Rare Ojibwe Horses Find Home at TJ Stables Chatham-Kent
Ojibwe Spirit Horse Gathering at TJ Stables
August 18 and Sept 2 /11 A.M. to Sundown
Picture Courtesy of TJ Stables
We here in Chatham-Kent have an awesome opportunity, thanks to TJ Stable owner Terry Jenkins, to experience a part of history concerning a herd of Ojibwe spirit horses which are believed to be descendants of wild horses that members of the Walpole Island First Nation once used to hunt woodlandbuffalo. “They are wild ponies but they have a history” says Jenkins. “ They have spirit -THIS IS THE LEGEND-The creator told the ponies to bond with the heart beat of Mother Earth. They bonded with man and the Creator saw that is was good and that is the Legend”
Jenkins first heard about the legendary herd from her late father, Ernie Jenkins who many of us remember. Terry has been around horses all her life and recently heard about a herd of this special breed owned by artist, Rhonda Snow, who had helped bring the breed back from near extinction. Due to some unfortunate circumstances she had to sell the horses and Terry along with Andria Dryer, a constable with the CK Police Service traveled to Port Frances, on the western border of Ontario to purchase the herd of 14. Dryer who is from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation near London, recently experienced the healing power of horses in dealing with PTSD. She says the Ojibwe Horses have an emotional and spiritual power. She says the horses have the intelligence to help without really doing anything but being there. She says they have brought her peace that she has not felt for a very long time.
Today there are only about 120 Ojibwe horses still in existence after declining to four in 1977. Those 4 were scheduled to be put down when 5 men loaded them on a trailer and drove them to safety on a private property near Minnisota. A breeding program began which continues to this day.
Jenkins says when she arrived to bring the herd home she walked into the 160 acres field and was overcome with a powerful feeling of love. She had asked Dryer to accompany her on the trip. They were not there 20 minutes when one of the mares delivered a foal. Jenkins and Snow carried the newcomer into the barn and she said it was almost symbolic of the transfer of ownership with the new foal. Dryer performed a traditional smudging which is a burning of sage as part of a spiritual blessing and laid some cedar boughs in the trailer. She drummed in that rhythmic heart beat of Mother Earth and sang a beautiful song to the Creator.The horses who had never been in a trailer calmly walked on, somehow understanding that this was their chance to remain a herd. When they arrived at TJ Stable they kicked up their heels, ran in a herd and started grazing .
Jenkins says there had been a steady stream of visitors having heard about the legendary horses. The gathering will be held August 18 and Labor Day Sept 2 from 11 A.M. until sundown. The event will feature Snow’s work, stories about the horses depicted in her paintings and oral stories from elders of the past. There will also be a memory circle for individual who have experiences with the Ojibwe horses. Visitors will be allowed to get close to the horses and sit and feel their presence.
It is a special event to witness and perhaps experience the power of this special breed. Congratulation to Terry and TJ Stables for allowing this herd of Ojibwe Spirit Horses to be in our midst here in Chatham-Kent. It is truly a contribution to the preservation of the breed and a real demonstration of Terry’s undying love of horses and her willingness to do her part to preserve history.
I may be showing my age but the Beach Party Show this weekend at the CapitolTheatre is right up my alley. Our daughter-in-law who loves to dance and loves all music always says that we grew up with the very best music. I cannot agree more and this Saturday is a chance to experience those great sounds first hand. It is sure to bring back lots of memories.
Get ready for a fun night at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham. Surfin’ Safari: The Beach Party Show will take the stage for a one night performance at 8 P.M. on Saturday August 17/19. The show is presented by Bill Culp productions, Canada’s leading creator of musical tribute shows. The evening will include music by Jimmy Buffet, Jan and Dean, Frankie Avalon & the Ventures. It is fun for the whole family with an interactive show that is guaranteed to have the audience singing along, clapping their hands and dancing in the aisles. You will hear favorites like Surfer Girl, Margaritaville, Wipeout, Little Old Lady from Pasadena and many many more.
Watch the video for a sneak preview of the great evening to come and call 519-354-8338 for tickets or pick up at the box office. Don’t miss out. The place will be rocking! Another example of the fantastic affordable entertainment right here in Chatham-Kent, The Affordable Lifestyle Location.
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