Tenth Annual Canadian Classic Curly Horse Show

30 June 2013

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About our horses:

Our horses here on the Bergen Ranch are raised and trained to excel at all ranch jobs and western events. They are North American Curly bred and crossed with Quarter Horse lines that are checked for nature, good bone and feet. They must have (cowability) and be extremely trainable. All of our horses must have that quiet curly nature combined with the ability to read and work cattle. They must be quick and have that quiet refined ‘good looks’. We get lots of remarks like "I didn’t know that the Curlies were ‘that refined’, or ‘that big’ or ‘that fast’. These are just some of the remarks we get from top horsemen from our area. We want our horses to be good enough looking to get second looks, and not of curiosity, but of admiration. We try to stay away from extreme traits and yet keep them strongly hypoallergenic at the same time. Our horses must first and foremost be top working horses. Our breeding stallions must be good looking with good intelligent heads, they need to be fast, agile and have cow sense. They need a pedigree because I want to know their genetic faults as well as their genetic good points. While we have ABC registered horses, we register our Curlies only with the ICHO registry to which I have been a member since 2000. The ICHO registers all curly horses and is dedicated to "Quality, Equality and Forward Vision.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.             -- Douglas Adams(stolen from Michelle Ives)

THE NORTH AMERICAN CURLY HORSE raised here on the Bergen Ranch is the horse for every one and anyone, he is hypoallergenic, he is gentle and people oriented.   Being extremely fast and athletic with an abundance of stock sense he makes the ideal mount for anyone wanting a working pleasure horse.

    (1) What is a North American Curly Horse? (2) Why are they unique to all other horses? (3) Where do they come from?

    (1) The North American Curly Horse is a very versatile horse that has anywhere from tight curls to a slight wave covering all or parts of the body. Most have a curly mane and sometimes a curly or wavy tail. Most lose some, or all of their mane and sometimes some or all of their tail hair upon spring shedding. The ones that lose all of their mane and tail hair are known as extremes. Bergen Ranch tries not to raise any extremes.

    (2) The curly horse from North America is very unique to other horses in that these animals are hypoallergenic. This means that people that are allergic to other horses are not usually allergic to North American Curly Horses.

    (3) The exact origin of the North American curly horse is somewhat the greatest mystery in the horse world today. However there are many theories (most of them now proven wrong) The most known and most widely publicized theory is that they came from the Bashkir area of Russia. However this theory has been proven, beyond a doubt, to be erroneous. Also the Bashkir horses in Russia are not curly.  So where did they come from?

Curly horses in North America were first recorded by the Sioux Indians in Swift Dog's 1801/1802 pictographs. "The year the Sioux stole some curIy horses from the Crow.   P.T. Barnum had a curly horse in 1848. Peg leg Smith used curly horses in the early mid eighteen hundreds to run horses from the West to the Eastern USA.   George Pollock along with his two brothers arrived in southern Saskatchewan in 1883 with curly horses from Nevada.   Peter Damele and his father spotted curlies in the Peter Hanson mountain range in Nevada in 1898. Mr. Johnson, Ole Skjonsberg's grandfather brought a curly mare into Alberta in 1902. All of these horses were undoubtedly caught in the wild, or were progeny from individuals caught in the wild in the North Western United States and the most likely theory is that there were one, or more, mutations that cropped up and were spread around throughout the North West. One of the things that is known is that the North American Curly Horse is a true North American breed started and bred in North America.  Francis Fredell one of the early Colorado horse breeders was located close to Boulder, believed (like myself) that they were exactly the same breeding as the early Quarter Horses, which is  'Spanish Mustang breeding scattered around the wilds of North America'. (prior to the TB infusion in the Quarter Horse) 

The North American Curly Horse  is more than just a horse, they very easily become a life style.

I've spent most of my living days training horses and dogs and working with livestock, the rest have just been wasted.






BNC Babe,  1991  sorrel curly mare NACHR#1039-D   $5,500

Bergen Curly Kelly 2000 dark sorrel NACHR # 60-D sorrel curly mare (small)Deceased

Bergen Kriss  2000 buckskin dun NACHR# 61-S straight mare  $5,000sold to Nina and Uri

Bergen Marsha   2002 bay NACHR #780- S     $3,500

Bergen Nadine 2003 NACHR# 787-S  black straight filly 3,500 - sold

Bergen Nickey 2003 NACHR# 518-D curly black filly  6,500old to Nina and Uri

Bergen Penny 2004 bay NACHR #795-D bay curly filly 5,500

Bergen Riva 2005  bay NACHR# 1034 - D  curly filly  3,500

Bergen Venice - 10 June 08 bay filly Nickey/Saturn   sold to Garry and Irene

Bergen Wren    -    Bay Filly Jordan/Babe    $1,500Sold

Bergen Winn  Chance/Sierra sold to Garry and Irene

Dakotas Golden Girl   1993 NACHR# 794-D curly palomino Mare   $3,000

RC Rosies Blaze - 2001 NACHR# 1031-D BNC Chester/Dans Pride Rosie $22,500

WCC Blondes Rust - 2004 NACHR# 1032-D  Copper Clown/WCC Blonde   $3,500

Bergen Xyla 27 May 2010 Chance Dakota  sold to Garry and Irene


Bergen_Mitch 2002 brown NACHR#808-D curly gelding. 3,500

Bergen Monarch 2002 NACHR# 517-S straight haired sorrel gelding 16+hh. 4,500

Bergen Montana 2002 NACHR# 521-D curly bay gelding  $12,500

Bergen Ned  2003 NACHR # 778-S bay straight haired gelding, 3,500

Bergen Slip - 2006 bay curly gelding small Jordan/Kelly  3,000Owned by Olwyn Gale

Bergen Taurus - 2006 buckskin curly gelding  Goldust/Kris  3,500

Bergen Titan - 2007 Palomino curly gelding NACHR# 1048-D GD/Emma 5,500

Bergen Tyrone - 2006 Palomino curly gelding Gold dust/Marsha  Sold

Bergen Uranus -(Uri) 22 May 08 Dakota/Jordan buckskin gelding (D) $2,500

Bergen Varda - 10 June 08 buckskin colt (D) Emma/SaturnSold

Bergen Vaugn - 10 June 08 Bay gelding (D) Missy/Saturn  Quentin  Lindbergh

Bergen Victor -  12 May 08 Jordan/Nadine black gelding - Owned by Paige Lindbergh

Bergen Will    -    Bay Colt   Saturn/Riva   sold to Garry and Irene

Bergen Xanthus (Ex) 21 May 2010 Varda/Marsha  Buckskin 2,500

Bergen Xander (Zan)27 May 2010 Chance/Nickey Palomino 2,500

Bergen Xider (Zider)June 2010 Chance/Missy  Palomino

Bergen Yance Marsha/Varda colt 15 June Buckskin (NFS)

Bergen Yale  Penny/Varda 28 June 11 Buckskin (NFS)

HCC Jordan  1998 brown NACHR#62-D  curly gelding Sold for a Horses and Kids programme

WCC Sundance Chance 2006 Palomino curly gelding NACHR#1040-D  $5,500

Horses sold lately

BERGEN YEVA       Nadine/Moon                Filly                29 May 11     Black