Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Expo Page

It looks like the Contest is ON! SO anyone wishing to sign up can still do so until April 21st.

CALLING ALL Curly Owners with Expo experience! I am presently working a page for the site that will offer EXPO SUGGESTIONS AND RESOURCES. There is often discussion on curly chat groups about how to do one and I thought it would be helpful to offer a page that would lists ideas, suggestions, resource links to materials and also the DO's and DON'Ts of doing an Expo with your Curlies.

SO, if anyone wishes to particpate, please email me any ideas or tidbits. Photos of stall set up, that kind of thing. It would be fabulous. You know how to reach me!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

SEVEN!

We are NOW up to SEVEN entries for the Ride-A-curly Contest.
We need AT LEAST 3 more!
Come you guys, JOIN THE FUN!!!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Contest Update

If you are planning to enter the Ride-A-Curly contest, can you email me? If I don't have at least 20 participants I won't be able to hold the event and cover my expenses.

Although, I could limit the T-shirt design option to just the "Incredible curly" and pull it off with just 10 partipants, but I really wanted to offer two designs AND do the "ride a curly" logo on the left chest. It is hard when you are trying to finance all of this on your own.....I am waiting to get the other two logos set up to be sure I have enough interest.

Maybe someone would want to help sponsor the event? If so, let me know.

The deadline for entries is April 21st, but if you know for sure you will be entering, please sign up so I know how many are interested. Thanks a bunch!!

http://curlyhorsecountry.com/curlyentryform.htm

Email me: denise.conroy@gmail.com

Friday, March 23, 2007

Contest Entry Forms online!

Easy sign up for the contest : http://www.curlyhorsecountry.com/curlyentryform.htm

Some people were having trouble downloading the form on my site, so I had a form created that should be easy for everyone.

If you don't receive confirmation within 24 hours, let me know -- it's a new program so want to be sure it's working. Once you submit info, you will be directed to two more pages, just hit CONTINUE once your information is finished processing....it will take you back to the CHC site.

Remember, I have to get your T-shirt to you by the contest, so don't wait to enter!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

New Curly Foal Nursery!

What's Wrong...can't you keep up?! HA. I am on a roll...so you better be checking this blog constantly for a while to stay up with the news! lol. The truth of the matter is that once the weather breaks and I get riding Reese...you will not see me for a while. You WILL get a break from me, I promise! ;-)

Okay...so I am on the Curly Haven list and all these darling foals are being born. Many folks don't get photos through the chats, so they miss out. AND some people don't have a website, so noone gets to enjoy marveling at their new little one. SOOOO, I decided to start a Foal Nursery Page! Anyone wishing to brag about their new curly foal - you are welcome to email me and I would happily post it. And as a little extra bonus to help all you awesome breeders a bit...I would be glad to list your website or farm name as a little PR for ya.

To help me out though...check out the ones already on the page so you know the kind of info you can send. This is not a sales page so I don't want to make it a big advertisement....just an announcement and you can say anything you wish to along with the photo. ;-)))

http://curlyhorsecountry.com/curlyfoalnursery.htm

Contest Champion "trophy"

I did up a few options for the Contest as far as the Champion Denim DESIGN choices. Anything is possible so these are just ideas. For those participating...you can dream while you ride this summer, about what you would like YOUR winning Jacket to be! ;-))
I also wanted to mention that it is also possible that if you DON'T like Denim...you could choose another jacket style. I want the winner to get a nice prize. We have many choices on our OMD Embroidery site...so you can go there and check a few out.
Additionally, on the unisex jacket -- it has a really nice fleece lining. Not sure you can see it in the photo.



Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ride-A-Curly CONTEST!

RIDE, PROMOTE and WIN!
RIDE ANY CURLY, Get a FREE T-shirt and WIN GREAT Prizes!
THE ONLY REQUIREMENT is that you RIDE A CURLY!!! No registration papers required!!*This contest is for ALL ages!*
Okay, so we already have some questions, so I will address them here.
1. Can you ride any curly? YES. The points are tallied based on YOU the rider. So if you want to ride 4 of your curlies in one day....count your entire time for all 4 horses. Points must be tallied based on RIDING or DRIVING..not ground work.
2. How do the Events points work? Basically, if you are doing an event that is PROMOTING, we will consider that an event. The points are based on the participant WITH a curly...so if you take 3 curlies to an expo, that still counts as just 20 points. Or if 3 participants do an expo and take just 1 curly...only ONE person can count their time. I wanted to make sure that one person wasn't doing all the work and people showing up just to get points....not that most would do that, but this will prevent that sort of thinking. I added this section to allow for those that don't ride BUT STILL do alot of promoting thru expos, fairs and demos....to be a part of the contest. This is such a valueable part of curly promotion.
3. ANY AGE - Youth too? Yes, right now this will be an ADULT and YOUTH contest. If this goes over well, I will expand the divisions next year to include Youth and maybe other speciality divisions. WE will see!
As questions arise, I will post them here - so be sure to check back often!
4. How do I pay? You can pay via snail mail with MONEY ORDER Or paypal, which I prefer. That way I don't have to worry about checks clearing etc. My paypal addy is: denise.conroy@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New Men's Design


Hi Everyone, Before this design goes to print, can you give me your feedback on what you think of the new MEN's Design? I had some women comment to me that their fellas are feeling a little left out and would like something a bit more masculine to wear.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Featured Ads

I have had a few questions this week regarding Featured Ads. Just to let you know, there is PLENTY Of space on the CHC home page for Featured ads. I placed temporary ads in the vacant spots so there wouldn't be huge gaps, so those can be removed to insert your ad. I also can fit 4 more stallion ads on the home page as well.

The costs are very reasonable.
Featured Stallion ads on home page: $20/per 3 months or $75.00 for the year.
Featured RANCH business card ads: $100 for the year.
Featured horse sales ads: $20/per 3 months.

More details here: ADVERTISING PAGE

Sunday, March 18, 2007

DVD Damage?

If anyone received a DVD that is faulty or damaged, please let me know. My friend received hers the other day and she said the music skips and so does my voice during the commentary at the end. PLEASE if anyone has any problems with their copy, let me know. I am happy to replace it. denise.conroy@gmail.com

UPDATE: My friend emailed and she told me her DVD played perfectly on her computer. It seems to be the case that if your DVD-TV player is older than 4 or 5 years, you may have trouble playing it. So if you have any doubts on whether it is the DVD or your TV-DVD player, try your computer or a friend's newer dvd player and see if that corrects the problem. If not, there maybe some damage there, in which case drop me an email for a replacement.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

DVD, Ads and Articles

For those that ordered DVDs recently, there was a little hold up because I was waiting on more DVD cases. They all shipped on Saturday, priority mail. You should have received a email regarding that. Also the first orders for the imprinted Curly Horse Tees went out on Saturday too! I think they turned out great. The design on the back is really big so it can be seen really well. Remember to take along photos of your curlies when you wear your Tee because you can bet you will get lots of questions. lol. I had questions yesterday at the vet clinic while wearing my Conroy's Curly Jacket and had no pictures, nothing with me! Ugh. Next time I will be armed...maybe even with a few DVDs to pass out.

It looks like the opinion on the classifieds is to keep what I have or I may lose the originality and the control of how it looks. SO, thank you to those that emailed me privately on that.

I would sure love more articles from all of you. With all those action photos on the site, I KNOW you all are doing lots with your curlies! You don't have to be a 'writer' to send an article. People really enjoy reading about folks like them, just enjoying their horses. It is always fun to read how people first found out about them or maybe one special event that year --- just remember it doesn't have to be earth-shaking...or long either...just a simple story would be awesome.
(try to include pics too if you can - we love pics!! ;-)

Have a super weekend everyone and get out there and enjoy (and promote!) those incredible Curlies!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Curly Classified Ads

I have been pondering whether I need to add an automated "Classified" section to my site. Does anyone have an opinion on that? Do you think people are more likely to go thru that process than submit ads via email? I am torn because I want to maintain the integrity of my site AND also continue to offer great prices on ads.

Right now, the cost is just $5.00 per horse (photo ad) and $2.00 for each additional horse.
Video links to Youtube are free.

If I have it automated, those costs would be much higher for such features.

Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your comment Brie! I promise to post any updates on responses from RFDTV.
;-)) Let's hope the cost isn't 15K!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

In the news this week!

Hard to keep up these days, but it's exciting!

I wanted to let everyone know that I burned a Curly horse DVD for RFDTV and sent it in on Saturday. Who knows if they will even respond, but wanted everyone to know it will be in their hands soon! Updates on what follows WILL BE POSTED HERE! So please check back. I thought maybe this might be easier than hounding everyone, every few weeks about new little updates. So from now on, this will be where you can find the latest, greatest news from CHC!

Many new updates this week so if you haven't been checking daily you may have missed a few things. Here is a recap!

New pics on the CSB course!

New Stallion and Sales ads, or updates

Many New Articles!! "Good advice, by Susan", Allergy Testimony, Wolf Story and Article on Why you should start a blog.

New Curly Store with lots of great stuff! ie Curly DVD, Imprinted sweats, etc.

Some new Gaited curly links

New Curly Book on the early history in Nevada

New pics on the Winter Curls page

I continue to receive awesome reports on the DVDs...so that is really nice. Thank you to everyone for their encouragement.

A reminder to those that were notified about being included on the DVD -- because of your participation, you will always be able to purchase the DVD at cost. ($5.00+ shipping) So if you need extra copies, just drop me an email.

I am thinking about starting a FRP or some award contests next year. I think it would be neat to offer some really great prizes like an embroidered jacket or something really great. News and information on that will be coming this fall.

I still have a few spots open for the Stallion showcase and Curly sales ads on the home page. So if interested, let me know! Once those spots are taken..you will have to wait til they expire to get your ad up. There are also a few business card ad spots available. Click here for details on prices.

OH and if you are in the Illinois, Indiana, Michigan or surrounding area -- don't forget about the NWI curly horse show this coming weekend!!!!! March 17 & 18!

That's all for now! More news soon.
~Enjoy those curlies, ya hear! Denise