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Curly and Tough

By David Walker, Atlanta, Kansas

I read the letter titled "Curly Cure" in the July issue with much interest. I also have a Curly story. Being a breeder of Curlies, we are well aware of their exceptional intelligence and disposition. In March, 1994, we acquired a 5-year-old Curly gelding out of a Bureau of Land Management mare. In May we went to La Cygne, Kansas, for a 25-mile endurance race.

We were met with many curious stares and a few outright laughs. Here amongst the Arabians and Thoroughbreds stood a 14-hand, 900-pound horse with curly hair. Well, we finished second, in 3 hours and 31 minutes. The veterinarians were amazed at his recovery rate and the fact that he was not shod. All this from a horse who at the time had been under saddle for 8 weeks.

From Western Horseman, November, 1994, letters section



Tamea C. Denault

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Tamea C. Denault is the founder of Dreamswept Farm and coach of the MountainWind Vaulters in Kettle Falls, WA. She is a certified CHA multi-discipline riding instructor. While earning her degree in psychology and education at Mt. Holyoke College, she also learned vaulting and has continued vaulting and coaching ever since. More...