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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

Our Horses

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 Challenge, Alabama
  • The American Competitive Trail Horse Association
  • The National Walking Horse Association
  • The American Endurance Ride Conference
  • 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 their publicity.

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 in Germany.

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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McCurdy's Ragin' Cajun - April 2001

Our breeding stallion from 2004-2007. An Ambassador for the McCurdy Plantation Horse Association.

  • 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.
  • Performed free-style McCurdy Plantation Horse breed demos at the 2007 Nation Walking Horse Association National Show in TN.
  • 2010 Alabama Horse Fair McCurdy Plantation Horse breed representative, Parade of Stallions, free style demonstrations.

Cajun is a majestic and noble - a perfect gentleman in every way.

Frozen semen available for AI, stud fee $250. Recently gelded to continue his career as a competition mount.

Breeding Protocol  -  Breeding Contract  -  Cajun's Papers

"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.

Miss Sante Fe McCurdy, a prime example of Cajun's offspring!

Lightning's McCurdy Lad aka "88"
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 place.
  • 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

Sire, Red's Letohatchee LEGEND, dam, McCurdy's Diamond Cate

Placed with McCurdy owner Carolyn Hosmer of Athens, TX, for Trail and Ranch riding. Congratulations Carolyn for finding your Perfect Match!

 

"Diamond Cate"  1990
Registered McCurdy and Racking

A vintage McCurdy mare from Lowndes Co., Alabama. She was the matriarch and cornerstone of our breeding program.

Recently sold to veteran horseman and friends Carolyn and Harold Wilson of Decatur, TX.

Diamond is now Carolyn's dream horse for pleasure and trail riding. They are a perfectly matched pair!

Congratulations Carolyn and many happy trails together for you and Harold.

 
 

Destiny Hills Ranch 7450 CR 2800, Athens, TX 75751 903-677-4858

 

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