The purpose of the Heritage class is to commemorate the
American Indian with dignity, honesty and integrity. The costumes can be a
composite of many tribes including Crow, Blackfoot, Flathead, Sioux Yakima,
Umatilla and Nez Perce. The history of the Indian and the horse is a
fascinating and often controversial story but one fact stands out all western
gear is an adaptation of early Spanish gear. Saddles, bridles, hackamores,
breastcollars, martingales, cruppers, britcheons, ropes, whips [quirts] and
armor of hide were assimilated and modified to meet the needs and situations of
the various Indian groups.
Most tribes exchanged gifts and items for trade so sometimes
there is a blending of cultural items the similar beadwork of Crow and the Nez
Perce is due to this reciprocal influence.
The American Horse- Indian in a relatively short time
achieved a mastery of the horse which has never been surpassed. What better
reason could we have to commemorate the American horse-indian in our costume classes.
Each class shall be conducted with dignity honesty and
integrity of impersonation.The refinement of a costume is encouraged however many competitors do not have access
to authentic items so they can make the costume look as authentic as possible
by using anything available to look like the real thing.
Before you we have a selection of regalia ranging from the
early 19 century to the present day. The horses wear regalia dating from 130
years ago to last week , some authentic antique some reproduction.
The women are wearing dresses depicting
ceremonial,wedding,work wear and pow wow.The ceremonial dress is 130 years old
and is nez perce. They carry their
babies in cradle boards , nez perce, sioux and crow design.One woman rides astride
a reproduction nez perce saddle. They all carry or wear authentic accessories , including awls ,sally
bags ,belts, moccasins,leggings arm bands,knives, and personal jewellery.
The chief wears a shirt made by a Navajo elder , he is
wearing a very special gifted war bonnet, he carries a tomahawk, a coup stick
and a medicine shield , he is riding on a Cheyenne saddle pad with matching
The horse trappings
include breast plates ,bridles , keyhole face decorations ,face masks
and saddle bags.
When you are competing in a class you are marked on
authenticity of trappings and equipment attire of the competitor markings and
colourful qualities of the horse the overall picture including the exhibitor’s
Today however we are all pleased just to celebrate the
amazing versatility of the APPALOOSA , we are all deeply honoured to present
our horses to you , and hope that you appreciate the very special heritage that
our horses bring with them. |