THESE ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS... THESE ARE THEIR STORIES - JADE WATTS AND KODA

Luppy’s Boyfriend (AKA: Koda) came to Texas by way of a round up from the plains of North Dakota as a wild, untouched young stallion.  The Nokota horses are descended from the last surviving population whose ancestors include many horses descended from Spanish Colonial Stock.  

The Nokota’s survival depended on avoiding capture by humans.  The physical and social pressures combined to form durable, athletic, and extremely intelligent horses.

My incredible journey, with Koda, began just prior to the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in 2014.   Due to Koda’s heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity, I have had to reevaluate the way I think, process and communicate with a horse.   Nokota’s are very independent, natural problem solvers, and never forget an experience.

Koda and I have had more than our share of learning experiences over the past 4 years from demolishing working equitation obstacles to exiting over the dressage rail during our tests.  It has been such an honor to gain the trust and bond with the heart of this native wild horse, as we consistently work to improve our training. 

I am thrilled for Koda to make his debut at the 1st CWE National Show in October at Haras Dos Cavaleiros!

Pictures by Kellee Campbell

Note: if you want to share with us your road to the championship, your involvement with Working Equitation and/or some fun facts of your horse partners, please send an email with pictures to carmen@confederationwe.us