Monthly Archives : August 2016



Joy is a coming 5 year old pony approximately 14.2hh.  Joy was rescued by Georgia Equine Rescue, She came to them with a body score of 1! Nancy Faulconer of Cloud9 Ranch and her team gave Joy a natural restart and got her back to being healthy and happy!

She was then adopted by Wild Horsemanship Center (WHC) to continue to live our mission of supporting certified therapeutic riding centers with natural horsemanship through our Horses Helping Humans program. The goal is for WHC to donate Joy to a therapeutic riding facility! She would make a great kids pony for a center certified with PATH.



Pilgrim is a 10 year old 14.3hh Spotless Appaloosa that recently graduated our Horses Helping Humans horse development program. She is a rescue from the Horse Protection Association of Florida (HPAF) that our program has developed into a solid therapeutic and recreational riding horse.

We are very proud to announce that Pilgrim has found a forever home thanks to the great effort from the Wild Horsemanship Center (WHC) and HPAF staff

WHC has been helping HPAF with staff education and business leadership as a effort to support horse rescues and therapeutic riding program further their missions.

If you would like to donate to our Horses Helping Humans mission please click the Donate button and invest in our efforts at the top of the page.

Behind the Scenes Rolex

Most people in the horse industry know about the event held in Kentucky known commonly as ‘Rolex’ . But, few know the organization behind the horse park and the host of many of the equestrian world’s top events.

The Kentucky Horse Park is the proud home of the Rolex Three Day Event or RD3K. The reason why so many great events can be held at the park is in large part due to the vision and commitment of two organizations: the Kentucky Horse Park Commission, dedicated to overseeing the park, and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, dedicated to rising funds and awareness to the park’s many programs and benefits.

The Kentucky Horse Park, a state run and funded park, and is the world’s only park dedicated to humankind’s relationship with and love for the horse – a very special place to visit and absorb just how much the Horse has contributed to our history and society.

During the RD3K, I sat down with Founder of the Kentucky Horse

Park Foundation, Nina Boone and with Executive Director, Laura Klumb for Elite Equestrain magazine to get a better understanding of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s role in the Rolex Three Day Event and the vision for Kentucky Horse Park.

NB- One of the first thoughts of the mission of the foundation was to expand and rise the shell facilities of the horse park. Originally it only had one small rink and 200 stalls. Today we have 5 plus large barns, 15 rinks and arenas sized to host top tier events, stadium seating and a media center, 30 trade commissions-run head offices including the United Stated Dressage Federation, United States Equestrian Federation, United States Hunter Jumper Association, American Hanoverian Society, US Pony Club, United States Professional Horseman’s Association, American Farriers Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, just to name a few.

So, the mission to enhance and expand the park hasn’t changed. However we have grown our donor base, from national to inter-national, as our message and mission have spread throughout the world.

EE- What is the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s role the Rolex 3 Day Event?

NB- The role of KHPF is to expand and grow new and existing relationships with donors by giving them the experience of a world-class event, such as the Rolex Three Day Event. We host a hospitality tent that allows a fun relaxing experience to donors of the Foundation that may have not been exposed to an event such as the RD3K. It also allows us to reach out into the equestrian sport world and expand our mission of the horse park to a new audience.

EE- What is the 10-20 year vision of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation?


EE- How did you first get involved in fundraising and what inspired you to work for the Kentucky Horse Park?

NB- I was the first head of Kentucky Horse Parks Commission in the early 80’s. We quickly realized that in order to execute our vision of dedicating the park to man’s relationship and history with the horse we would need more resources than the state could pro-vide. So we agreed to start a foundation (501-C3) to raise private donations and funds to support the vision of the Kentucky Horse Park and preserve the history and bond of horse and man for future generations. Thus, we formed Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

Today we have raised over 30 million dollars for Kentucky Horse Park and now have 50 board members of varying backgrounds contributing to the foundation and vision of the park. So, the inspiration was the vision of the park and preserving a big part of mankind’s history, the horse.

EE- How did you become Executive Director of Kentucky Horse Park Foundation?

LK- I had been in development and fundraising for 20 years. I had grown up in Lexington and always loved coming to the Park even as a child. Accepting the position as Executive Director allowed me to raise money for a park and organization I have loved my whole life.

EE- What were your mission and vision when you first came on board at KHPF and has it changed since then?

Most people in the horse industry know about the

event held in Kentucky known commonly as ‘Rolex’ . But, few know the organization behind the horse park and the host of many of the equestrian world’s top events.

NB- To preserve the history of the horse and human relationship for future generations to enjoy and learn from. By the continued growth and expansion of the park. One of the ways KHPF is preserving that relationship and history is through the growth our endowment fund.

EE- There are many new business’s entering the horse industry today, from for profit to nonprofit. What changes do you feel they will need to be aware of in the new market and what advise could you give them?

NB- We need more nonprofits that can help people in general. But we also need more collaboration; it is key in business today. The best thing we can do is work together and build professional relationships that help more people. This way we can reach our goals and fulfill missions faster while working toward a higher purpose.

EE- How do you feel the Equestrian Event Center industry has change in the last 20 yrs?

NB- One of the things that has happened, and not all for the good, is that showing in the horse world is a like a pyramid and has gotten more expensive. The park can’t host shows that cater to small events. It has to have bigger shows that can produce more of a return because they can stay for a longer period of time versus one-day shows. But one of the ways Kentucky Horse Park is trying to bridge that gap is by providing organizational events that can reach more people. Such as our Pony Club events and Cross Country Schooling on the Rolex course. These events cater to new and young riders of all levels. And our museums are for everyone, of any age, to enjoy the contribution the horse has made to man-kind.

Silverhorne Sporthorse Hanoverians and Hackamores

The Hanoverian, one of the original German warmblood breeds having originated nearly 300  years ago, and today’s modern Hanoverians are the result of strict bloodline selection resulting in the hallmark characteristics of the breed’s good temperament, athleticism, and elastic movement. Likewise, the training techniques for this breed have been as unchanged as the breeding focus…until now.
Every once in a while progress requires change, and something very special happens! That “something special” is happening at Silverhorne Sporthorse, an 80-acre Hanoverian breeding farm located just east of  Sacramento, California. Under the direction of horseman Chris Cook and managing partner Barb Gualco a multi-layered training program for young horses has evolved, resulting in educated and confident horses.
Barb searched for the right fit and found it in trainer Chris Cook, the resident Horse Development Manager.  Chris, a soft-spoken young horseman, is not an obvious  find at such an upscale show and training barn, but fit he does. At 33, he has the skill and depth of training  knowledge usually found in horsemen twice his age.
Their mutual training philosophy is described as “breaking it down to break ground.” In doing so, Chris and Barb are confidently stepping outside the box of decades of training tradition, and successfully implementing established natural horsemanship methods with the offspring of foundation sire Elite Hanoverian Stallion Sir Caletto.
Both are proud that foals are imprinted at birth using Dr. Robert Miller’s methods, which builds a foundation of confidence. Sir Caletto offspring are consistently handled, challenged, and familiarized with various scenarios throughout their formative  years. This builds confidence and encourages a lifelong  eagerness to learn and the ability to calmly cope with a new situation. It also makes their lives as competition  horses a breeze.
Silverhorne Sporthorse Hanoverians and Hackamores …a uniquely beautiful place where something very special is happening.
Photos by Donalyn
Thanks to a structured groundwork  plan, Silverhorne horses quietly take saddle training in stride. The American Hanoverian Society took notice of the horse development program when the mares excelled beyond all expectations in their latest AHS mare performance test, scoring nothing less than 8’s on rideability for all six mares.
Honest Horses Magazine visits Silverhorne Sporthorse We arrived early one August morning to watch Chris demonstrate the finer points of the program. Barb presented three impeccably groomed four-year-old horses that Chris exhibited. The horses were very willing, well behaved, and respectful, although none had exceeded 90 days of training.
As Chris tacked up, he explained that beginning from the ground, each horse is taught how to stretch and relax online,  respond to the rope hackamore, and yield to the direct and indirect rein. This is exactly what the horse will be asked to do under saddle, creating a seamless transition  from ground-work to under-saddle, which is so important to the first ride.
Chris noted that each horse will properly develop the bascule — the natural round arc that a horse’s body takes as he goes over a jump — by learning how to correctly  lift his back, push up into the saddle and strengthen his topline so he will be able to stay in flexion, which will then become part of his natural movement.
Chris starts every youngster in a western saddle because, as he says, “it does a better  job of distributing the rider’s weight, making it more comfortable for the horse as he learns how to move and balance with the added weight of a rider.”
While Chris rode, we saw how he asked the horse to yield in front and back, flex his body, and lead with his hip, in order to drive from behind which all serve to strengthen the horse’s back, increase core strength, and assist in the development of self-carriage, impulsion, and correct lead departures. It’s also a great set up for easy flying lead changes.
Chris noted that in more refined riding that he replaces the rope hackamore with a traditional bosal to further teach and ask  the horse to respond. He introduces the bit  only after the horse is able to successfully complete all the desired movements with softness and exhibit no resistance or brace to the bosal. He explained that the bosal saves the crossbars in the mouth and he feels that a bit placed in a horse’s mouth too soon merely causes the horse to brace and operate off his face and mouth. This was an example of how the proper use of natural horsemanship training methods can be successful with any breed of horse.
Silverhorne Sporthorse is a uniquely beautiful place where something “very special” is happening with the Hanoverians  and Hackamores.
Thank you Barb and Chris for a wonderfully  enjoyable and informative day.