The Rider on
the White Horse
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse,
whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and
makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many
crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but himself.
He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood and his name is the Word of
God. Revelation 19:11-13
The McCurdy Plantation Horse
breed is a historical breed from Lowndes County in Central Alabama, a "Legacy of the Old South" with less
than 650 horses in the registry.
Our McCurdy Horses are
beautiful, calm, smooth to ride, and extremely versatile. The Cates
have bred and sold quality McCurdy Horses to the 4 corners of the
USA and one to Great Britain.
Aside from family pleasure and
trail riding, checking cattle and fences, Colleen promotes their
McCurdy's in several venues:
The Three Phase Event, KY
The Extreme Trail Horse
The American Competitive
Trail Horse Association
The National Walking Horse
The American Endurance Ride
The McCurdy Plantation Horse
Association bi-annual trail rides in Alabama.
Colleen is an avid competitor
and loves to ride with an objective. She also serves on the Board of
Directors for the McCurdy Plantation Horse Association and handles
Colleen has written numerous
articles and assisted other authors of equine books on the history
and use of the McCurdy Plantation Horse breed. These include: The
Gaited Horse Magazine; Trail Rider Magazine, Cowboys & Indians
Magazine, The Lone Star Horse Report, The Fabulous Floating
Horses, by Barbara Weatherwax, 96 Horse Breeds of North
America, by Judith Dutson, Gangpherde, Pherde Der Welt,
by Karin Tillish and Denise Schemel (Gaited Horse Breeds) published
Our McCurdy Horses are
encouraged and trained to use all of their mind, body, and gaits
under saddle, including the trot, to achieve balance and
athleticism. Showcased below are our fabulous floating horses, none
of which are for sale.
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Ragin' Cajun - April 2001
Our breeding stallion from
2004-2007. An Ambassador for the McCurdy Plantation Horse
Blue ribbon winner in his
division at the gaited 2008 Three Phase Event in KY with highest
composite score in dressage, stadium obstacle, and cross-country
competition. Trained by Jason Crawhorn, J&T Stables, KY.
McCurdy Plantation Horse breed demos at the 2007 Nation Walking
Horse Association National Show in TN.
"Misty Blu McCurdy" foaled April 2012
This is Ragin' Cajun's first baby by AI with frozen shipped semen.
She is a gorgeous blue roan.
Owners are Ron and Becky Simons of North Augusta, South Carolina.
The dam is registered McCurdy mare, bay color.
Congratulations to the Simons on
this beautiful and sweet Cajun baby.
Fe McCurdy, a prime example of Cajun's offspring!
Lightning's McCurdy Lad
Registered McCurdy and TWH gelding
DOB: January 2006
Our newest addition to Destiny
Hills Ranch, 88 is a young sport horse deluxe. In the past year he
has performed extremely well in his first competitive trail rides,
25 mile endurance race, and at show.
September 2009 88 won high
point gaited horse in the ACTHA Athens, TX
88 placed fifth in the open division of the ACTHA overall.
2010 Alabama Horse Fair
McCurdy Horse breed representative. Competed in the Extreme
Trail Horse Competition.
2010 AERC Post Oak
Challenge endurance ride 88
did his first 25 mile limited distance race. Tied for 10th
2010 NWHA Regional Gaited
Gala showed in versatility and rail classes. 88 placed in 9 out
of 11 classes. 8 English and 3 Western. Placing 4th in the 2
gait Country Pleasure Championship.
2014 July 12, McCurdy's 88
took 3rd place, Open Division, at The American Competitive Trail
Horse Association AOC at Henderson County Fair Park in Athens,
TX with a total of 45 entries.
88 has a ton of athletic
ability and "try." Give him any objective and he will achieve it.
Purchased from and trained by
Winston Way, WW Stable, Troy, AL
2012: A great year for 88. He
advanced in pro western training with Josh Bardwell here in
Athens, Tx. Josh started him on working cattle, with cutting,
sorting and roping. 88 loved it, and really showed his
athleticism. That training also developed his strength, flexion,
and body mechanics to start on barrel racing. I took him to a few
local barrel races and we loved running in the practice
exhibitions. In Oct 2012 we went to a Charmayne James Clinic (11
times Women's Pro Rodeo Assoc. World Champion) in Branson, Miss.
to learn correct technique, skills and drills to be effective at
barrel racing. www.charmaynejames11.com My goal in doing this with
88 is to have fun, compete on a gaited horse in a Quarter Horse
dominated sport, and to promote the McCurdy Plantation Horse in
another venue for our Association.
McCurdy's Diamond Rio -
1998 Registered McCurdy mare
Rio is a truly wonderful mount. Her 4
beat gait is perfect, she has a nice canter, she will trot if
asked. She is very light in the mouth and is extremely trail
worthy, she is doing a 12 mile circuit thru woods, hills, and
sand flats in less than 2 hours. She is a Cadillac of a horse,
with the heart of a saint. She is a big mare, 15.2H and 1300
lbs., great bone. Extremely loving--, a safe, sound, sane
McCurdy dream horse-- the ONLY registered palomino in our Registry that I know of. Bred by me, &
raised by me.
Rio is a golden McCurdy dream come true!
She performed beautifully as my mount for the April 2014 Spring
McCurdy Plantation Horse Trail ride in Alabama