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Nokota Horse Conservancy, Inc.
Ivercare “Because You Care” Award
Voting Begins September 1, 2003

For the past 30 thirty years, brothers Leo and Frank Kuntz of North Dakota have labored alone and at great personal cost and heartache in their quest to save the rare Nokota Horses. These wild horses, descendent from the Indian ponies of Chief Sitting Bull, evolved into a distinct type when they roamed the Little Missouri Badlands and were eventually enclosed in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park of North Dakota.

As often is the fate of wild horses, the Nokota Horse would be extinct today without the intervention of the Kuntz brothers. Through their efforts, the Nokota Horses have been preserved and their history documented. Ever so slowly, an appreciation of this rare and wonderful horse has developed and been fostered by Nokota Horse owners throughout the country.

In 1999, the Nokota Horse Conservancy, Inc. was officially formed. The bulk of the Nokota Horses remain on the Kuntz Ranch and the majority of the cost to preserve them still falls upon the Kuntz family, under the auspices of the Nokota Horse Conservancy. Conservancy members around the country, familiar with this extraordinary breed and the immense effort put forth by the Kuntz family, take every opportunity to rally around them, to help in any way to further the chances this breed will survive. Even today, the future of the Nokota Horse is dependent upon the generosity of those who appreciate the horse and their unique place in American history.

One such effort occurred in April, 2003 when the Nokota Horse Conservancy, Inc. participated in Ivercare’s “Because You Care” Award contest; sponsored by Farnam, Inc. Finalists were chosen by daily online votes. With over 100 entrants and 31,000 votes cast, the small yet mightily dedicated Nokota Horse Conservancy emerged as a Top Five Finalist.

Voting for the Winner of the “Because You Care” Award begins September 1, 2003. Every email address may register one vote, every day, for the month of September. To participate in the Ivercare Finals, log on to, beginning September 1st, and cast your vote daily for the Nokota Horse Conservancy.

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