Re: [RC] HAWAIIAN ENDURANCE???? - Barbara McCrary
Lif, was the woman Barbara Nishek? Lud rode one of their horses when we
went to Kauai. Their stallion was Bey Jangles, a Varian bred horse. Sarah
Christie had apprenticed at Varian's, went over there with the stallion, and
stayed for some time. She was Nishek's trainer when we were there, and I
rode her horse. Bey Jangles was speared by debris during the Iniki
hurricane, which blew in some months after we were there. The neophyte
endurance riders sanctioned for a 25 and 50, but no one entered the 50.
Sarah came back to CA and now works for the Coastal Commission in
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lif Strand" <lif@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 3:16 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] HAWAIIAN ENDURANCE????
> I met some Arabian breeders on Kuaui (I think it was that island) who gave
> me an earful about what it's like having horses there. She's actually the
> breeder, he's into roping.
> 1. Hawaiian grass provides little nutrition on islands with lots of
> rain. Apparently the nutrients in the soil are just washed away. So
> people actually had to have alfalfa imported from the mainland USA. They
> bought it by the container load. Very expensive way to feed - and I can't
> imagine any feed stores there having beet pulp!
> 2. Hurricanes that hit Hawaii are very, very hard on horses. The woman
> lost her best breeding stallion to a flying metal roof panel, which all
> decapitated him.
> 3. To get to his roping events which often were on other islands, he had
> to put his horse in a trailer, then drive to the dock and load the rig
> a barge. This of course was a major deal, time consuming & expensive.
> 4. Parts of various islands are impassable, way way too steep to ride or
> drive, and many areas are too dense with rampant growth to keep trails
> without constant maintenance. If you check a map, you'll see there are
> very few roads on the islands. That's a hint! Plus the islands are
> small - I think it would be pretty hard to find enough trail to put on a
> miler unless you just had it go along paved roads. Then there's the
> humidity and heat - unless you had the ride up at higher altitudes, but
> then you'd have the access problem....
> 5. These people were/are *rich*. No way could an ordinary person afford
> to keep horses on pastures on Kauai, import alfalfa from the mainland &
> barge to roping events! So a big problem would be that of getting enough
> competitors to an event - I'm not sure how many competitors would be
> available for an endurance ride on Hawaii!
> Lif Strand * Quemado NM USA * www.fasterhorses.com
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