The American Bashkir Curly Registry had its 24th annual convention June 23-25, 1994, at breed headquarters in Ely, Nevada. Horse show clinics and a Curly horse show were among the activities.
The champion performance horse award went to Georgi Zarina, owned and ridden by Tom Sanders of Ely. The national youth award went to Cara Gubler, of Lund, Nevada., riding her gelding, Country Music King. The breed promotion award went to Bonnie and James Brathovde, Sand Stream Curly Horses, Camp Verde, Arizona.
Membership in the ABCR remains in the 500 range, with members located in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Sweden. There are now over 1,800 horses registered with the association and transfers are increasing.
Horses with curly coats were depicted in art in early China. Their history in America goes back many years as depicted in northern Sioux "winter counts" (Indian calendars).
The Damele family, from the Dry Creek Ranch near Austin, Nevada, began raising Curly horses in 1898 after finding some running with the wild horses in the area. The registry was formed in 1971 by a handful of Curly horse owners, including the Damele family.
The ABCR has three registry divisions: full Curly, straight, and half. In the full Curly division, horses must have curly coats and both parents must be registered with ABCR. The straight division is for horses who do not have the curly coat, but have both parents registered (only geldings and mares are eligible). The half Bashkir Curly division is for horses with the curly coat and non-registered parent(s), or with unknown parentage.
American Bashkir Curly Registry, Box 246, Ely, NV 89301; 702-289-4999.