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Shinin's Creme De La

"Della" is a hard to find smokey
cream (color tested by UC Davis)
Fox Trotter that stands at about 16
hands.  Her gentle personality, nice
gaits, great conformation, size and
color make her a big asset to our
breeding program.

 She can only produce buckskins,
buckskin tobianos, smokey blacks
and occasionally palominos when
bred to Vegas.

 Della only has about 60 days riding
on her so needs an experienced
rider.   You can see her video below.

Her 2005 curly buckskin filly "Cocoa"
is a real beauty with lots of curls,
height and natural gait.  Check out
DCC Cocoa's page for more info
about her.

Della's 2007 curly filly is also
fantastic.  You can see her on ZGC
Carmella's page

He is here!  October of 2009 Della
foaled a gorgeous curly smokey
black colt!   See more about him his

ZGC New York's page!

Sold to Becky in Utah
Thank you so much,

Della is checked in foal to DCC Vegas
via ultrasound!  Della's foal will be
returning to Zion's Gait Curlies, so look
for photos in April of 2011!!

della in foal 1
della 2
Photos courtesy of Deserter Creek Curlies
Della about 3 weeks before foaling Cocoa
Carmella 066
Carmella 028
ZGC Carmella
Below is an email written to us from Carmella's owner, Brad Hansen.
Thank you so much, Brad for writing us!!  We LOVE to hear about
how our curlies are doing!!

Carmella (We call her Meg because my daughter thought she looked like the color of

Meg is the first horse to greet you when you come to the farm. She loves to run and play in
the field (especially with her best friend Jag our 8 year old buckskin gelding). Her
disposition is very kind and willing. She is a horse that anyone can enjoy from the
demanding trail rider who likes to move out quickly with a smooth sure footed ride to the
little girl who hasn't ridden before and wants to ride a nice kind horse. She will let you climb
all over her, pick up her feet, and do anything to her as long as you are kind. Our cat
Gideon jumps on her back regularly and she just lets him play there. She is very trusting.
Meg has been a joy to train from day one. Once you teach her she remembers what was
taught and doesn't need to be reminded. One thing about Meg that is a bit of a negative is
that she is a grudge holder. Soft gentle training methods are best. If you use harsh or
aggressive training methods then she responds poorly and will remember it and the person
who inflicted it. Our trainer Jared Callister said the following at the conclusion of her 30 day

1- She is one of the most smart teachable colts he had ever worked with. Responds to very
soft and subtle cues.

2- Meg is very sure footed for a young horse. It is like she was born in the mountains. He
mentioned that he had not seen that sure footed action except in mustangs.

3- He said her foxtrot is very natural and had a nice flow.
4- He said Meg is very athletic and tough. He was impressed at how tough her feet are. He
trained her in some rocky areas and herded cows and her feet were like a mustang. (note:
Meg is a barefoot horse)

5- Meg is very soft mouthed and responds to even the slightest lift of the rein. She holds a
snaffle bit in her mouth with no stress from the bridle. She holds it where she wants it.

6- Meg makes me look like a wonderful trainer.
7- Jared said that after 30 days she was at the stage of a seasoned 5 year old. Very quick

8- Lastly he said Meg is the horse to choose to ride when you go to the stable for a reliable
enjoyable mount.

At the ripe old age of 29 months Meg is quite far along in being the perfect fox trotter.
Great conformation, athletic, beautiful dark palomino markings (long curly white main),
gorgeous head (small star on the center of forehead), kind and gentle disposition,
energetic, will move out quickly. Meg is still a bit on the small side but are hopeful that she
will grow closer to the size of her Dam (Della) who is 16 hands. On my first ride since the
completion of the training we rode down a busy road in the city of Bountiful. The stimulation
was all around us (cars, joggers, street workers, lawn mowers, etc.) but Meg with her
trusting attitude took it all in stride because she trusted me. I am very fortunate to own

Brad Hansen

new york