Nicolette's Revelation AF
Owner/Breeder - Adele Furby
Completed & Passed the "North American 70 Day Stallion Testing"
at Silver Creek Farm November 2012
70-Day Stallion Test
The North American 70-Day Stallion Test is held in
accordance with the German Stockbreeding Law following
the standards of performance tests and horse breeding
value requirements as ordered by the breeding
associations of the German Equestrian Federation. It is
open to stallions of any sporthorse breed who are a
minimum of 3 years of age.
At arrival, the stallions undergo a veterinary
examination before beginning the test. Once the
stallions have passed the initial veterinary
examination, the testing process begins.
The testing process lasts for seventy days, during which
time the stallions must remain at the testing station.
During the training period, the training director
assesses the stallions in the following criteria:
- Willingness to Work
- Athletic Ability
- Gaits (walk, trot, canter)
- Free Jumping & Stadium
Jumping (scope, technique)
- Cross Country (canter,
The scores will be given during the training period by a
training judge and will be factored in to calculate the
During the final testing days, the stallions are
assessed by two test judges, two guest jumper riders,
and two guest dressage riders who were appointed by the
training director and FN representative. Every judge and
rider assigns their own marks. The following areas will
be judged during the final testing days:
- Gaits (walk, trot, canter)
- Free Jumping & Stadium
Jumping (scope, technique)
- Cross Country (canter,
9 = Very Good
8 = Good
7 = Satisfactory
6 = Above Average
4 = Below Average
3 = Insufficient
2 = Bad
1 = Very Bad
Judging scores are given by the judges according to the
following marking system:
After the scores are collected, the final overall result
of the test is calculated with the software program
developed by the German Verden VIT. The final results
align with the index average score of 100 and one
standard divergence of 20 points from the average (100).
Five year-old and older stallions will receive a
deduction of 5% from the average achieved scores of the
three and four year-old stallions in the test group.
Following the same procedure, the rideability and
jumping indexes are calculated. From these calculations,
the stallion’s final score is calculated.
At the conclusion of the test, for each individual
stallion, the “whole index”, “rideability index” and the
“jumping index” are announced. After all of the scores
have been announced, each stallion owner will receive a
score sheet showing the marks given in each individual
category, along with a comparison of the average score
received by all the stallions in each individual
category. The score sheet will also indicate the placing
of the stallion in the final results of the stallion
test group. The German Equestrian Federation is informed
by the training director and the FN representative as to
the results of the test. Results of the stallion’s test
performance for licensing will be available to the
"Endurance News" (AERC), and Shagya-Arabian stallion
(ranking 6th place) is
in the Top Ten for the
"Jim Jones Stallion Award", "Among all
regions, honoring the stallion with the most miles completed
during the ride season (any number of riders). Top 10 stallions
and Ellen Olson
*Hadban USA article published in the
ISG Info 2012-2 Magazine
(German version). Translated to English after the one
"Congratulations" to Ellen Olson & SA Belshazzar
Long Listed for the American Olympic Endurance Team which will
be competing in London at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishments world-wide
which is recognized through out the Shagya Communities.
Thank you Ellen & Zar!
SA Belshazzar aka "Zar"
SA Belshazzar, NASS #P-Sh-97-117, whose nickname is "Zar"
was bred by Daunna Sellers who is a lifetime member of NASS.
His sire Bayram was bred by Adele Furby and is a product of
two of the breeding horses Adele imported from Europe in
1986--the bay stallion *Oman (from Germany) and the grey
mare *Biala (born in Poland). Daunna purchased Bayram from
Adele when Bayram was a coming two-year old. Belshazzar's
dam is the purebred Arabian mare Jayel Tongafarah, who was a
daughter of *Farazdac and out of a silver Monarch daughter.
*Farazdac was imported from Egypt in 1974.
NASS USDF ALL BREED AWARD WINNERS 2011 -
Article By Kathy Richkind
The US Dressage Federation annually organizes the all
breed awards, which allows registries to honor the
success of horses and riders in their breed societies
showing in open competition in dressage.
It is organized by levels of training, and the
NASS has for many years sponsored awards for its
This year NASS has three horses which qualified for the
program, which is an achievement for both the horses and
their riders and for NASS.
In order to qualify for
the award program, a horse must first be nominated for
the program with USDF.
Then the horse and rider must earn eight scores
at a given level (e.g. training, first, etc) from four
different judges at four different recognized shows,
with a median score greater than 60% overall, including
at least two scores of 60% or higher from the highest
test at each level.
This is not an easy task, first in terms of time
and expense to actually make it to four open shows
(especially for those of us that live in geographically
show-challenged parts of the country) and then to have
consistently good rides throughout the show season.
This is the first year that the NASS has had so
many participants who made it through the qualifying
process and received these year end awards.
I asked each award winner to write a bit about
themselves and their horses, and why Shagyas are so
special to them.
Here, in their own words, are this year’s award
USDF Training Level Champion:
Shagya Emir AF, owned and ridden by Terry Hey,
with a median score of 62.857%
“Kai” is a 15.3 hand nine-year-old
gray gelding (Shagya Scherzo AF x Echo Daal), bred by
In Terry’s words:
Shagya Emir AF and Terry Hey showing off their good
The first time I had actually heard anything about
Shagya Arabians was when I was about 15. I had been
given a "Horse Encyclopedia" for Christmas. You know the
kind: huge coffee table type book full of colorful
photos of different breeds of horses around the world.
Under the chapter on Arabians there was a small
paragraph about the Shagya Arabian, and a photo of a
lovely grey stallion. I was immediately intrigued, being
a dyed-in-the-wool Arabian horse lover. I read the
paragraph but it was a little vague; it seemed to be
saying that this breed wasn't really a purebred Arabian.
Computers and the internet had not yet been invented and
there wasn't anything about Shagyas in my local library.
So I continued to focus on Arabians, and my
own beloved mount, an Arab/Saddlebred gelding named Keo
Fast forward to 1987. I'm poor, single, working two
jobs, and trying to find time to ride my little Arab/QH
cross, Bree. I had been taking dressage lessons and was
hooked. I still loved Arabians but began to wonder if a
cross might be better suited to dressage but wasn't as
enthralled with the idea of a huge warmblood as my
fellow dressage students seemed to be.
Then I got the issue of
that contained the article about Shagyas, and Adele, and
her attempts to bring this amazing breed to
and restore its numbers. There was a photo of a
magnificent Shagya stallion being shown in hand at the
trot: Shagal, as it turned out. As I stared at this
photo, I realized this horse had all the qualities I was
looking for in my dream horse: athletic ability, bone, a
little more size, but with the best traits and beauty of
the Arabian. I told myself that day that someday, I
would have one.
But I was poor, and Detroit was a long way from Montana, and Adele only had a dozen or so
altogether anyway, and so it seemed an impossible dream.
Fast forward to 1998. I have gotten married. My
horse, Bree, is now 24, having moved with me from
Iowa, to Michigan,
and now finally back home to
Iowa. My new husband graciously
made room for him on his 38 acres which had,
fortunately, a pen and a shelter large enough for a
horse. I told him that Bree was old and arthritic and
deserved retirement and that I would either quit riding,
never having really had the chance to get serious about
it anyway - or find a younger horse. My husband said
"but you can't quit riding. I think you should get
By now I had a computer, and I wondered, "what
would happen if I Google "Shagya?" Well, something
happened: I got hits! At first, I did not think I could
afford one. I had a little money saved, thinking to use
it for grad school. But when I was awarded a full
scholarship. . . .
I had the chance to use that savings for
something else. After looking at breeders in the Midwest
- I chose Cosmos Whitner, bred by Bev Thompson - and was
thrilled to learn that his sire, Shagya Sun, was by *Shandor,
who was by that magically gloriously beautiful stallion
I had seen in the photograph - Shagal.
When Bree passed away at the age of 30, we went back to
Bev's farm and got our second Shagya, Florence, (Flow) to keep
him company and be our pleasure riding and driving mare.
Cosmos (aka Count) was my perfect partner, until he
injured himself in the pasture. When it became clear
that he was not going to be sound again, I contacted
Adele, and chose Shagya Emir AF, Count's first cousin,
to resume my dressage journey. It was not easy starting
over, but by then I knew that I was thoroughly spoiled
for any other breed other than a Shagya, and Emir, also
a great grandson of Shagal, has been a joy. He had never
been in barn before, much less a horse trailer, yet he
loaded calmly and allowed us to haul him on a two day
journey home from Montana
to Sioux City, Iowa.
I started him under saddle in the fall of his four year
old year, (06) and we have been having adventures ever
train with Missy Fladland as time and schedules allow.
In 2011 we also qualified for and competed at
the USDF regional championships, and started showing at
USDF First Level Champion:
, co-owned Ann Whittaker and Missy Myrick, and ridden by
Ann Whittaker, with a median score of 63.387%
x Bravita AF) is a twenty-year-old
15.2 hand bay gelding, bred by Cindy Taylor
Ann Whittaker and Banner CT with a
wonderful airy canter (photo by Carolyn Bunch Photography).
In Ann’s words:
I grew up
in Florida - always horse crazy, but never had a horse
and did not get to ride until I was in junior high.
I took hunt seat equitation once a week for 1-2
years, but when the instructor quit teaching, the drive
across town proved too much for my mom, who never
understood the horse thing. I rode a little in college
(jumping) when I found out I could get PE credits by
riding. Then I did not ride for almost 30 years.
I taught music, got married, had 3 children, moved all
around (husband - Army) - Maryland, California, Germany
(10 years), and now Washington. I had dogs (Salukis)
that I showed, which I think was a sublimation of my
love of horses. I also became a lactation consultant,
which is what I do now part-time.
Then, as I approached that big 50 number, evaluating my
life with the question - was there anything that I
hadn't done that I had always wanted to do - and, of
course, the answer was - ride! I was not interested in
jumping anymore and had been fascinated with dressage
for a long time. My daughter just happened to be dating
a young man whose mother rode dressage and introduced me
to her instructor, who has now been my instructor for 6
years. After determining that the body was still able
(the spirit was always willing), I leased a thoroughbred
mare and started my dressage journey. I had to
re-train and re-learn many things, as the dressage seat
and contact is so different from my early training, so
it has been a real journey.
After about a year or so into this journey, my
instructor, Missy Myrick, mentioned that she had a horse
she might lease to me, but "I wasn't ready for him
yet". She was talking about Banner, who I didn't even
know she had, because she couldn't talk about it. It
took quite a while before I learned the whole story. She
was caretaker and protector for him because he belonged
to one of her students - a young girl who lost her life
at age 18. Her mother was not a horse person and left
Banner in Missy's care. Missy has known Banner
since he was about 8, so knew his previous owners,
training and history. Within a few months of her
comments, I had a few lessons on Banner and it proved to
be a good match. He was about 15 ½ when we met, and was
a good size match for me, very athletic, smart, sweet,
and delightful to be around. I rode both horses for a
few months, but very quickly moved to just riding
Banner. We've been together ever since - almost 5
years. We've been in full training (4 lessons /week) the
whole time and we just continue to progress. We
are doing flying changes and a few steps of piaffe. It
just gets more and more fun and has totally made my
life! I just love to ride!
Showing was not really on my agenda, because it's not
why I do this, but Missy mentioned that I might be able
to get my bronze medal on this horse. I thought that
seemed like good goal to have, so we started with 1st
level this year. Before I could show, we had to get
Banner's paperwork in order, which I thought would be a
lease agreement with the mother, but still complicated
because his ownership was in the daughter's name.
They surprised me by transferring Banner into my name!
So I now own my 1st horse! He has
essentially been mine for some time, but it was a very
special gift they gave me!
We hope to show 2nd and 3rd level in 2012. I tried out a
couple of the 2nd level tests at a schooling show this
fall. We'll just have to see how it goes!
I learned about Shagyas because of Banner coming into my
life and now I can't imagine having anything else! What
an amazing breed! I am constantly surprised that
they aren't more popular given the number of small women
USDF First level Reserve Champion:
WS Emilagra, bred, owned and ridden by Kathy
Richkind, with a median score of 63.003%“
Milagra” (*Shandor x Echo Daal) is a highly opinionated
15.1 hand 16-year-old chestnut mare
WS Emilagra being thanked by Kathy Richkind at the end
of a test (photo by Joy Lynne Harrison)
In Kathy’s words:
I too was
a horse crazy child but had to satisfy my passion with
weekly lessons (saddle seat, hunt seat, then
dressage) until I got my first horse at age 35.
Kiowa Bingo was a wonderful steady quarter horse
that carried me from training to third level, then took
on my daughters, then many pony clubbers – but at age 19
he developed navicular disease and I had to find
mount, although Bingo remained in our family until his
death at 35 years of age.
I loved Arabians, did not want a big warmblood,
learned of Shagyas through an article in a horse
magazine featuring Adele Furby and her recently imported
young stallions, and immediately decided this was the
breed for me.
Through Adele’s efforts I acquired the young
Hungarian Bravo daughter Echo Daal and bred her to *Shandor
to get my dreamed-for chestnut filly with high white
socks, suitably named (E)milagra for the miracle that
And Milagra has lived up to her name, surviving a
near fatal infection as a newborn, three pregnancies,
half a year lost to dryland distemper, and two colic
surgeries, the last of which resulted in the removal of
her entire large intestine at age 14.
Her dressage career thus has suffered multiple
interruptions (including my full time job as a
geneticist and years as a single parent), but in true
Shagya fashion she is one very tough mare– smart, easy
bold and brave, the
perfect temperament for this amateur owner/rider, steady
in the show ring, and very opinionated!
Life with her
is a continual discussion and she keeps me laughing.
She is the first horse I have trained from the
very beginning and our journey has been amazing to me.
I believe we are connected in a very special way
– we are partners and she is the horse of my lifetime.
We spent the last year and a half in the longest
stretch of consistent training we have ever had, with
monthly clinics with a wonderful trainer, Sarah Hall,
who comes from New Hampshire to New Mexico every month
and works with a small group of supportive and dedicated
riders, many of whom have taken their horses up to FEI
levels and multiple regional championships.
I take no day for granted with this mare now – I know
that every additional day we have together is a gift.
We ended our
show year with an amazing 5th place win at
the USDF regional championships – picture one small
chestnut mare in the midst of a herd of giant bay
warmblood geldings – she definitely stood out in the
I plan on showing at second level in 2012, although we
will not make it to the required four shows to qualify
at that level for USDF all-breed awards, what with dates
conflicting with family events and travel plans.
After that, a try for third level in hopes of
earning our USDF bronze medal, and maybe a trip or two
back to the regional championships.
If we live long enough, who knows how far we can
go! It just
takes us longer than most!
Congratulations to Ellen Olson & SA Belshazzar
Goethe Challenge FEI Endurance
Ride – Levy County Ocala, Florida
Commentary from Ellen Olson
and Zar WON the FEI 100 mile and also received Best Condition.
Zar and I had a fantastic ride. He was
100% all day. The weather was hot with high humidity. The
trail was deep sand or hard packed roads. There was 50%
pulled in each distance. My plan for Zar for the day was
10mph... just a nice easy pace for our COC.
Zar having had a
different opinion on the speed was able to speed it up a
bit... lol. We
finished in around 9 hours 30 minutes.
Zar will hopefully make the top 12 training list for team
USA to be picked to go to the World
England. Again, we are always impressed with the talent that
the Shagya breed shows us.
Happy New Year!
Ellen Rapp Olson
SA Belshazzar aka "Zar"
NASS #P-Sh-97-117, whose nickname is "Zar"
was bred by Daunna Sellers who is a lifetime member of NASS.
His sire Bayram
was bred by Adele Furby and is a product of two of the
breeding horses Adele imported from Europe in 1986--the bay
(from Germany) and the grey mare
*Biala (born in
Poland). Daunna purchased
Adele when Bayram
was a coming two-year old.
is the purebred Arabian mare
who was a daughter of
out of a silver Monarch daughter. *Farazdac
was imported from Egypt in 1974.
The Goethe Challenge FEI Endurance Ride was
held on December 17, 2011 in Levy County Ocala, Florida. The
ride was sanctioned by AERC (American Endurance Ride
Congratulations also goes out to Jeremy Olson and Ellen Rapp
who were married this past August 2011!
ADDITIONAL info on the ride can be found on the
Horse Reporter link:
Shagya Emir AF & Terry
Hey and Shagya Emir AF (aka Kai)
at the Iowa Dressage and Combined Training Schooling Show Series
Final in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, at the Iowa Equestrian Center at Kirkwood Community
College October 29, 2011.
*Hadban USA and Jeremy Olson, FEI Top
Ten at Ashland, Montana, June 2011
is an 8 year old stallion approved for breeding
by the North American Shagya-Arabian Society.
Bred by Joseph Weiss of Austria, imported by
Johan Sitter of Texas, trained by Dick Vrooman
of Montana, ridden by Jeremy Olson of Illinois,
and owned by Adele Furby of Montana, he will
continue his endurance career with Jeremy Olson
and Ellen Rapp.
His next endurance competition is
scheduled for December in Florida, USA.
Photos by Fritz Harshbarger
Monique Vincent Places FIRST
On Friday January 8, 2009 Canada released its Endurance
standings for 2009.
NASS Board Member Monique Vincent (who
is a non-resident Canadian living in the states) placed
FIRST for the 2009 season with overall year-end points of 2841.
It was a nice margin between Monique and second place coming in at
1886. You can read more on this on the Canadian Endurance
http://www3. telus.net/ tobytrot/ 2009endurancepoi nts.htm
Congratulations to Monique Vincent
& her girls...
MJL Olivia, Savanna & Out of Control!
"AERC ACCOLATES 2009
ABOARD MJL OLIVIA
(*Oman x MJL Stanz-Abi (ox))
- Central Region Overall
- Central Region Featherweight Division
- Central Region Mileage Championship (up to two horses
per rider for the highest mileage; only the top two per
region are recognized)
- National War Mare Division
- National Pioneer Featherweight Division
- Central Region Featherweight Division
- Central Region Mileage Championship (with MJL Olivia)
- Central Region Best Condition
On November 13 and 15 2009 MJL Olivia
participated in the AERC sanctioned three day Renegade
Pioneer ride. There was a good turn-out for the ride
including some big names such as Crockett Dumas (over
34,000 lifetime miles, 79 100-mile starts with 71
completions), Christoph Schork (winner of Australia’s
Quilty Cup in 2005; 7th place at the Kentucky pre-ride
in October 2009; over 30 wins in the 2009 season),
Michael Campbell (US Central team member at the 2002 Pan
American Championship in 2002) and Garrette Ford
(contender for the National Best Conditioned award for
2009) just to name a few. On the first day of the three
day ride Olivia gave a strong yet conservative
performance to finish 4th with an approximate ride time
of 4hours and 55 minutes over a 55-mile distance.
We were then back on course two days
later for the third day of the ride. The day started out
with Olivia going a bit faster than I wanted her to go.
By the first water stop we were riding with Michael
Campbell and Christoph Schork. I wanted to slow down and
so I gave Michael and Christoph four minutes to get
ahead. But within about three minutes Olivia and I had
caught them. The three of us rode together until the
first vet check where I again gave them two minutes
grace as I did not want to get caught up in their race.
But once again Olivia and I caught Michael and Christoph
within about two minutes of leaving camp on our second
At the second water stop on the loop
I made another concerted effort to let the two guys get
ahead of us… But once again we caught them within 2-3
minutes. By this point Olivia had made it clear to me
what her intentions were for the day. So we went down
the trail with Christoph and Michael. We were all very
evenly matched through-out the second loop. At the
second vet check, Michael Campbell’s horse and Olivia
pulsed in at the same time. Christoph’s horse pulsed in
two minutes later. While we were resting, Michael
Campbell came up to me and shared that he did not want
to give this one away. He asked if I would ride with him
with the goal of completing before Christoph. By this
point we had 10 miles to go and any strategic error
could result in a close race between the three of us. Of
course I was in… who would not be?
When Kim, the timer, told Michael and
me that we could go, we took off at a full gallop down
the trail. We galloped for about four miles to a gate
that had to be opened and closed. Michael was a
gentleman and took care of the gate. We were then off
again as we could see Christoph trying to catch us (this
attempt was despite Randy Eiland the ride manager
telling Christoph that we were much further ahead than
he realized). Our horses knew that they were heading
home and even the technical trail laden with deep sand
known as the Turtle trail we really did not slow down.
We did however slow down for the razor back as we had to
ride the apex of a sandy hill that had significant
drop-off s on either side. We were then on the home
stretch with only a few miles to go. We were in the deep
sand of an arroyo. Out of the corner of my eye I caught
the reflection of Christoph’s helmet as he went down the
Razor back. We then knew that he was hot on our tail but
we had at least three miles on him.
Michael and I got out of the arroyo
and onto the last hill into camp. We agreed to tie for
first as is had really been a team effort to stay ahead
of Christoph. We crossed the finish line hand in hand
just as the vets were driving into the base camp. We had
started the ride at 7 am and we finished at 12:30. With
an hour and 30 minutes hold, we completed the 55 mile
ride in approximately 4 hours ride time with an average
speed of 13.75 mph. Both horses looked good and trotted
out sound for their completion vet checks.
What a great way to end the 2009 endurance
Congratulations to Patty Betts & Rennaissance
Completing "50" on the Oregon 100
The Oregon 100 ride is a flat desert ride in Eastern
Oregon with wonderful footing - firm and sandy with
not much rock - a barefoot horse's dream. I knew
Rennaissance (Ramona AF x Almos) would have no
issues with his tough, bare feet. The weather tends
to be dry and moderate during the day - cold
nights. This ride can be challenging in one respect
though - horses can see other horses in the distance
most of the time - there are no trees! So, a
herd-bound horse can be very challenged to stay calm
(more about that later). I camped near friends and
enjoyed dinner and socializing with them on Friday
night before the ride. We can't socialize too much
though because we have a ride meeting and need to
get everything ready for the next day. During the
ride, our hold (rest) times are short and we don't
have time to do much. That means we get horse
gear ready, people clothes and ride day meals ready,
horse food ready, out-vet check gear and food packed
and delivered to management for the early morning
transport. I am not complaining though. Earlier in
the year I did my first 100 mile distance. Planning
for that day, including horse and people food for at
least 6 vet checks, was overwhelming. In
comparison preparing for a 50 mile ride is tedious
but not overwhelming.
This ride offers 4 distances - 25, 50, 75, and 100
miles. I chose the 50 mile distance, rode alone
most of it, and had a very uneventful ride - the
best kind. On the ride, we generally kept an even,
slow pace but when Renn moved into his
ground-covering trot the pace was anything but slow
- he flies with tremendous hind end impulsion. He
received several compliments as we flew past some
riders. His walk is also outstanding (between 4 and
5 mph) so we make good time even when walking. On
our last loop - about 10 miles to the finish, I rode
with a friend whose horse was giving her a
very difficult time. She was miserable and tired.
Renn was well behaved and stayed behind as we tried
to encourage her horse to calm and listen to her
rather than jig. She eventually gave up because
there was always a horse ahead that he could see. Renn
completed the ride with plenty of energy and
enthusiasm. No shying or unscheduled dismounts (as
I like to call them) for me either. All in all, a
very good ride! Renn and I are preparing for more
KB Omega Fahim++++//
Adequan®/USDF All-Breed Awards Champion for Arabian
Prix St. Georges
KB Omega Fahim +++//
Elaine Kerrigan owner of Kerrigan Bloodstock riding KB
Omega Fahim +++//
dressage, AHA (Arabian
Horse Association) sanctioned and AHA
regional championship shows, Meg (KB
Omega Fahim++++//) qualified for the AHA
Sport Horse National Championship show in Nampa, Id.
that took place in September of 2008. He qualified and
showed in Prix St. Georges, Intermediate 1 and Sport
Horse Stallion in Hand. Owner, breeder and original
trainer, Elaine Kerrigan, showed Meg to a Top Ten award
in the Arabian Sport Horse Stallion in Hand. Current
trainer, Chelsey Sibley, rode Meg in the two FEI tests
and earned Champion in each class. Meg's average score
for Prix St. Georges was 69.5% and his Intermediate 1
average score was 65.75%. Some of the judges' comments:
"Fabulous Horse" "Lovely harmony between horse and rider
- light contact a pleasure to see!"
Meg was also awarded
High Score FEI Horse for this show.
For 2008, Meg is the
Adequan®/USDF All-Breed Awards Champion for Arabian Prix
St. Georges with a 68% median score.
The accumulation of
points awarded through AHA Achievement Awards Program
has earned Meg Legion of Supreme Merit and Legion of
Excellence = "+++//”.
& KB Omega Fahim++++//
KB Omega Fahim++++// is a NASS Approved
National Champion AHA Half-Arabian Competitive Trail
"Congratulations" Becky McCarty &
WineGlass Dominus receiving Reserve National
Champion at the National Competitive Trail Ride October
3-4, 2008 Big River State Park in Keithsburg, IL.