Sadly, Flicka, our oldest horse in the park at 25, has been found dead. She had appeared to be in good condition for her age but had been lagging behind her band recently. She was a beautiful mare even in old age and produced many pretty foals in her lifetime. We will all miss the grand old lady!
Flicka became a harem mare at 2 years of age to the young, first time band stallion, Curious George. He carved out his territory in the lower Paddock Creek area where many, many visitors to the park, including the horse concession riders, could admire his band. Because of his markings and that of some of his offspring, his was the band that so many visitors remembered and looked for when returning to the park.
Flicka’s and Curious George’s very first foal was the beautiful Georgia, named after her sire. She was a minimal sorrel overo who carried the same white mark on her left gaskin as her paternal granddam. She was the dam of Georgia’s Boy, who currently runs in the park and of whose band Flicka was a member.
Flicka and Curious George’s second foal was and still is a favorite of the visitors, the illusive and loud colored Circus! Once when he was just a wee colt, he was left sleeping along the loop road when his band moved away. So many people gathered and worried about the tiny foal that they notified park staff. He was fine and Flicka came back for him afterwhile; she was not about to abandon her colt and he was not that concerned with all the attention. She was to have nine more foals before she was successfully treated with the contraceptive. Coal, Raven, and Maggie all sired by Curious George, will carry on their legacy in the park.
Goodbye old girl. Run across those green pastures with your favorite partner, Curious George! 💔