERYONE for participating this past year, you are ALL winners in my book!
With each RAC season, I know every one of us sign up as a means to spending more time with our curlies.
No matter how big or small, if you took a step forward, you deserve a pat on the back. 
So kudos to you and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for joining, promoting and having fun with us!

And a special thank you to those that blogged this past year! Without you, the RAC would seem rather dull! Because of you, we are inspired, motivated and encouraged! It is especially fun seeing pics and video from around the world, knowing we are all sharing in the same love, that of the curly horse. It is by far, my favorite part of the contest. =]

Oh, and lastly, Thank you to those that took the time to turn in your logging forms. I know it takes alot of work logging all year long, but you did a great job. I love the ones that come in with scribbles and coffee stains!! They are the BEST! =]

Ok drum roll please....the winners are!


ADULT: Marion Huurman of Hidden Cave Curly Ranch in KY
YOUTH: Ashley Ostman of Mackinac City, Michigan

There will be no RAC for 2014. But will resume for 2015! Stay tuned for details this coming fall.

However, rest assured I have plans for some fun things thsi year!! So stay tuned to to see what happening!

Enjoy those Curlies!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! I'm a little late in sharing wishes! We've been very busy this winter. And, so sadly, my riding dropped to about zero at the end. I want to thank RAC for a great time, and a fun program! It has been a blast, and I will have to try and work harder next time! Shine On, our youngest, will be starting his training in 2014. He will be 3 years old in August. He's already as big as Rescue Me, his mother. Clooney's work will go on, and I just recently got Philippe Karl CDs to work on new classical training methods, so I'm inspired.

At the end of October, we took a trip to visit horses we had sold, including a lot of our babies. We travelled from Bavaria where we visited four different owners all the way to northern Germany, above Brussels. It was wonderful to see them again, and they all recognized us. We didn't get to see all of the offspring of our horses, but many. I even got to ride one, our loving Geenie (sadly no image of me on board). And, I got to do ground work with Joe, a son of our stallion Billy Jack and the mare we imported from Montana, Montana Blue Magic. Magic we got to see also. She is retired, 24 years old and living in Bavaria.

Here's an image of Geenie before riding, and one of Joe while I'm working with him in his owner's roundpen. Geenie and Joe are from the first foals we bred, and left us at 8 months of age. They are now 8 years old. It was a very wonderful experience to see them, work with them, and see how well they are doing.

Geenie, a daughter of Clooney and DKH Glory, and Karen just before mounting.

Joe and Karen in the roundpen.

Good old, retired Magic.

Pharoa, a stallion from Billy Jack and Lark, in Bavaria.

Jomai, a gelding from Billy Jack and Warrior White Moon, in Bavaria.

Shine On wishes everyone Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year from Ashley Ostman

Happy New Year! I am finally getting back to riding after my knee surgery. Today I rode Feefer for 45 minutes, it was -5 outside but it was a nice easy fun ride. We have quite a bit Of snow so Feefer got a good work out today which she could defiantly use lol I hope every one had a good year and I am excited to start RAC 2015!

Happy New Year in 2 different time zones

Our hard working trailhorses and my best friends.
First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR. I wish you all health, happiness and all you wish for.

It has been a great year for us. First 4 healthy beautiful foals. Lots of Curly promotion. Lots and lots of rides and fun with my beautiful horses.
Our B&B did great we had over 130 reservations and many trailrides with guests.

I just came back from the last round checking the horses and spend the evening with them, saying Happy new Year to them...all 22 ;-)
The air is crisp the stars are out it is a beautiful night.
My parents are here spending the holidays with us. I sold one of the foals and got my parents a ticket so they could spend Christmas and New Year with us in KY. Last week they rode our horses Jake and Freedom. They have never been on a horse before and they are no offense in their late 60-ties so I was very nervous. But of course my two boys took really good care of them and my parents had a ball.
At 5 PM we already celebrated New Year because then it is 12 in the Netherlands. We called my sister. And now we are waiting on KY time for a Happy New Year.

Well my fellow RAC-ers and all the reader and followers and last but not least DENISE!! Thank you for this fun year. For sharing your adventures and stories, your ups and downs, your failures and success.
May all your dreams come true in 2014!

Marion Huurman
Hidden Cave Ranch, KY

My Dad on Jake and my Mom on Freedom

Hopefully we have 5 healthy babies in 2014