Saturday, March 5, 2016

2015 RAC Champions!

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!! Announcing the Ride-A-Curly Grand Champions for the 2015 season!!! 

CURLY & ME Group: Chrisinda Grant. 

CONGRATULATIONS Ladies!!! You did an amazing job!!! Thank you to all that participated in the RAC over the years and for your support and encouragement!!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Farewell RAC 2015

The Ride-A-Curly (RAC) International Riding Contest has completed it's last year of competition. A contest which began in 2007, united curly owners from all over the world in an effort to encourage, motivate and promote this amazing breed of horse. The Bashkir Curly Horse. (Or The American Curly Horse)

I would like to personally thank everyone who has been a part of this contest in participating, sponsoring and/or encouraging the riders. Without all of you, this contest would not have been possible or successful.

I believe that this contest, with it's dynamic riders DID indeed serve it's purpose in bringing the Curly Horse to the forefront as a versatile, unique and respected breed. I think this blog speaks for itself in showing what a curly can do!

So thank you again everyone and please be sure to visit Curly Horse Country to learn more about the Curly Horse and also stay tuned for possible New Curly contests that may unfold!

Also stay tuned for 2015 winners which will be announced here on the blog January 16th.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Back in the Saddle Again!

Due to unfortunate events last month (the loss of my younger brother to an automobile incident with a moose), I have made the decision to move home.  This means that I will be able to finish out the year for the competition.  I hope that everyone has been having a good time riding and enjoying time with their Curly friends.  I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to hearing more about how everyone is doing.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


I know it's been awhile since I've posted and it looks like the same for a lot of people so I don't feel so bad.

I've been so busy this summer with competitions and lessons that I just haven't had time to sit down and recap all that has happened.

First things first Theo and I have successfully completed 3 Novice level events.  We had some stops during cross country so didn't place so high but from what I hear finishing a novice course your first time out is a pretty big deal.  Back in May I thought I was going to die when I did the course walk but after my last event Training level is looking fun...

I'll just recap our first even cause the others I didn't get good pictures

 This one had me up all night...I couldn't believe I signed up to jump this...on purpose.

But after saying no once....

He jumped it with ease...

 I didn't think this one would give us problems after the big blue jump but Theo stopped here too...Thankfully after a second attempt he jumped it and we were clean sailing the rest of the way home.

After 3 stops on cross country I knew we were out of the placings so Stadium was going to be a learning experience.  Theo tends to get into the stadium ring and think "It's jumping we must go fast!"  I used this time to school and we had the best stadium round ever.  We got over our first Triple bar, which I swear was training level height and width" and ended with just one rail down.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Unexpected Surprises, Parades, and Success

It's been so long since my last post (insert shocked face here).  Honey and I entered Waterbury's "Not Quite Independence Day" celebration at the beginning of July.  It was a blast and we dressed up as Patriotic Flappers!

Honey currently has some white line disease issues in one front foot and has quite some time off due to it and being a bit ouchy.

Kai managed to get some exercise today with playing in the arena (barrels, poles, wooden planks, street cones, and small jumps).  We did also learn that she probably wont make much of a jumper ;) knocking the pole down is just more fun and less work.

Kai also got her first ever full body hose down today (started dramatic and ended with comfort).  It has been so much fun and such a great experience working with her and having the opportunity to start from the ground up with her.

I will unfortunately not be able to participate in this competition for much longer :(
I am moving to Rutland at the end of the month.  Kai will be coming with me but Honey will be staying home with her mama.

So here's to unexpected surprises, parades, and success!  Best wishes to you all and I will continue to post of my work with Kai and any other Curly activities that may happen ;)
Honey & Bethany

Sunday, June 21, 2015

to ride... or not to ride...

that is the question! At least sometimes when one has got a bad day. I had such a day yesterday, when I didn't really fell well.

Nevertheless, I went to the stable and collected Julia from the pasture. She was in a rather wicked mood and tried to chase any horse that was a few meters away grazing peacefully away from us. I assume, there have been some changes in the hierachy of the herd lately and that Julia has once again managed to increase her rank a bit. She tends to get extra dominant then. :P

Anyway, I had had a bad day so far, so my intention was to take a look at her, groom her a bit and assure nothing is wrong, then let her go back to her favourite leasure time activity, grazing. Well, as intended, I started to groom and while I was at it, someone else came back from riding her horse. And we talked a bit, and eventually during our talk I told her that all I would do today is groom a bit. She looked at me with a rather confused expression and pointed at Julia. And she asked why the horse was saddled if I wanted to let her go outside again and not ride. Doh!!! Routine took over! I did indeed started grooming, then saddled.. and.. well, since the saddle was on... went for a ride. :P So much for not feeling well and taking a day off!

As you all know by now, I'm riding 'western' style. Currently, I'm considering buying a new saddle pad and am not too sure which one to take. I'm thinking about a felt pad (full felt) or maybe wool and felt. I'm wondering what works best with all the curls. The fleeze one (Reinsman, I think it was) seems to be a collector of curly fur during shedding times and stops transporting sweat as it should thanks to all the tiny curls stuck to it. I tried brushing them off, but it's pretty useless and I gave up after several attempts. Any suggestions on which type of pad works well with curly fur? (I'm only taking high quality, long lasting products into consideration).

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Busy summer of working has begun!  Had a wonderful ride on Honey this afternoon and miss Kai is coming along wonderfully.  She's picking up and holding her front feet, letting me rub all over, and giving well to pressure.  Still working on leading though, that one is good for short distances lol.  Three more weeks and Honey will be in our towns "Not Quite Independence Day" parade :) means its time to get working more often.  I am hoping that when my schedule shifts, she and I will have more time together on trail and in the ring.
More later.
xoxo Honey & Bethany

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hanging in there...

... or rather, hanging onto!
Today was quite the ride! Thanks to the wind and people doing whatever, the curly horse lost it's usual calm demeanor and got considerably jumpy. It started already on the way to the outdoor riding ring that she seemed to feel a bit insecure. When I tried to mount, she got scared, jumped aside and galloped forward, with me not really up but hanging onto her side. It was.. interesting.
I learned a great deal.. a) western saddles rock! even without a perfectly tight girth, they don't slide of the horse (provided they fit well) b) I'm not likely to fall off, no matter what, and I do manage some athletic climbing on a jumpy galloping horse. :) c) western saddles are hard and unusual usage can lead to bruises.

The rest of the riding went very well though. As did the past days and I've got the feeling that the horse and I are getting better and better and finally are forming a 'team'! It's also becoming more and more fun to train and trail ride lately.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spring riding!

It's been a while since I managed to post about us and this will be yet again a rather short post.
Riding or no riding, that was the question lately! Mostly I ended up riding and training lots, however, the few 'free' days I had over the last weekend ended up cleaning the stable instead of riding. Though it didn't train the horse, it surely trained me. :) And after all, it's a noble task to get everything clean and in order. Nevertheless, I've been looking forward to riding and yesterday I finally managed again and ended up with a 1 1/2 hour ride. First it was a lot of training and then a nice short trail ride. I like to end any training/ride with a trail ride, no matter how 'short' it is. Today, after work, there wasn't much time left and I got to the stable wondering if I get to ride at all, but when I arrived, the others there urged me to join them. So I sprinted to get the horse from the pasture, brushed her in no time and was ready in time for a short, bareback trail ride with a group of people and their non-curly horses. Before we went on the ride, the others examined the curly and said, she had grown again. I probably looked quite confused and took a closer look and .. doh!.. she did grow more!!! I hadn't really noticed.. probably because I see her every day. But they were right. My 'smaller sized' curly is growing into a rather 'large' horse! :P I wonder how huge she's going to be. Getting on without a saddle is slowly turning into gymnastics, hihi.

Sadly, I don't really get to take many pictures at the moment and didn't find enough time to post any. I hope I can post more in the future so that you all can see the horse too and not just hear about her.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Oh What A Night! :)

Tonight was a blast.  Kaelyn got to practice some around the world on Honey tonight as well as work on trusting her and herself.  She got to work on her balance too which was a plus.  Even Cynthia and Mike got on to try some around the world.  I too got to do some around the world and enjoy miss Honey's trust that her and I have built up.  Did some stretches with her to help her back, abdominals, and lumbo-sacral joint.  She also got a pedicure ;) such a spoiled happy girl.  Miss Kai was very kissy and lovey tonight as well.

Love this mare!

Stretch! or as Mike says "chillaxing"

Around the World
Kai kisses!

Sunday, May 10, 2015


The past few days I've been trying to keep up the riding experience during April and managed to ride almost every day. As before, it's lots of fun.
It's the first year, that I can acctually ride this much. The horse is becoming more and more trained with increased stamina and starts to have fun galloping. Having a rather tricky (as in dominant) horse, she's not always easy to convince to do something and has her own opinion of many things. But the more I ride, the better it works and the more fun we have. I usually start with some schooling in the outdoor riding ring and then continue with a short trail ride. Today, there was a lot of noise at the stable and she got very anxious as she couldn't figure out what the noise was (some machines cutting wood and other work stuff). So I changed my plan of a pure long trail ride to schooling and then a shorter trail ride. It was great weather, the sun was shining and it was fun training and afterwards riding through the forest. It's very relaxing and invigorating at the same time to go out riding on a beautiful day without any worries or work related stress.
I hope everyone else had a great weekend with good riding times as well!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Curly Horse Senior Project


Well I can finally say that I have done it!  My senior project based around the Curly Horse breed in complete.  If anyone is interested in a copy I will gladly send you one.  This project has been a lot of fun and I have expanded my knowledge so much by doing it.  This is something that I am truly passionate about.  Unfortunately the paper is much too long for me to post on this blog, but if you would like a copy feel free to email me at and I will very gladly send you one.  Thank you all for your support and help in this endeavor!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What a Perfect Day!

What a view.

With all of this heat and direct sunlight its been too hot to ride here.  This morning was mellow enough to get out and spend some time in the saddle though.  Thank goodness!  Took Honey out on the trail outback through the woods to see just how many trees came down on the pathway.  Come to find out that we had to bushwhack most of the way due to the trees and large branches covering large sections of the trail.  Honey was a champ and with a little reminder to slow down and look where her feet were going we made it from one end to the other, no problem. She even got a good hosing down.
This is her "of thank goodness we are done" face.

After our hose off.

What a character

I also spent some time working with Kai again this morning.  We have been doing lots of round penning and some work on giving to halter pressure for leading.  She's starting to become more patient and willing to work with me on the halter pressure.  She has also found her sassy spunk and really enjoys kicking up her heals when she runs.  Kai is still itchy as we haven't been able to get all of her winter coat off yet and so she's been rubbing on the fence rails and knocking a few down.


Overall it has been an amazing couple of weeks and the weather has finally improved to melt the snow and clear off the outdoor riding ring.  Here's to a summer of working horses and having fun! :)

~Honey & Bethany

Sunday, May 3, 2015


First of all,  congrats to Cyndi and everyone else who took part in the April event.

I would like to recount a bit of how it went for us (the curly and me).

 Well, it started off with awful weather. It changed between rain, snow, icy rain, sunshine every two minutes and thus it was impossible to ride as there's no indoor riding ring, just outdoor.
The second week however really rocked. I managed to ride 1 1/2 hours on average a day and I must admit I've never ridden this much in a week before. My horse was started under saddle gently last summer and though I rode her more or less regularly, never as much as this month, especially the second week. I also used to do a lot of groundwork, but this event changed it all! I started riding a lot, I rode almost every day, I even dragged myself to the stable after work despite being exhausted already just to get in another half an hour of riding. :) And it was a lot of fun!!! I found a good mixture of training and trail rides with a priority on training as we're still both in the learning process and need to work on getting better.

Anyway, to sum it up: the event got me really started on riding and enjoying it much more than before, despite the horse's spring issues (bucking, being generally uncooperate, being more interested in grass etc.). And I do hope that I can keep it up the coming month whenever the weather allows riding.

A big thank you to Denise for getting us all off our butts and onto the horses this early in the year and coming up with great ideas!