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Autumn 2020


ARAB HORSE

COUTURE MAGAZINE

Contents Issue Autumn 2020

6 - Riding in the Classical Way on Your Beautiful Arabian Horse Written by Jean Paul Guerlain

Arab Horse Couture is pleased and honored to feature a regular 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. Jean Paul will be sharing his extreme knowledge and his love of horses with the readers of this magazine. 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.

World Championship Dressage Rider & Carriage Driver Riding in the Classical Way on Your Beautiful Arabian Horse

very importantly, the abdominal muscles. Classical riders develop wonderfully light responsive horses they ride from their center. The horse is ridden from the seat first, then the legs and into the hand. The hands receive what the legs put into them.

Now you must find a good classical instructor who will understand the sensitivity and intelligence of the Arabian horse. The basics of a well-ridden and trained horse are the same for the Arabian horse as for other breeds. Sadly, many times you see the Arabian horse being treated and ridden like another species. The Arabian horse loves to be ridden (ridden correctly), to have a job to do to express themselves and to burn some energy.

Also reminding you all of the vast responsibility you have in your life of owning an Arabian horse. Be sensitive, loving, humble, understanding, patient and show empathy and humility. They will become your best friend. Sometime, ask yourself the question: do you deserve a beautiful Arabian horse in your life? And please, if you must sell your horse, see that your loyal friend is going to a good loving home.

The emphasis is placed on you the rider to learn about your whole body and how slight variations in the way you hold yourself affect the way the horse moves beneath you. How can you expect self-carriage of the horse when you are not in selfcarriage yourself? When you think of classical riding you think of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria or the Cadre noir in Saumur, France. In fact, classical riding is correct riding. It is horsemanship, not just knowing how to ride, that includes all around knowledge of the horse as a species, its psychology and physiology.

Just a few basics, no matter what discipline you enjoy with your Arabian horse, you must make sure that he is ridden round, with the hindquarters underneath so the back is round not concave. Otherwise you may encounter back problems with your horse. Let me give you a few names of classical riders who have written some wonderful books: Alois Podhajsky, who became the Director for the Spanish Riding School in 1939; Nuno Olivera, an outstanding Portuguese Dressage rider; and Egon Von Neindoff author of “The Art of Classical Horsemanship”.

Wishing you all a wonderful Autumn. For questions, please contact: vitalcell.km@gmail.com

Written by Jean Paul Guerlain

Classical riding works because it has stood the test of time. It works without fear or force and most definitely without gadgets. It is working with, never against, the horse. It is opening the lines of communication between horse and rider, listening to the horse, being aware of how every move you make means something to the horse and being able to ask yourself, “What did I do to make the horse respond in this manner?” When you do not get the response you were looking for, there is nothing about making him do it, the responsibility lies with you, the rider, to make things comfortable for the horse. These results are achieved through cooperation not coercion. Classical riding is foremost concerned with the acquisition of a classical seat that is a balanced, deep and feeling seat. In the context ‘seat’ includes the seat bones, pubic arch, thighs, lower back and

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Should You “Half Lease” Your Horse? Written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law www.equinelaw.net

21 - SHOULD YOU “HALF LEASE” YOUR HORSE?

What is a “half-lease” (sometimes called a “share board” arrangement)? Don’t ask any lawyer since the term won’t be found in law books (except for this author’s Equine Law books). These arrangements enable horse owners to continue use of their horses, though limited, while another person shares use of the horse. Horse owners sometimes consider these arrangements as a way of sharing expenses of boarding and care. The problem is, these arrangements can create problems and unintended consequences. This article discusses legal aspects of “half lease/share board” arrangements.

29 - MEMORIES OF PATRICK SWAYZE, SHARING A DREAM

Memories of Patrick Swayze

Written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law

Sharing a Dream Written by Judith Wich-Wenning

Written by Judith Wich-Wenning

Patrick Swayze and his beloved stallion Tammen (Abenhetep x Talgana) Photo: Javan

Cover Feature:

38 - SIMEON STUD - AN EVERLASTING PASSION Written by David Gillett

50 - MARIAN DUNCAN ARABIAN ART FROM DOWN UNDER Written by Judith Wich-Wenning

58 - READY FOR A LASTING CONNECTION WITH

“We breed Arabian horses because we want to continue a legacy that is thousands of years old. That’s a heritage which deserves to be continued.” – Patrick Swayze

An Everlasting Passion

Today, due to Marion’s endless enthusiasm for growth and change, the Simeon property extends over 72 acres of the suburb of Dural, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from the very center of Sydney. I had not visited Marion in some time, as the Covid-19 pandemic had kept everyone not only busy with their lives, but apart from each other. I knew that Marion had moved from her home in Sydney to Simeon to see out the pandemic, and I was curious to see how she was faring away from the bright lights of the city.

Simeon Sahron (Imperial Madaar x Simeon Setavi)

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visit to Simeon Stud is like to stepping into a wonderland for lovers of the Arabian horse. As one drives through what was once a very rural area, the small market gardens and grand houses give way to a row of splendid pine trees, thick with foliage that graciously hide the treasures on the other side. A stylish gateway, subtle, welcoming and proudly bearing the sign Simeon Park, is the only public clue that beyond this point are some of the world’s finest Straight Egyptian Arabian horses, together with their owner Marion Richmond.

Written by Nancy Dye

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We grab a quick coffee and then it is straight out to look at the horses. “I have so much to show you, I am so happy with what we have been doing,” she says. I am always struck by how passionate Marion is about her horses, and how she is always making plans, thinking of who to breed to who, and in fact who she will breed their grandchildren to and so on. Marion is always weaving the tapestry of the Straight Egyptian Arabian and today, I believe she has the finest Arabians she has ever bred. Simeon Stud has enjoyed over 60 years of extraordinary success breeding Arabian horses. “One thing that is very important to me is to always introduce new blood,” Marion begins. “We were very happy to have so much success with our combination of Asfour (Malik x Hanan), Imperial Madaar (Imperial Madheen x Ansata Nile Mist) and Anaza Bay Shahh (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Deenaa) with the 27 Ibn Galal V (Ibn Galal x 10 Hosna) families. We bred great horses such as Simeon Sadik (Asfour x Simeon Safanad), Simeon Sehavi (Asfour x Simeon Sheba), Simeon Shai (Raadin Royal Star x Simeon Safanad) and many more who had a significant impact all over the world, and we could have bred these lines forever and bred amazing horses, and we do, but I am always looking to add a little something here and there, and I find it exciting. I have seen so many breeding programs fall under the spell of their own success and start only breeding

Marian Duncan Written by Judith Wich-Wenning

“Serenity” - Oil Painting

From the time she was a little girl, Marian Duncan had a deep passion for horses. “I was born in Orange, a city in New South Wales, located in the east of Australia,” explains Marian. “I grew up there in a large family of nine children. My older sister and I would draw and paint throughout our childhood. My mother always made sure we had lots of art supplies to use. When I was a child, I would sit under our big old pine trees and draw my neighbor’s horses and dream of owning a horse.” Then she remembers with a smile: “I saw my first Arabian horse in a newspaper my father purchased. It was a small black and white photo of a chestnut, neck arched, and tail up. I thought, wow! I had never seen a horse that looked like this before, as I already loved horses. Then I searched for more in books and magazines. I saw my first live Arabian horses at a show when I was a teenager. I still remember an iridescent chestnut stallion, I think his name was Golden Band, I have been hooked ever since.” “Ancient Heritage” - Oil Painting

T

he Australian artist Marian Duncan is a household name for Arabian horse enthusiasts.

Her impressive artworks in bold colors painted in her unique style are immediate eye-catchers. Marian’s

striking design is typical for her work. Her paintings can be found in collections worldwide and are regularly published in international magazines. But who is the lady behind the imposing works of art?

Ready for a Lasting Connection with Your Finely Bred Arabian Horse: Wherever You Need it, Whenever You Need it? Written by Eva Reifler - visionpure®

Marian Duncan continues: “I started working as a show card & ticket writer in a Myer store. Myer is Australia’s largest chain of department stores. Then I worked as a graphic artist at a TV Station in Orange. I married my husband, David, and today we have three children and six grandchildren.” Marian and her husband live in a one hundred year old mud and straw brick home in the small quiet town of Manildra in New South Wales. Manildra is situated not far away from the area where Marian was born and grew up. As an artist, her three years of learning her trade

The Artist Marian Duncan with her Mare - Hideaway Just Imagine

in signwriting and design had been a big influence. “In my art, mainly with brush control, I started out as being self-taught, however, I went on to do three years of drawing and then three years of advanced painting,” Marian Duncan explains. In 1986, as fate would have it, Marian broke a leg and was finally forced to spend spare time with her art. At this point, she decided to take her artistic abilities to a new level. She sent one of her paintings of an Arabian horse to an Australian magazine. She was all excited when it was published. This inspired Marian to bring her art to a professional level. She enrolled in art courses and spent a lot of time talking to fellow artists and visiting exhibitions.

Then join us and learn how to create a present, trusting and congruent connection at any given time! The intent of producing a winner – sustainable, reliable, gentle You have always aspired to own and show a Champion Arabian horse, yet you are dependent on too many external factors to attain that exquisite goal. Or maybe you dream about breeding and showing your own Champion Arabian horse. Finally, after having invested a lifetime of money, time, and hope, your homebred Arabian colt or filly promises the necessary potential. Suddenly there is so much more at stake than simply realizing a dream. Sustainability and a healthy return on investment are essential for you to go on. As a passionate breeder and a dedicated owner, you are extremely aware that Arabian horses respond with negative physical symptoms or challenging behavior to external pressures and inappropriate training and handling methods. All of them leading straight into reduced performance capacity, high wear rate and exorbitant vet and training bills. Needless to say, you are helplessly watching as your fine animal suffers physically and emotionally. Or worse, your horse is considered difficult and becomes dangerous. He or she exhausts your handler who just cannot - or does not know how to - access that added necessary attention and interest to show a winner. In vain, you find yourself repetitively looking for new trainers, handlers and even horses. Thus, the cycle restarts without you receiving the deserved recognition and expected healthy return on your investment. And, as a caring person with a serious commitment towards your Arabian horses, you continuously seek opportunities to offer them a kind, long and healthy life. The choice of the right approach early in the training therefore becomes crucial. Sensitive horses immediately react to the slightest cues from their environment Did you know that your finely bred Arabian stallion or mare is genetically programmed to capture heart rate variations at up to 60 feet and therefore continuously screens the environment simultaneously while responding to the handler’s demands? The sensitivity of the Arabian horse in particular, was and is the foundation for the survival of the breed over thousands of years. It makes the Arabian horse persistently present to the slightest visual and energetic changes in its environment.

Written by Eva Reifler - visionpure®

into Strength & Helps Equestrians do the Same

Simeon Sukari (Asfour x 27 Ibn Galal V)

Simeon Simona (Asfour x 27 Ibn Galal V )

As I pull into the garage, Marion emerges from the main house with a huge smile, together with that perennial glint in her eye…farm life appeared to be suiting her very well. “I never want to go back,” she says when quizzed about her new living situation…and why would she, Simeon is a paradise.

Arabian Art from Down Under

Your Finely Bred Arabian Horse: Wherever You Need it, Whenever You Need it?

64 - HOW NANCY DYE TURNED HER GREATEST ADVERSITIES

27 Ibn Galal V (Ibn Galal x 10 Hosna)

Written by David Gillett

How Nancy Dye Turned her Greatest Adversities into Strength & Helps Equestrians Do the Same “Successful equestrians, regardless of their level of competition, need to be resilient.” – Nancy Dye

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ails down, missed lead changes, lame horsesany obstacle that can happen to a rider’s victory will, at some point, come calling. And that’s not considering our own fears and insecurities. Mental skills coach and strategic interventionist, Nancy Dye, knows we can’t wait for the stars to align; we have to take charge of ourselves. Rather than perseverating on all that may go wrong, she wants riders (and non-riders) to recognize their own power. Under her guidance, we learn to reshape the narrative. Self-pity becomes power. Mistakes become pearls. And global pandemics? Those are exciting opportunities for growth.

“You can be pitiful or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both.” - Joyce Meyer Nancy’s growing up years were a mixed bag. She had the great luck of belonging to a family that owned a large, overnight summer camp for girls in Vermont, complete with a stable. She rode and taught riding lessons all summer, and taking lessons at Old Mill Farm in New York the rest of the year. “Those were the days of Snowman, the $80 champion,” she said. “I was lucky to grow up on those magnificent riding and training facilities.” However, her childhood was also marked by trauma, beginning when she was five years old--an incredibly formative time in child development. “I didn’t know how to cope with that, so I coped with self-destructive, self-sabotaging habits. Addictions, eating disorders, all kinds of running away. I was a mess. “I could have stayed on the bridle path I was on. But I’m a rebel, and the rebel in me was determined to overcome all of this,” Nancy explains.

“Every moment of every day, we are either practicing weakness or strength.” - Nancy Dye Nancy realized if she was going to survive her trauma and its ramifications in her life, she was going to need to throw every resource she could at it. Nancy continues, “I tried minimal and half efforts for years, and I learned the painful lesson you are either all in with massive action or you stay stuck in pain or mediocrity.” “I am very lucky that I had the means financially because I invested a ton of money in myself-treatment centers, therapies, the best health, sports, and professional coaches in the world.

You name it and I was putting it on a credit card because I wanted to get out of emotional pain and be my personal best,” she said. “But the journey was such a blessing. My story made me the amazing coach that I am today because I had to go through all of that, learn all of that. I understand being stuck in bad habits and the process for each individual to unravel and discover their own leverage for attaining and staying in peak performance,” Nancy stated. So Nancy put in the work and the time, including exhaustive research about personal transformation and college textbooks on neuroscience and neurolinguistic programming. She was also still riding, having branched out into polo, dressage, foxhunting, and eventing. “My passion was for training and studying,” she said. Nancy went to one of the top equestrian boarding schools and then had her hunter jumper horses in several South Florida barns before she ended up training at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club’s show barn with Jane Ebelhare. She has fond memories of those early days in Wellington, competing with a teenage Jimmy Torano and watching the Winter Equestrian Festival site being built. But competing was never what brought her the most joy. Nancy said, “I wasn’t as successful as I could have been, because I didn’t have the mental skills. I was that rider who would black out in the ring.”

“I have gained my unshaken confidence back! How much better can that get? I have been able to really get in the ring and show that I know my stuff and that I can ride like the wind. I have lost the fear of disappointment to trainers, friends, family. . .I am overall happier to be doing my job by really making it all for me and my horses and not worrying if things are going to fall apart when it comes time to show.” - Cory McLaughlin, Wellington, Florida, USA Ambassador for Nancy Dye’s Mental Skills Coaching As a young adult living in Manhattan, New York City, Nancy rode at a stable that was three wide city blocks to Central Park. “It was the most terrifying experience of my life. We’d be trying to ride through honking cars; the horses would be rearing up, bucking and spinning around and just totally squealing and flipping out, their shoes slipping on the concrete,” she said.



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Hares Fayad - Publisher & Editor-in-Chief hares@albadiamagazine.com albadiamagazine.com


Arab Horse Couture is pleased and honored to feature a regular 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. Jean Paul will be sharing his extreme knowledge and his love of horses with the readers of this magazine. 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.

World Championship Dressage Rider & Carriage Driver Riding in the Classical Way on Your Beautiful Arabian Horse Written by Jean Paul Guerlain

Classical riding works because it has stood the test of time. It works without fear or force and most definitely without gadgets. It is working with, never against, the horse. It is opening the lines of communication between horse and rider, listening to the horse, being aware of how every move you make means something to the horse and being able to ask yourself, “What did I do to make the horse respond in this manner?” When you do not get the response you were looking for, there is nothing about making him do it, the responsibility lies with you, the rider, to make things comfortable for the horse. These results are achieved through cooperation not coercion. Classical riding is foremost concerned with the acquisition of a classical seat that is a balanced, deep and feeling seat. In the context ‘seat’ includes the seat bones, pubic arch, thighs, lower back and very importantly, the abdominal muscles. Classical 6 Arab Horse Couture



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Photo by Nancy de Saegher

riders develop wonderfully light responsive horses they ride from their center. The horse is ridden from the seat first, then the legs and into the hand. The hands receive what the legs put into them. The emphasis is placed on you the rider to learn about your whole body and how slight variations in the way you hold yourself affect the way the horse moves beneath you. How can you expect self-carriage of the horse when you are not in selfcarriage yourself? When you think of classical riding you think of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria or the Cadre noir in Saumur, France. In fact, classical riding is correct riding. It is horsemanship, not just knowing how to ride, that includes all around knowledge of the horse as a species, its psychology and physiology. Now you must find a good classical instructor who will understand the sensitivity and intelligence of the Arabian horse. The basics of a well-ridden and trained horse are the same for the Arabian horse as for other breeds. Sadly, many times you see the Arabian horse being treated and ridden like another species. The Arabian horse loves to be ridden (ridden correctly), to have a job to do to express themselves and to burn some energy. Just a few basics, no matter what discipline you enjoy with your Arabian horse, you must make sure that he is ridden round, with the hindquarters underneath so the back is round not concave.



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Otherwise you may encounter back problems with your horse. Let me give you a few names of classical riders who have written some wonderful books: Alois Podhajsky, who became the Director for the Spanish Riding School in 1939; Nuno Olivera, an outstanding Portuguese Dressage rider; and Egon Von Neindoff author of “The Art of Classical Horsemanship�. Also reminding you all of the vast responsibility you have in your life of owning an Arabian horse. Be sensitive, loving, humble, understanding, patient and show empathy and humility. They will become your best friend. Sometime, ask yourself the question: do you deserve a beautiful Arabian horse in your life? And please, if you must sell your horse, see that your loyal friend is going to a good loving home. Wishing you all a wonderful Autumn. For questions, please contact: vitalcell.km@gmail.com

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ARABHORSECOUTURE.COM AUTUMN 2020 - On the Cover: Marion Richmond Owner & Breeder Simeon Stud - Australia pictured with: Simeon Rosalie (Simeon Seifan x Simeon Seis) 2018 Filly Bred by Simeon Stud simeonst@bigpond.net.au simeonstud.com Phone: +61 2 9327 1649 | Fax: +61 2 9363 4719 Mobile: +61 418 268 749 Photo by Stuart Vesty vestyphoto.com Correction to Arab Horse Couture Spring 2020: On page 55 of the Katja Sauer Fine Artistry article, the photo of Al Lahab was incorrectly identified as El Lahab. The magazine extends its sincere apology to both Katja Sauer and the owners of Al Lahab.

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A zaamah

1995 Straight Egyptian Mare by Tammen x Aleeyah


Cantey family and Azaamah with first filly Barizzah, photo by Scott Trees, 2001.

Zaahir Staar - 2009 twin colt by Imperial Mistaar x Azaamah, Top Five Egyptian Event Two-Year-Old Futurity Champion with Trainer Steve Dady of Omni Arabians, 2011.

ZAJADDI EGYPTIAN ARABIANS

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Should You “Half Lease” Your Horse? Written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law www.equinelaw.net

What is a “half-lease” (sometimes called a “share board” arrangement)? Don’t ask any lawyer since the term won’t be found in law books (except for this author’s Equine Law books). These arrangements enable horse owners to continue use of their horses, though limited, while another person shares use of the horse. Horse owners sometimes consider these arrangements as a way of sharing expenses of boarding and care. The problem is, these arrangements can create problems and unintended consequences. This article discusses legal aspects of “half lease/share board” arrangements.



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Half-Lease/Share Board Arrangements These arrangements usually involve a horse owner agreeing with another person to divide days of the week for riding the horse. At all times, the horse usually remains boarded at the same stable. Risks What can seem like a simple, risk-free arrangement could turn out to be just the opposite. Before agreeing to enter into a half-lease arrangement, consider the risks involved. Here are some of them:

if the lessee fails to pay his or her share of the bills? * The lessee suffers a serious injury while riding or handling the horse. During a lease or “half-lease” arrangement, the fact is that lessors still own the horse. As owners of the horse, lessors run the risk of being targeted in a lawsuit if the lessee is injured (or worse) while riding or handling the horse. Whether or not the lawsuit has merit is not the point; even if the lessor has strong defenses, legal defense costs can be very expensive. Is the lessor ready for the possibility of defending against a lawsuit, and has the lessor done anything to reduce these risks, such as a well-worded waiver/release (where allowed by law)?

* Improper Use of Your Horse by the Lessee. By entering into a lease arrangement with someone else (called the “lessee”), you are taking a risk that the lessee might not use your horse as you expect. If the horse, for example, has restrictions against jumping, what if the lessee jumps the horse anyway? What if the lessee uses her/his own tack or equipment that do not fit the horse properly, making the horse sore? What if the lessee allows others to ride the horse, but those people have insufficient experience, not only putting themselves at risk but also setting back the horse’s training?

* The horse injures someone other than the lessee. While the lessee is riding or handling the leased horse, there’s always a risk that the horse could bite, kick, throw, or injure someone else. Certainly, injured people might target their claims or suits against the lessee, but because lessors own the horse, they could also be targeted, as well. Is the lessor properly protected against this risk?

* The Other Person Fails to Pay. In these arrangements, the parties usually agree to share the horse’s maintenance expenses such as boarding fees, farrier, and routine veterinary care. But what

* The lessee seriously injures the horse. Emergencies could arise from the “half-lessee’s” use of the horse, resulting in huge veterinary bills. For example, the horse might receive a severe cut during a trail ride

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or come up lame after a particularly strenuous ride. If any of these should happen while the “half-lease” arrangement is in effect, and if the problem is linked to the lessee’s use of the horse, who will pay the veterinary bills?

Indemnification clauses can be complex; be sure to discuss them with your attorney.

Risk Management These and other risks in horse sharing arrangements demand careful attention and planning. Here are some options for lessors to consider in “half-lease” arrangements:

* When the arrangement begins and ends (and methods of terminating it)

Liability Insurance

* Other payments to the lessor

Horse owners could consider buying a policy of liability insurance that is designed to protect them if the lessee, or anyone else, brings a claim or a suit against them based on the horse’s actions. One type of insurance commonly available is a Personal Horse Owner’s Liability Insurance policy. Horse owners should discuss this, and other advisable coverages, with their insurance agents. When applying for coverage, horse owners should explain that the horse is subject to a lease arrangement so that the insurance company can evaluate whether this impacts, or prevents, coverage.

* Liability waiver/release and indemnification language (where allowed by law)

Waivers/Releases (Where Allowed by Law) Courts in most states have shown a willingness to enforce waivers/releases of liability as long as the documents are properly worded, presented, and signed. Where allowed by law, lessors can ask lessees to sign carefully worded releases of liability (sometimes called a “waiver”) that conforms to applicable law. Lessors might also want lessees to have all persons of legal age, before handling, riding, or being near the horse, sign a different release form in which the signer agrees to release the lessor, and possibly the lessee, from liability as the applicable state law allows. Liability waivers/releases are complicated documents that require special attention. Over the years, my books and articles have explained how these documents work and what makes them fail. States differ on requirements.

Contracts Contracts for “half-lease” arrangements can include, at a minimum:

* Uses of the horse and restrictions * Payment of routine and non-routine expenses

* Equine Activity Liability Act language (depending on state law) With careful planning, parties to “half-lease”/share boarding arrangements, and the horse, could be happy for a long time. 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 equine cases in four 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. The ABA recently published her new 372-page book, “Equine Law & Horse Sense”, and it is available for purchase! For more information, please view: www.equinelaw.net

Contracts that protect lessors can also include carefully worded indemnification clauses (where allowed by law) that would provide, with proper language, the lessee agreeing to protect the lessor and possibly others, hold them harmless, and pay legal expenses and costs if the lessor is sued because of injuries or damages that the lessee caused.



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Tammens Kismet Tammen x Zubbediya

Kismets Rose

Tammens Kismet x EB Scarlet Rose


Royal Kismet Arabians Tammens Kismet (Tammen x Zubbediya) was bred by Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi. Tammens Kismet was born in February of 1996 at the Swayze’s ranch in California. Tammens Kismet’s dam, Zubbediya (Almas Razal x Aleenah), was also bred by the Swayze’s.

Kismets Samirah (Tammens Kismet x EB Shamara)

Kismets Samirah (Tammens Kismet x EB Shamara) is a 2019 filly, "a rare descendant of *Ghazalahh (Mashour x Bint Farida)". *Ghazalahh is considered to be one of the most beautiful mares to leave Egypt. *Ghazalahh was brought to the USA by Gleannloch Farms where she tragically did not produce a foal. Her daughter by *Morafic (Nazeer x Mabrouka), Inas (*Morafic x Ghazala), however, was exported to Hungary and is today one of only two *Ghazalahh daughters that provide a source of her blood.

Kismets Rose (Tammens Kismet x EB Scarlet Rose)

Kismets Rose (Tammens Kismet x EB Scarlet Rose) is a 2018 filly and a rare descendant to the Tahawi Kuhaylah Halawiyah foundation mare Futna (Ibn Barakat x Kuhaylah Halawiyah) who came to the USA by the import *Fahda EAO (Karoon x Faten). Kismets Rose carries two lines to *Sakr (Sultann x Enayat) and the *Morafic daughter Salmah (from *Shamah).

Kismet is a Turkish word meaning fortune or fate. Tammens Kismet’s careful breeding made him extremely unique. Tammens Kismet was purchased by Tom McNair in 2001. In correspondence written by Sylvia McNair she mentions… He was “the” stallion that Tom just had to own. Tammens Kismet was the only horse Tom purchased over the last thirteen years; he strongly believed in Tammens Kismet’s bloodlines. Tammens Kismet’s dam line was through Tom’s favorite Legion of Merit mare, *Bint Maisa El Saghira++ (Nazeer x Maisa), and has three lines to this mare through Morgana (*Morafic x Dahma Il Ashekwar) and Shaikh Al Badi (*Morafic x *Bint Maisa El Saghira++). Tammens Kismet also carries lines to *Sakr+++ (Sultann x Enayat) and *Morafic (Nazeer x Mabrouka), whom Tom trained directly. Royal Kismet Arabians was given the opportunity to own Tammens Kismet as breeders of preservation mares with Tahawi dam lines. Tom was working to preserve these dam lines as well, prior to his passing in 2006. Royal Kismet Arabians also selected other mares that would complement Tammens Kismet’s Gleannloch Farms history. Tammens Kismet’s pedigree is a Who’s Who of champions and is the culmination of Tom McNair’s extensive breeding and showing career. Tammens Kismet is the last Straight Egyptian breeding son of Tammen (Abehhetep x Talgana). Currently, Tammens Kismet continues to produce as a stallion to further his successful breeding career at Royal Kismet Arabians in Maine, USA. All photos by Lisa Fratt Craig, unaltered

Kismets Marjaan (Tammens Kismet x NP Moniet)

Kismets Marjaan (Tammens Kismet x NP Moniet) is a 2019 filly predominately of Gleannloch Farms breeding with seven crosses to Tom McNair’s favorite Legion of Merit mare, *Bint Maisa El Saghira++ (Nazeer x Maisa) and out of his last stallion, Tammens Kismet (Tammen x Zubbediya). Kismets Marjaan is Kuhaylan Rudaniyah through the Gleannloch Farms import *Manzoura (Sultan x Nazeera) as well as the Gleannloch Farms bred mare Marjaan (Amaal x Maraa).

For further information or breeding inquiries, please contact: Royal Kismet Arabians Maine, USA Owner: Lisa Fratt Craig Mobile: 207.612.6120 @facebook.com/Lisa.Fratt.Craig rlcraig123@yahoo.com


Memories of Patrick Swayze Sharing a Dream Written by Judith Wich-Wenning

Patrick Swayze and his beloved stallion Tammen (Abenhetep x Talgana) Photo: Javan

“We breed Arabian horses because we want to continue a legacy that is thousands of years old. That’s a heritage which deserves to be continued.” – Patrick Swayze



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Patrick & Tammen (Abenhetep x Talgana) Photo: Javan

Despite passing away in 2009, Patrick Swayze remains unforgotten. Most of the world thinks of him as a famous actor in films such as “Dirty Dancing”, “Ghost”, and the television series “North and South”. However, he was also an avid Arabian

Patrick a very special birthday present, the Straight Egyptian stallion Tammen (Abenhetep x Talgana). Tammen became an important cornerstone for

horse enthusiast from the time of his childhood.

In my interview with Patrick Swayze, conducted several years before his passing, he and his wife Lisa Niemi discussed their Arabian horses and talked about important factors in the handling, rearing and training of their horses. Interviewing these very special people was a unique experience. Their statements are now wonderful memories that offer unusual insights.

As a little boy he visited the famous Gleannloch Farms in Texas, USA, and fell in love with the beauty of the Arabian horse. At Gleannloch Farms he also met the experienced horseman Tom McNair, who had been involved with Arabian horses subsequent to 1959. Tom was the trainer and manager at Gleannloch for thirty years. Friends called Tom a walking encyclopedia of Egyptian Arabian pedigrees, and Tom also worked as a manager of Thistlewood Farms in Texas. In addition, Tom was a recognized judge worldwide. In 1972, Patrick Swayze married Lisa Niemi, a wellknown actress of Finnish descent. She also shares Patrick’s passion for Arabian horses. Lisa gave 30 Arab Horse Couture

Patrick and Lisa’s breeding program, which was primarily based on Straight Egyptian bloodlines.

Judith Wich-Wenning: During your youth you visited both of the famous Gleannloch Farms in Texas, owned by the Marshall family. What were your impressions? Patrick Swayze: “When I was a little boy, I always had the vision of a perfect horse who would be like a steed of the gods. I grew up with Quarter Horses



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Patrick with his wife Lisa Niemi Photo: private

and Thoroughbreds. At Gleannloch Farms I had the chance to meet the most beautiful horses I had ever seen in my life. Their elegance and intelligence impressed me very much.” Lisa Niemi: “At this time, Tom McNair ran the farm and his children took dancing lessons from Patrick’s Mother and Patrick taught them swimming.” Patrick elaborates, “That’s how I first met them, and we’ve remained friends ever since. When dignitaries, for example the Egyptian President, Anwar Al Sadat, visited the Marshalls, they put on a horse show and my Mother’s dance company performed. That was when I began dreaming about owning Arabian horses.” Lisa continues, “I first visited Gleannloch Farms with a theatre group when I was twelve years old. They gave us a short horse show and I still remember how deeply impressed I was. It was years later that Patrick and I found out that we had been at the same place during our childhoods.” Patrick happily recounts, “Furthermore, we both shared the



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“The Arabian horse is born with a longing for distance." – Patrick Swayze Photo: private

same dream – Arabian horses!” Lisa adds, “Yes, and now we do own Arabian horses and Tom McNair is our mentor.” Judith Wich-Wenning: Did you see *Morafic (Nazeer x Mabrouka) at Gleannloch Farms? Patrick Swayze: (Fondly) “Yes, I did. He is the first Arabian horse I ever saw – he was the reason I fell in love with these horses.” Judith Wich-Wenning: When did you buy your first Arabian horse? Lisa Niemi: “Our first Arabian was the gelding BR Ferouk Robert (Gai-Robert x Miss Imperal) purchased in 1986. He is a Western Pleasure horse, very well trained and after slightly more training with him, Patrick went Top 5 at our first Regional Show, and then Top 10 at the U.S. Nationals – first year!” Patrick commented, “We still have Robert, he’s a wonderful horse to ride.” Judith Wich-Wenning: How many horses do you have at your farm, Rancho Bizarro, in California? 31 Arab Horse Couture


Judith Wich-Wenning: So, Tom McNair has taught you a lot? Patrick Swayze: “Tom has taught us everything over the past twenty years. We’ve gotten better and better to the extent that we now train our young horses.” Judith Wich-Wenning: Do you have a favorite horse? Patrick Swayze: (Musing) “That’s hard to say, but it has to be Tammen. He’s our star and he knows it.” Lisa adds, “Tammen loves showing off for people.” Melinda Reid, Thistlewood trainer, rides with Tom McNair and Patrick at Thistlewood Farm in Texas Photo: private

Patrick Swayze: “At the moment we have eight, however, we would like to bring a few more here to California. We built a really nice facility including a 16-stall barn, a round yard and two arenas.” Lisa continues, “Although it’s very small here, we can take care of the horses properly. We have a

Patrick further elaborates, “But he also has a kind heart and a real gentle nature which he passes on to his foals. I have dreamed of having a bond with a special horse for all these years and Tammen really is that horse. Moreover, that’s the wonderful thing about showing horses because it’s really about the horse, not about you and your little ego. It’s about how good a job you can do to give this horse the chance to be the best it can be.”

lot of acres of the National Forest to ride in right behind the house.” Patrick further adds, “Tammen and all our breeding and show horses stay with

Judith Wich-Wenning: Tell us something about your everyday life. How much time do you spend with your horses?

Tom McNair at Thistlewood Farms in Kerrville, Texas, outside of San Antonio. Lisa and I became aircraft pilots awhile back so that we can fly a high performance twin-engine as a team. Now we are able to fly to a horse show a few days earlier and start training the horses. It means so much more to us not to just own these horses, but to learn and to show them ourselves. You have to try to really understand the mind of the horse and to learn how to communicate with them. Every horse is different. You have to stay constantly inventive with Arabians because they figure out the system and become bored.” Lisa agrees, adding, “They are wonderful to work with – challenging and wonderful, but challenging in a good way.” Patrick and Lisa have recently purchased a ranch in New Mexico with large pastureland – “But we don’t want to say where!” Lisa exclaimed. They will ultimately move there, but, Patrick explained, “We will always keep our major horses with Tom McNair – he’s our guru.”

Lisa Niemi: “That varies,” Lisa says. Patrick adds, “We have a groom who we trained in our style, so he’s able to keep working with the horses when we are out of town.” Lisa chimes in, “Our life is not routine at all, we travel a lot, to the Middle East for example, or for our careers. It’s always nice to get

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Patrick Swayze rides Tammen during the filming of a TV special produced for an Australian broadcast Photo: private



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Patrick & Tammen Photo: Javan

back to the horses because they’re grounding in their way. After Hollywood premieres and a lot of public appearances we particularly love to be back with our horses again.”

Judith Wich-Wenning: You like going to Arabian horse shows. Do you prefer halter or performance classes?

Arabian horse lover knows exactly what I’m talking about – the more you learn about horses, the more you realize what you don’t know.”

Patrick Swayze: “Well, that’s an interesting question. Halter is very political, but we got involved with horses to get away from the political world of the movie business. That’s why we love performance a lot more.” Lisa, laughingly adds, “And actually, the people who are showing performance are having a lot more fun than those showing at halter!” Patrick, however, recalls, “Although I must admit, that was a really big moment for Tammen and me when we went Grand Champion in Amateur Owner at Scottsdale!”

Judith Wich-Wenning: breed Arabians?

What motivates you to

Judith Wich-Wenning: Do you prefer certain bloodlines?

Patrick Swayze: “We love the horses, but we don’t love the business. We breed Arabian horses because we want to continue a legacy that is thousands of years old. That’s a heritage which deserves to be continued. Our fear is that horses may disappear from our society because they’re no longer absolutely necessary. When something ceases to

Patrick Swayze: “We breed Straight Egyptians. Previously we did some experiments with breeding our stallion to mares from other horse breeds. It was very interesting, for instance, to see a Tammen foal out of a big Tennessee Walker mare.” Lisa adds, “Our personal eye loves the refinement and the beauty, but you have to breed for athleticism and movement as well. By the way, we don’t do anything artificial with our horses in order to change their tail carriage or movement. When people look at our horses and see a beautiful tail carriage and beautiful movement, I want them to know that our

Judith Wich-Wenning: Which moments do you enjoy the most with your Arabian horses? Patrick Swayze: “I think the moments which we enjoy the most are when we learn more from Tom McNair, whom we call our ‘Papa Tom’. This man has probably forgotten more than most people will ever know about the Arabian horse. I’m sure every

have a use, it usually disappears. Hopefully more and more horse people will stay true to that passion and not let these beautiful creatures disappear from the face of the earth like so many other things have done.”



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Patrick Swayze winning the Amateur Halter Class Grand Championship with Tammen Shah at the Egyptian Event 1996 Photo: Rob Hess

horses have it because it’s in their breeding, not because we did something artificial.” Patrick further elaborates, “We are not interested in Arabians for the sake of winning, we want to constantly breed a better and more beautiful horse, based on *Morafic and Nazeer (Mansour x Bint Samiha) bloodlines.” Judith Wich-Wenning: How do you select breeding horses? Which criteria are most important to you? Patrick Swayze: (Quickly) “The first thing that comes to my mind is, does the pedigree of this horse show that it can reproduce For what you are hoping to accomplish? example, when we breed a mare from the *Sakr (Sultan x Enayat) line to Tammen, it is not absolutely necessary that she has perfect type because we know that Tammen will usually take care of that. But the bloodlines of this mare say that she should be very, very athletic and have beautiful movement. *Sakr was famous for these traits.” Lisa points out, “The more you learn about breeding Arabians, the more you can foresee which traits may be hereditary.” Judith Wich-Wenning: I recently saw an educational video in which you showed a lot of sympathetic understanding for a little foal. Is this gentle manner of dealing with horses a philosophy for you? Lisa Niemi: “Yes, absolutely. We love working with the foals. When your horse reacts in a different manner to 34 Arab Horse Couture

Patrick’s wife Lisa Niemi Photo: private

what you expect, at first you have to question yourself and not the horse. You have to train yourself at least as much as you train your horse. I think this manner of dealing with horses is very different compared to the methods used by other people.” Judith Wich-Wenning: Finally, what are your plans for the future? Lisa Niemi: “Have fun and learn more,” Lisa states. “And keep on trying to breed the most beautiful horses we possibly can,” Patrick Swayze concludes. About the Author: Straight Egyptian Arabian Owner and Breeder, Judith Wich-Wenning, is a freelance photographer and journalist and works for numerous Arabian horse magazines around the world. Moreover, she is the author of the highly acclaimed book “Jewels of the Desert - The Magic of Egyptian Arabians”, published by Orienta Publications. Judith Wich-Wenning, Orienta Arabians, Germany: judithwich@t-online.de



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An Everlasting Passion Written by David Gillett

Simeon Sahron (Imperial Madaar x Simeon Setavi)

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visit to Simeon Stud is like to stepping into a wonderland for lovers of the Arabian horse. As one drives through what was once a very rural area, the small market gardens and grand houses give way to a row of splendid pine trees, thick with foliage that graciously hide the treasures on the other side. A stylish gateway, subtle, welcoming and proudly bearing the sign Simeon Park, is the only public clue that beyond this point are some of the world’s finest Straight Egyptian Arabian horses, together with their owner Marion Richmond.

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27 Ibn Galal V (Ibn Galal x 10 Hosna)

Today, due to Marion’s endless enthusiasm for growth and change, the Simeon property extends over 72 acres of the suburb of Dural, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from the very center of Sydney. I had not visited Marion in some time, as the Covid-19 pandemic had kept everyone not only busy with their lives, but apart from each other. I knew that Marion had moved from her home in Sydney to Simeon to see out the pandemic, and I was curious to see how she was faring away from the bright lights of the city.

Simeon Sukari (Asfour x 27 Ibn Galal V)



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Simeon Simona (Asfour x 27 Ibn Galal V )

As I pull into the garage, Marion emerges from the main house with a huge smile, together with that perennial glint in her eye…farm life appeared to be suiting her very well. “I never want to go back,” she says when quizzed about her new living situation…and why would she, Simeon is a paradise. We grab a quick coffee and then it is straight out to look at the horses. “I have so much to show you, I am so happy with what we have been doing,” she says. I am always struck by how passionate Marion is about her horses, and how she is always making plans, thinking of who to breed to who, and in fact who she will breed their grandchildren to and so on. Marion is always weaving the tapestry of the Straight Egyptian Arabian and today, I believe she has the finest Arabians she has ever bred. Simeon Stud has enjoyed over 60 years of extraordinary success breeding Arabian horses. “One thing that is very important to me is to always introduce new blood,” Marion begins. “We were very happy to have so much success with our combination of Asfour (Malik x Hanan), Imperial Madaar (Imperial Madheen x Ansata Nile Mist) and Anaza Bay Shahh (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Deenaa) with the 27 Ibn Galal V (Ibn Galal x 10 Hosna) families. We bred great horses such as Simeon Sadik (Asfour x Simeon Safanad), Simeon Sehavi (Asfour x Simeon Sheba), Simeon Shai (Raadin Royal Star x Simeon Safanad) and many more who had a significant impact all over the world, and we could have bred these lines forever and bred amazing horses, and we do, but I am always looking to add a little something here and there, and I find it exciting. I have seen so many breeding programs fall under the spell of their own success and start only breeding

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Asfour (Malik x Hanan)

within their own group and eventually, the breeding program deteriorates, or remains stagnant. We must always strive for better. “At Simeon our core philosophies have always remained the same. Our horses must be sound of mind and body…we want good legs, we want movement, we want black skin, and we want beauty. I have travelled the world and seen so many Straight Egyptians with pink skin, this is such a serious fault for a desert animal. And movement is being lost all over the world. I am so proud when I look at my mares and I know that any of them could carry a rider across the desert and look good while doing it.

(Anaza Bay Shahh x Simeon Safanad), he is the quintessential Simeon stallion. His daughters Simeon Sahia (from Simeon Sehora) and Simeon Shagah (from Simeon Shoshana) have spearheaded the recent show ring success for Simeon, with the latter coming home with National and East Coast Junior Filly Championships in the same season. Simeon Shifran already has a son retained for the program, Simeon Seifan. A very beautiful liver chestnut with flaxen mane and tail, his mother is a mare that Marion imported from Germany a few years back, CM Moussameh (Mulayh Ibn Maareesa x Moussah Bint Moussameh). Purchased as an

“We have a unique collection of broodmares here with bloodlines not found in many parts of the world, and I am excited every year at foaling time to see what they produce next,” Marion exclaims. Today, there are three stallions at Simeon who although relatively young, have each made an impact on the breed. Head stallion is the tall and exotic Simeon Shifran (Asfour x Simeon Shavit), who with his long neck, tiny curled ears and large black eyes has every visitor to the farm fall in love with him. Sired by Asfour (Malik x Hanan) and from one of Simeon’s best broodmares, Simeon Shavit

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Simeon Shagah Simeon Shifran x Simeon Shosahana Glenys Lilley photographer



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Marion Richmond pictured with: Simeon Saada (Asfour x Simeon Safanad)



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Imperial Madaar (Imperial Madheen x Ansata Nile Mist)

outcross, together with her sire and two other mares from Germany, CM Moussameh has added a new dimension to the Simeon program. “It was important for me to find these close-up German bloodlines, as they were similar to the bloodlines featured in horses such as Asfour and Imperial Madaar, and I thought they would work with the bloodlines I had while adding an outcross,” Marion states. As Marion predicted, it did work and Simeon Seifan has proven himself to be an excellent sire and is currently the highest ranking Straight Egyptian stallion on Australia’s Leading Sires List, which is tallied on points taken from show ring wins at halter and under saddle across the country. The elegant grey Simeon Sahron (Imperial Madaar x Simeon Setavi) is his sire’s masterpiece. One of the last sons of Imperial Madaar (Imperial Madheen x Ansata Nile Mist), Sahron is known for his hooky neck and smoothness of body, which is passed on to each generation. Simeon Sahron is the sire of 2015 National Champion Yearling Filly Naalirah (from Neytiri) and the Australian National Capital Champion Simeon Shabtay, from Australian Champion Simeon Shiraz (Asfour x Simeon Shuala).

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Pink cockatoo

King Parrot



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Anaza Bay Shahh (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Deenaa)

Simeon Shifran (Asfour x Simeon Shavit)

Interestingly, Simeon Sahron is from the mare Simeon Setavi, who was another of Marion’s ideas to bring new blood into the farm. Marion says, “I loved Idrees (Adeeb x Bint El Nil), a stallion who died way too young. I was lucky enough to lease his daughter Nameeza, who was from a Tuhotmos daughter, and I bred her to Simeon Sadik (Asfour x Simeon Safanad) in England.” A beautiful filly was born, Simeon Setavi and although she too died young, she produced four foals who have each become important breeding animals.



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Simeon Marei (Simeon Shifran x Wed Albadeia)

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Simeon Shobal (Simeon Sahron x Simeon Se)

Marion has big plans for the immediate future of Simeon, and one of these is the acquisition of a filly direct from Egypt, Alwan Al Amin (Shafea (EAO) x Ahlam Al Amin). “I went to Egypt to buy a colt, and instead I purchased an amazing filly! Interestingly enough, the filly traces back to a stallion called Gad Allah (EAO) (Adeeb x Omnia) who is the father of Tagweed (EAO) (from Tee), the father of Shafea (EAO) (from Shafaat). I saw Gad Allah at the EAO as a young horse and then I went on a mission to find a Gad Allah daughter as at this stage I didn’t need a stallion. All the daughters I wanted were out of reach, they were not for sale.

Simeon Shirit (Simeon Shifran x Simeon Sibolet)

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“I have tried over the past 15 years to get progeny of Gad Allah and I am thrilled that now I have one. Gad Allah was a very tall, moving machine, with an amazing neck. He was a very stylish horse and a great producer. I first saw his son Tagweed as a yearling and I ran across the whole arena to see him. I tried to buy him, but he was not for sale. We have had some delays in getting Alwan Al Amin to Australia, but she will be here soon enough, and I can’t wait!” Marion exclaims.



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Simeon Shekara (Imperial Madaar x Simeon Setavi) Simeon Shatkin (Anaza Bay Shahh x Simeon Simona)

Simeon Shashi (Simeon Shifran x Simeon Sayver)

Simeon Suzette (Simeon Samech x Simeon Se)



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Simeon Savyon (Simeon Sahron x Simeon Sayver)

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Simeon Shoshana (MB Talmaar x MB Masaleena)

One of the quiet achievers at Simeon over the past little while has been Simeon Shoshana, a very tall and very beautiful white mare sired by MB Talmaar (Talmaal x Imperial Orbilahh) from MB Masaleena (Imperial Madheen x MB Masail). “I first used MB Talmaar when I bred an important mare named Raffaalaa (Dalul x BF Bahaala) before she arrived in Australia. That daughter Simeon Seda (MB Talmaar x Raffaalaa), now in Spain, founded a new family here at Simeon who has been very successful for us and some of our most precious mares, such as Australian National Capital Champion Mare Simeon Se (by Asfour) and her daughter Simeon Seis (by Imperial Madaar) are from this family,” Marion recalls. Wanting to incorporate more of this blood, Marion leased MB Masaleena (Imperial Madheen x MB Masail) and bred her to MB Talmaar for her prize. “Simeon Shoshana is one of my favorite mares, not only because she is such a great producer, she is one of the sweetest characters here at the farm and her foals inherit this same sweetness,” Marion says. And while a sweet nature is not unique at Simeon, the reputation of this broodmare is gaining significant momentum, with her afore mentioned

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Simeon Sahia (Simeon Shifran x Simeon Sehora)



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Simeon Shivah (Simeon Seifan x Simeon Seis)

daughter Simeon Shagah (by Simeon Shifran) taking East Coast and National Championships, and a son Simeon Sensashan (by Simeon Shifran) also winning at halter and gaining a legion of fans himself. “This combination of bloodlines is unique, and is producing Straight Egyptians who are winning in the show ring. We are very proud to have bred these animals and have enjoyed watching them make their mark,” Marion states. As my visit to Simeon draws to its inevitable conclusion, I take one last look at the expectant broodmares in the pasture below the house, each carrying a treasure of unknown potential. Marion joins me, and as we lean into the fence and we talk about each mare, I am struck again by just how enthusiastic for life and creation she is, and how infectious it is. It is both a gift and a skill to remain so steadfast and yet so flexible in today’s fast-paced, opinionated world, and the Arabian horse is better for it.

Simeon Sheva (Anaza Bay Shah x Simeon Simone)

We can all agree that 2020 has been a roller coaster of a year for everyone, with many uncertainties, changes and challenges that we each have had to face. And yet at Simeon, the unwavering passion and dedication of Marion and her team to the Straight Egyptian Arabian remains completely unchanged, now and I believe, forever. For this, all lovers of the Arabian horse can be extremely thankful…the time of the great breeders continues in Marion Richmond. Please contact: Marion Richmond of Simeon Stud simeonst@bigpond.net.au simeonstud.com phone: +61 2 9327 1649; fax: +61 2 9363 4719; mobile: +61 418 268 749



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Simeon Shagah (Simeon Shifran X Simeon Shoshana)

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Marian Duncan

Arabian Art from Down Under Written by Judith Wich-Wenning

“Ancient Heritage� - Oil Painting

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he Australian artist Marian Duncan is a household name for Arabian horse enthusiasts.

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striking design is typical for her work. Her paintings can be found in collections worldwide and are regularly published in international magazines. But who is the lady behind the imposing works of art?



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“Serenity” - Oil Painting

From the time she was a little girl, Marian Duncan had a deep passion for horses. “I was born in Orange, a city in New South Wales, located in the east of Australia,” explains Marian. “I grew up there in a large family of nine children. My older sister and I would draw and paint throughout our childhood. My mother always made sure we had lots of art supplies to use. When I was a child, I would sit under our big old pine trees and draw my neighbor’s horses and dream of owning a horse.” Then she remembers with a smile: “I saw my first Arabian horse in a newspaper my father purchased. It was a small black and white photo of a chestnut, neck arched, and tail up. I thought, wow! I had never seen a horse that looked like this before, as I already loved horses. Then I searched for more in books and magazines. I saw my first live Arabian horses at a show when I was a teenager. I still remember an iridescent chestnut stallion, I think his name was Golden Band, I have been hooked ever since.” Marian Duncan continues: “I started working as a show card & ticket writer in a Myer store. Myer is Australia’s largest chain of department stores. Then I worked as a graphic artist at a TV Station in Orange. I married my husband, David, and today we have three children and six grandchildren.” Marian and her husband live in a one hundred year old mud and straw brick home in the small quiet town of Manildra in New South Wales. Manildra is situated not far away from the area where Marian was born and grew up. As an artist, her three years of learning her trade



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The Artist Marian Duncan with her Mare - Hideaway Just Imagine

in signwriting and design had been a big influence. “In my art, mainly with brush control, I started out as being self-taught, however, I went on to do three years of drawing and then three years of advanced painting,” Marian Duncan explains. In 1986, as fate would have it, Marian broke a leg and was finally forced to spend spare time with her art. At this point, she decided to take her artistic abilities to a new level. She sent one of her paintings of an Arabian horse to an Australian magazine. She was all excited when it was published. This inspired Marian to bring her art to a professional level. She enrolled in art courses and spent a lot of time talking to fellow artists and visiting exhibitions. 51

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“The New Foal” - Oil Painting

“I have visited many studs here in Australia: Bremervale, Hideaway Farm, Forrest Hill, and many more, in addition to shows in Queensland and New South Wales,” relates Marian Duncan. “Now I mostly attend the Australian National Arabian Championships once a year. I take my art and my Nikon so I can photograph the Arabian horses to inspire more ideas for my art, I like to use my own photos plus my imagination.”

Marian Duncan loves to use different mediums; traditional oil is her favorite. “Matte acrylic, acrylic, gouache water color, pastel, pen and ink, drawing or painting, each medium has its own special properties,” she explains. “Oils take the longest to do. Sometimes I like to experiment, using real silk tassels, beads, or fabrics, or different textured hand-made papers; iridescent paints, I love doing decorative pieces. Ottoman style saddles and bridles or Egyptian pieces inspire me, all of the desert tack is fascinating. I love to study the early Orientalist artists for inspiration and most of all the history and old photographs. My favorites are the Orientalist artists: Adolf Schreyer, Carle Vernet, Alfred de Dreux, Victor Adam, to name a few. I have always loved Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959). Alfred Munnings was known as one of England’s finest painters of horses.” She continues thoughtfully: “I have not travelled 52

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internationally, but I am pleased to say my art does. I love everything about Arabian horses, their looks, movement, attitude, and personality. They are ‘Drinkers of the Wind’ with heads held high, nostrils flared, large dark intelligent eyes, arched necks, smooth silken coats, tails flagged, there is nothing else like watching them float across the ground when they move. I could choose to paint something else, sometimes I do, but my love for Arabian horses is too strong. They inspire me, they are so special, so ancient, and noble, something to be cared for and treasured for the future. They are in my soul. Arabian horses can take your breath away.” Many of Marian’s designs and artwork have been used throughout the years for different promotions. Marian also designed the 2019 WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization) Conference logo. This event was held in Australia. Moreover, she was responsible for the logo of the International Arabian Horse Show in Milan in 2017.

Asked about her preferences regarding Arabians, Marian Duncan relates: “I have many favorites, for example: Dassefa, Klass, Simeon Sadik, Ralvon Pilgrim, Simeon Sehavi, etc. I could go on and on, many more, but my favorite is my own darling girl Delraki Saakifa. She was my daughter’s pony club mare. She did everything, fulfilling all our dreams and more, she was my trusted trail riding horse.



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“Thaqib Al Nasser” - Gouache, Beads, Silk Tassels

“The Silver Mare and Foal” - Matte Acrylic

“Exquisite Silver” - Oil Painting

“Waiting for Companions” - Oil Painting

“Mare and Foal 2” - Pastel/Gouache “The Silver Stallion”- Matte Acrylic

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“Desert Queens” – Oil - with kind permission from Jenni Ogden’s photo

“Princess of the Nile” - Finished Sketch - Matte Acrylic on Handmade Paper

She is now twenty-five years old and retired. There are many more, much more beautiful, but she is still pretty. She had the smoothest canter, and was so beautiful to ride.”

Regarding her own horses, Marian Duncan is very enthusiastic. “Over the years they have been my pleasure riding horses, my daughter’s pony club and camp draft horses (a unique Australian sport in which a rider isolates a bullock from a group of cattle and drives it around a set course). They are my source of inspiration, my income from my art, and they bring me joy. I have made great friendships through the shared love that other people have for Arabian horses. I think I am very lucky to enjoy my job, painting the horses that I love. At the moment, I have four purebred Arabian horses: two Crabbet bred mares, Delraki Saakifa and Danjera Shaania, a Dassefa granddaughter called Hideaway Farm Just Imagine, and a one-year old pretty gelding by Echos of Marwan.” Regarding her plans for the future, Marian Duncan ponders: “My hope is to always make a better painting than the last one. Art is a journey, a whole lifetime of learning, evolving, and changing. I am always excited to start a new painting or drawing; I just love creating art. I hope to keep going with my art, in addition to enjoying my family and grandchildren. I look forward to going to the next WAHO Conference being held here in Australia, meeting new people who love Arabians, and of course, I always enjoy seeing the magnificent Arabian horses.” Please contact: Marian Duncan, Australia +61 2 6364 5077 mariand@nsw.chariot.net.au maduncan.com 54 Arab Horse Couture

Using an Egyptian Headstall while Sketching a New Painting

Article Author: Judith Wich-Wenning and MB Moneena

About the Author Judith Wich-Wenning is a well-known 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 Wich-Wenning breeds fine Arabians of Straight Egyptian bloodlines at her stud farm “Orienta Arabians”. You may contact Judith at: judithwich@t-online.de



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About Eva Reifler, visionpure® Lifecoach and Equicoach visionpure, business analyst; visionpure is a leading training institute for horse-based personality and managerial development as well as Equicoaching. “Most of our daily difficulties come from outside pressure leading to challenging relationships. The tangible method we teach improves them instantly. It is my passion to teach these tools to as many individuals as possible for their happiness, health and success.” Eva Reifler’s dedicated herd of horses and the Training Centre are located 30 kilometers from Paris. For more information, please contact: www.visionpure.fr or by phone: +33 (0) 6 99 19 02 95; by email at info@visionpure.fr (also in German or English).



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How Nancy Dye Turned her Greatest Adversities into Strength & Helps Equestrians Do the Same “Successful equestrians, regardless of their level of competition, need to be resilient.” – Nancy Dye

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ails down, missed lead changes, lame horsesany obstacle that can happen to a rider’s victory will, at some point, come calling. And that’s not considering our own fears and insecurities. Mental skills coach and strategic interventionist, Nancy Dye, knows we can’t wait for the stars to align; we have to take charge of ourselves. Rather than perseverating on all that may go wrong, she wants riders (and non-riders) to recognize their own power. Under her guidance, we learn to reshape the narrative. Self-pity becomes power. Mistakes become pearls. And global pandemics? Those are exciting opportunities for growth.

“You can be pitiful or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both.” - Joyce Meyer Nancy’s growing up years were a mixed bag. She had the great luck of belonging to a family that owned a large, overnight summer camp for girls in Vermont, complete with a stable. She rode and taught riding lessons all summer, and taking lessons at Old Mill Farm in New York the rest of the year. “Those were the days of Snowman, the $80 champion,” she said. “I was lucky to grow up on those magnificent riding and training facilities.” However, her childhood was also marked by trauma, beginning when she was five years old--an incredibly formative time in child development. “I didn’t know how to cope with that, so I coped with self-destructive, self-sabotaging habits. Addictions, eating disorders, all kinds of running away. I was a mess. “I could have stayed on the bridle path I was on. But I’m a rebel, and the rebel in me was determined to overcome all of this,” Nancy explains.

“Every moment of every day, we are either practicing weakness or strength.” - Nancy Dye Nancy realized if she was going to survive her trauma and its ramifications in her life, she was going to need to throw every resource she could at it. Nancy continues, “I tried minimal and half efforts for years, and I learned the painful lesson you are either all in with massive action or you stay stuck in pain or mediocrity.” “I am very lucky that I had the means financially because I invested a ton of money in myself-treatment centers, therapies, the best health, sports, and professional coaches in the world.



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You name it and I was putting it on a credit card because I wanted to get out of emotional pain and be my personal best,” she said. “But the journey was such a blessing. My story made me the amazing coach that I am today because I had to go through all of that, learn all of that. I understand being stuck in bad habits and the process for each individual to unravel and discover their own leverage for attaining and staying in peak performance,” Nancy stated. So Nancy put in the work and the time, including exhaustive research about personal transformation and college textbooks on neuroscience and neurolinguistic programming. She was also still riding, having branched out into polo, dressage, foxhunting, and eventing. “My passion was for training and studying,” she said. Nancy went to one of the top equestrian boarding schools and then had her hunter jumper horses in several South Florida barns before she ended up training at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club’s show barn with Jane Ebelhare. She has fond memories of those early days in Wellington, competing with a teenage Jimmy Torano and watching the Winter Equestrian Festival site being built. But competing was never what brought her the most joy. Nancy said, “I wasn’t as successful as I could have been, because I didn’t have the mental skills. I was that rider who would black out in the ring.”

“I have gained my unshaken confidence back! How much better can that get? I have been able to really get in the ring and show that I know my stuff and that I can ride like the wind. I have lost the fear of disappointment to trainers, friends, family. . .I am overall happier to be doing my job by really making it all for me and my horses and not worrying if things are going to fall apart when it comes time to show.” - Cory McLaughlin, Wellington, Florida, USA Ambassador for Nancy Dye’s Mental Skills Coaching As a young adult living in Manhattan, New York City, Nancy rode at a stable that was three wide city blocks to Central Park. “It was the most terrifying experience of my life. We’d be trying to ride through honking cars; the horses would be rearing up, bucking and spinning around and just totally squealing and flipping out, their shoes slipping on the concrete,” she said. 65 Arab Horse Couture


“It was also the best thing I ever went through. I learned, because my life depended on it, how to calm myself and my horse down,” Nancy recalled. “I made a decision. I could have quit riding, but I decided I would not only learn how to do this, but I was going to become the best at it. Eventually, the guy who owned the stables would put me on the new horses to take them out into the city because I had gotten that good.”

While Nancy was learning how to be a better rider and a stronger person, Tony Robbins was travelling a similar path. He, too, had a background of family abuse and a passion to grow from it. Like Nancy, he used whatever resources he could, including listening to tapes and finding mentors. Meanwhile, neuroscientists were learning more about the effects of childhood trauma and resiliency. “We both transformed our lives by taking massive action—searching, 66 Arab Horse Couture

studying, learning all we could on how to change human behavior and consistently attain peak performance,” Nancy explained. Nancy did Tony Robinns’ fire walking experience and admired his ability to create shortcuts for people where they had each spent years learning. Although she had been coaching people for decades with addiction, suicidality, eating disorders, and more, she wanted to narrow her focus to equestrians. Nancy adds, “Tony is known for being the top coach for the most famous athletes in the world, but no one was using these techniques for riders. I figured out how to apply both his techniques and my transformational background to the equestrian sport.” Nancy enrolled in his Strategic Interventionist Training so she could learn a more powerful coaching method to transform people faster and more effectively.



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“We don’t get our goals in life, we get our identities. And we will always remain consistent with who we believe ourselves to be.” - Tony Robbins “As riders, we have what I call chefs de saboteur,” she laughed. “We have to figure out what they are. I specialize in being the why guy. I love the 10,000-piece puzzle being dumped on my lap! I quickly get to the root of the problem and develop a treasure chest of customized tools that create foundational shifts so that you have the skills and process for the rest of your life. It’s like an owner’s manual for yourself. And you’ll always have more saboteurs pop up, like whack a mole. But if you learn the process, to include how to rewire your own brain, you’ll know better what to do,” Nancy explained.

Nancy grew up surrounded by the sports world. Her father and grandfathers were educators and athletic coaches. Her first husband’s family were among the top golf course designers in the world. And her current husband, Jack Miles, was an Olympic gymnast and is inducted into four Athletic Hall of Fames. Together they had a clinic program called Olympic Goals and Golds. She understands what it takes to grow as an athlete, especially when it comes to fears associated with dangerous sports. “My husband used to do a routine in the gym and then run around begging everyone for feedback — he was excited to hear what he did wrong so he could use that information to polish up his next routine. He didn’t want them to praise him,” she said. “He totally embraced his mistakes because he knew that was the key to winning; continually tweaking each round. And that’s what we need to do as riders. I call mistakes ‘pearls’ because they’re so valuable. My clients learn to love and get excited about their pearls even more than their blue ribbons. They can’t wait to take that new feedback and then see how much better they will be,” Nancy added. “Athletes run away from critical comments by using excuses. The answer is to change the meaning of mistakes to valuable feedback that will make you become more empowered. Look at the Navy SEALs,” she explained. “They don’t make excuses for mistakes — excuses equal disempowerment. They embrace extreme ownership because they know that will make them even more awesome. This requires that you place a high value on being the best of the best.”



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Nancy’s work with her clients begins with identity: “If you believe you’re a loser, you’re a loser. If you believe you’re a winner, you’re a winner. Navy SEALs are a great example of leading with your identity,” Nancy stated. A great deal goes into our identity construction, all of which Nancy analyzes with her clients to determine how they’re contributing to the sabotage, including one’s story, beliefs, values, rules, self-talk, all of which drive thoughts and behaviors.

Constructing a new identity means realigning all of those elements. “This is something I had to do for myself. I decided to become someone who could overcome any adversity. I was going to rock that new identity,” she said. “And so, with that, I had to have a new story. I was not victimized as a child, but given a blessing because I got to learn and grow to be able to help other people. This is the biggest shift for riders; showing up to the ring as a disempowered victim (of fear, anxiety or lack of confidence) or showing up to the ring as a powerful warrior. Both are totally in control of their performance and destiny. The question is, what outcome do you want to be in control of? You have to be honest about your intention going into the ring.” Nancy understands that everything people do is to fulfill a need, either positively or negatively. She bases her analysis on Tony Robbins’ understanding of the six human needs: certainty, uncertainty, significance, love and connection, growth, and contribution. “We have to get you to identify and meet those needs in a way that serves you better. You have choices. You don’t have to believe your beliefs. Why would you hold onto the belief that you’re a fearful rider? How is that serving you? If you’re stuck believing you’re fearful, that’s serving some basic need in you. So we have to identify what that need is and fill it with the belief that you’re a confident rider,” Nancy explained. These limiting beliefs can be tricky to identify on one’s own, but Nancy is quick to remind clients that they don’t have to actually believe these new, more positive beliefs—they just have to act as if they’re an equestrian rockstar and work towards truly believing it by learning how to recode and rewire their brains with new thoughts and beliefs. She doesn’t want clients to get too stuck on how they’re feeling without also taking action. She added, “This is the problem with therapy; getting stuck in analyzing and spinning around in your negative or fearful and limited feelings. Coaching is about taking action and moving quickly into the solution. What matters is not what you’re feeling, 67 Arab Horse Couture


but rather the alternative feeling you can quickly shift into and generate that will serve you better.” “It’s important,” she explained, “to take the consistent and massive action of practicing living in the solution as part of shifting to a more empowered identity. Every moment of every day, we are either practicing habits of weakness or we are practicing habits of strengths.”

Pandemic Pearls Her work applies to difficult situations outside the arena, too—including the current global health crisis around COVID-19. “I love when tough things happen because I eat adversity for breakfast,” Nancy laughed. She wants to encourage everyone to see this as an opportunity. “The answer to anything that bothers us is to embrace it. In this case, ask yourself, ‘how can I make this great?’ How can this be the best, most meaningful time in your life? Will you mend relationships, write a book?” Nancy mentioned. Nancy recommends that we collectively change our language. “Words like “virus” and “pandemic” create strong emotions in most people. I’m calling this a pattern interrupt with an exciting opportunity. We are all finding out, me included, where our weaknesses are—that we can’t really handle staying in, that we think we’re entitled to go have a drink and make everyone else sick. So, this is an opportunity to turn our weaknesses into strengths,” she stated.

resiliency, and leadership and peak performance skills, entirely over the phone. “I have clients all over the world and in every division of riding,” she said. “After we talk, I put together clear notes, insights, and action steps, so you will have an owner’s manual for yourself and you will know how to handle the chefs de saboteur in your riding and your life.” Her newest book, Equestrian Rockstar, is available for download now. It gives detailed insights into her program with lots of examples and how she applies her techniques to a variety of riders and their challenges. The book allows readers to see how the program works, and they will likely recognize some riding issues of their own. There is no part of Nancy’s life that she has not learned from and converted into a way to help others. She is living proof of the efficacy of her own methods and a role model for anyone who wants fast and powerful results from taking over their own life. To learn more about Nancy, book a session, or download her book, please visit: elitelifestyletransformations.com

Next she said, “We need to change our focus. There’s a lot we’re not in control of, and that makes us feel like victims, disempowered and angry. Get rid of all that and change your focus. It’s kind of like doing a half-halt and changing leads. How will you make the most of this time? What are the good things happening for you and others right now?” “The skills cultivated during the pandemic will help us in the show ring. We can’t be disempowered in all other areas of our lives and then be a rockstar in the ring,” she explained. “This is a great opportunity to shift your mindset. Remember, too, that some people gain a sense of power from being right. It’s important to consider what you want to be right about—that everything is going to fall apart, or that you and others will come through this stronger?”

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Nancy Dye Equestrian Mindset Coach Strategic Interventionist EliteLifestyleTransformations.com NancyDyeSIcoach@gmail.com 561.866.0402

“It is in your moments of decisions that your destiny is shaped.” -Tony Robbins



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For the Egyptian Arabian Horse

Awraq El Ward

Designed by

(Gabour x Nahawand)

Awraq El Zahr Al Amin (Hassem x Awraq El Ward)

2018 Fily

Owner / Breeder: Mr. Mohamed Amin - Al Amin Stud Contact: Dr. Noora Faawzy E-mail: noorfaaw@yahoo.com Mob.: +20 1286871868 Phone: +20 1222109582 Facebook: Al Amin Stud for the Egyptian Arabian Horse Instagram: al_amin_stud Address: Route No. 6, Ahmed Oraby Society Cairo - Ismalia Road, Egypt.

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