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ARAB HORSE COUTURE Table of Contents
6 - Riding in the Classical Way on Your Beautiful Arabian Horse: What We Transmit to our Horses
Written by Jean Paul Guerlain
15 - Finest Arabians Compete in
Championship Round of the Prestigious Title Show at Katara - KIAHF
20 - The Last Master of the Saddle Makers by Dr. Saria Almarzook
- Fashion Forward Double D Ranch - Western Couture
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VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021 36 - When Results Matter...
Equine Photography by Suzanne Suzanne Sturgill, USA
50 - An Interview With:
Mark M. Hanna
International Best-Selling Author of “The Horse Listener”
56 - Arabian Horse Fine Artistry
Augusta Hammock - A Modern Touch
By Judith Wich-Wenning
67 - What’s the Problem with Verbal Contracts? Written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law www.equinelaw.net
73 - From Covid Challenges (depression,
stress, marital & financial problems), Plus the Fear of Riding, to Rockstar Amateur and Entrepreneur! Written by Nancy Dye - Equestrian Mindset Coach
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Dear Readers of Arab Horse Couture, It is my pleasure to provide you with compelling editorial content in this current issue of the magazine; articles of useful and edifying information. Our gratitude to the writers of these fantastic articles for their editorial submissions as well as to you, our readers, for taking the time to read this latest issue of Arab Horse Couture. It is the magazine’s aspiration to provide a professional and quality magazine in which to display these well written articles and advertising. Many beautiful Arabian horses grace the pages of this issue of the magazine. The magazine welcomes questions comments. Please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTRIBUTORS: Jean Paul Guerlain – Paris, France Hares Fayad – Dubai, UAE Katara International Arabian Horse Festival - Qatar Suzanne Sturgill – USA Dr. Saria Almarzook – Germany Judith Wich-Wenning – Germany Julie I. Fershtman – USA Nancy Dye – USA VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021 On the Cover: Angels Envee (Fadi Al Shaqab x Dorian Aurelia) 2018 Bay Mare Owned by the Angels Envee Partners Photo by Suzanne Sturgill
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Arab Horse Couture is pleased and honored to feature a quarterly column written by Jean Paul Guerlain. In the past, in addition to his role as Master Perfumer for the House of Guerlain, Jean Paul Guerlain also accumulated World Championships in Dressage and Carriage Driving. In his column, Jean Paul will share his wealth of knowledge and his love of horses with the readers of Arab Horse Couture. Guerlain is a French perfume house, amongst the oldest in the world. The House of Guerlain was founded in 1828, when Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain opened his perfume store in Paris. Jean Paul Guerlain is fourth generation Master Perfumer and the last family Master Perfumer. Jean Paul continues to travel the globe to develop new fragrances.
Riding in the Classical Way on Your Beautiful Arabian Horse
What We Transmit to our Horses by Jean Paul Guerlain
Dear Readers, Have you ever thought about what you unconsciously transmit to your horse? We all know that when we are in a bad mood, our horses are often in a bad mood as well. We also know that the very best riders are able to set aside their own issues and stay calmly focused on helping and understanding their horse. However, what we often forget, is just how much our horse understands about how we feel towards him. I am not just referring to when actually in the saddle, but also how we feel about them on the ground. When we ride and get frustrated with our horse, we see immediately that the horse becomes tense and unwilling. As we relax, so too our horse relaxes and is more willing to help us get our message across in a subtle and gentle manner.
power of this concept recently with my two horses. One horse is my star and I talk about him constantly. My other horse is older and a bit more of a worrywart and sometimes I forget how special he is. So, one day I went into the stable after training and looked into his eyes. He was sad with me, and not because I was unfair or frustrated with him in training, as I always work very hard to keep the calm relaxed me on the go. He was sad because he knew that he was number two and that perhaps I did not love him like I love the other. I felt very bad, but he was right and the next day I went into his stable and told him that I was going to try to show him that he was as special as the other horse. From that day, his work was more focused. The horse tried harder and I found that I enjoyed riding him so much more.
Still, if your horse knows that when you dismount you release all ties to him, he will become distant Nuno Oliveira (one of the great dressage and work inexpressively. I noticed this and the masters) used to say: “To be a good rider you 10 Arab Horse Couture
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have to love your horse. Horses pick up on our state of mind and attitude. I now use my common sense. It seems obvious to me that if dogs can smell fear, then horses feel what you transmit to them. If you know you will fail, your horse will become tense and then you surely will fail. Have you ever thought about approaching him before a training session and telling him what is expected? Or visiting him post bath to discuss what could have gone better? Of course, the non-horse people will think you are mad, but chances are they do not even notice when people discuss their lives with their canine or feline friends. If you do not believe me, then try it. However, believe in it or of course you are fooling yourself and your horse. “A horse with a rider that loves him will show it, and a horse with a negative unfriendly rider will produce the same emotion in the dressage test (or any other test). The best judge to appreciate VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
the quality of the rider’s aids is the horse. Look at his attitude, his eyes and ears. If the rider who just won a dressage test dismounts and his horse has a miserable appearance, we can say that the rider is a savage. The work was some kind of sport and not equestrian art.” In my opinion, it is equestrian art, not science. So even if we cannot prove something works, it is simply magical when it does. I wish you well in using the above technique. Please write and return your experiences to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Finest Arabians Compete in Championship Round of the Prestigious Title Show at Katara Stunning Finale to Katara International Arabian Horse Festival
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The first edition of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF), held under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, concluded on a resplendent note yesterday. Some of the finest purebred Arabian show horses competed in the championships of the prestigious Title Show. Stallions, mares, colts, fillies, and yearlings, finalists in their respective classes, graced the arena, impressing judges and spectators with their graceful trot and absolutely gorgeous looks. Noft Alnayfat, a senior mare, and Sundown K.A, a senior stallion, Arabians owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A AL-Thani, proudly strutted off with the championship titles in their respective categories. HE Prof. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, welcomed a number of Their Excellencies led by His Excellency Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports and heads of diplomatic missions to Qatar. They included HE the Minister Plenipotentiary Mr. Ali bin Saad Al-Naghmoush Al-Qahtani, Acting Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and His Excellency the Minister Plenipotentiary Mr. Nasser Saqr Al-Ghanim - Deputy Ambassador of the State of Kuwait. In addition, Murana Stud, Germany and Bayco Jewels, Qatar. HE Prof. Al-Sulaiti expressed great satisfaction that the Festival, which featured a total prize
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money of QAR13,000,000, one of the highest for an event of this type, had concluded successfully. He also noted that the participation of 12 countries in the very first edition of the KIAHF was an outstanding achievement. HE pointed out that the highest standards of integrity and fairness were upheld during the Title Show, as the entire proceedings were held in accordance with the standards and rules set by the European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations (ECAHO). He also thanked all the sponsors, partners, officials, artists, and exhibitors at the Festival for their valuable contribution. The officials, judges, and members of the Disciplinary Committee were also honored by the General Manager. Art lovers were in for a special treat. AlBahie, the Qatar-based auction house, held an auction titled ‘Al Aseel’. On the block were various pieces of equine-related artwork by international artists. The five-day Festival had featured several equine-related exhibitions and a postal exhibition. Besides the impressive Title Show, spectators were treated to a taste of Qatari heritage. They were introduced to Hariri Al Shaqab, the poster-child for KIAHF and a world-famous stallion that has won numerous international awards and championships. Audiences were also presented with a remarkable light and sound laser show accompanied by a parade of Arabians and their riders dressed in
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traditional costume. Spectacular fireworks display and illuminated drones featured horse and rider along Katara’s waterfront, against the backdrop of traditional dhows. A brightly-lit message welcoming people back to the next edition of KIAHF next year, brought the Festival to a fitting finish.
Silver: Sultanah Al Shahania, owned by H.E Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed A Al-Thani
The Festival was held by Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, in cooperation with the Qatar Equestrian Federation, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, and Qatar Foundation.
Silver: Hader Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab - Member of QF
Class 13 - Yearling Fillies
Gold: Jalyla AT, owned by Al-Dana AlMeslemani - Al-Thumamah Stud. Silver: Namah Al Shahania, owned by AlShahania Stud. Bronze: Rafeef Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab (member of Qatar Foundation).
Class 14 - Yearling Colts
Gold: AG Nobel Rafee, owned by Kaheel Stud. Silver: Areeb Al Nasser, owned by Al Nasser Stud - Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser Al Thani. Bronze: Ghaith Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab - Member of QF.
Class 15 – Junior Fillies
Gold: Maria Magdalena NWA, owned by Al Dana Al Meslemani - Al Thumama Stud
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Bronze: Al Wazna Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab - Member of QF
Class 16 – Junior Colts
Gold: Muranas Nader, owned by Guy Jamar
Bronze: Wadee AlJassimya, owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A Al-Thani Class 17 – Senior Mares
Gold: Noft Alnayfat, owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A AL-Thani Silver: Rihab Al Nasser, owned by Al Nasser Stud - Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser Al Thani Bronze: Baviera HVP, owned by Sheikh Al Qaqa bin Hamad Kh H Al Thani Class 18 – Senior Stallions
Gold: Sundown K.A., owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A AL-Thani Silver: EKS Mansour, owned by Al Shahania Stud Bronze: Fadi Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab Member of QF
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The Last Master of the Saddle Makers by Dr. Saria Almarzook
This article was originally published on: Syrian Heritage Archive syrian-heritage.org In Damascus, the oldest capital in the world with one hundred and fifty markets (suq), it is still possible to see the “ruins” of the famous as-Surujiyya Suq. The market lies to the north of the al-Hamidiyya Souq and the al-Khaja Suq, bordering the walls of the historic Citadel of Damascus at its western or the gate of the Secret, and overlooking the banks of the Banias and Barada rivers, opposite the as-Sanjaqdar Mosque (Ibn Mabrid, 1939). as-Surujiyya Suq was perpendicular, at its western side, to the Zarabiliyya Suq (before it was demolished). To the east, it was bordered by traditional courtyard houses and the al-Mahayariyya Suq; and by King Faisal Bin Hussein Street to the north (Nuaisa, 1986). The remaining market 20 Arab Horse Couture
extends, with an arched iron and zinc roof, from at-Thawra Street and King Faisal Street parallel to the wall of the Citadel of Damascus.
Old postcard of Suq as-Surujiyya in Damascus – © Wolf-Dieter Lemke (CC-BY-NC-ND)
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As-Surujiyya Suq was most probably established in the Ayyubid period, around 800 years ago. The suq specialized in the manufacture of saddles for horses, for all other types of animals used for transportation on trade routes and those used in fields and for other services, such as mules, donkeys and camels (Al-Armashi, 2017). The demand for horse saddles increased with the arrival of the Ottomans in Damascus and their involvement in military campaigns. There was a need to equip horses at military camps and barracks. Saddles were also needed by travelers and so-called ‘Orientalist explorers’ who toured Ottoman states in different eras, particularly during the end of Ottoman rule in the Levant, at the end of the nineteenth century and the turn of the twentieth century. Everyone wanted Arabian horse saddles made in Damascus’ as-Surujiyya Suq (Nuaisa, 1986). The limited references available do not state, that the manufacture of saddles was exclusive to Damascus as-Surujiyya Suq; some breeders mention that there were local saddle manufacturers in the countryside and towns far away from Damascus. However, the cavalry took pride in using Damascene saddles and considered them essential decorative features at major events and festivals combining beauty, quality and sturdiness. Surujiyya refers to saddle making tools and the production of saddle equipment for horse riders. Essential elements of this equipment are
Reins (Lead) Snaffle bit
Essential components of the hand-made Damascene Arab saddle – © Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh (CC-BY-NC-ND)
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the saddle (or jalal, the covering on the horse’s back) and its accessories including bridle ()الراسيات, reins or lead ()الصرع أو المقود, snafflebit ()الشكيمة, Belly Band Billet or Cincha ()الحزام, Martingale or breast collar made of threads and shells ( )الشوبند أو الصدريةor a Martingale made of silver ()السلبند, and lastly the stirrups ()الركاب. The saddle seat is made of a mat that is sewn on all sides ()الجالل. It originally used to be stuffed with straw, chosen for its light weight. Later, it was stuffed with cotton and extra pieces of cloth, covered in leather and then with embroidered fabric, which ensures the rider will feel comfortable while riding a horse with an Arabian saddle however long the journey. Saddles are made from the best types of baize, cotton and wool. Equestrians in Damascus, and more generally in Syria, use different names depending on whether the saddle seat is long (marshaha) and extends to cover the whole of the horse’s back up to its tail or is short (kafliyya). The hand worked inscriptions vary on the saddle, which is adorned with silver and colorful woolen threads. The saddle accessories, along with the saddle seat, form a complete design covering the body of the horse. It guarantees total comfort for the horse and the riders, with all the visible displays of prosperity: the amount of silver amulets, precious stones, shells and colorful beads that embellish the bridles and martingale in particular. The saddle is usually reconditioned for festivals or shortly before travel, according to the customs of the Syrian people, who see a good omen in preparing the horse. Because of this reason, the status of the horse and welfare of the riders is honored and blessed on religious holidays or when departing for business or the Hajj (Sheik Al-Sroujieh, 2019). This is mainly due to the religious status of Arabian horses in Islamic history and their mention in the Qur’an (The War Horses – Al-‘Adiyat, Chapter 100) and prophetic traditions. It is believed that the organization of the craft goes back to the Fatimid era (10th – 12th century), however its characteristics were further defined in the Ottoman period when each profession in Damascus had a master craftsman (Sheikh AlKar). According to historical references, there 21 Arab Horse Couture
Essential components of the hand-made Damascene Arab saddle – © Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Martingale made of wool and shells – © Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh (CC-BY-NCND)
were 435 craftsmen (Kar) registered in Damascus at that time (Al-Qasimi and Al-Azam, 1988). Kar is a Persian-Turkish word which means trade. It was used in the Ottoman period to refer to craftsmen of the same profession. Each group of craftsmen was headed by a master craftsman, usually from a noble family (prominent families from Damascus or a family whose lineage can be drawn back to the family of the Prophet Muhammad) or Janissaries (who belonged to the strongest divisions of the Ottoman army and were considered personal guards of the Ottoman sultans) (Farid Beg, 1981). The master craftsman can be equated to the head of a professional guild, appointed through a deed issued by a judge and registered in accordance with the law in the records of the Damascus court (Nuaisa, 1986).
Martingale aus Silber – © Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh (CC-BY-NC-ND)
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the necessary instruments and know the terms used to describe the activities and products of this craft. Unfortunately, the number of craftsmen has fallen and there is currently only one craftsman.
Yasin son of Amin son of Muhammad Said Sheikh Al-Sroujieh in his shop in Suq As-Surujiyya in Damascus before the partial demolition of the market in 1970
The story of the As-Surujiyya’s last master craftsman: Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh With the spread of modern means of transport and the disappearance of horses from public life, the functional and professional purpose of the As-Surujiyya Suq faded away. Most of the skilled saddle manufacturers left the country, taking the secrets of the old trade with them. However, horse breeders (in particular, of Arabian horses) in all parts of the world still want to buy Arabian saddles and accessories, even if the aim is solely to decorate their horses for events or photo shoots or to hang them on the walls of their houses and guesthouses as traditional decorative items.
need for each profession to have an official or master to find appropriate solutions to problems in the market or among the craftsmen. This person was called the master craftsman (Sheikh Al-Kar). As our family was the best able and of longest standing in this trade, our forefather was chosen as a master for this profession at the end of the eighteenth century. The craft was passed down through the family and the title of Sheikh Al-Kar has remained in the family. This professional title has eclipsed our surname so that the family now has the surname of Sheik Al-Sroujieh.” Khalil son of Ibrahim son of Ahmed son of Amin son of Muhammed Said Sheikh As-Surujiyya is the chief of the saddle manufacturing craft today and the last master craftsman. This title was also held by his paternal grandfather (Sheikh Muhammad Said, known as Abu Amin), a senior expert in the profession and the representative of saddle manufacturing workers to other professions and the head master craftsman as well as its representative to the Ottoman state. His powers included the ability to grant (or withdraw) a license to practice the profession, under a decree issued in 1797 (military division record no. 330, afterwards Damascus High Court record no. 240). The craftsmen usually inherited the position of master craftsmen from their fathers or brothers. They were changed if they were discharged through a decree from the sultan calling for the appointment of a new master craftsman and setting out the qualities sought. The As-Surujiyya Suq did not only specialize at that time in saddle manufacture; it was also a center for the production of cases for pistols and small rifles as well as covers to protect books and amulets (Al-Dimashqi, 1341H).
Khalil Sheik Al-Sroujieh says: “The people working in saddle manufacturing were called “suruji” (from the Arabic word for saddle, suruj). When there were any disputes or problems, a person with experience, intelligence and tact would be chosen to deal with it. Above all, he had to have the financial capacity, piety and personality to solve the traders’ problems. The governor of Damascus issued a decree on the VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
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Khalil relives memories of his childhood and youth in Damascus’ as-Surujiyya Suq and the loss of more than 14 of the family’s shops through the demolition of a vital part of the suq in 1970. Fortunately, his father Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh had moved a part of his equipment to Amman, Jordan, and settled there with his family. He opened a shop manufacturing saddles in al-Hashimi Street (Rashid, 2002). Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh still runs his shop in Amman with his brothers and sons, maintaining the family tradition and the craft of their forefathers. He also still visits Damascus from time to time for supplies of fabrics, braided rope and raw materials that are only available in Damascus. Khalil talks about the stages of making an Arabian saddle: “The model is made out of jute and is stuffed with cotton or wool. The stirrups are then attached, on the left and right, and a strap for the stomach of the horse (from the right side). Two wooden pieces, called ka’ka in the trade, are then fastened at the front and back, the front is covered with
baize or tadriba (stitching of the saddle seat with a long needle and two braided woolen threads and the corners in a shape parallel to the horse’s back) after the filling has been placed and its thickness checked to ensure the comfort of the horse and the riders. After the stirrups and the lower saddle strap have been fixed, the accessories, which include the chest strap, halter, tether and lead are set in place. The production of one saddle takes three or four days of continuous work.” Khalil goes on saying, “The purchase of horses is now limited to the rich, sheikhs, princes and their studs. They spare no expense in purchasing the best Arabian saddles. Their demand for riding saddles might even include golden elements for the purpose of only displaying an image of an industry that is on the verge of disappearance. There are only a handful of craftsmen today. Recently, there have been some light and cheap saddles that people use to ride horses in parks, resorts and archaeological sites but they are undoubtedly incomparable to the original saddles.”
Khalil Ibrahim Sheikh Al-Sroujieh is making a saddle for a thoroughbred Arabian horse – © Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh (CC-BY-NC-ND)
A handmade saddle by Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh – © Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh (CC-BY-NC-ND)
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We are now more than ever before aware of the importance of conserving traditional craft industries and the need to document skills and conserve their details and changes without losing knowledge of them or losing the terms and words associated with them over time. In recent years, handcrafts are increasingly in decline, particularly with advance of technology in manufacturing and loss of appreciation for traditional industries, along with interest in the details limited only to breeders with financial resources. Khalil Ibrahim Sheik Al-Sroujieh receives invitations from equestrian gatherings around the world to present his hand-made products. Specialized international periodicals interested in equestrian heritage publish articles about him and oriental saddle-making craftsmanship continually. There are, however, major challenges this traditional craft faces. The
main one perhaps is that the craftsmen need suitable permanent market outlets to distribute their products, cover the labor costs and make reasonable profits for them so that it can be passed down to future generations.
Dr. Saria Almarzook
Published by Saria Almarzook Dr. Saria Almarzook, Syrian-German associated lecturer and translator. She holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biodiversity of horses from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her book on diversity of horses (ISBN: 9783895749476) was published in 2018. Furthermore, her articles are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals like Animal Genetics. The Interactive Heritage Map of Syria Project seeks to document intangible aspects of heritage by shedding light on the people who create their heritage. It aims to present cultural expressions, orally-transmitted traditional knowledge and personal memories from Syria with a holistic approach that links material and immaterial heritage perspectives. Using participation, storytelling and digital tools to collect and disseminate this unique heritage under the umbrella of Syrian Heritage Initiative of the Museum for Islamic Art - Berlin State Museums. syrian-heritage.org Narratives of Syrian Heritage @facebook.com/heritagemap VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
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CHARRO RIDER TOP (right) This pretty little pearl snap is stealing the show this spring. The classic short-sleeve buttondown is an upscaled textured cotton, with contrast soutache embroidery at the yoke, a subtle ruffle to the sleeve, and sassysexy removable sash tie. It has a flirty feminine vibe to it that you can play up with some pretty velvet or tone down with distressed denim – there’s no wrong way to wear it! $184 USD SPANISH SOUTACHE SUSPENDERS (right) Bandidas, the film that inspired much of the Maria Collection, was set in the late 1800s, i.e. the era of corsets, and in the film, they were being worn as an outer layer, as part of their outfit, rather than beneath it. It was this underwear-as-outerwear trend that overtly exhibited the sultry side of the culture. Suspenders, though more subtly and somewhat tangentially, are kin to that concept. Not to mention the elegant femininity of the intricate soutache embroidery and dome stud accents. $240 USD
CARLITOS JACKET (left) This beautiful goat suede jacket is a stunning statement piece. Available in warm brown or bold black, the Carlitos Jacket features contrast soutache and intricate embroidery accented by outlining silver stud work. It’s clean, classic, and timeless. $815 USD
LUCIANO DRESS (left) This intricate, elegant dress is 100% silk lace, and it is nothing short of lovely and luxe. The super-sheer silk lace is daintily sexy, and the mockneck collar and ¾-length sleeve lend a modesty to it. It has a flowing, flattering fit, and you can’t help but feel fancy and fabulous in it! $485 USD
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CHIAPAS TOP (right) With a design inspired by traditional Chiapas-style embroidery, this floral print top is darling and demure with a relaxed fit, sleeves that hit near the elbow, and some smocking with a slight ruffle at the neck and sleeves. $164 USD
CHIAPAS SKIRT (right) With a design inspired by traditional Chiapas-style embroidery, this flirty, feminine skirt is one of the loveliest pieces in the Maria Collection. The long length gets a hint of sexiness from a high slit that is accented with a ruffle. $205 USD
SPANISH SOUTACHE BELT (above) Wider than your average belt, the Spanish Soutache has a unique silhouette that is visually reminiscent of a corset, without all the restrictions. The leather band is accented by a chic silver stud work design and features four ornate silver buckles that fasten the double straps. $450 USD
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hen was your first hen was your first introductiontotothe the introduction Arabian horse and what Arabian horse and what attributesof ofthe thebreed breedwere were attributes most captivating captivatingto toyou? you? most
My very very first first introduction introductiontotoArabian Arabianhorses horseswas was My duringthe theNational NationalHorse HorseShow ShowatatMadison MadisonSquare Square during Garden in New York City. It was a huge prestigious Garden in New York City. It was a huge prestigious Hunter/Jumper Show Show along along with with aa Five-Gaited Five-Gaited Hunter/Jumper Saddlebred show, which was always so exciting!I I Saddlebred show, which was always so exciting! grewup upin inthe thehorse horsecountry countryofofNew NewJersey Jerseyshowing showing grew my own own horses horsesof ofvarious variousbreeds breedsand anddisciplines disciplinesinin my breed shows and 4-H shows. What a privilege was breed shows and 4-H shows. What a privilege ititwas as aa kid kid to to go goto tothe thecity cityand andexperience experiencethis thisgrand grand as show once a year. show once a year. Every year, year,the theNational NationalHorse HorseShow Showsold soldraffle raffle Every tickets to win a beautiful grey Arabian horse. I saved tickets to win a beautiful grey Arabian horse. I saved my money moneyto tobuy buyas asmany manyraffle raffletickets ticketsasaspossible possible my but never never to to win win this thisbeautiful beautifulwhite, white,fiery, fiery,horse horse but straightout outof ofaafairytale fairytalebook. book.Much Muchdifferent differentfrom from straight the horses horseswe wehad hadat athome. home. the Asaajunior junior4-H 4-Hmember, member,I Ijoined joinedthe thehorse horsejudging judging As team team to to learn learnto tojudge judgeaavariety varietyofofbreeds breedsofofhorses. horses. Of Of the the many many farms, farms, two twostand standout outininmy mymemory. memory. One One was was aa Morgan MorganFarm, Farm,and andthe theother, other,an anArabian Arabian Farm-Desiderio, LTD in Chester, New Jersey. It was Farm-Desiderio, LTD in Chester, New Jersey. It wasmy my first firstup-close up-closeand andpersonal personallook lookatatArabian Arabianhorses. horses. Arabians Arabians didn’t didn’t enter enter my my life life again againuntil untilmy my family family sold sold the the farm farmand andwe wemoved movedtotoaahouse houseinin Painted Painted Post, Post, New New York. York. My My Morgan Morganhorse horsewas was moved movedwith withus. us.My Mymother motherfound foundaanearby nearbyArabian Arabian farm farm to toboard boardmy myhorse. horse. II adapted to my adapted to mynew newlife lifeininwestern westernNew NewYork York by spending every day after school at the by spending every day after school at theArabian Arabian farm, farm, with with my my horse, horse, Hillwood Hillwood Apple Apple Jack, Jack,aka aka Jackie. When I wasn’t riding my horse for miles Jackie. When I wasn’t riding my horse for milesup up on the logging trails, I was hanging out at the farm on the logging trails, I was hanging out at the farm learning learningabout aboutArabians, Arabians,and andfalling fallingininlove lovewith withthe the breed. breed. II read read the theArabian ArabianHorse HorseWorld WorldMagazines; Magazines; loving loving the the photos photos of of horses horses that thatshowed showedaalittle little different different flare flare and and attitude. attitude. Even Eventhen thenI Inoticed noticed details. details. II recall recall aa stunning, stunning,beautiful beautifultwo twoyear yearold old stud colt arriving to the barn for training. He had stud colt arriving to the barn for training. He had never been handled or been around other horses. never been handled or been around other horses. This colt desperately needed to learn all his basics, This colt desperately needed to learn all his basics, but gently. He was genuinely scared. Another but gently. He was genuinely scared. Another stallion screamed at him as we entered the barn stallion screamed at him as we entered the barn and the colt literally went down to his knees! The and the colt literally went down to his knees! The VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
Theethereal ethereal and ever commanding presence of an Arabian The and ever commanding presence of an Arabian stallion. PICTURED: Third World stallion. PICTURED: Third World
traineragreed agreedtotoletletme mestart starthim himalong alonggently gently trainer earntrust trustand andteach teachhim himhishisbasics. basics.HeHe was totoearn was absolutely with a big dark liquid eye, tippy absolutelybeautiful beautiful with a big dark liquid eye, tippy ears, scooping down to to a a ears,wide wideforehead foreheadand andjowl jowl scooping down petite the perfect star and snip. HeHe was petitemuzzle muzzlewith with the perfect star and snip. was mahogany bay with a silver tail and four medium mahogany bay with a silver tail and four medium sized Just gorgeous! sizedperfect perfectsocks. socks. Just gorgeous! This is where I began This is where I begantotogain gaininsight insightto tothethe Arabian Arabianmindset mindsetand andpersonality. personality.HeHewas wasscared, scared, but he was still bold enough to be curious. He was but he was still bold enough to be curious. He was a astud kind and honest. I like studcolt, colt,but buthehewas wasvery very kind and honest. I like honest You knew honesthorses. horses.Jackie Jackiewas wasvery veryhonest. honest. You knew what his opinion was. He would do anything for me, what his opinion was. He would do anything for me, but foot down. It was usually butsometimes sometimesheheput puthishis foot down. It was usually for good reason. Long story short, when I handed for good reason. Long story short, when I handed this hehe strutted and bounced thiscolt coltoffofftotothe thetrainer, trainer, strutted and bounced ononthe end of a loose lead, tail over his back, with the end of a loose lead, tail over his back, with a asexy confidence. I truly believe Arabians must bebe sexy confidence. I truly believe Arabians must treated it. it. I have seen treatedwith withrespect. respect.Most Mostdemand demand I have seen trainers come from different breeds who have had to to trainers come from different breeds who have had change with anan Arabian changethe theway waythey theycommunicate communicate with Arabian horse. Understanding how the Arabian horse learns horse. Understanding how the Arabian horse learns and understands and reacts, is key to my success in and understands and reacts, is key to my success in photographing them in their most glorious moments. photographing them in their most glorious moments. I am truly grateful for that time at that Arabian I am truly grateful for that time at that Arabian farm, doing these things. As a teenager dealing farm, doing these things. As a teenager dealing with a major life change, it became the stepping with a major life change, it became the stepping stone towards what eventually became my career. stone towards what eventually became my career. 37 Arab Horse Couture
lease leasetell tellus uswhat whatcompelled compelledyou you totobegin photographing Arabian begin photographing Arabian horses horsesand andwhy whythis thisisisyour yourpassion. passion.
our is stunning. stunning. our photography photography is Please us where where you you draw draw Please tell tell us your inspiration from. your inspiration from.
I began I beganphotographing photographinghorses horsesafter afterI Ihad hadgotten gottenlaid laid jobinin1988. 1988.Getting Gettinglaid laidoff offhappened happened to to be be offoffa ajob thebest bestthing thingthat thatcould couldhave havehappened happenedto to me! me! II the pickedupupmy mycamera, camera,loaded loadedup upmy mynewborn newbornson soninin picked babycarrier carrierand andwe wevisited visitedlocal localfarms farmsand andasked asked a ababy to photograph their horses. Next thing I know am to photograph their horses. Next thing I know IIam askedtotophotograph photographschooling schoolingshows, shows, then then rated rated asked shows for Hunter/Jumper and Dressage. I was then shows for Hunter/Jumper and Dressage. I was then photographing Quarter Quarter Horse Horse shows shows and and other other photographing breeds as well. But I really wanted to photograph breeds as well. But I really wanted to photograph Arabianslike likeininthe themagazines magazinesI Istudied studied all all those those Arabians years ago. years ago. TheArabian Arabianhas haswonderful wonderfulgraceful graceful lines. lines. The The The bone structure of their face, the flare of the nostrils, bone structure of their face, the flare of the nostrils, theflowing flowingmanes, manes,the thecurves curvesofoftheir theirneck neckand andthe the the flag of their tail... they are an artist’s dream. flag of their tail... they are an artist’s dream. I’ma abitbitofofa arebel, rebel, sosoanother anotherhuge hugedraw draw to to I’m photographing Arabians is the nonconformist style photographing Arabians is the nonconformist style photographythat thatwas wasacceptable. acceptable. Other Other horse horse ofofphotography breeds often had a rigid way of presenting the breeds often had a rigid way of presenting the horses for photos. It was almost unheard of to try horses for photos. It was almost unheard of to try new poses in those days. Arabian horse owners and new poses in those days. Arabian horse owners and lovers recognize beauty, and they usually appreciate lovers recognize beauty, and they usually appreciate art in many forms. They were open to images of art in many forms. They were open to images of any style, as long as the beauty of the horse came any style, as long as the beauty of the horse came through. This fit my style, capturing correct form and through. This fit my style, capturing correct form and function in an artistic way. function in an artistic way. 38 Arab Horse Couture
I just love horses! I have have always always been been aahorse teachers too. too.Then Then horsecrazy crazy kid. kid. Horses are great teachers there are some who can tune into you so well, and there are some you so well, and be those for for twentytwentybe your your guide guide to life. I had one of those nine old, my my mother mother nineyears. years. When When I was eleven years old, and togetherwith with andIIpurchased purchased a Morgan mare in foal together money goat kids. kids. The The money II earned earned from selling my dairy goat foalwas wasto tobe be mine mine and the mare my mother’s. foal mother’s.AAcolt colt wassoon soonborn born and at one month old we was we brought broughthim him andhis hismother mother home. He wasn’t touched and touched at atall allsince since hewas wasborn. born.II earned earned his trust by just simply he simplysitting sittingin in the stall with him and waiting for him to come to me. the stall with him to come to me. We were were bonded bonded for life. We grew up together, We together, and and while I thought I was training him, he was teaching/ while I thought was teaching/ trainingme. me.IIknow know he knew my thoughts. training thoughts.He Heseemed seemed to empathize with my frustrations or hurts. He to empathize with my frustrations or hurts. Hewould would giveme me aa hug hug with with his his face face and give and neck neck when when II needed needed it. Then Then he he would would do do something something funny it. funny to to make make me me laugh. He was the kind of horse that looked you laugh. He was the kind of horse that looked you in in the eye eye and and listened listened to to try try to the to figure figure you you out, out, like like aa greatdog dog does. does. He He cared cared very very little great little to to please please anyone anyone else but me. I could write a whole book else but me. I could write a whole book on on my my BFF, BFF, Jackie, and our twenty-nine years of experiences, Jackie, and our twenty-nine years of experiences, adventures and and learning learning about about life. adventures life. Jackie Jackie was was my my muse, my inspiration, my angel, my best friend, my muse, my inspiration, my angel, my best friend, my guide through through some some tough tough times, guide times, and and through through great great times. I believe Jackie still inspires and times. I believe Jackie still inspires and drives me to do my best and drives me to do my best and always strive to capture the always strive to capture the wonderful spirit I know is wonderful spirit I know is in each and every horse, in each and every horse, if for only a moment if for only a moment in time. in time. VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
hat is the most challenging hat is the most challenging aspect of photographing aspect of photographing Arabianhorses? horses? Arabian
have to to capture capturethe thebeauty, beauty,the theessence essenceand and II have the correct conformation with breed type, because the correct conformation with breed type, because 95% of of my mywork workisisfor formarketing marketingpurposes. purposes.That Thatisisa a 95% lot to to put putin inone oneimage. image.Oh Ohyes, yes,and andaawow wowfactor factortoto lot make people stop and notice. make people stop and notice.
“To explain explainmy mywork workto tosomeone someoneoutside outside “To the horse industry, I compare my work the horse industry, I compare my work totoaa Hollywoodphotographer photographerwho whoisishired hired Hollywood to create an IMAGE for an upcoming star.” to create an IMAGE for an upcoming star.” That isis my my job, job, especially especially for for the the stallions. stallions. That Creating an image and being consistent that Creating an image and being consistent ininthat “image”isisimportant importantfor forthe thebranding brandingand andmarketing. marketing. “image” Not only only branding branding for for the the stallion, stallion,but butthe theentire entire Not farm and and breeding breedingor ortraining trainingprogram. program.I Icommend commend farm Roxann Hart Hartfor fornot notallowing allowinganyone anyonetotophotograph photograph Roxann QR QR Marc Marc except exceptmyself, myself,many manyyears yearsago. ago.Obviously, Obviously, we we weren’t weren’t hiding hidinganything, anything,but butless lessthan thansuperior superior photos photos after after aa knock knock out out photo, photo, could couldhurt hurtthe the marketing marketing campaign campaign we wehad hadset setininmotion. motion.ItItwas was aa lot of pressure to keep trying to get even better lot of pressure to keep trying to get even better images imagesthan thanhis hislast lastphoto photoshoot, shoot,and andthen thencontinue continue to top the last shoot over and over. John Rannenberg to top the last shoot over and over. John Rannenberg and and II decided decidedto tolet letQR QRMarc Marcrun runthe theshow, show,and andhehe never let us down. never let us down.
That and I am very Thatwas wasquite quitethe theexperience, experience, and I am very proud of those images. For those of you who may notnot proud of those images. For those of you who may know Marc sold forfor four million dollars knowthe thestory, story,QRQR Marc sold four million dollars asasa aresult of careful and thoughtful marketing, result of careful and thoughtful marketing, creating worldwide. HeHe creatingquite quitea astir stirininthe theindustry industry worldwide. was not for sale as a two year colt. The sale goes was not for sale as a two year colt. The sale goes down in Arabian history as the largest sale price to down in Arabian history as the largest sale price to a single owner. a single owner. LEFT: SIMPLY ELEGANCE HALTERS by Suzanne LEFT: SIMPLY ELEGANCE HALTERS by Hariry Suzanne TOP INSERT: Marajj - BOTTOM INSERT: Al Shaqab TOP INSERT: Marajj BOTTOM INSERT: Hariry Al Shaqab RIGHT: Arktik - RIGHT INSET: QR Marc RIGHT: Arktik - RIGHT INSET: QR Marc
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our Desert Warrior Halter sets are our Desert Warrior Halter sets are truly one a of kind treasures. truly one a of kind treasures. Please tell us what inspired your Please tell us what inspired your haltercollections. collections. halter
As an equine photographer my first priority As an equine photographer my first priority to capture capture the thebeauty beautyofofthe thehorse horsefor formy myclient, client, isis to so I became involved with what my subjects were so I became involved with what my subjects were wearingand andbegan beganmaking makingsuggestions suggestionstotothe thehalter halter wearing makers. makers.
I willnever neverforget forgetmymyprototype prototype Desert I will of of thethe Desert Tasselhalter. halter.It Itwas wastaped tapedonto ontoanother anotherhalter. halter. Tassel I I reallywanted wantedtotosee see tassel halter stallion really mymy tassel halter onon thethe stallion as I knew it would look great. Now granted, it didn’t as I knew it would look great. Now granted, it didn’t looksosoimpressive impressiveinin hands. The textiles look mymy hands. The textiles areare oldold and a bit worn; sort of a dirty black in color. Nobody and a bit worn; sort of a dirty black in color. Nobody thatfarm farmcould could see vision, they didn’t want atatthat see mymy vision, soso they didn’t want to use my halter. to use my halter. Thenext nextday, day,I was I wasphotographing photographing stallion The thethe stallion Stival.AtAtfirst, first,I sort I sort got the same reaction when Stival. ofof got the same reaction when I I pulledout outthe the desert tassel halter. But they agreed pulled desert tassel halter. But they agreed to to letletme a horse soso I could seesee how and where metrytryit itonon a horse I could how and where
the fellfell onon the face and getget a view of of thetassels tassels the face and a view my vision. I don’t have a horse at home to try ideas my vision. I don’t have a horse at home to try ideas on. Cookie, assistant and I walked thethe horse upup to to on. Cookie,my my assistant and I walked horse the office window of the barn with the tassel halter the office window of the barn with the tassel halter ononand was thethe response! SoSo andjaws jawsdropped! dropped!WOW, WOW, was response! guess who got to wear the first “DESERT TASSEL” guess who got to wear the first “DESERT TASSEL” halter? you Mike Wilson and Stival! That halter IIhave always been a lover of old ways. Traditions, Thank you Mike Wilson and Stival! That halter have always been a lover of old ways. Traditions, halter?Thank and that photo shoot are what really opened the first the quality of old crafts, and antiques speak to me. the quality of old crafts, and antiques speak to me. and that photo shoot are what really opened the first Signature Collections. My doortotothe theSuzanne Suzanne Signature Collections. My inspiration inspiration isisdrawn drawnfrom fromthe theold oldpaintings paintingsand and door drawings of the desert horse and a lifelong love of drawings of the desert horse and a lifelong love of vintage styles, artisan crafts, recycled materials and vintage styles, artisan crafts, recycled materials and “The Desert Tassel halters are magical! “The Desert Tassel halters are magical! ethnic accents. Then I began collecting antique, or ethnic accents. Then I began collecting antique, or As soon as you place the halter on, it’s like you As soon as you place the halter on, it’s like you vintage textiles, ethnic beads, tribal tassels, pendants vintage textiles, ethnic beads, tribal tassels, pendants and the horse get instantly transported in time and the horse get instantly transported in time and so much more from countries such as Turkey, to the Arabian deserts of yesteryear." and so much more from countries such as Turkey, to the Arabian deserts of yesteryear." Pakistan, India, Africa and Uzbekistan to make my Pakistan, India, Africa and Uzbekistan to make my own style of halters to use for photo shoots. own style of halters to use for photo shoots. VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
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THE SETS THE ROYAL ROYAL “AL “AL SHAMA” SHAMA” HALTER HALTER SETS Al Shama means “a mark of beauty”. These sets are produced usually only once a year with the help of my Al Shama means “a mark of beauty”. These sets are produced usually only once a year with the help of my partner, Dancing Tribe, on the other side of the world. Together we combine our treasures collected from partner, Dancing Tribe, on the other side of the world. Together we combine our treasures collected from around the globe and work together via Messenger to design these magnificent sets. The breast pieces around the globe and work together via Messenger to design these magnificent sets. The breast pieces on these sets usually consist of a truly unique textile of re-purposed on these sets usually consist of a truly unique textile of re-purposed vintage India or or aa rare rare old old vintage silk silk with with hand hand beading beading from from India velvet my favorite favorite components components velvet from from Paris. Paris. One One of of my many of the “Al Shama” sets feature the many of the “Al Shama” sets feature isis the antique metallic bullion bullion tassels tassels antique intricate intricate metallic and luxurious antique French silk and luxurious antique French silk fringes; combined with with semisemifringes; combined precious stones, gold precious stones, gold guiled Turkman Turkmanmetal metal guiled components or or components vintage brass. vintage brass.
LEFT: Hariry Al Shaqab - LEFT INSET: Prince Michael MPE LEFT: Hariry Al Shaqab LEFT INSET: Michael MPE RIGHT: Alixir - -RIGHT INSERT:Prince Imperial Kismetah RIGHT: Alixir - RIGHT INSERT: Imperial Kismetah
“The goal ofof mymy halters “Theultimate ultimate goal halters is issimply to accentuate and notnot simply to accentuate and compete with mymy subjects.” compete with subjects.”
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AHC magazine understands there is a new inspiration and muse in your life. Please tell us about her and how she is changing your life.
After growing up with a horse who was my best friend for 29 years, who was my inspiration, confidant and guide through the first half of my life, I couldn’t imagine ever having another horse. After all, there would never be another Jackie. For ten plus years after Jackie passed, I could get my necessary horse fix on the job. But one day I met this mare and became infatuated with her. I see a lot of beautiful horses in my work but something just struck me. Dorian Aurelia by Dakar El Jamaal was just my kind of mare. She represented my ideal Arabian type. For years I daydreamed about a foal from her. Two years went by and I had just photographed Fadi Al Shaqab and was totally infatuated with him as well. He was the TYPE that I love, besides being a stallion with a kind and gentle nature. It was a couple months after that when I saw my favorite mare again when it hit me like a rock! 44 Arab Horse Couture
The perfect match for that foal I dreamed about was Aurelia and Fadi Al Shaqab. It was an impassioned, intuitive gut instinct I could not ignore. David Conner and Miller Pinson were leasing Aurelia and agreed to purchase the mare and we were to be partners on the foal. Everything fell into place perfectly. Now the practical side of me had to back up my gut instinct with a little research on the pedigrees. I wasn’t disappointed at all. Both individuals had extraordinary pedigrees! Both sides oozed with the “type” I loved. Aurelia had a history as an easy breeder, and a great mommy. That was important to me as well. It couldn’t have been more perfect. After Aurelia checked in foal, I told my husband we were having a baby. He was a bit surprised but VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
first, but she would touch you. By the time I left she was begging to be touched all over, even rubbing her ears, under her belly, all over her face and legs and of course a butt scratch. She learned my voice and was excited when I came in the barn to visit her. I hated to go home without her. Angel’s second visit from mom at 4 or 5 months old, introduced her to modeling custom halters and breast pieces that I made for her. She had no problem with them. Pretty amazing for a baby! She’s learned that when I come to visit it’s dress-up time. And like Jackie, whatever mom wants to do is usually fine with her. They tell me when I’m there, she’s a different horse.
“She’s given me a new confidence in who I am as a woman in the second half of my life. She’s my new Angel.” not upset. His question was “so what’s your plan?” My answer, “well that all depends on the foal.” Again he asks, “No, really, what is your plan? You have to have a plan!” Again I answered the same. It wasn’t a satisfactory answer to him, but he accepted it, and he was kind of excited too. May 5, 2018, on the dawn of the Kentucky Derby, a healthy, long legged, beautiful filly arrived. The guys contacted me through Face Time once she was up on her feet. She was a pretty bay with what looked like an angel's wing on her forehead. She was born a friendly, in your face, “kissy smoocher girl”. Our first choice name could not have been more perfect! Angels Envee, taken from a very fine Kentucky Rye and Bourbon. Three weeks later, I flew to Delaware to see her for the first time. She was super sweet, curious, and bold. I spent time just hanging out in the stall with her. Just like I did with Jackie when he was a foal and let him come to me. Angel was not timid at all. At this one moment, she was looking straight into my face when suddenly I saw Jackie in her eyes! I burst into tears and then ran out of the stall to try to absorb what I just saw. I sat on a bale of hay and continued to cry. Wow, I never in my wildest dreams anticipated that! I have had very strong intuitions throughout my life and I have learned to listen to them. Could it really be him? Was this why my intuition and instincts insisted that I breed this mare to this stallion? Angel and I had some wonderful bonding time during that visit. She didn’t care for being touched at VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
As a yearling, we went to our first show. I even showed her in one class. I haven’t shown a horse in 40 years and never have I shown an Arabian! I was very nervous, but the minute I took her lead to go in the gate, all my fears disappeared...and we won our class! She showed like a champ! Angel has been encouraging me to step out of my comfort zones in so many aspects of my life.
In the first half of my life, Jackie guided me through shy adolescence into becoming a strong confident young woman. Many difficult challenges along the way were met with a strength and wisdom that Jackie helped teach me over the years. 45 Arab Horse Couture
LEFT: modeling several several LEFT: Angels Angels Envee Envee modeling halter styles and accessories. halter styles and accessories. CENTER: Envee and and Suzanne Suzanne CENTER: Angels Angels Envee RIGHT: Kate and Angels Envee RIGHT: Kate and Angels Envee "Touched Angel" images. images. "Touched by by an an Angel"
“Angel “Angelseems seemstotobebehelping helpingme meembrace embracethis thisnew new chapter. chapter.She Sheisismy myinspiration inspirationand andnow nowthe theFACE FACEfor for my Suzanne Signature Collection halters.” my Suzanne Signature Collection halters.”
I’mfinding findingthe thesecond secondhalf halfofoflife lifehas hasits its own own I’m challenges. Our bodies are changing, our lives have challenges. Our bodies are changing, our lives have changed, and our children have moved on. Many changed, and our children have moved on. Many of our priorities have also changed. It’s time to reset of our priorities have also changed. It’s time to reset our life’s goals and priorities, move forward with a our life’s goals and priorities, move forward with a new confidence… new confidence… 46 Arab Horse Couture
This isis the the inspiration inspiration behind behind the This the “Touched “Touched by by an Angel” images I created in 2019 while an Angel” images I created in 2019 while she she was was justaayearling. yearling. II wasn’t wasn’t sure sure how how II was just was going going to to bring bring this vision to life, but again, everything fell into this vision to life, but again, everything fell into place place likeitit was was meant meant to to be. be. II was was in in awe like awe as as itit happened happened before my eyes and camera. From seven before my eyes and camera. From seven year year old old Kate, who was our little floating Angel to Angels Kate, who was our little floating Angel to Angels Enveeplaying playing her her part part so so perfectly. perfectly. At Envee At one one point, point, we we had Kate hanging too high for Angel to reach her, she had Kate hanging too high for Angel to reach her, she walked in and reached for Kate’s hand and then she walked in and reached for Kate’s hand and then she looks at me like, “I’m trying, ma, but I can’t reach looks at me like, “I’m trying, ma, but I can’t reach her.” We never coaxed Angel with treats to reach for her.” We never coaxed Angel with treats to reach for Kate’s hand. Kate’s hand. VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
She toto know what sheshe was Shejust justseemed seemed know what was supposed toto do. We lowered Kate a little and supposed do. We lowered Kate a little and Angel walked right back in to this little girl Angel walked right back in to this little girl hanging from the rafters with a white flowing hanging from the rafters with a white flowing dress and wings, she reached up to her hand dress and wings, she reached up to her hand and perfect! SheShe andthe thetouch touchwas wasabsolutely absolutely perfect! then looked at me again as if to say, “how’s then looked at me again as if to say, “how’s that? Perfect!!! that?Was Wasthat thatgood?” good?”YESSSS!!! YESSSS!!! Perfect!!! WOW! We were all just amazed at how thisthis WOW! We were all just amazed at how vision I wanted toto share with thethe world, came vision I wanted share with world, came totolife so perfectly. life so perfectly.
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MARK M. HANNA INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF “THE HORSE LISTENER”
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Arab Horse Couture: The introduction in your book involves a relationship with a horse and man. How do they become acquainted and what are their contributions to each other’s lives? Mark M. Hanna: Promises kept were hard to fulfill as we lost our memories crossing the veil between heaven and earth. God gave us counsel: Follow the plan of happiness, have courage, be kind, have faith and be true to yourself. Some of us have an innate knowledge of this advice and strive to follow that still small voice, but some ignore it altogether. 50 Arab Horse Couture
“Our souls are inexorably linked to the souls of the horses in our lives, our “Soul-Mates”. My book, “The Horse Listener”, is a fictional autobiography based on true life events. I was struck with a contagious disease from a very young age, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” ― Winston S. Churchill. I was an angry young man. I lost my Dad at age six and was bullied for my kinky hair and the last name of Hanna rhyming with banana. I overcompensated with everything I did to gain control. The way I dealt with my relationships with horses involved submission. “Do as I say or VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
else”. But, all along, that still small voice would intervene subconsciously. My goal was to be a professional Halter trainer. My opportunity to begin raising my own herd allowed me to breed and import horses from Spain and Germany. My plans were ambitious to show my own horses that I had bred. I emulated successful trainers in the Arabian horse industry using training techniques on a colt I imported from Spain. One day while working a colt, the wary colt like a savvy boxer waited for an opening and lunged out and bit me savagely on my shoulder lifting me up and throwing me hard on the ground. “How dare he do that to me!” I got up with lead in hand and proceeded to beat him to teach him a lesson. Wait, that still small voice raised its voice loudly. What am I doing? I love this colt. Realizing what I had done, I put my whip down and cried and asked forgiveness of my shivering colt and the God who created us both. It was a lifelong dream to be with my horses and I was treating them poorly. A rapid reverse in my attitude needed to change. A growing epiphany started to emerge in my life. “Shahwan”, a special stallion would help me to become “The Horse Listener”. “It is my goal in writing this book to help people learn that there is a better way to partner with your horse. Understanding the nature and instincts of the horse in relation to our nature helps us grow together. I learned that “the horse whispers in our ears and we become the listener”. In the book, I take the reader to a place where two people help each other learn this valuable lesson. “Mathew Peters, one of the characters in the book, lost his Father to cancer and moved from Los Angeles with his Mother to a little farm in Alfalfa, Oregon. The horse race track in Inglewood, California left an indelible impression on this young man. A spur of the moment opportunity to save an Arabian mare from a kill buyer at an auction left him in a quandary. “Well Mom, we now have a horse. What now?” She said, “The feed store owner said that across the street from us is this truck driver. I think he knows something about a horse. Ask him.” This clever young man found himself talking to a dusty and grease covered man under a truck, “I hear you may know something about horses.” Shaking his head, the man asked, “Horses, huh?” I answered, “Yes, I’ve got this Arabian mare and I need some VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
help.” His attention brightened as he said, “An Arabian, huh?” Little did they know that between them, a relationship would develop that would involve a poor rescued Arabian mare and a special Arabian stallion.” Arab Horse Couture: You involve quotes from the Bible. How does this relate to the book and how does it affect your beliefs involving horses? Mark M. Hanna: “As is described in Genesis, I believe God created the heavens and the earth. The souls of all living creatures He created from the intelligences before the world was. Could it be that we were acquainted with our horses in the pre-existence before we came to earth? Excited about the adventure to come, we promised we’d be together as soul-mates. “Unfortunately, it was not that easy to fulfill our dreams once we crossed the veil into this cruel world. Some will find each other and some will not. The innate voice from the council our Creator God gave us would be available if we would listen. Some will ignore the voice and follow a different course. We are in a world with choices. In contrast, there is virtue or malevolence. Virtue contributes to learning and growth. Evil or malevolence results in ultimate destruction. The horse has contributed immensely to the civilization of man on earth in industry as well as husbandry. The horse and man were meant to be partners. There are passionate horsemen/horsewomen who utilize an understanding of the nature of the horse to accomplish this partnership. Their horses desire to learn.” Arab Horse Couture: What lessons of growth made between the two main characters contribute to our learning as readers? Mark M. Hanna: “The two characters in the book are Mike Chapman and Mathew Peters. Even though 40 years separated them in age, they have a transformational influence on each other. Both went through an incident in their lives that left them vulnerable. Mike had lost everything. Three years before, he lost his ranch resulting in the dispersal of his prized Arabian herd. The death of his beloved Arabian stallion and a divorce that separated him from his son left him devastated. All he had left were the memories and the lessons he had learned after his epiphany. Hardship also hit the Peters family 51 Arab Horse Couture
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with their loss and a move to a strange location. “It was destiny perhaps that these two would meet through this poor rescued Arabian mare. It would lead an ambitious young man and a dusty truck driver on a course to fulfill their dreams. Mike Chapman’s character in this book embarks on a search for the answers associated with the decline of the traditional base breeders and owners in the horse industry. Why are the precious Arabian bloodlines ending up in slaughter houses? His pursuit takes him to the horse breeding tribes of the Middle East. He will learn from the dedicated stewards of the centuries old sacred traditions that created the Arabian horse.
“This book foretells of the hope for the future of the Arabian horse and its survival. Mike Chapman would encourage Mathew Peters to pursue and accomplish his dreams to become successful as a horseman. An education, a family and a career with horses were goals Mike tried to instill in Mathew, goals that Mike was unable to fulfill himself. Mathew would discover the mysteries that haunted his mentor and help bring about his salvation and happiness.” Arab Horse Couture: How do learning the lessons taught in this book help in dealing with our human relationships? 52 Arab Horse Couture
Mark M. Hanna: “Horses have instincts contrary to humans. We are predators and horses are herd animals. Both of their natures cannot be further apart. A horse wants to survive above all else. We on the other hand want it now. We grasp it and won’t let it go. Missy, Mathew Peters’ rescued mare, would teach him that these two natures conflict. With Mike’s help, Mathew would learn that “the horse whispers in our ear and we become the listener”. He becomes sensitive to the innate voice of having courage, kindness, self-assurance and faith. He would learn about forgiveness. “Horses are not like humans. They do not scheme or hold grudges. They dole out discipline and use physical force to survive. But once the lesson is learned, the herd is at peace again. Mathew Peters learns to unlearn his predator nature and help the horse unlearn his nature and mistrust of perceived danger in order to survive in the world we have placed him. That balance will help him learn to prevent conflict in our human relationships. He will avoid the action that elicits the negative reaction of his horses. As a result, trust is developed and a partnership ensues. “Suffice it to say that there was one person in history that grants us similar forgiveness -Jesus Christ!” VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
Arab Horse Couture: Does this book describe your belief that our animals have spirits and communicate with us in imperceptible means that can be learned?
Mark M. Hanna: “I have experienced depression after experiencing extreme loss. The atonement of Jesus Christ offered me a rebirth and saved my life. I was then free of the things that held me back like the anger of the hurt in my younger years which controlled the way I dealt with horses. I became sensitive to the spirit. I had always been sensitive, almost psychic. But without the clutter it became clearer one day when I was trimming an older Arabian stallion. He would oppose me in every turn. I, being frustrated, turned and looked him in the eyes and said “what the heck is your problem?” Instantly I experienced what you may call a video of pictures go through my mind of all of his fears, anxieties and bad experiences. It blew my mind, but I instinctively answered him back in pictures. “Wow, I understand”. You know, he was cooperative with me completely after that. I actually saw his thoughts in pictures. I learned a big lesson then. “I do not analyze what I sense or doubt what I sense. My first impression is what it is, a quiet but imperceptible communication with his spirit. I have 60 years of reading body language, but this has opened up my mind to the spirit, especially the Holy Spirit. Small things bring about big things. By quiet listening for the way they communicate their thoughts, or their whispering, I know we all can realize and perceive these mental pictures and have a relationship that builds confidence and trust. I welcome anyone interested in these things to visit my website, www.markmhanna.com, and share my thoughts on becoming a “horse listener”.
Arabian industry, the decline is precipitous and a lack of sales and participation has resulted. There is a disaster looming. The valuable bloodlines of hundreds of years of breeding the oldest breed of horse in the world are disappearing. I believe the eternal connection we have with our horses will motivate the passionate breeders in our industry to realize this danger and move like General Patton to save our bloodlines and our industry. We cannot continue on this course. We are nearing a precipice of no return. It is my goal to bring to light a truth that a majority of Arabian horse breeders have come to realize. There is a path to saving our breed and bring back the participation we had years ago. A majority of horsemen/horsewomen realize this and utilize a “Natural” means to establish a partnership with their Arabian horses. I believe this will bring back the base and invigorate the new, young and existing horsemen/horsewomen back to our beloved soul-mates, the Equine.” About Mark M. Hanna Mark M. Hanna grew up in Inglewood, California, adjacent to the Hollywood Park horse track. This is where his love of horses began and he pursued his passion to become an Arabian horse breeder and imported horses from Europe. His compassion and spiritual bond with horses led him to become “The Horse Listener”. Several factors led him to stop competing at horse shows, and he has dedicated his life to saving the Arabian horse. Hanna shares his life story in “The Horse Listener”, the first book of an anticipated trilogy.
Book 2 of the Trilogy: “Dazshtan, Shahwan’s Legacy”, Book 2: “Preserving the Bloodlines”, is coming soon.” Arab Horse Couture: What is the relevance of the lessons revealed in this work and how does it relate to the future of horses and man together in our world? Mark M. Hanna: “We are facing a decline in the horse industry of horse ownership and utilization. Horses with valuable pedigrees are being slaughtered by the thousands. In the VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
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AUGUSTA HAMMOCK A MODERN TOUCH By Judith Wich-Wenning
he American, Augusta Hammock, is a young modern artist with a unique approach. The artist uses state of the art techniques as her computer and internet play important roles for her work. Besides traditional paintings of Arabian horses on handmade paper, Augusta Hammock designs equine art for greeting cards, logos, websites and advertisements. 56
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Augusta Hammock was born in Georgia, which is also where she grew up. Most of her childhood was spent in the metro Atlanta area. “It’s no secret that my passion for horses fuels just about everything I do,” August Hammock relates. “As a child, I was spellbound by every equine I saw, and to be completely honest, not much has changed since then! I was born into a family that knew next to nothing about horses and, much to my dismay, had no plans to own them either. That never stopped this horse-crazy girl, though! My bookshelves were filled with classically illustrated horse books and my sketchbooks were teeming with royal steeds. Horse figurines sat atop my dresser and chest of drawers, and Saturday mornings were met with elation as my Mom would drive me to my weekly riding lessons.
All of this and more, yet there was still something missing. How I longed for a horse of my own! But, that part of the tale came a little later on.” Then Augusta Hammock became interested in Arabian horses and says, “When I was very young, about ten years or so, I was introduced to the breed when I read about Arabians in an online article. I had been taking riding lessons VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
for several years prior, and after learning about Arabians, I wanted to ride these horses that sounded so fantastic! I found a farm close to my home that specialized in Arabians and began taking riding and halter lessons there. I have been committed to the breed ever since.” Augusta Hammock continues, “In the 1990s, I realized my love for internet technology, 57 Arab Horse Couture
design, and the majestic Arabian horse, all cornerstones of who I am today. In the Summer of 2005, my Grandmother and my parents gifted me with a handsome Egyptian sired Arabian gelding named Valentino. This Arabian has since brought me incredible experiences and priceless friendships. Upon his breeder’s recommendation, we traveled to picturesque Lexington, Kentucky, to attend the Egyptian Event that year. This show changed a lot for me. I fell in love with horses all over again and I began to dream of becoming a breeder of these remarkable horses. In 2013, the ruby red Egyptian mare, Amirat Al Yakout (Amirah) (AA Al Bashir x NF Anna Halima Shah), joined my humble herd and my journey as a breeder began.” Regarding her favorite Arabian horse, Augusta Hammock raves, “Everyone has their personal preference for the style of Arabian horse they prefer. In early 2018, I purchased a yearling filly named Arianna JM (Aria Impresario x Aflames Anara JM) who meets my aesthetic ideal in so many ways. She inspires much of my equine art with her form, charisma, and personality! Not to mention, she brings so much joy to my life.” Art and Arabian horses are both a source of relaxation and reflection for Augusta. “The horses allow me to disconnect from the daily grind and mentally reset,” Augusta Hammock explains. “My art helps me to explore and 58 Arab Horse Couture
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Augusta Hammock continues, “The construction of a well-bred Arabian horse is one of nature’s finest representations of form fused with function. Something so beautiful that is also capable of overcoming strenuous physical feats are amazing to me.”
inspiration from each one I have visited. However, the Region 12 Championship show in Perry, Georgia, is my favorite show of the year! We enjoy camaraderie and good sportsmanship while exhibiting in extremely competitive classes and we have so much fun all the while. The variety of horses seen there is refreshing, from purebreds to Half-Arabians to Straight Egyptians. It’s a worthy showcase of what our wonderful breed has to offer.”
Asked about her visits to Arabian horse stud farms and shows, Augusta Hammock responds, “I have traveled to many farms and shows within the United States and each one has its own unique qualities that set it apart. I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite farm as I have gleaned valuable information and
Talking about her artwork and her art education, Augusta Hammock explains, “I am 28 years old and I am a completely self-taught artist. I began drawing cartoon animals when I was very young because I was inspired by animated children’s movies. I originally aspired to become a concept artist for Disney or Dreamworks, but I ultimately
understand my own perspective of the world. I have a sense of enduring peace when both horses and art have primary roles in my life.”
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chose to pursue a more autonomous path for my creative work where I would not be limited to creating art to bring someone else’s ideas to life. I was gifted my first drawing tablet as a Christmas present from my parents when I was 12 years old and I began working with digital art at that time. Since then, I have learned many forms of digital mediums, primarily using Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator. In early 2015, I began using watercolors for the first time when I was prompted by my best friend to do so, a CGI (computer generated imagery) animator and professional creative in her own right. I have enjoyed great success with the watercolor medium even though I am still very new to it and have much more to learn. Today, I work primarily in watercolor and digital mediums as each one affords very unique options and end results.” Augusta continues, “Most of my learning has been through trial and error, trying many different techniques on my own. There are so many readily available resources online and I’ve made heavy use of these over the past 15 years. I try to keep an open mind about techniques because the ideas I have for artwork vary so much in aesthetic.”
“I like to make heavy use of negative space and create artwork that incites the viewer to engage with the piece, connecting lines and filling in implied details in their own minds. In my opinion, this gives a piece so much life when you invite your viewers to really think about what they are seeing,” states the artist. (Examples for this are the artist’s works entitled: Porcelain, Seasons, Tempest, and Ma Petite Fleur). Continuing, Augusta says, “I also like to make use of organic lines and textures to create sketch-like pieces. I have found that many art enthusiasts, including myself, love to see what artwork looks like before it is completed and polished which gives an inside view of the creative process. There is something special about seeing a piece in its most essential form.” (Examples: Discernment, Wisdom, Always, Antiquity).
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in my pieces. I use neutral tones and diffused light direction to help with this as well. I use Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos tablet for pieces like this.” (Examples: Servitude, Indomitus). “I am largely inspired by the work of other artists. When I see something I really like, I analyze the piece to determine what stands out to me, then I will transpose that quality into my own style. Of course, the end result is drastically different from the source of inspiration itself, but that is how many artists push their own boundaries. We are always VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
indirectly challenging each other to try new things by putting out unique and inspiring work,” Augusta states. The late artist, Shary B. Akers, has a very special place in Augusta Hammock’s heart. “I met Shary when I was merely 15 years old when she had a booth set up at a horse show,” she remembers. “I was speaking with her about her artwork when she noticed I was carrying a sketch book, which she asked if I minded sharing with her. Of course, it was an honor to show my amateurish drawings to such a great artist so I gladly obliged. She made a point to 63 Arab Horse Couture
About the Author: Judith Wich-Wenning is a wellknown prolific journalist from Germany. She has published the highly appreciated book “Jewels of the Desert” as well as numerous articles and photos in various international Arabian horse magazines. The Arabian horse in art is one of her most favorite subjects. Her travels have taken her around the world and especially to the Middle East. Judith WichWenning breeds fine Arabians of Straight Egyptian bloodlines at her stud farm, “Orienta Arabians”. You may contact Judith at email@example.com
instil confidence in me as a very young artist, encouraging me to keep practicing and learning and to never give up on my art. Her kindness and selflessness made a lasting impression on me and I strive to be the kind of person who inspires.” Asked about her plans and hopes for the future, Augusta Hammock ponders, “I create art primarily to express my emotions and thoughts, but it is important to me that others find inspiration and enjoyment in my work as well. I like to keep my options open for what road my journey as an artist may lead me down. I know for certain that I will be continuously honing my craft, working hard to master the mediums I use, and trying new things as often as possible.” Contact information for Augusta Hammock: firstname.lastname@example.org @facebook.com/AugustaHammockEquineArt @instagram.com/augustahammock @linkedin.com/in/augusta-hammock-b2990643 @ twitter.com/augustahammock augustahammock.com
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What’s the Problem with Verbal Contracts? Written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law www.equinelaw.net
or decades, this author has written articles on the importance of getting equine-related agreements in writing. Some of the articles even shared common characteristics of effective contracts. Still, people in the horse industry continue doing business with nothing in writing, and disputes have occurred. This article explores what can potentially happen when verbal contract disputes become the subject of a legal battle.
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Real Cases Where Verbal Contracts Failed Over the years, verbal contract disputes have generated legal battles. Here are three examples of cases where verbal agreements failed in court challenges because of state laws: • In a 2003 case from Maine, a verbal agreement regarding ownership, care, training and racing of Thoroughbred racehorses was found to be void and unenforceable based on a state law [Maine Statute of Frauds, 33 M.R.S.A Sec. 51(5)] that required certain types of contracts to be in writing. The verbal arrangement in that case, the court found, violated the law. • In a 2000 New York case, the court refused to enforce a verbal contract involving the boarding, breeding and care of mares and resulting foals. In doing so, the court relied on a state law [New York General Obligations Law Section 5-701] that required 68 Arab Horse Couture
certain types of contracts to be in writing to be enforceable.
• In a 1972 New York case, the plaintiff was a horse buyer who claimed to have a verbal agreement to buy the defendant’s racehorse for $60,000. The seller denied an agreement existed, however, and no written contract existed. Arguing that the alleged verbal agreement should not be enforced, the seller cited a different state law [New York’s Uniform Commercial Code, Article 2-201], which required contracts for the sale of goods priced at $500 or more to be in writing. Based on the law, and taking into account circumstances of the dispute, the court ruled that no enforceable agreement existed. Equine Industry Statutes That Can Make Contracts Important Aside from general state laws referenced in the cases described above, that can apply to VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
a wide variety of industries, many states have laws unique to the equine industry. These laws sometimes make written contracts important, if not necessary. For example: Equine Activity Liability Statutes Currently, 48 states (all but California and Maryland) have some type of equine activity liability statute. Some require written contracts. Arizona’s law, for example, provides no protection unless the equine activity participant has signed a “written waiver” that includes specific language supplied in the law. Similarly, West Virginia’s law requires participants to sign a written statement using language that the law provides. Under the laws in a small number of states, “equine activity professionals” or “equine activity sponsors” will lose any benefits in their equine activity liability statute unless their written contracts include the law’s “warning” language or other language as the law specifies. Equine Sale Disclosure Laws California, Florida, and Kentucky have equine seller disclosure laws, which can impact the language of certain equine sales contracts in those states. Kentucky’s law requires, among other things, written bills of sale and disclosure of agency relationships in sales transactions involving race horses. Florida has an equine sales statute that requires, in part, that sellers and agents in Florida horse sales use written disclosures and consent agreements. California’s Business and Professional Code can impact sales contracts involving racehorses in that state as it requires written bills of sale, disclosures of commissions, and more.
This article is not meant to suggest that written contracts will prevent all disputes from occurring. Sometimes even the most sophisticated contracts can generate legal disputes. To their credit, however, written contracts can help narrow the grounds of a dispute, which can save time, money, and aggravation. This article does not constitute legal advice. When questions arise based on specific situations, direct them to a knowledgeable attorney.
About the Author Julie Fershtman, one of the nation’s most experienced Equine Law practitioners, is a Shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, in Michigan. She has successfully litigated equine cases in 18 jurisdictions nationwide and has tried cases in 4 states. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and received the American Bar Association (ABA) “Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award”. Her speaking engagements span 29 states. In 2019, the ABA published her latest, 372-page book called “Equine Law & Horse Sense”. It is available on Amazon. For more information, please visit www.equinelaw.net.
What Happens in a Verbal Contract Dispute? When legal disputes involve a verbal agreement, resolving them is never quick, easy, or cheap. Why? With nothing in writing, each party to the transaction usually will have a totally different understanding of what it involved. As a result, the outcome of lawsuits can be uncertain, but what is certain is that legal fees could be very expensive. VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
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From Covid Challenges (depression, stress, marital & financial problems), Plus the Fear of Riding, to Rockstar Amateur and Entrepreneur! Nancy Dye Equestrian Mindset Coach Elite Lifestyle Transformations, LLC EliteLifestyleTransformations.com
his was such a quick turnaround! When she first called me (Meghan R.), her plan was to stop riding until she had paid off mountains of debt. My answer? “NO! Even though you can’t afford to ride right now, you are NOT going to stop riding AND you will pay off your debt!” Read her story below!
Nancy: Before coaching, list 2-3 of the greatest challenges in your life at that time (what types of things kept you awake at night and were pressing problems that needed to be solved in your life)? Meghan:
never have enough money to get a horse of my own. B) Total belief that without a horse of my own, I could never advance my riding. C) Fear of getting hurt and a total belief that I needed to ride completely bombproof horses because I “A) Total frustration that I would am a “chicken and Adult Amateur rider”!
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Nancy: How were the above problems impacting your life (list as many as you can recall)? Meghan: “I felt depressed and unmotivated in my work (my husband and I own a business that was very successful pre-Covid). The amount of debt we had incurred seemed insurmountable to overcome.... which I thought needed to be done to get a horse, which I thought I needed to have to become a good rider. “So, because I felt that I could not attain my financial goals to get said horse, I would always be that poor person begging to ride other people’s misbehaved horses who could, by the way, get me hurt. Because I told myself I was scared. I told myself I was a “nervous rider”. And that I would need to spend gobs and gobs of money to get a bombproof horse. Something that seemed unattainable given our current financial situation. “I also felt like I needed my husband’s complete approval to get a horse again. That he had to be 100% on board…. that I needed his permission. I was afraid of making him unhappy. So, I felt like no matter how hard I worked, I would never get what I wanted. So, I shut down. And with Covid, our income plummeted and I was very depressed and felt hopeless.” Nancy: What finally had you say “enough is enough” that inspired you to work with a coach? Meghan: “I woke up one day and thought “did I jump my last jump?” And since it had been almost two years since I had jumped a jump (and about two years before that, and about one year before that…. always trying to find lesson horses to use), I then asked myself “Why was that your last jump?” “I realized that it was fear. And then I realized that I HAD to jump again! Even though I am a dressage rider and this is my one true love, I also used to enjoy jumping but with so much time off in between, I had become scared. Not only that, I had told myself, “Oh, I’m JUST a dressage rider”. Taking away all my power. “I saw one of Nancy’s clients talk about her experience with Nancy on Facebook. This was a superbly accomplished jumper rider whom I thought had NO FEAR! And when she shared 74 Arab Horse Couture
her experience on Facebook that SHE had fear, and that Nancy helped her, I contacted Nancy right away. “As it turned out, jumping was the smallest part of my problem. Only a symptom of massive underlying past issues, hang-ups, old stories, and lies I had been telling myself for years. Essentially sabotaging myself from ever being happy until I let them all go.” Nancy: What was one of your favorite aspects of coaching? Meghan: “The complete brain spin! By that I mean, taking everything you think to be true and turning it around 180 degrees or just dumping it altogether! It’s not therapy. Therapy is talking about your problems. Making your problems the center of attention. Putting that problem in the middle of the room and stroking it, feeding it, making it bigger and more important. Coaching REMOVES the problems and frees you to be the best version of yourself.”
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Meghan: “Where do I begin???? “Okay, so my riding is SO MUCH BETTER!!!! For about 1,000 reasons. Confidence, my belief in myself, and very importantly, my ability to FINALLY stick through the hard stuff with one trainer. Not jump to a new trainer when I think I need it. “Secondly, my business is off the charts! I am making more money, I am more productive, and I am doing it while integrating so many more hours in the saddle. Less time at work but far more productive. Staying on task and not sabotaging myself. “Third, my marriage is better. Just prior to calling Nancy, my husband and I were on the verge of separation. We were in counseling (which was a joke) and not at all happy. I realized, through coaching with Nancy, that I was blaming him for all my problems. At the same time, I was waiting for permission to do the things I wanted to do. I was so STUCK! “I am happy to report that my husband and I are doing great! Much happier, communicating better, and the small stuff that made me want to hit him over the head with a cast iron skillet, no longer really bothers me! Funny how when you are too busy being HAPPY you don’t have time to nit-pick and nag! “And I am less fearful. Of everything. Not only am I showing this horse confidently and with success now (the horse that I am half-leasing), VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
but I am also now helping my trainer with her very green sale horses. The girl who thought she needed a bombproof horse is riding horses that are 30-60 days under saddle! And fairly calmly also! “I am writing this on the heels of finishing my first show with the horse I half-lease. We received amazing scores and two blue ribbons! That being said, I still KNOW I can ride better. “My performance that day was just barely scratching the surface. I am determined to do even better. I know I have it in me. It had been 18 months since the last time I showed and this was the first time showing this new horse, so although I did a lot right, I still haven’t tapped into the rider I know I can be. It’s much better. But there is more. “I would not have known that there is more in me without my coaching. I will not settle for “OK”. And even though the outcome (a great score and a blue ribbon) was great, knowing that I can do even better is what drives me. It gave me confidence to get those scores, but now I know I can absolutely KILL IT! If that riding got me a 72%, just wait until the next time when I make even greater improvements. “But I do have this feeling of gratitude for what I accomplished this weekend, and yet a burning drive to deliver more. Because I have a tremendous belief in myself now. I need to still unleash my greatest self, I am determined and 75 Arab Horse Couture
continue to watch educational videos, listen to podcasts (on riding and sports psychology), take lessons, and with my new identity as an in-demand rockstar catch rider, ride as many different horses as possible. “I might not have tremendous resources, but I am extremely resourceful (that was one of the first new beliefs that Nancy told me I had to adopt on our first free coaching call). If that judge thinks THAT was good riding, just wait until next time!
problems, opportunities where I saw obstacles. “Armed with the right mindset, the right tools, and a strong coach by my side, I was able to turn my entire life around and start experiencing joy, success, and growth! I highly recommend Nancy for anyone who wants to live a better life. Whether it’s your business, your career, your health, your marriage, or your sport, Nancy has the tools, talents, and knowledge to help you break through and perform at your best! Do not settle for mediocre when you can have the best!”
“So, I have a peak performance mindset now and will continue to strive to be better…. softer, Meghan R. more fluid, more accurate. And ride many, To learn more about Nancy Dye, schedule a many different horses to test myself and my session, or download her book, please visit: accuracy, my softness, my tact, and my grace. elitelifestyletransformations.com
“Thank you, Nancy Dye, for all your help. I feel so motivated! I feel so powerful!!! It’s amazing!” Meghan R. Testimonial from Meghan R.: “Nancy Dye has helped me through more than just my issues with riding. She is more than just a “Life Coach”. She’s a kick-your-ass-andmake-your-life-awesome coach!! “I highly recommend Nancy Dye to equestrian athletes, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking to better themselves. Nancy has a unique gift and has proven to be a tremendous help for me professionally and personally. From my athletics (competitive horseback riding), to my business, to my personal relationships. Nancy turned all my ideas around 180 degrees and helped me see possibilities where I saw 76 Arab Horse Couture
Nancy Dye Equestrian Mindset Coach Strategic Interventionist EliteLifestyleTransformations.com NancyDyeSIcoach@gmail.com 561.866.0402 VOL.7, NO. 1 - 2021
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