A NETASA trail ride is in the plans for the day before, April 26th, at nearby McKinney Roughs. Learn more about the trails at McKinney Roughs by following this link:
Last Year’s Open House was Held on April 28th, 2013, was a big success. The first ever annual open house trail ride left on Sunday morning with six riders and their mounts, all registered with AIHR and HOA, and riders representing the two Texas Indian Horse Clubs, Tejas and NETASA. The ride was from Rancho San Francisco to Agarita Ranch five miles away. The riders enjoyed the abundant wildflowers along the way, Indian Blanket, appropriately being the most prevalent. Agarita Ranch in Lockhart, TX. has a replica of a western town so it was a very photogenic place to visit and lots of super pictures were taken – check out the AIHR and NETASA FaceBook pages photos.
The ride ended back at Rancho San Francisco and the afternoon festivities opened at 2pm with guests coming in for a bbq lunch and a costume display by Trail Boss Curtis George. Curtis brought along several of his costumes which depict Spanish Horse history in the Americas from the Spanish Conquistadors, through the Native American era, the Civil War period, the cattle trails era, to gunslinger and gambler eras. Beautifully displayed under the big oak tree in the front yard of RSF, the costumes were a point of interest for many of the guests. Sixty plus people enjoyed the lunch and the costume display along with the critters of RSF which include American Indian Horses (of course), the AIHR Museum, open for the first time since 2010, the ranch’s three rescued Pot Bellied Pigs, chickens, cats and a magnificent peacock who was willing to show off for the crowd when he wasn’t hiding from them!
The high point of the day came with the presentation of AIHR Hall of Fame #165 to The Sea King and his partner, Tomlyn Grey. King is the first ever pure Corolla Island horse to receive AIHR’s Hall of Fame award.
Also presented was a Keeper of the Flame award to the Tejas Indian Horse Club which has been dedicated since 1982 to the preservation and promotion of the American Indian/Colonial Spanish Horse in all its classifications.
Thanks to everyone who came and helped and spent time with us at RSF. Mark your calendars for April 27th, 2014 for the 8th Annual AIHR Open House.